Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine Festival


This family-oriented festival in Shimokitazawa is on the small side, but that doesn’t stop the revelers from joining in.

What happens?

Although scheduled for two days, the main festival takes place on Sunday, where mikoshi (shoulder-borne shrines) are scheduled to be jostled through the streets. The first few shrines will be carried in by children. Unlike other mikoshi festivals, you can get up close and personal with the shrines and onlookers will join in the clapping and chanting.

The official name of the festival is the Kitazawa Hachimanjinja Matsuri.

Schedule 2023

Besides the mikoshi processions happening from 1 p.m. on Sunday, there will be entertainment in and around the shrine from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

How to get there

The shrine is located a 12-minute walk south of Shimokitazawa Station in the Daizawa Neighborhood.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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