Sanja Matsuri 2018 (Sanja Festival)

18th May–20th May, 2018
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Photo by Ari Helminen used under Creative Commons.

The Sanja Matsuri is know as one of the “3 great Shinto festivals in Tokyo” – along with the Kanda and Sanno festivals – and takes place on the third weekend of May.

This is one of the rowdier festivals with 2 million spectators expected to watch rather energetic, often tattooed gentlemen doing what can most accurately be described as ‘mikoshi jousting’. Whereas in other festivals the ‘portable shrine’ bearers may bounce the incredibly heavy mikoshi, during the Sanja matsuri,fundoshi clad participants often ride on the top and will try to knock opponents off.

The main parade happens on Saturday from 12 noon starting at Asakusa Shrine.

Sanja Matsuri participants
Oh, and the participants often wear loin cloths. | Photo by elmimmo used under CC
Dates: 18th May–20th May, 2018
Venue: Asakusa Shrine
Entry: Free
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Closest station(s): Asakusa
Area: Asakusa
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2 Responses to “Sanja Matsuri 2018 (Sanja Festival)”

  1. Hi, could you please confirm me when Sanja Matsuri take place because on some website it’s written that it is from 13 until 15 May

    • CheapoGreg

      Hi there, Thanks for picking that up. You are indeed correct. That was a miscalculation on our part. The event is on the third weekend of May.

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