Torigoe Matsuri

6:30am – 9:00pm

The Torigoe Matsuri in June is a big event if only for the main feature: the procession of Torigoe Shrine’s omikoshi (portable shrine) weighing in at 4 tons—the biggest in Tokyo. Like the Sanja, this matsuri also involves smaller shrines from the neighborhood associations, but what everybody wants to see (and if possible, carry—carrying the omikoshi is good luck) is the huge omikoshi. Crowds become so thick that usually the riot police needs to be summoned.

Yatai stalls at the Torigoe Matsuri | Photo by Gregory Lane

The streets surrounding the shrine are filled with yatai stalls selling the usual matsuri fare such as chocolate dipped bananas, yakisoba, takoyaki, grilled fish, and copious amounts of beer.

Time to break out the Yukata | Photo by Gregory Lane

The main mikoshi procession takes place on the last day of the festival.

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