Sanja Maturi (三社祭) is a one of the most well known Mikoshi Festival in Japan. Sanja Matsuri is held in third few days of May at Asakusa Shrine and Sensoji Temple. It is three days celebration and at the most recent day, every one of the towns of Asakusa convey the Miya Mikoshi, the mikoshi of the hallowed place by transfer from one town to other town.
Date: third weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of May. The official name is “Asakusa Jinja Reitaisai”. The first celebration was begun in1321 by the fabulous story of Sensoji Temple. Amid the Edo Period, it was not celebration with Mikoshi but rather the greater part of the towns around Asakusa pulled parade drifts, and just Miya Mikoshi was conveyed by the general population.
Current celebration was held by 44 towns of Asakusa. On the second day of the celebration, all towns begin conveying Mikoshi go to the Asakusa Shrine and Asakusa Town for throughout the day. On the most recent day, all town convey three Miya Mikoshi, the Mikoshi of the holy place, by hand-off style from one town to the next town. This is called “Mikoshi Kakucho Togo.”
Each year, around 1,450,000 individuals join Sanja Festival.
Access to Sanja Maturi
1. use Ginza Line or Toei Asakusa line, Tobu line to Asakusa