Sanno Matsuri 2018
Sanno Matsuri, which is one of the three big festivals of Tokyo, takes place in mid-June every two years and has a history dating back to Edo period. Although the festival nowadays is smaller than its grand predecessor, Sanno Matsuri still boasts a 600m long procession of more than 300 people. The parade starts at Hie Shrine at around 8am in the morning and slowly makes its way through central Tokyo, passing Tokyo Station, Ginza, Yasukuni Shrine and the Diet Building. Besides the elaborate costumes, floats, drummers and horses, the highlight of this parade are several mikoshi (portable shrines) which are carried by the participants until their return to Hie Shrine in the evening. If you miss the parade, don’t despair, as Sanno Matsuri lasts for 10 days and has plenty of other exciting things to offer such as Ikebana classes, tea tasting and religious ceremonies.