The Sanja Matsuri is one of Tokyo's most famous and entertaining festivals and is held by the shrine located right next to Sensoji Temple. The shrine is a registered important cultural property by the national government of Japan. Until the Edo period the shrine and temple were housed in the same building, but during the Meiji Restoration, Shinto was made the official religion of Japan and the places of worship were separated. The popularity of the shrine since old times can be attributed to three main historical figures. The celebration of these three are the basis for the Sanja Matsuri. The third Tokugawa shogun is enshrined at the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Tochigi, prefecture. Many people found it difficult to travel that distance to pray so Asakusa Shrine was designated as an alternative for those devoted patrons. The main hall of worship and the part of the shrine used to house offerings are connected by a corridor. Many people connected with the art of dance and performance come here to worship and pray to the enshrined spirits for help with their art. You can also see the mikoshi, portable shrines, used in the famous Sanja Matsuri.
2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
Temples/shrines, Importantcultural property, Attractions
Temple grounds: Always open
[Shrine Office] 9:00 to 16:30
No closing days
7 minutes walk from Asakusa station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line
7 minutes walk from Asakusa station on the Tobu Isesaki line
7 minutes walk from Asakusa station on the Toei Asakusa line
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