The Sanno Matsuri is known by the spectacular parade which takes place in the heart of Tokyo. People carrying Mikoshi, portable Shinto shrines and driving Dashi, festival floats, parade through the capital together with 300 people dressed in the Edo era’s costumes so that you can enjoy a great opportunity to experience a mix of modern and centuries-old Japan.
The main procession called Jinkosai takes place in the middle of June in even-numbered years only.
The Hie Shrine, where the Sanno Matsuri takes place, was believed to be built in 1478 and was relocated to the grounds of Edo Castle by Tokugawa Ieyasu.
In 1604, Tokugawa Hidetada moved it out of Edo castle, so the people of Edo could worship there.
During the Edo Period (1603-1867), ordinary people were not allowed to enter the gland of Edo castle except the period of Sanno Matsuri and Kanda Matsuri.
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Nagata-Cho, Chiyoda-Ｋu, Tokyo