Reutaisai or Taisai is the most important annual festival for all shrines in Japan. At Torikoe Jinja Shrine which is located in downtown Tokyo (Taitou ward), it’s held in early or mid-June. Torikoe Jinja Reitaisai is famous for the traditional and authentic style of parade with the heaviest mikoshi (portable shrine) in Tokyo. In the evening, the festival will reach its climax when the parade enters the shrine with carrying the mikoshi decorated with lanterns and surrounded by people with highly held lanterns.
Shiratori Myoujin shrine, “Shrine of the spirit of White Bird”, was founded in 652 and reestablished as Torikoe Shrine by Minamoto no Yoriyoshi and his son Yoshiie. The head of Minamoto clan appreciated Shiratori Myoujin who helped them to cross Sumida river by leading them to shallow points, sometime during the Early Nine Years’ War which was fought from 1051 to 1063.
Sunday nearest June 9th Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Taito-Ward, Tokyo Google earth