Asakusa Shrine

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Asakusa shrine, also known as “sanja-sama” is one of the most famous Shintoism shrine in Japan. It is said that the shrine’s history goes way back to over 1,000 years ago, and it was built to honor 3 men who discovered the Kannon Statue, a secret symbol of Buddhism.

Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine

Sanja Matsuri; A Festival in AsakusaPerhaps the best time of the year to visit the shrine is the 3rd weekend in May, when an annual Sanja Matsuri (Sanja-Festival) is held. This 3-day festival features various events such as large parade and odaiko (drum) performance, and it usually draws over 1,500,000 audiences, both locals and visitors, annually. In addition to Sanja Matsuri, the shrine holds various events throughout the year, some of which are open to public.

Shinzen Kekkonshiki at Asakusa Shrine

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Asakusa shrine is also one of the most popular wedding venues in Japan; you can experience the traditional Japanese Shinto wedding ceremony called Shinzen-kekkonshiki (wedding before god), which features events such as “san-san-kudo”, where groom and bride would exchange the small cup filled with Sake to confirm the unity of marriage.

The shrine is located in Asakusa district in Tokyo, and it is within the walking distance from various train stations. As you get off the train and start walking towards the shrine, you would surely enjoy the atmosphere of Tokyo’s shitamachi, the local district still rich with the old Japanese tradition and cultures.

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