This festival is on of the top "100 must go to festival" and is one of the “3 great Shinto festivals in Tokyo” – along with the Kanda and Sanno festivals – and takes place on the third weekend of May.
Over 2 million spectators watch this rough festival that is full of energetic, mostly tattooed men bouncing the "Mikoshi" up and down. Most Mikoshi Matsuri, you''ll see the bouncing of the heavy Mikoshi but during the Sanja Matsuri, fundoshi clad participants often ride on the top and will try to knock opponents off.
On Saturday, the main parade will start at the Asakusa Shrine around noon.
Schedule & Key events:
● May 19
from 1 p.m.: Daigyoretsu through the town, proceeding on Nakamise-dori Street to the shrine
from 2:20 p.m.: Binzasara-mai performance in Shaden Hall
from 3 p.m.: Binzasara-mai performance on Kaguraden stage
● May 20
from noon: Parade of 100 mikoshi through the town
from 4 p.m.: Buyo (Japanese dance) on Kaguraden stage
from 5 p.m.: Miko (shrine maiden) dance on Kaguraden stage
● May 21
from 6 a.m.: Parade of three mikoshi in the shrine's neighborhood
from 2 p.m.: Miko (shrine maiden) dance on Kaguraden stage
from 3 p.m.: Buyo (Japanese dance) on Kaguraden stage
from 4 p.m.: Taiko in the shrine precincts