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The Torikoe Shrine Grand Festival: Night of Enchanting Lanterns



2023.06.01 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

With a remarkable history of over 1370 years, the Torikoe Shrine, stands proudly facing Kuramaebashi-dori Avenue, and is home to an annual festival in June attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Festivities continue throughout the day time, but the highlight of the Torikoe Shrine Grand Festival comes as night falls. The atmosphere becomes enchanting as the lantern-laden portable shrines enter the shrine, surrounded by tall lanterns that illuminate the path. The Sengan-mikoshi, famously Tokyo's heaviest at 4 tons, stands out among these magnificent structures with its breathtaking nighttime procession through the city.

In 2023, the festival promises even more excitement as both the head mikoshi and the town mikoshi will make their triumphant return in a grand portable procession. This vibrant display will undoubtedly breathe new life into the Kuramae and Asakusabashi areas, filling them with energy and joy.

The Torikoe Shrine Grand Festival, also known as the Torikoe Festival, is scheduled to take place from June 9 to 11, 2023. The main event, the parade of the Sengan-mikoshi, will be held on Sunday, June 11. Starting at 6:30 a.m., the mikoshi will journey through the city until the evening, when the Torikoe Night Festival begins. Throughout the festival period, approximately 230 stalls are expected to line the shrine grounds, offering an array of delightful treats and crafts to explore.

Torikoe Shrine is located just a short 6-minute walk from Kuramae Station, accessible via the Toei Oedo and Asakusa Lines.

Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience that blends ancient customs with modern revelry. Get ready to witness the power of the mikoshi and enjoy a truly extraordinary celebration that will surely lift your spirits, quite literally!

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