Fukagawa Hachiman Main Festival
Partners Information: The Fukagawa Hachiman Festival will hold its main festival (hon-matsuri) this year. The main festival is celebrated only once every three years.
One of the Three Great Festivals of Edo (Tokyo), Fukagawa Hachiman Festival takes place at Tomioka Hachiman Shrine. This is the largest shrine dedicated to the God, Hachiman in Tokyo.
Fukagawa Hachiman Festival dates back to the order of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was first held to celebrate the birth of Ietsuna Tokugawa, the 4th generation heir to the Tokugawa shogun.
The highlight of the festival is the Mikoshi Rengo Togyo, the Procession of Divine Palanquins, on 13th August. 53 large scale Mikoshi (portable shrines) parade through a path 8km long as the mikoshi carriers chant “Wasshoi!”.
The sight of all 53 mikoshi in a procession is an unforgettable sight! The entire parade takes 2 hours from start to finish.
Another characteristic of the Fukagawa Hachiman Festival is that spectators throw water at the mikoshi carriers, giving the festival the nickname, “Water Throwing Festival”.
This energetic festival embodies summer in Japan. Visit Fukagawa in Tokyo, where the spirit of tradition burns hotter than the August sun!
Sunday, 13th August 2017
Tomioka Hachiman Shrine (1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
A 3 minute walk from Monzen-nakacho Station (on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line T12 or Toei Oedo Line E15)
7.30am Assemble in front of the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine (starting point)
9.30am Pass in front of the Fukagawa Edo Museum (1-3-28 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
12.00pm Eitai Bridge
1.00pm Arrive back in front of the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine
Event outline and full schedule