You should visit Asakusa

18 Mar

浅草 (Asakusa) is one of the many parts of Tokyo that I like alot.

It’s a 下町 (traditional downtown area). Famous for the 雷門 (Lightning Gate), 浅草寺 (Sensouji Temple), and the numerous excellent (festivals) that are held there.

(Click here to read a post I wrote about 浅草 (Asakusa)).

Starting today, for the next few weeks, there will alot going on in 浅草 (Asakusa).

  • Today (March 18): 金竜の舞い (Golden Dragon Festival).
    This is held every year on March 18. I have been to this festival a few times when the date fell on a weekend. I have to work today, so I can’t go this year…but, if you can make it—I recommend it.
    Click here to read about it on my Festivals In Tokyo page.
  • Sunday, March 22, 2009: Tokyo Marathon.
    An annual international marathon with runners from all over the world racing through the streets of Tokyo.
    The course brings them past the 雷門 (Lightning Gate) in 浅草 (Asakusa).


  • Late March – Early April: 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing).
    This traditional event is done all over Japan. One popular location is near the 隅田川 (Sumida River) in 浅草 (Asakusa).
    (Last year, I wrote a few posts about 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing). Click here to read one.)
  • Sunday, April 12, 2009: 白鷺の舞い (White Heron Dance).
    A famous 浅草 (Asakusa) festival.

    「白鷺の舞い」 (White Heron Dance)

    「白鷺の舞い」 (White Heron Dance)

  • Saturday, April 18, 2009: 流鏑馬 (Horseback Archery).
    An exciting ancient Japanese archery display that involves the archers shooting arrows at targets while riding a galloping horse.
    (I have seen 流鏑馬 (Horseback Archery) a number of times. Last year, I wrote a post about the 流鏑馬 (Horseback Archery) at 浅草 (Asakusa). Click here to read it.)

There are plenty of other great festivals in 浅草 (Asakusa) throughout the year. But these are the ones that are coming up.

Have you ever been to any of these festivals in 浅草 (Asakusa) before? Will you attend this year? Did you already know about these events?

16 Responses to “You should visit Asakusa”

  1. badbozs March 19, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    I like the pictures you put up with your articles.


    • tokyo5 March 19, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

      Thank you.

      I looked at your site. You sell “biker goods”.
      I like Harley-Davidson merchandise.

      I have a T-shirt and wallet from the “Harley-Davidson, Tokyo” store.


  2. cuteandcurls March 19, 2009 at 12:59 am #

    Thats one of the many things I do love about Japan, their festivals. They have so many festivals and each of them are different, unique and special too. That is the beauty of Japan. I’ll take note of this festival and when the day comes I hope I’ll get to experience it.


    • tokyo5 March 19, 2009 at 1:46 am #

      Have you ever attended a festival in Japan before?


      • cuteandcurls March 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

        Never 😦 I only hear about it from my father who went there for 6 months i think for training a long long time ago and he would tell me about the things he did there with his local friends. Heck he even sing the songs that they sang together during festivals! How envious can his daughter be! 😀 Hence my fascination of Japan’s cultural festivals


      • tokyo5 March 19, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

        You father knows Japanese songs? That’s great.

        Which festival was your father’s favorite?


  3. bartman905 March 19, 2009 at 12:47 am #

    Yes, I have been to Asakusa several times and am planning to attend some of the festivals you listed in your blog post. Thanks again for yet another informative post!


    • tokyo5 March 19, 2009 at 1:45 am #

      Yeah, you should go to these festivals. I’ve been to them all a few times each…and they’re all fun.


  4. Tom March 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    I love Asakusa too. I used to live there in fact.

    Sanjya Matsuri and the fireworks are the two festivals I’d recommend.


  5. Mb March 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    I like the White Heron costumes. Very artistic! The festivals sound fun. I’m not sure if I’ve heard of those festivals. There seem to be so many festivals in Japan that I cannot keep track! 😉 We’ll have to go to several of them when we do finally visit. I can’t wait!


    • tokyo5 March 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

      Yes, Japan has many great festivals! Come to Tokyo and I’ll show you some!


  6. lvironpigs March 18, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    Is the time that is listed with a comment the Japanese time? For example, my last comment says 9:22 am March 18.

    It’s 8:22 pm March 17 (st patricks day) for me!


    • tokyo5 March 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

      >Is the time that is listed with a comment the Japanese time?

      Yes. For example, I’m typing this at 10:13PM on March 18 (JST)…so that’s what time it should have stamped when I post this comment.


  7. lvironpigs March 18, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    I like the pictures you put up with your articles.


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