Sanno Matsuri 山王祭 Tokyo (June)
Shinkosai is held once every two years. It is a spectacular event, and is counted as one of Japan's three great matsuri. It has a history of over 400 years, and from the time of Iemitsu Tokugawa, successive generations of lords attended and worshipped at the matsuri. It is the only matsuri in Japan in which participants proceed around the Imperial Palace and the old Edo Castle. An elegant and refined procession of around 500 people stretches for 300 m, creating a stunning scene in the city center reminiscent of a Heian period picture scroll. The highlight is the scene of dashi (floats) and mikoshi (shrine floats) from each town of parishioners entering the grounds together.
Hie Jinja, Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Take the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line to Akasaka station (Exit 2) and walk for approx. 3 min.
Take the Tokyo Metro Namboku line / Ginza line to Tameike-sanno station (Exit 7) and walk for approx. 3 min.
Take the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line to Kokkai-gijidomae station (Exit 5) and walk for approx. 5 min.
Take the Tokyo Metro Ginza line / Marunouchi line to Akasaka-mitsuke station (Exit 11) and walk for approx. 8 min.
Approx. 5 min. from Kasumigaseki interchange on the Shutoko Expressway.