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Fukagawa Hachiman Festival 2019 – Throw Water at the Mikoshi Carriers!

Masaki

Nagamuma

Writer

I would like to introduce a great festival which it takes place in the old part of Tokyo – Fukagawa Hachiman Festival. If you are looking for something unique to experience in Japan, here it will be easy to feel traditional Japanese culture. From this article, you will learn more about one of the biggest Matsuri in Tokyo, and probably it will make you want to visit this exceptional event!

About the Matsuri

The Fukagawa Hachiman Festival (深川八幡祭り) is an annual festival, along Eitai street to Tomioka Hachiman Shrine. It is one of the big three Shinto (traditional religion of Japan) festivals of Tokyo, along with the Kanda festival and Sanno festival. This festival is famous for being one of the oldest festivals. It first took place to celebrate the birth of Ietsuna Tokugawa, the fourth Shogun of the Tokugawa family, who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868.

You can see this festival every year. However, it has a three-year cycle of the Hon Matsuri (the main ceremonial festival), the Gohonsha Matsuri (the main shrine festival), the Kage Matsuri (minor festival). Hon Matsuri is the most famous one, so almost 500 thousand people visit the festival. The Fukagawa Hachiman Festival, especially during the Hon Matsuri makes the town and its streets filled with a lot of people, both those who carry the Mikoshi (portable shrine) and the regular festival goers. As with every festival, many food stalls fill the roads and the shrine.

Things To Do and See

This festival lasts for five days, and Sunday is the day of the main parade. There are two interesting points to see on this day.
One of it is the Mikoshi Rengo Togyo, which is the main parade of this festival. The street has crowds of people who carry 53 large Mikoshi. In total, there are about five hundred thousand people that watch or join. Those that join carry it for eight kilometers while chanting “Wasshoi” (the word similar to Heave ho!). There are different kinds of chant, and it might be enjoyable to listen to those differences. The sight of all 53 Mikoshi in the parade is imposing. It will be an unforgettable performance!

Another point of this festival is that spectators throw water at the Mikoshi carriers, so this festival is also known as Mizukake Matsuri (Water Splashing Festival). The purpose of this is to cool and refresh the bearers because summer in Tokyo is sweltering and humid, it helps the holders a lot.

Details and Access

Dates: The dates of the original proceedings change year to year, but usually, it is on the last week of August. However, in 2018 the festival was held from 11th Aug to 15th Aug. The main parade started at 7:30 am on August 12th. In 2019 the festival will be held from August 10th to 14th. Sunday (Aug 11th, 2019) is the day of the main parade which will start at 7:30 am and finish at 3:30 pm.

Place: Tomioka Hachiman Shrine

Address: 1 Chome-20-3, Tomioka, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to

Official Website (Japanese Only): http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp/htmls/maturih1.html

Access:

The nearest station is Monzen-Nakacho station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line. It is an about 3-minute walk from the station.

Please check the official website of the festival to confirm the dates of the next festival

Other Things to Do in Fukagawa

After checking out the festival, there are a lot of things to do and places to visit around Fukagawa. Fukagawa is not a famous touristic spot, so I would like to show you some great spot here.

Kiyosumi Garden

  • Relax and walk around while looking at beautiful landscapes in a Japanese garden. It is good to visit after you enjoy the festival to chill and enjoy.

Coffee shops

  • There are many coffee shops around Fukagawa. It`s an excellent place to relax and take a rest. This area is a paradise for coffee lovers. One of my favorite coffee shops is Blue Bottle Coffee, which you can find in the area.

Closing Remarks

I think that the Fukagawa Hachiman Festival is one of the best festivals to join. Unlike other festivals, at this festival participants can throw water at the Mikoshi carriers which are pretty fun and gives you a lot of energy. I am sure that it is a unique experience, and it will become an unforgettable time for you. Also, it is a famous summer festival in Japan. During the festival, the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine is filled with many people, so you can connect with local people and enjoy the festival together with them.

Would You Like to Enjoy Japanese Water Festivals?

Being a country surrounded by the ocean and having many water resources, Japan has a deep relationship with water. That is why there are many festivals based on the “water” theme. And those festivals are not only in summer. If you like water and want to become a part of energetic festivity, the following article will introduce you to 10 best water festivals in Japan!
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You can enjoy this festival as well with local friends. If you need any guides to take you to the festival and show you more things to do in Japan check below!

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel themselves a bit lost. They are confused about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

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Masaki Nagamuma

Hello, I am Masaki Nagamuma, college student in Tokyo. love to visit a lot of place in Japan and other country. If you have any interested in Japan, I want you to check my article.

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