Mitama Matsuri

Things to do Yasukuni Shrine , Kudanshita Thursday July 13 2017 - Sunday July 16 2017 Free
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Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Yasukuni Shrine during its annual Mitama Matsuri, one of Tokyo's biggest Obon festivals. First held in 1947, the festival is best known for the 30,000 lanterns that light the way to the shrine each evening – so don't forget your camera. Given that the event is intended to honour the dead, some visitors have been surprised to discover that the attractions usually include a popular obake yashiki haunted house; there are also mikoshi parades, concerts and traditional dance performances held over the four days, although the food and drink stalls unfortunately remain banished – along with the above-mentioned chamber of horrors.

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Venue name: Yasukuni Shrine
Contact:
Address: 3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo

Transport: Kudanshita Station (Hanzomon, Shinjuku, Tozai lines), exits 1, 3 or Ichigaya Station (Chuo, Nanboku, Shinjuku, Sobu, Yurakucho lines), exits A3, A4
Event website: http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/schedule/mitama.html
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