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【2024】Introducing the hikawajinja bunkyouku! Enchanting lights dance at Hikawa Jinja Shrine Festival

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Enchanting lights dance at Hikawa Jinja Shrine Festival

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Basic Information

Hikawa Jinja Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated0011

  • Phone Number: 03-3941-6687
  • Access: A six-minute walk from Myogadani Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, or a two-minute walk from Yutatatezaka bus stop on the Toei Bus
  • Festival Days: September 9th and 10th, 2024
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    Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

    The Hikawa Jinja Shrine Festival is a lively and colorful event that attracts many visitors each year. The main events and attractions of the festival include:

    Mikoshi Procession

    One of the highlights of the festival is the mikoshi procession. On the first day of the festival, ten mikoshi (portable shrines) from local town associations participate in a procession through the streets of Bunkyo Ward. On the second day, twenty-four mikoshi participate in the procession, creating a vibrant and lively atmosphere.

    Kagura Performance

    Kagura is a traditional Japanese performing art that combines music, dance, and storytelling. During the festival, kagura performances are held at the shrine, offering visitors a chance to experience this unique art form.

    Bon Odori Dance

    Bon Odori is a traditional Japanese folk dance that is performed during the Obon festival, which is a time to honor the spirits of the deceased. During the Hikawa Jinja Shrine Festival, Bon Odori dances are held in the evening, providing a festive and lively atmosphere.

    Food Stalls

    A variety of food stalls are set up at the festival, offering a wide range of delicious Japanese food and snacks. Visitors can enjoy everything from traditional festival foods like yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and takoyaki (octopus balls) to more modern fare like crepes and ice cream.

    Games and Activities

    There are also a variety of games and activities for children and adults to enjoy at the festival. These include traditional Japanese games like ring toss and goldfish scooping, as well as more modern games like face painting and balloon art.

    Blessings and Deities

    Hikawa Jinja Shrine is dedicated to three deities: Susanoo-no-Mikoto, the god of storms and the sea; Ōnamuchi-no-Mikoto, the god of agriculture and industry; and Inari-no-Miko>

    Origin and History

    The origins of Hikawa Jinja Shrine are unclear, but it is believed to have been founded in the 5th century AD. The shrine was originally located in the grounds of the Koishikawa Botanical Garden, but it was moved to its current location in 1699.

    • Founded: 5th century AD
    • Original location: Koishikawa Botanical Garden
    • Current location: 1699

    Tips and Notes for Visitors

    Here are some tips and notes for visitors to the Hikawa Jinja Shrine Festival:

    • The festival is held on September 9th and 10th, 2024.
    • The festival is free to attend.
    • The festival is very popular, so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid crowds.
    • There are a variety of food and drink stalls at the festival.
    • There are also a variety of games and activities for children and adults to enjoy.

    Parking Information

    There is no parking lot at Hikawa Jinja Shrine. However, there are several public parking lots nearby.

    • Bunkyo Ward Office Parking Lot
    • Koishikawa Botanical Garden Parking Lot
    • Myogadani Station Parking Lot

    Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years

     

    Type of StallDescription
    TakoyakiA staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
    Jaga ButterA simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
    Baby CastellaSmall castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
    Grilled Ayu with SaltFresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
    ShaapinA unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
    OkonomiyakiA Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
    Cotton CandyA fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
    Chocolate BananaA banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
    KushiyakiVarious types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
    YakisobaFried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.