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【2024】Introducing the ontakejinja itabashiku! Enchanting shrine festival with wolf狛inu

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Enchanting shrine festival with wolf狛inu

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Basic Information

Discover the captivating history and traditions of Mitakesan Shrine, a sacred site nestled in the heart of Itabashi Ward, Tokyo.

  • Address: 1-4-6 Sakuragawa, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
  • Phone Number: 03-3932-8527
  • Access: A 10-minute walk from Kami-Itabashi Station on the Tobu Tojo Line or a 6-minute walk from Sakuragawa bus stop.
  • Festival Days: September 11th (Wed) and 12th (Thu), 2024
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

Mitakesan Shrine’s annual festival captivates visitors with its vibrant atmosphere and rich cultural traditions.

Mikoshi Procession

The highlight of the festival is the Mikoshi Procession, where a portable shrine, or mikoshi, is paraded through the streets surrounding the shrine. Believed to carry the deity of the shrine, the mikoshi is adorned with intricate decorations and carried by teams of people. The procession is accompanied by lively music, creating a festive and energetic 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’s main hall. These performances tell stories from Japanese mythology and folklore, accompanied by enchanting music and graceful dance movements.

Food Stalls and Games

The festival grounds come alive with a variety of food stalls offering a diverse selection of Japanese delicacies. From classic festival favorites like yakitori and takoyaki to regional specialties, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Additionally, various games and activities are set up for visitors of all ages to enjoy, creating a lively and entertaining atmosphere.

Bonfire and Fireworks

As the festival reaches its climax, a large bonfire is lit in the evening, symbolizing the purification and warding off of evil spirits. The bonfire’s warmth and light create a magical ambiance, and the festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks display that illuminates the night sky, leaving visitors in awe.

Blessings and Deities

Mitakesan Shrine is dedicated山姫命 (Kanayamahime no Mikoto), and 倭健命 (Yamatotakeru no Mikoto). These deities are revered for their association are shrouded in mystery, but it is believed to have been founded over 1,300 years ago. According to legend, the shrine was established by a wandering priest who was guided by a divine wolf to the site where the shrine now stands. The shrine has undergone several renovations and expansions over the centuries, and it has become a beloved place of worship and a significant cultural landmark in the Itabashi Ward of Tokyo.

Tips and Notes for Visitors

To fully appreciate the Mitakesan Shrine festival, here are some tips and notes for visitors:

  • Arrive early to avoid crowds, especially during the main festival days.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking involved.
  • Bring a camera to capture the vibrant atmosphere and beautiful decorations.
  • Be respectful of the shrine’s sacred nature and observe proper etiquette.
  • Enjoy the festival’s unique atmosphere and immerse yourself in Japanese culture.

Parking Information

Limited parking is available at the shrine, but it is recommended to use public transportation or park nearby and walk to the festival grounds.

  • Mitakesan Shrine Parking Lot: Located adjacent to the shrine. Limited spaces available.
  • Nearby Public Transportation: Kami-Itabashi Station on the Tobu Tojo Line is a 10-minute walk from the shrine.
  • Nearby Parking Lots: There are several coin-operated parking lots within walking distance of the shrine.

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.