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【2024】Introducing the akuashiteiodaibajinja minatoku! Odaiba’s shrine festival of light and water

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Odaiba’s shrine festival of light and water

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Basic Information

Aquacity Odaiba Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the Odaiba district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the gods Amaterasu Omikami and Toyouke Omikami.

  • Address: 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 135-0091, Japan
  • Phone Number: 03-3599-4700
  • Access: 1-minute walk from Yurikamome “Daiba” Station, 6-minute walk from Rinkai Line “Tokyo Teleport” Station
  • Festival Days: March 21 (Thu/Hol), 2023 – May 7 (Sun), 2023
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Aquacity Odaiba Shrine Festival is a vibrant and colorful event that attracts visitors from all over Tokyo. The festival features a variety of events and attractions, including:

Mikoshi Procession

One of the main highlights of the festival is the mikoshi procession. A mikoshi is a portable shrine that is carried through the streets by a team of people. The mikoshi of Aquacity Odaiba Shrine is particularly impressive, as it is decorated with elaborate carvings and colorful streamers.

Traditional Japanese Music and Dance Performances

The festival also features a variety of traditional Japanese music and dance performances. These performances are a great way to learn about Japanese culture and history. Some of the most popular performances include taiko drumming, shamisen playing, and kabuki theater.

Food and Games

No Japanese festival would be complete without food and games! The Aquacity Odaiba Shrine Festival features a wide variety of food stalls selling everything from traditional Japanese dishes to international cuisine. There are also a number of games and activities for children and adults alike, such as goldfish scooping and ring toss.

Fireworks Display

The festival culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over Tokyo Bay. The fireworks are launched from a barge in the bay, and they light up the sky with their vibrant colors. The fireworks display is a beautiful and memorable way to end the festival.

Blessings and Deities

Aquacity Odaiba Shrine is dedicated to the gods Amaterasu Omikami and Toyouke Omikami. Amaterasu Omikami is the sun goddess and the most important deity in the Shinto pantheon. She is revered as the ancestor of the Japanese imperial family and is said to bring blessings of light, warmth, and life. Toyouke Omikami is the goddess of food and agriculture. She is worshipped for her role in providing sustenance and nourishment to the people of Japan.

Origin and History

Aquacity Odaiba Shrine was established in 2004 on the seventh floor of the Aquacity Odaiba shopping mall. The shrine was built to provide a place of worship for the people of Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. The shrine is also a popular tourist destination, as it offers stunning views of the Tokyo skyline and Rainbow Bridge.

Tips and Notes for Visitors

  • The shrine is open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • Admission is free.
  • Visitors are expected to dress respectfully when visiting the shrine.
  • Photography is permitted, but please be respectful of other visitors.
  • The shrine offers a variety of amulets and charms that can be purchased as souvenirs.

Parking Information

  • There is a parking lot available for visitors to the shrine.
  • The parking lot is located on the fourth floor of the Aquacity Odaiba shopping mall.
  • The parking fee is 500 yen for the first hour and 250 yen for each additional 30 minutes.

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.