Mikoshi (Photo: nakashi / CC BY-SA 2.0)
Mikoshi (Photo: nakashi / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

The water throwing festival

Venue: Tomioka Hachiman-gū shrine When: Mid Aug 2024

The Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri is one of the three biggest Edo festivals held in Tokyo, along with Sanja Matsuri and Kanda Matsuri.

Nicknamed mizu-kake matsuri—literally water throwing festival—you will soon understand its meaning, where people throw water on the mikoshi, the portable shrines carried in the district. From local shopkeepers to firefighters, everybody is happily throwing water to the mikoshi.

Though an annual event, the festival is celebrated at full size with a Hon-matsuri every three years (2020; 2023; 2026; etc.). For the occasion, over 50 mikoshi are carried in the streets.

The Tomioka Hachiman-gū, the host of the festival, is also known to have the heaviest mikoshi in the Kantō region, weighing 4.5 tons. It is decorated with diamonds, sapphires and rubies, and is worth over a billion yen. It is so heavy that it is not usually carried in the street, but is on display at the shrine.

If you are not scared of huge crowds don't miss the event, to see the mikoshi or to enjoy some street food. The event is five days long, with taiko, koto and dance performances.

Getting there

Tomioka Hachiman-gū is located close to Monzen-nakacho Station on the Oedo or Tozai subway lines. The mikoshi parade also passes next to the Kayabachō Station on Hibiya and Tozai lines and Kiba Station on Tozai line.

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Isabelle 7 months ago
Any idea what the timeline is on August 15, 2023 and whether there's gonna be mikoshi on august 15?
Mai Kuriyama 7 months ago
This schedule is from 2017, but I don't think that there will be major changes this year either.
William Walton 8 months ago
Is this taking place in 2023? Every site that I go to hasn't been updated past 2022 or only says TBD.
Do you know of a schedule of daily events?
William Walton 7 months ago

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