Gojoten Shrine Festival

Gojoten Jinja (五条天神社) is a shinto shrine located inside Ueno Park. It holds its annual festival in May. In 2014, it was at the same time as the Yushima Tenmangu shrine festival: I was walking away from that festival when I saw another mikoshi parade just across Chuo Dori.

Above, priestess on a horse.

Above, taiko drum band.

Below, some pictures of the shrine taken another time.

Above, entrance of Hanazono Inari Shrine and Gojoten Shrine from Ueno Park.

Above, the main building of the shrine.

Above, Gojoten Shrine during sakura season.

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Yushima Tenmangu Shrine Festival

Yushima Tenmangu (湯島天満宮), also known as Yushima Tenjin (湯島天神), is a shinto shrine in Bunkyo, not far from Ueno Park. It holds its annual festival in May.

Above, ema plaques. The shrine is dedicated to Tenjin, the god of learning, and is popular with students hoping to pass the entrance exam to the nearby University of Tokyo.

Above, Hyottoko.

Above, female taiko drum band.

Hanazono Shrine Festival

Hanazono Jinja (花園神社) is a shinto shrine in Shinjuku, right next to Kabukicho. It holds its annual festival in May. As usual in Japanese festivals, there are many food and game stalls on the grounds of the shrine, while the mikoshi are paraded around the neighbourhood.

Above, banana-choco.

Above, mikoshi at rest.

Above, someone dressed as a tengu.

Above, pulling the chariot with the musicians.

Above, festival pig.

Above, parading on Yasukuni Dori.

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri is a festival held in Asakusa every year in May. It celebrates the three people involved in the creation of Senso-ji and later enshrined as Shinto kami in Asakusa Shrine, next to the temple. It is one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo, with about 100 mikoshi (portable shrines) paraded around the neighbourhood.

Above, cats on Kaminarimon.

Above, Asakusa Shrine.

Above, ema plaque for the festival, showing the legend of how Senso-ji was founded.

Observatory of Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is a modern building located in front of the Kaminarimon Gate of Senso-ji, in Asakusa. The top floor has a cafe, as well as a freely accessible observatory with a great view on Senso-ji and Tokyo Skytree.

Above, Tokyo Skytree.

Above, Kaminarimon Gate, Nakamise Street and Senso-ji.

Above, Azuma Bridge and Sumida River.