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Mitama Matsuri

3-1-1 Kudan Kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
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Highlight of our trip

If you're in Japan during the time of Mitama Matsuri you have to go! It's such a beautiful... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2017
Emma B
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Held at Yasukuni Shrine, the Mitama Matsuri festival is one of Tokyo's great Obon festivals, held to honor ancestors. 30,000 bright paper lanterns line the walk to the main shrine, throwing delicate and haunting light onto the footpaths. Mikoshi shrine parades and traditional song and dance troupes take to the street over four days of celebration. As it is a festival of the dead, sometimes pop-up haunted houses are incorporated.
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Sep 4, 2017
“Highlight of our trip”
3-1-1 Kudan Kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya, Iidabashi
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Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

If you're in Japan during the time of Mitama Matsuri you have to go! It's such a beautiful festival, everyone is in high spirits and the lights and live music make for an amazing atmosphere. The lanterns are stunning all lit up. It made for...More

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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around
the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in
Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a
photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old
Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this
day, and there are long-standing restaurants with
geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.
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