Tokyo Jidai Matsuri (The Festival of Eras) is an historical parade that recalls Tokyo’s history and culture from the Heian era to the Meiji era. It was first held on November 3, 1999 as part of the event called Tokyo Renaissance, in an attempt to publicize Asakusa’s unique presence as the historical and cultural center of the international city of Tokyo. The event is held at November 3 and more than 1600 volunteers dressed as samurai, emperors and rulers participate in the procession.
The parade leave the square behind Sensoji Temple at 1:30 p.m. and proceed along Umamichi-dori from Nitenmon Gate, in front of Asakusa Matsuya Department Store, along Kaminarimon-dori, to Kaminarimon Gate and ends in Asakusa Tawaramachi at 3:30 p.m.
Sensoji Temple 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
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