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Coming soon! Golden Dragon Dance at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa! Tour Report of Asakusa and Ueno Park on March 10,2024


Thank you for choosing our tour at Asakusa and Ueno Park on March 10. We welcomed 34 people from USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Netherland, Israel, UK, Germany, South Korea and Russia.

I hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had.



We would like to let you know about one of the annual events of Sensoji Temple. The Golden dragon dance will be performed in the precinct of Sensoji Temple on March 18. The Golden dragon dance is performed three times at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Kannon Bodhisattva, the principal image of Sensoji Temple, appeared on March 18 in the year of 628. It is said that golden dragon descended from the sky to the earth on that day. “Ennichi” is held on the 18th of each month. “Ennichi” is important day for Sensoji Temple. The Golden dragon used for the dance is 18 meters long and 88 kilograms weight and is manipulated as if it can move by 8 people. These 8 numbers come from the 18th day. The main hall of Sensoji Temple was destroyed during world warⅡ. The Golden dragon dance was made to commemorate rebuild of the main hall of Sensoji Temple in 1958. Since then, this festival has been celebrated every year. The golden dragon dance is held twice a year on March 18 and October 18. In addition, 3 portable shrine owned by Asakusa Shrine also appear on March 17 and 18. The 3 portable shrine is supposed to be moved to the main hall of Sensoji Temple in the evening of March 17 and be returned to Asakusa Shrine in the morning of March 18. This event was revived in 2000 and has been continued since then. You might be able to see the gorgeous portable shrine. It is worth visiting to see brave and elegant golden dragon dance and 3 magnificent portable shrine.

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