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Zojoji Temple Bon dance


The Bon dance festival is held over two days in late July every year and about 5000 people gather in Zojoji temple. You can try various foods as the Tokyo Prince Hotel and many other nearby restaurants have stalls there, this is one of the best parts of the festival.

What is Bon dance?

The Bon dance is said to originate from a memorial service. However, nowadays it is one part of Japanese summer that local people enjoy.

Anyone can join in!

Bon dance is based on repetition of the same steps, the basic pattern is so simple that you can easily remember it as you watch. Anyone can join in the Bon dance, so if you learn some of the steps, you can start dancing!

Yukata is recommended

Many people join the Bon dance wearing a Yukata which is a type of traditional Japanese Kimono. Of course you can do the Bon dance even in everyday clothes, but wearing a Yukata will be more fun. There is also rental service if you don’t have your own, so why not join the Bon dance wearing a Yukata.

Tokyo tower and Zojoji temple

Zojoji temple is a photogenic spot where you can clearly see both Tokyo tower , symbolizing Tokyo, and the historic temple at the same time. Even if the Bon dance isn’t being held, It is worth visiting just for the view!

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    Zojoji Temple
    4-7-35 Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011

    10 mins walk from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Line・Tokyo Monorail
    3 mins walk from Onarimon Station & Shibakouen Station on the Toei Subway Mita Line
    5 mins walk from Daimon Station on the Toei Subway Asakusa Line & Oedo Line
    7 mins walk from Akabanebashi Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line
    10 mins walk from Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line