Asakusa Samba Carnival

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Asakusa Samba Carnival is held annually on the last Saturday of August in Asakusa, Taito-ku in Tokyo. The carnival started in 1981, and it has grown into the largest samba competition in Japan. It has become a major event of Asakusa and draws over 500,000 spectators. More than 5,000 performers gather from all over Japan at this event. The dancers in lavish costumes parade down Umamichi-dori street through Kaminarimon-dori street while being judged for competition.

Address
Umamichi-dori through Kaminarimon-dori in Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Contact No.
+81-3-3847-0038
Access
Short walk from Asakusa Station on Tobu Line, Tokyo Metro Line and Toei Subway Line
Official Website
http://www.asakusa-samba.org/
Time Required
Half-day
Admission fee
Free
Schedule
The last Saturday of August every year (hours: 13:00-18:00)

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

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Authentic Samba Modeled After the Original Carnival in Rio

The Samba dancing that you witness at the Asakusa Samba Carnival is modeled after the original Rio Carnival, making it very authentic. Over 5,000 participants compete in lavish costumes and dance energetically for the grand prize.

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Serious Competition in leagues!

The competition is divided into four leagues. The four leagues are Communication League that is composed of local brass band teams, Theme Samba League which consists of corporate teams, S1 League and S2 league. In the prestigious S1 league, you will see a more authentic parade with extravagant floats and Brazilian made costumes.

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Best spot for Photos

The parade begins in front of Nitenmon Gate of Sensoji temple on Umamichi-dori street and makes its way onto Kaminarimon-dori street toward Kokusai-dori street. You can see the parade anywhere along these streets, but the intersection of Umamichi-dori and Kaminarimon-dori is known as the best place to take photos.

Source:PIXTA

Asakusa Samba Carnival

Asakusa Samba Carnival is held annually on the last Saturday of August in Asakusa, Taito-ku in Tokyo. The carnival started in 1981, and it has grown into the largest samba competition in Japan. It has become a major event of Asakusa and draws over 500,000 spectators. More than 5,000 performers gather from all over Japan at this event. The dancers in lavish costumes parade down Umamichi-dori street through Kaminarimon-dori street while being judged for competition.

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Source:Wikimedia Commons

Authentic Samba Modeled After the Original Carnival in Rio

The Samba dancing that you witness at the Asakusa Samba Carnival is modeled after the original Rio Carnival, making it very authentic. Over 5,000 participants compete in lavish costumes and dance energetically for the grand prize.

Source:Wikimedia Commons

Serious Competition in leagues!

The competition is divided into four leagues. The four leagues are Communication League that is composed of local brass band teams, Theme Samba League which consists of corporate teams, S1 League and S2 league. In the prestigious S1 league, you will see a more authentic parade with extravagant floats and Brazilian made costumes.

Source:Wikimedia Commons

Best spot for Photos

The parade begins in front of Nitenmon Gate of Sensoji temple on Umamichi-dori street and makes its way onto Kaminarimon-dori street toward Kokusai-dori street. You can see the parade anywhere along these streets, but the intersection of Umamichi-dori and Kaminarimon-dori is known as the best place to take photos.

Source:PIXTA

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