The Asakusa Samba Carnival

If you thought that the Samba Carnival only takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, then you might be surprised to know that it’s celebrated in other countries around the world too. The Asakusa Samba Carnival held each August in Tokyo’s Asakusa district is the largest carnival in the northern hemisphere and has been celebrated for more than 30 years now. If you happen to be in Tokyo during August, then why not attend this vibrantly colorful festival? Find out when, where, and how below.

  • How the festival takes place
  • From where to watch
  • Event details

How the festival takes place

Every year during August, 30 to 40 flamboyantly dressed groups sing and dance down the streets of Asakusa. Some of the largest groups have more than 250 people on colorful floats of all sizes. The highly festive event is a competition where a panel of judges select a winning team, and spectators get to vote for their favorite group via mobile phone too.

From where to watch the festivities

The Asakusa Samba Carnival takes place along Kaminarimon Dori street. For those who do not know, the road is relatively short as it only runs for six blocks, and during the 5 to 6 hour-long event, 500,000 people are crammed into it. So the best place to observe from will be anywhere from where you are comfortable.

Be near the judges if you want to see the participating groups put on their best performance.

Event details

When?Last Saturday of August
Where?Umamichi street to Kaminarimon street, Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0034
Admission FeeFree
Time13:00pm – 18:00pm

Further reading

Visit the official site of the yearly Asakusa Samba Carnival here‘Website is in Japanese only’.