The largest festival held at Nikko Toshogu Shrine in the historic area of Nikko. This event takes place in spring and autumn. Though the festival held in autumn is smaller than it in spring, autumn is a great season to enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountains in Nikko, covered with colorful leaves.

This shrine ritual is held on October 156 and 17 every year.

*It will be so crowded with tourists in Nikko between late October to middle November. It is recommended to plan up your travel with that in mind.

Toshogu Shrine Autumn Festival in Nikko

October 16th(Mon) - 17th(Tue) 2017
Location: Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture


16th(Mon) from 13:00(1:00PM) Horseback Archery - Yabusame (1-hour event)
Yabusame is the art of shooting arrows on horseback, performed as a traditional ceremony that derives from horse riding exercises for Samurai Warriors back 900 years.
YouTube- Yabusame at Toshogu Shrine:

17th(Tue) from 11:00AM Samurai Parade - Hyakumono Zoroi Sennin Gyouretsu 百物揃千人行列
A large parade of people in various Samurai costumes, solemnly walking in procession.
YouTube by Nikko Kankokyoku

Nikko Tourist Association

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