The largest festival held at Nikko Toshogu Shrine in the historic area of Nikko. This event takes place in spring and autumn. The highlight is Yabusame Horseback Archery put on at the approach to the Toshogu Shrine and the Samurai parade.

Toshogu Shrine Spring Festival in Nikko
日光東照宮春季例大祭

May 17th(Wed) - 18th(Thu) 2017

Location: Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Tochigi prefecture


17th(Wed) from 13:00PM Horseback Archery - Yabusame
Yabusame is the art of shooting arrows on horseback, performed as a traditional ceremony that derives from horse riding exercises for Samurai warriors date back 900 years.
YouTube- Yabusame at Toshogu Shrine : http://youtu.be/OHGXN7unWxA

18th(Thu) 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 http://youtu.be/yr92BrIWvNc

Nikko Tourist Association
http://nikko-travel.jp/english/

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