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 in autumn is smaller than it in spring, autumn is a great season to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains in Nikko covered with colorful leaves.
This shrine ritual is annually held on 16th and 19th of October.
*IIt will be so crowded with tourists in Nikko between late October to middle November. It is suggested that you plan a trip there with the traffic in mind.
Toshogu Shrine Autumn Festival in Nikko
October 16th and 17th
Location: Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
16th(Tue) 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: http://youtu.be/OHGXN7unWxA
17th(Wed) 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
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