Kurayami Matsuri Festival (Festival in darkness) | May 5 (Apr.30 - May 6) 2019

A traditional festival held at Ookunitamajinja Shrine in Fuchu, in the west Tokyo. Has a history of over 1000 years, nearly 700 thousand people come to this festival every year. The highlight is the parade of Mikoshi (portable shrines) carrying and the drumming ceremony.

Kurayami Matsuri Festival (Festival in darkness)

April 30(Tue) (*May 3rd(Fri)) - 6th(Mon)  2019 
Location: Fuchu City, Tokyo

This festival is actually held between April 30 and May 6. The first period (Apri.30-May2) is for solemn ceremonies. The festival includes following events. To find more event schedule, see their official website.

On 3rd May
Float Parade from from 18:00(6:00PM) to 20:00 (8:00PM)
Horse riding in traditional Samurai costume from 20:00 (8:00 PM)

On 4th May
Mando lantern performance from 12:30 PM to 14:00 (2:00 PM)
Drumming Ceremony from 17:00PM(5:00PM) to 18:00PM(6:00PM)
Float Parade from from 18:00PM(6:00PM) to 21:00PM(9:00PM)

On 5th May
Drumming Ceremony from 14:30(2:30PM) to 15:00PM(3:00PM)
Mikoshi Parade from 18:00 (6:00 PM) *The highlight of this festival

On 6th May
Mikoshi Parade (Closing ceremony) from 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM in the morning

Ookunitamajinja Shrine https://www.ookunitamajinja.or.jp/

YouTube by tonbitoyosuke https://youtu.be/LKDxteNc8WI

Getting there
From Shinjuku Station take the Keio-sen Train (Junkyu Semi-express. 24 min) and get off at Fuchu Station. A 5 min walk from Fuchu Station to Ookunitamajinja Shrine.

Google Maps: Ookunitamajinja https://goo.gl/maps/2bgeSxuBcNU2

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