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Nikko Toshogu Shrine Autumn Grand Festival

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A stirring view of the procession of 1000 samurai warriors

This traditional festival is a re-enactment of the relocation of Divine Spirit of the great shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa from Mt. Kuno in Shizuoka to Nikko.
Dressed in extravagant costumes, over 1,000 shrine-parishioners parade down the streets.
One the day before the festival, the performance of “Yabusame”, horseback archery, is also worth seeing.

Basic Information

Address 2301, Sannai, Nikko city, Tochigi prefecture
Telephone Number 0288-54-0560(Nikko City Tourism Association)
Website http://www.toshogu.jp/english/events/index.html
Date October 16, 17 every year
Time October 16
Yabusame Archery : 13:00-14:30

October 17
Parade of 1000 Samurai Warriors 11:00-13:00
Venue Nikko Toshogu Shrine
DIRECTIONS 6 minutes from Nikko Station or Tobu-Nikko Station by World Heritage Tour bus to Nishisando bus stop.
Map Code 367 312 489*32

Nikko Area

The Nikko area, in the northwestern part of the prefecture, is particularly mountainous. In the midst of the rich nature, including the 2,486-meter-high volcano Mt. Nantai, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Falls, there are numerous shrines and temples that are registered as UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites. From Kinugawa Onsen to Kawaji Onsen, hot springs can also be found throughout the area. There are a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy as well, such as stand-up paddleboarding in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

Seasons in Tochigi