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Yayoi Festival

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A traditional festival to celebrate Nikko’s spring

This festival, with over 1,200-year history, is held in Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine every 13 to 17 April.
11 Hanayatais (floats) decorated with spring flowers parade in the Nikko World Heritage area celebrate coming of spring.
The performance of people working in unison as they run up to Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine with their Hanayatai is impressive.
Tourists can also take part in carrying the Hanayatai. Feel free to give it a try!

Location Map

Basic Information

Address 2307yamauchi,Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-54-0535
Website http://www.futarasan.jp/yayoi/
Date April 13 to 17,every year
Venue Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine
DIRECTIONS 15 minutes from Nikko Station or Tobu-Nikko Station by World Heritage Tour bus to Taiyuin/Futarasanjinja-mae bus stop.
Map Code 367 311 598*76

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