Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring Festival


Nikko Toshogu’s foremost event, the Reitaisei (Grand Festival) is held every year. On May 17, you can see the ancient art of yabusame (horseback archery), followed on the next day by a grand procession. A mikoshi (portable shrine) is carried through town, accompanied by 1,000 people dressed as samurai. This display reproduces Tokugawa Ieyasu’s funeral procession, in which his grave was transferred from Mt. Kunousan in Shizuoka Prefecture to Nikko.

Read more about this event (brochure).

How to get there:
6 minutes from Nikko Station or Tobu-Nikko Station by World Heritage Tour bus to Nishisando bus stop.

May 17-18

Nikko City Tourism Association


Areas of Nikko