Events

Spring

This festival that started more than 1,200 years ago lets people in Nikko know that spring has come to the town. 11 hanayatais (floats), decorated with spring flowers parade in the town to celebrate coming of spring. Visitors can experience the rope tagging of some floats.

The biggest event of Nikko Toshogu Shrine. On May 17, the Shrine holds the yabusame ritual in which you can see archers’ arts of piloting the horses and shooting arrows on horsebacks. On May 18, the city has the procession called Hyakumono-Zoroe Sennin Gyoretsu, in which some 1,000 men dressed in samurai warrior outfits march to reproduce the scene where Ieyasu’s grave was being transferred from distant Mount Kunousan in Shizuoka Prefecture to Nikko.

Summer

The spa town hosts portable shrine and folk entertainment events, and displays of skyrocket fireworks are also scheduled.

One of the special features in the Imaichi area. Various types of fireworks including volley fireworks decorate the night sky.

Autumn

Winter

In daytime, visitors can enjoy snow sledding on the slope and barbeque in a snow hut called “Kamakura” (reservation required). In nighttime, miniature kamkakuras lit from inside on the river bed produce fantastic scenery.

To welcome tourists from other countries, Nikko and Kinugawa hot spring resort offer many benefits, such as discount of admission fees to various facilities in the areas, free-of-charge bathing in the hot spring, and free bus tickets to sightseeing spots and lodging facilities in the area.

In this festival, visitors can experience Japan’s and Nikko’s culture through various events, such as performance of the folk entertainment, sales of local food and tea ceremony, and celebrate the lunar new year.

Events held throughout the year

The event to tour and see 7 ceramic figures of “jaki,” imaginary creatures that are said to remove the negative vibes and bring in luck, and to prey for good luck. Small-size amulets for removing the negative vibes are presented to those who collected all the stamps.