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 festival consisting of solemn Shinto rituals on the Ryuokyo Valley, along with vibrant mikoshi (portable shrine) parade and fireworks in the Kinugawa - Kawaji Onsen, brings one of the greatest summer spectacles to the area. Tourists can experience mikoshi carrying (only for females and advance registration required).

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

Autumn

The location with abundant nature is fantastically illuminated to bring joys to visitors. Here, you can experience Japanese culture through hospitality to offer free-of-charge green tea, playing of traditional Japanese musical instruments, and sales of local food stand.

The biggest festival in the Nikko area. At a short distance, visitors can see various breathtaking rituals such as yabusame ritual in which riders on horsebacks shoot targets with arrows, as well as “Hyakumonozoroe Sennin Musha Gyoretsu,” a parade of 800 people in samurai warrior outfits.

Winter

In this fantastic event, about 800 miniature kamakuras (snow huts) are illuminated from inside with candles. You could enjoy BBQ in the standerd size kamakura. *BBQ: Reservation required.

For tourists from other countries, the resort offers many valuable benefits: for example, ryokans (Japanese inns) in the resort offer opportunities to take the onsen bath at no charge and relish Japanese dishes served in the New Year’s Day, while popular theme parks hold free-admission events. In addition, visitors can receive discount benefits for admission to sightseeing facilities in the Nikko-Kinugawa Onsen, as well as free bus coupon to sightseeing spots and lodging facilities in the Kinugawa area.

An event to celebrate the Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) together with tourists from other countries. You can experience various Japanese cultures such as tea ceremony to drink matcha (powdered green tea) for cerebration of the New Year, hospitality with complimentary Nikko soba (buckwheat noodles), a shooting game that is popular in Japanese festival, and kakizome (calligraphy ceremony at the 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.