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.


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.



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.

In this event, the Chinese New Year is celebrated. This year’s event features the “Kaiun Oni Atsume Stamp Rally (Ogre Stamp Rally for Good Luck),” in which participants walk around to meet “oni (ogre)” originated from Kinugawa onsen and pray for good luck in the new year. Participants who collected all the stamps can receive the gift (first 200 people only).

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.