Experience One of Japan’s Most Exhilarating Festivals
A centuries-old tradition roars to life each autumn with this visually striking seasonal ritual
Japan may have more than its fair share of festivals, and among the most enchanting of them all is the Kanuma Autumn Festival, held every second week of October at Imamiya Shrine, near Nikko.
The centerpiece of the celebration — itself designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage — are twenty-seven massive wooden floats, exquisitely maintained by artisans using ancient skills.
These mighty structures are hauled down the streets when they face off against each other in a musical showdown, adding to the excitement. From the dazzling waterfront fireworks display to streets lined with food stalls serving tasty treats — enjoy this truly otherworldly experience and a one-of-a-kind feast for all five senses.
Kanuma Autumn Festival