Festivals & Events
Every year, on April 13 to 17, Futarasan Shrine in Nikko holds one of its oldest and most popular events. The 1200-year-old Yayoi festival celebrates the coming of spring with hopes for good fortune in the year.
The Futarasan Shrine can be accessed by bus or a long, pleasant walk from Nikko, the nearest train station.
Walking to the shrine gives you many chances to see many parts of Nikko. The walk from Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station takes about 45 minutes.
By bus, from Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station, you can take the world heritage tour bus which makes stops at the UNESCO Heritage sites including the Futarasan Shrine. The bus ride will take about 15 minutes.
Since the main theme of the festival is spring, much of the event and people are decorated in pink representing cherry blossoms. Even though the festival has modernized in many ways, the strict traditional rules and customs are still closely followed.
The main event of the festival is held on the last day. Twelve lavishly decorated floats are pulled across town. Enjoy the festive atmosphere walking in historic Nikko, listen to the music, and enjoy yourself with all the other festival goers.