Festivals & Events
When Tokugawa Ieyasu, the most powerful man in Japan at the time, died in 1616, his remains were transferred from Shuzuoka to Nikko. Soldiers marched along this journey with the remains that would eventually be enshrined at Toshogu Shrine.
Toshogu Shrine can be easily accessed by bus or a long pleasure walk from Nikko, the nearest train Station.
By walk, if time is not a concern, there are many things to see and do on the walk to Toshogu Shrine. The walk takes about 45 minutes from Nikko Station.
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 Toshogu Shrine. The bus ride will take about 15 minutes
Grand Spring Festival is one of two festivals that celebrates the final journey of reaching Tokugawa Ieyasu's final resting place. Traditional warrior demonstrations such as horse back archery are performned.
The main event is the march of 1000 full armored samurais recreating the escort of Tokugawa Ieyasu's remains to Nikko.
The festival occurs every year on May 17th and 18th. If you miss this event, there is a similar but slightly smaller even in the fall called the Shuki Taisai - Grand Autumn Festival.