Tochigi: Yayoi Sai

The festival is with over a 1,200 year history. Parade of hanayatai (11 house-shaped floats, colorfully embellished with artificial cherry blossoms and paper lanterns) and three mikoshi (portable shrine) are the highlight.

Schedule & Key events:
● April 16 & 17 Parade of hanayatai
● April 17 from noon: Parade of mikoshi from Futarasan-jinja Shrine to Hongu-jinja Shrine

Location: Futarasan-jinja Shrine and others, Nikko, Tochigi

JR Nikko Line to Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Line to Tobu-Nikko Station. From there, take bus to Nishi-Sando Bus Stop (7 min.), and then walk 7 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.