Held over two weeks at Akarenga Sōkō in early October, this festival features dozens beers and much carousing in the spirit of the German festival.
This annual festival is held to mark the end of the climbing season and to offer thanks for the safety of the year's climbers. The first day involves a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession and the lighting of bonfir…
Nikkō's most important annual festival features horseback archery on the first day and a 1000-strong costumed re-enactment of the delivery of Ieyasu's remains to Nikkō on the second.
Going strong for over 300 years, this festival features a parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) and large floats, embarking from Narita-san Shinshōji and drawing crowds of around 450,000.
A week of celebrations held from the second to the third Sundays in April. It includes a wide range of activities centred on Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, including yabusame (Samurai-style horseback archery) on the final …
Slightly scaled-down autumnal version of May's Tōshō-gū Grand Festival, with horseback archery and a reenactment of Ieyasu's final journey to his tomb.
At Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū on 14 September there's a procession of mikoshi (portable shinto shrines, 11am to 1pm), and on 16 September a display of horseback archery from 1pm.
Held in mid-April and mid-September over two days, the Yokohama editions of this multi-city booze fest feature around 200 craft beers from across Japan at locations around the city.
Procession of mikoshi held at Futarasan-jinja.
From 6 or 7 to 9 August, hundreds of lanterns are strung up around Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū.