Most viewed - Nikko Toshogu Grand Spring Festival 東照宮春季大祭
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Posing with maybe with their school teacher.436 views
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Warriors coming down the Omotesando. 武者行列378 views
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Also called "Sennin Gyoretsu" (1,000-person Procession 千人行列), this is Nikko's largest festival held on May 17-18. The highlight is a long procession of over 1,000 people dressed in various costumes.341 viewsThe three portable shrines are dedicated to the spirits of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Minamoto Yoritomo. Photos start with May 17 at Toshogu Shrine, when priests gathered for a ceremony. 発興祭
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The warriors are the procession's main attraction.337 viewsWaiting near Futarasan Shrine's torii.
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Chigo children wearing an elaborate crown with the signs of the eto Oriental Zodiac. Nikko293 viewsNikko Grand Spring Festival in May.
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Warriors on Omotesando257 views
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Face of a samurai.251 views
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Omotesando main promenade. Also see the video at YouTube. 表参道234 views
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Shrine priest229 views
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Warriors leaving the Otabisho.222 views
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Dance maidens221 views
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Warriors walk back up the slope in front of the Otabisho.204 views
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Coming down from Yomeimon Gate (National Treasure). 陽明門194 viewsThe gate is a National Treasure and symbol of Nikko.

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Chigo children 稚児, Nikko191 views
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Shrine priests standing189 views
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Passing under the torii at Futarasan Shrine. 二荒山神社177 views二荒山神社
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Priests on a rainy day.174 views
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Shrine priest163 views
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Near departure time at Otabisho154 views
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Warriors and Five-story Pagoda154 views
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Shrine maidens 巫女148 views
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1:30 pm: The end (path to Futarasan Shrine). A similar festival is held in Oct., but on a smaller scale and with only one mikoshi.139 viewsAfter the festival ends, there's enough time to see the shrine.
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Ichino-torii137 views
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In front of the portable shrine storehouse for the three mikoshi. A ceremony is held to transfer the spirits from the main shrine to the portable shrines. 神輿舎にて宵成渡御135 viewsThis building is right next to the famous Yomei-mon Gate at the Toshogu Shrine.

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Passing under Yomeimon Gate.118 views
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Prayer ceremony by priests115 views
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This warrior procession is said to be a reenactment of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada's visit to Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Successive shoguns visited the shrine as well.113 views上新道
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The three portable shrines (mikoshi) are then carried out of the storehouse to be taken to Futarasan Shrine.109 views
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Cool heads.107 views
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The spirits of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Minamoto Yoritomo in the three portable shrines are then transferred to Futarasan Shrine. The mikoshi spend the night here.105 views
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Both men and boys wear the warrior costumes.100 views
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Warriors coming down the Omotesando. 武者行列99 views
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Futarasan Shrine's torii98 views
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A short path leads to Futarasan Shrine.96 views
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Portable shrine in Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall.96 views二荒山神社 拝殿
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Over 50 different costumes are featured in the procession.96 views
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Second group of mikoshi bearers fall in line.95 views
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The procession's starting point at Futarasan Shrine is a great photo op.93 views
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The three portable shrines (mikoshi) in Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall. 二荒山神社 拝殿92 views
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At 11:00 am, the procession starts. They leave Futarasan Shrine through this torii. 上新道92 views上新道
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞92 views
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Warriors make their way through.91 views
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Rear view91 views
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What happened to the white roof for the musicians? Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞90 viewsThese pictures were taken in different years and combined.
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Start of the Omotesando with Ichino-torii in the background. 一ノ鳥居89 views
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This short path goes to the Omotesando main promenade.89 views上新道
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Beware of horse droppings89 views
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May 18: At 10:35 am, the spirits are transferred from Futarasan Shrine back to the portable shrines.88 viewsFutarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall.

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Mikoshi bearers standing by.88 views
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Mikoshi bearers standing by.87 views
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First group of mikoshi bearers fall in line.87 views
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Grounds of Futarasan Shrine, the starting point of the "1,000-Person Procession." 千人行列87 views
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Warriors with shiny gold helmets.87 views
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Entering Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall. All three portable shrines are taken to this hall. 二荒山神社 拝殿86 views
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12 noon: Otabisho resting place. They arrive and have lunch. The three mikoshi are stored in the building on the upper left. 御旅所86 views御旅所
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance musicians86 views
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Another mikoshi going up to Omote-mon Gate86 views
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Omotesando main promenade 表参道85 views
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Passing under the torii at Futarasan Shrine. 二荒山神社84 views二荒山神社
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Shrine priests sitting82 views
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The Boy Scouts collect offerings (excluding horse droppings) thrown on the ground by spectators.82 views
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞82 views
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Carrying out the mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.81 views
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The procession includes about 18 horses.81 views
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞81 views
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People get ready to leave and go back to Toshogu Shrine.81 views
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Those crowns are heavy.81 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.80 views
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Mikoshi passing through Ichino-torii80 views
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This is near the end of the Omortesando and they turn left to go to the Otabisho resting place.80 views
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Omotesando is the main part of the route to watch the procession. It is the shrine's largest avenue.80 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.79 views
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These two performed the Yaotome-no-Mai. They are leaving the building.79 views
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Chigo children, notice the Oriental zodiac animals on their crowns.79 views
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Sacred music musicians78 views
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Mikoshi78 views
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Dancers leaving the building78 views
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Chigo children and assistants make sure the crown doesn't fall off.78 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.77 views
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Otabisho 御旅所76 views
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Wooden birds76 views
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Another lion (shi-shi)75 views
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Warriors going through the Omote-mon Gate.75 views
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Mikoshi coming through Ichino-torii75 views
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Ceremony to give offerings to the shrine deity. 三本立七五膳74 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Mikoshi coming through.74 views
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Ceremony to give offerings to the shrine deity. 三本立七五膳74 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Offerings of sea bream (tai)74 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Banners leading the procession.73 views
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Lion71 views
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Warriors on Omotesando70 views
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Mikoshi going up to Omote-mon Gate70 views
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Procession banners69 views
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Offering of ducks (dead)69 views
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Mikoshi stored in the Otabisho's Shinden Hall, a resting place for spirits in transit. 御旅所 御神殿69 views
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Ceremony at the Otabisho. 御旅所祭68 views
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Mikoshi and Five-story Pagoda68 views
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Mikoshi enter the Ichino-torii68 views
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Ceremony at the Otabisho. 御旅所祭 拝殿67 views
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The three mikoshi are carried out of the Otabisho.67 views
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Ya-otome no Mai Sacred Dance 八乙女の舞66 views
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Mikoshi is carried out of the Otabisho.66 views
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Warriors on Omotesando65 views
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1:00 pm: Departure at Otabisho64 views
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Heading to Omotesando. They follow the same route back.64 views
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Mikoshi is carried out of the Otabisho.64 views
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Leaving the Otabisho.64 views
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Mikoshi and Five-story Pagoda63 views
 
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