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.429 views
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Warriors coming down the Omotesando. 武者行列368 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.333 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.330 viewsWaiting near Futarasan Shrine's torii.
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Chigo children wearing an elaborate crown with the signs of the eto Oriental Zodiac. Nikko285 viewsNikko Grand Spring Festival in May.
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Warriors on Omotesando250 views
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Face of a samurai.243 views
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Omotesando main promenade. Also see the video at YouTube. 表参道225 views
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Shrine priest223 views
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Warriors leaving the Otabisho.215 views
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Dance maidens211 views
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Warriors walk back up the slope in front of the Otabisho.197 views
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Coming down from Yomeimon Gate (National Treasure). 陽明門186 viewsThe gate is a National Treasure and symbol of Nikko.

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Chigo children 稚児, Nikko182 views
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Shrine priests standing182 views
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Passing under the torii at Futarasan Shrine. 二荒山神社170 views二荒山神社
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Priests on a rainy day.167 views
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Shrine priest156 views
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Warriors and Five-story Pagoda148 views
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Near departure time at Otabisho147 views
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Shrine maidens 巫女144 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.135 viewsAfter the festival ends, there's enough time to see the shrine.
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Ichino-torii133 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130 viewsThis building is right next to the famous Yomei-mon Gate at the Toshogu Shrine.

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Passing under Yomeimon Gate.113 views
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Prayer ceremony by priests109 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.109 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.103 views
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Cool heads.102 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.99 views
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Both men and boys wear the warrior costumes.95 views
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Futarasan Shrine's torii94 views
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Warriors coming down the Omotesando. 武者行列94 views
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Portable shrine in Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall.92 views二荒山神社 拝殿
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A short path leads to Futarasan Shrine.91 views
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Over 50 different costumes are featured in the procession.91 views
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Second group of mikoshi bearers fall in line.90 views
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The procession's starting point at Futarasan Shrine is a great photo op.89 views
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The three portable shrines (mikoshi) in Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall. 二荒山神社 拝殿88 views
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞88 views
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At 11:00 am, the procession starts. They leave Futarasan Shrine through this torii. 上新道87 views上新道
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Warriors make their way through.86 views
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Rear view86 views
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What happened to the white roof for the musicians? Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞86 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85 views
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This short path goes to the Omotesando main promenade.85 views上新道
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Beware of horse droppings84 views
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May 18: At 10:35 am, the spirits are transferred from Futarasan Shrine back to the portable shrines.83 viewsFutarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall.

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Mikoshi bearers standing by.83 views
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First group of mikoshi bearers fall in line.83 views
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Warriors with shiny gold helmets.83 views
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Mikoshi bearers standing by.82 views
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Grounds of Futarasan Shrine, the starting point of the "1,000-Person Procession." 千人行列82 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82 views御旅所
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance musicians82 views
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Another mikoshi going up to Omote-mon Gate82 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81 views
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Omotesando main promenade 表参道80 views
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Passing under the torii at Futarasan Shrine. 二荒山神社79 views二荒山神社
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞78 views
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The procession includes about 18 horses.77 views
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Shrine priests sitting77 views
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The Boy Scouts collect offerings (excluding horse droppings) thrown on the ground by spectators.77 views
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People get ready to leave and go back to Toshogu Shrine.77 views
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Those crowns are heavy.77 views
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Carrying out the mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.76 views
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞76 views
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This is near the end of the Omortesando and they turn left to go to the Otabisho resting place.75 views
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Omotesando is the main part of the route to watch the procession. It is the shrine's largest avenue.75 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.74 views
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Mikoshi passing through Ichino-torii74 views
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These two performed the Yaotome-no-Mai. They are leaving the building.74 views
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Chigo children, notice the Oriental zodiac animals on their crowns.74 views
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Chigo children and assistants make sure the crown doesn't fall off.74 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.73 views
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Sacred music musicians73 views
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Mikoshi73 views
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Dancers leaving the building73 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.72 views
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Otabisho 御旅所72 views
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Wooden birds71 views
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Ceremony to give offerings to the shrine deity. 三本立七五膳70 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Mikoshi coming through.70 views
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Ceremony to give offerings to the shrine deity. 三本立七五膳70 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Offerings of sea bream (tai)70 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Another lion (shi-shi)70 views
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Warriors going through the Omote-mon Gate.70 views
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Mikoshi coming through Ichino-torii70 views
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Banners leading the procession.68 views
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Lion67 views
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Procession banners65 views
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Offering of ducks (dead)65 views
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Warriors on Omotesando65 views
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Mikoshi going up to Omote-mon Gate65 views
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64 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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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64 views
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Mikoshi enter the Ichino-torii64 views
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The three mikoshi are carried out of the Otabisho.63 views
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Mikoshi and Five-story Pagoda63 views
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Ceremony at the Otabisho. 御旅所祭 拝殿62 views
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Ya-otome no Mai Sacred Dance 八乙女の舞62 views
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Ceremony at the Otabisho. 御旅所祭62 views
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Mikoshi is carried out of the Otabisho.62 views
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Warriors on Omotesando61 views
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1:00 pm: Departure at Otabisho60 views
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Mikoshi is carried out of the Otabisho.60 views
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Leaving the Otabisho.60 views
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Heading to Omotesando. They follow the same route back.59 views
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Mikoshi and Five-story Pagoda59 views
 
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