April 30th - May 6th : Fuchū Kurayami Festival4.1
from 4/30 '19 to 5/6 '19
This is a festival based at Ōkunitama Shrine, located in the heart of Fuchū, Tokyo.
Originally, such shrine events were often held late at night, thus previously, so too was the climax of the mikoshi ceremony conducted in the early hours.
Out of consideration for the safety of participants and visitors, the festival is now held during the evening, yet the sight of the brave figures taking part remains unchanged from the olden days.
The deities of Japan are divided into six categories, each according to their roles. Ōkunitama Shrine is the foremost of those known as the “Six Shrines of Musashi” in the Tama district of Western Tokyo.
A total of eight mikoshi (the sacred palanquins believed to serve as a transport for the deities) depart during the festival. Seven of these are hoisted about as they are carried forth, and make for a lively sight.
The taiko drums which are among the largest in Japan, as well as the festival floats procession are also magnificent. The mikoshi ceremony that takes place from the evening of the 5th of May is certainly the climax, but during the remainder of the festival there is plenty on offer for visitors: including ritual dances, festival related events, garden markets (free markets), and more.
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Airport/Sta.Fuchu sta. (about 600m) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.0a week ago
We frequently go to this shrine. Besides being one of the oldest shrines in the Tokyo area, it is also convenient to park there, then stop at the shrine to pay homage, and then go shopping or out to eat in the Fuchu Station area. There is a wedding palace on the grounds of the shrine, which was where my wife’s niece held her wedding. All year round there are shrine events held in a festival-like atmosphere. We went there twice recently for the infant coming-of-age celebrations for my two granddaughters.
5.0a week ago
Very beautiful place.
5.0a year ago
A prestigious shrine with a history of 1900 years.
5.04 weeks ago
5.02 years ago
Led by the large zelkova tree lined avenue, this shrine stands calmly and beautifully. It is considered as one of the five most prestigious shrines in Tokyo.