April 30th - May 6th : Fuchū Kurayami Festival4.5
from 4/30 '17 to 5/6 '17
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.
PurposeFestivals,should go,easily accessible,surreal&cool,world heritage,brag,family,first time in Japan,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing,second time in Japan
AirportTokyo International Airport (about 30.7km) Google Transit