April 30th - May 6th : Fuchū Kurayami Festival

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April 30th - May 6th : Fuchū Kurayami Festival4.1

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 from 4/30 '19 to 5/6 '19

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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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5.011 months ago

A prestigious shrine with a history of 1900 years.

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.

5.02 years ago

The biggest shrine in the area, with a long promenade of ancient zelkova trees and a number of events throughout the year, such as the Kurayami festival in May, the plum festival in July, and the chestnut festival in September. Despite its size and importance, maintains a sense of sacredness and is not overly touristy.

5.0a year ago

So famouse

5.0in the last week

南武線の府中本町駅からすぐです。競馬場へ向かう改札口とは違う方の改札口をでれば鳥居があるのですぐに分かります。神社の正門から参拝しようと思うとちょっと遠回りをしなくてはいけません。散歩がてら遠回りして参拝して見ました。由緒がある神社のようで、昔は国造(くにのみやつこ)や国府も勤めたようです。御朱印は拝殿に向かって左側にあり、分かり易いです。拝殿には菊の御紋があしらわれ、綺麗な神社です。競馬の必勝祈願はどうかと思われるが様々な願い事を願掛けするのに良い神社です。くらやみ祭りというのが有名らしく、チラシがあちこちに貼っていました。宝物館があるので行ってみると良いでしょう。