Three Not-To-Miss Spring Festivals in and Around Tokyo, Japan
Events Feature Artistic Portable Shrines (mikoshi), Dramatic Horseback Archery (yabusame), and Miniature Ornamental Trees (bonsai)
Here are Three Spring Festival Highlights:
Sanja Matsuri at Asakusa Shrine on the Grounds of Sensoji Temple, Tokyo ... May 17 - 19, 2019
The 700-year-old Sanja Matsuri allows visitors to truly experience the historic Edo Period ambience of Tokyo's Shitamachi or historic downtown. During the festival, neighborhoods within the region compete to show off their intricately-
Grand Spring Festival at Toshogu Shrine, Nikko (Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo) ... May 17 - 18, 2019
The Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring Festival takes place in Nikko, a town just two hours north of Tokyo on the Tobu Railway line. It's renowned for its natural beauty and UNESCO World Heritage sites, of which Toshogu-jinja, enshrining the spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu, is the crown jewel. Ieyasu was the first in a long lineage of Tokugawa shoguns, who ruled Japan until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The event offers prayers for peace and prosperity by presenting the bounty of spring. Highlights of the festival include the skillful spectacle of Yabusame (horseback archery) and a parade of about 1200 people in traditional 16th Century warrior costumes from the time when Ieyasu united the warring states of Japan.
Bonsai Festival, Omiya-ward, Saitama City (Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo) ... May 3 (Friday, holiday) - May 5 (Sunday, holiday), 2019
The Omiya Bonsai Village in the Omiya-ward of Saitama City is often considered
Japan's "Bonsai Mecca." Here, just an hour north of Tokyo on the Tobu Urban Park Line, there are numerous growers of these mini ornamental trees all in one place, attracting enthusiasts from around the world. This year marks the 36th annual Bonsai Festival, showcasing a wide variety of bonsai, from the reasonably-priced to the extremely valuable. Nearby, is the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum (http://omiyabonsai.jp/
For more information on Japan's spring festivals in and around Tokyo http://www.tobujapantrip.com
About Tobu Railway Company Ltd.
TOBU Railway Company, Ltd. is a major Japanese corporation consisting of approximately 90 companies. The Tobu Railways cover the longest operating distance in Metropolitan Tokyo and lead to numerous tourist attractions including: Asakusa and Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN in Tokyo; Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen, famous its world heritage sites and hot springs; the Tatebayashi and Ashikaga areas, known for beautiful blooming flower fields; and Kawagoe, where the atmosphere of the old Edo era lives on. Tobu is also invested in numerous hotels, including the highly anticipated luxury properties: Nikko Fufu Resort and The Ritz Carlton Nikko, both of which will open in 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics.
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