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Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival) 2017

© Fuchu Sightseeing Association

A traditional festival at Okunitama Jinja Shrine where various Shrine rituals are held for seven days

Okunitama Jinja Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo.

“Kurayami Matsuri” (Darkness Festival) which is an anual festival of the Okunitama Jinja Shrine is held for seven days from April 30th to May 6th.

The name of the festival comes from the fact that “Mikoshi togyo” (parade of portable shrines) was done in the dark at midnight.

Various Shrine rituals will be held in seven days, but the main event of the festival is “Mikoshi togyo” on May 5.

A huge Japanese drum is struck together with the fireworks at 18:00, and 8 portable shrines depart from the main shrine, heading to “Otabisho” (the intersection of the old Koushu Road and the Fuchu Road).

On May 3rd to 5th, there are about 500 stalls and garden plants market. Over 700,000 people gather during the festival period.

Horse riding with traditional costumes © Fuchu Sightseeing Association

Mando performance © Fuchu Sightseeing Association

Float Parade © Fuchu Sightseeing Association

Drumming Ceremony © Fuchu Sightseeing Association

Parade of portable shrines © Fuchu Sightseeing Association

Details

Event Name Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival) 2017
Venue Okunitama Jinja Shrine and surrounding areas
Dates April 30, 2017 – May 6, 2017
Note 【Main Shrine rituals schedule】
May 3
-Float Parade / 18:00 – 20:00
-Horse riding with traditional costumes / 20:00 –
May 4
-Mando performance / 12:30 – 14:00
-Drumming Ceremony / 17:00 – 18:00
-Float Parade / 18:00 – 21:00
May 5
-Drumming Ceremony / 14:30 –
-Parade of portable shrines / 18:00 – 4:00
-Horseback archery / 23:00 –
Open Hours Depends on the event
Admission Free
Address 3-1 Miya-machi, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo
Contact 042-362-2130
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