TUE • 17 OCTCOST BY AGE GROUP:$50 (16 & Up)$40 (6–15)$30 (4–5)$30 (3 & under if a seat is needed)ITINERARY:Depart 7
TUE • 17 OCT COST BY AGE GROUP: $50 (16 & Up) $40 (6–15) $30 (4–5) $30 (3 & under if a seat is needed) ITINERARY: Depart 7 a.m. Nikko 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Return 6 p.m.
Tour cost includes bus transportation fee and admission to the Toshogu Shrine. There are many steps in the shrine. If the festival is cancelled due to rain, this tour will be Nikko Toshogu Shrine sightseeing tour. Shuki Taisai or the Grand Autumn Festival is held every 17th of October. The main attraction in the Grand Autumn Festival is the grand procession of a thousand warriors. Men dressed in samurai costumes re enacts the transfer of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s remains from Kuno-zan Shrine to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, in accordance with Ieyasu’s will. Led by the portable shrine, the samurai procession made up of cavalry, warriors carrying guns, others with spears, archers with bows and arrows and so on, departs from the Futarasan Shrine and heads for the Otabisho; a temporary resting place for the portable shrine about one kilometer away. You will also be able to see the procession return to the shrine in the afternoon. It is interesting to observe this procession as it gives you an insight into 17th Century Japan.