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Horseback Archery Contest

Event Dates

September 13, 2018

September 14, 2018

September 15, 2018

Dates and times are subjects to change without notice. Check with the official organizers before making travel arrangements.


category: Competition and Races
Major City: Yokohama
Event is: Free

Another extremely popular 3 day event held by the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine that has awesome costumes and exciting action!  This festival is also close to Tokyo (one of the biggest cities in the world!) so you can be sure its going to be crowded also. Be sure an plan to "make a day" of it and get up early to get a good spot.

The official name of the event is "Reitaisai", an 800 years old tradition!  The "event" is actually "events" (with an 's') because there is so much going on during the 3 days with the "Climatic Event", the Horseback Archery Content, being held on the 16th.  On the 14th and 15th there are numerous dances, tea-offering ceremonies, Mikoshi parades (portable shrines), and prayers at temples.

During the Horseback Archery Contest (in Japanese; Yabusame 流鏑馬), participants ride their horse at running speed down a long strait path, take aim and fire at a board.  The archers are dressed in traditional Samurai garb and use turnip-head arrows which make a whistling sound as they fly through the air.

Getting there:

The festival is held at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura.  Taka a train to JR Kamakura Station and it is about a 10 min. walk from there.

Official Site (Japanese Only)


Location: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine

Address: Kamakura, Kanagawa. 2-1-31, Yukinosh

Event Images

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