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Kamakura Festival - Horse Archery Contest

Event Dates

April 17, 2019

(3rd Sunday of April)

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


category: Festivals
Major City: Tokyo
Event is: Free

This festival is held at the very famous shrine "Tsurugaoka Shrine" (in Japanese; "Tsurugaoka Hachimangu" 鶴岡八幡宮) in Kamakura (near to Tokyo). Not only is the shrine famous but the festival also has exciting and beautiful features. The festival lasts from the second Sunday of April to the third Sunday of April but the two main events happen on,

1.) The second Sunday of April holds the "The Dance of Shizuka" (in Japanese; "Shizuka No Mai" 静かの舞) dance. Shizuka was a princess, a weel-known tagic heroine in Japan. She was taken captive by a warlord and kept from her love. The dance was to express her love for the man she could never see.

2.) The third Sunday of April holds the "Shoot an arrow while riding a horse" (in Japanese; "Yabusame" 流鏑馬) event. The participants gallop along a path and try to shoot a target.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine Website


Location: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Address: 2 Chome-1-31 Yukinoshita, , Kanagawa. 248-8588

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