Samurai assembled

Informasi Wisata

Samurai assembled in Ashikaga. Yoroi Toshikoshi (鎧年越) is the one of the most unique Setsubun event in Japan. Over 150 people wear Samurai Armors and march to Banna temple (鑁阿寺). At Banna temple, they throw soy bean like usual Setsubun Festival. This festival is originally started 13th century, and re-started in 1915. Their are many people wears various kinds of Samurai armors

Tourist Info.
If you want to join and wear the armors, call 0284-41-2627.
Date: February 3 from 19:00 to 20:00

0. at Maebashi Sation (Gunma Prefecture)
1. use Ryomo Line to Ashikaga (1 hr.)
2. walk north (5 min.)

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Samurai assembled

Yoroi Toshikoshi started in the middle of Kamakura Period which is middle of 13th century by Yasuuji Ashikaga for making a strong relationship between Samurai. At the south gate of Banna Temple, Yasuuji Ashikaga brought all his Samurai and cried triumphantly, and this event becomes the legend of Ashikaga city. This event has been kept since then until stopped with the confusion of Meiji Restoration. In 1915, Ashikaga city brought back this traditional event, and now they still celebrate this unique way of Setsubun.

Festival started at Orihime city hall. People wear their own Samurai Armors and assembled at the hall. Then, they march 1.3 km to Banna Temple with torch and traditional conch shell. Some people bring their family armors from their treasure, and some people made by themselves. If you don't have Samurai Armor, Ashikaga city center will rent one for you. This festival is not only Ashikaga people, but opened for all other people. Some people join this festival from Osaka. About 200 people join this event every year.

At Banna Temple, they throw soy bean like other Setsubun festival.

In 2009, as special events, there is the demonstration of Samurai gun powder units. You could see the real Samurai gun shooting.