Samurai Festival in Ashikaga
(Yoroi Toshikoshi Matsuri)


Join the locals and be a 'Samurai Worrier' near Tokyo

Last updated by Angus M
on July 8, 2024
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: 3rd February *Same day every year
*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

*Information last checked on 2024-06-19




*Samurai procession starts at 17:00.

*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

*Information last checked on 2024-06-19


Free to watch

Dress up as a Samurai (take part)

For this festival, you can dress up in actual samurai armor and participate in the procession. Fees depend on the rank of the armor you would like to hire. For an adult, costs are roughly between 14,000 yen – 37,000 yen.

See here (Japanese site) for types of armor. Booking is needed!

*Prices are from the 2024 season

*Information last checked on 2024-06-19

How to enjoy the Samurai Festival

Great for photos!

Experience Traditional Japan

Fun for solo travelers

Fun for a group of friends

Fun for the family

Enjoy for 2 hours (If just watching)

⚔️👹 750 Years Old Samurai Tradition👹⚔️
‘Setsubun Yoroi Toshikoshi’ in Ashikaga City

🏯🏹Travel back to 750 years ago and see about 200 ⚔️Samurai Warriors march down from Orihime Community Center to Bannaji Temple (about 1.3km long) on February 3rd,2019!

Men, women, and children in 🏹battle uniforms will march while playing traditional instruments. The march almost looks as if it just came out of the 📖history book…

🏮This tradition began about 750 years ago when the grandchild of a very strong samurai commander Ashikaga, started to gather 500 samurai soldiers at Bannaji Temple to represent the unity and 💪strength of the clan.

What to also experience around the festival?

Local recommendations

Ashikaga Flower Park

Purple wisteria at Ashikaga Flower park
Internationally known for their spectacular wisteria display and winter illuminations, Ashikaga flower park is beautiful to walk around at all times of year. Their 8 seasonal flower displays are ever changing and with lots to see you could easily spend a few hours here enjoying the flowers and taking lots of photos.

Ashikaga City

Visit Ashikaga city to enjoy Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park, the historical Ashikaga Gakko, Bannaji temple, and Coco Farm winery.
Places to EAT in Ashikaga City
Places to STAY in Ashikaga City

Western Style Hotel

There are many western-style budget hotels in Ashikaga.

Ryokan (Japanese Style Hotel)

There are not many Japanese style Ryokans in Ashikaga.

Holiday rental (Airbnb)

There are a few nice holiday homes and airbnbs available in the area.

Access (How to get to the Samurai Festival in Ashikaga)

How to get there

Public Transport

80min from Tokyo (Asakusa Sta.) by train (Tobu Line).

90min from Tokyo (Tokyo Sta.) by train (JR Line).


2 hrs drive from Tokyo by car.

Location & Address


From 5-6pm

Parade (procession) starts at ‘Ashikaga City Orihime Kominkan'(足利市織姫公民館)and goes down the main street ending at Bannaji Temple (鑁阿寺本堂).

From 6pm-6:30pm

Mamemaki and ‘battle cry’battle cry at Bannaji Temple.

Bannaji Temple (鑁阿寺本堂)

2220 Ietomi-cho, Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture Japan 326-0803

〒326-0803 栃木県足利市家富町2220

Access from Tokyo

By Public Transport

Via Tobu Ashikaga-shi Station (Tobu Isesaki Line)

15 min walk.


Via JR Ashikaga Station (JR Ryomo Line)​

15 min walk.

We recommend using a travel app like Google Maps or Japan Transit Planner to find train times.

By Car

Via Ashikaga IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway

10 minutes drive from Ashikaga IC on the Kita-kanto Expressway (Kita-kanto Jidoshado).


Via Ota-Kiryu IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway

15 minutes drive from Ota-Kiryu IC on the Kita-kanto Expressway (Kita-kanto Jidoshado).

We recommend using a travel app like Google Maps or Japan Transit Planner to find train times.

Contact Details (Event Organizer)

For information about this event, please contact the Tourist Office directly.
Tel: +81 (0)284-43-3000

Japanese info (official)  (External Link)

English info (official)  (External Link)

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