2022 : 6th & 7th August (Organizers have yet to confirm the date)
Horseback archery (Yabusame), is usually held on the first day of the festival.
*The dates and times have not been confirmed by the organizer.
Times to be confirmed
*The dates and times are based on 2018 event as the 2019 and 2020 events were canceled due to COVID.
To be confirmed
*All the dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.
Have you seen 🏹 Yabusame before? If not, Hidesato festival is not to be missed. Experience Yabusame, which is a traditional form of 🇯🇵 Japanese horseback archery.
The name ‘Hidesato’ comes from one of Japan’s first ⚔️samurai warriors, ‘Fujiwara Hidesato (891-958?)‘.
Every summer, Sano city holds this 🏮summer festival and festival goers are delighted by the 🏹 ‘Hidesato-style Yabusame (horse back archer)’ performance
*Arrive more than one hour in advance to secure a great viewing spot near the front!
The festival is held on the south and north sides of JR Sano station. The Yabusame (Japanese horseback archery) is held at Sano City Joutou Junior High school (佐野市立城東中学校) 5 min north of JR Sano station.
〒327-0846 栃木県佐野市若松町 405)
Sano City Joutou Junior High school
405 Wakamatsucho, Sano-city, Tochigi Pref, Japan 327-0846
JR Sano Station (JR & Tobu Lines)
Take the Tobu Line (From Tokyo take the Tobu Isesaki line and change to Tobu Sano Line at Tatebayashi) or JR Ryomo Line to JR Sano station. To watch the Yabusame, exit the north side of the station and walk for about 5 minutes.
Drive approximately 15 minutes drive from the Tochigi IC on the Tohoku Expressway.