Tochigi Float Festival

とちぎ秋まつり (栃木市)

Watch Edo-style festival floats parade up and down the streets to the sound of overwhelming Taiko drumming.

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We're sure this is happening, but 2024 dates and times are not confirmed.


2024 : 3 days in Mid November (first day is Children’s festival)


*Dates and times have not been confirmed with the organizer.

*Dates and times updated 6th Oct (from official website)

Festival Times & Schedule

Day1 – From 9:30 – 15:30
(children’s festival)

Day 2 – From 9:30 – 20:00
Full day of float parades. ‘Butsuke (battle of the floats)’ in the evening.

Day 3 – From 9:30 – 20:00
Full day of float parades. ‘Butsuke (battle of the floats)’ in the evening.

*Dates and times are based on the 2022 event.

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



How to enjoy the Tochigi Float Festival ?

Take photos

Experience Traditional Japan

Fun for the family

Solo travelers

Enjoy for 3-5 hours

🏮Witness the 💥Battle of festival Floats🥁

Traditional Edo-style festival floats called ‘Dashi’ carry exquisitely carved figures decorated in gold and silver. Watch by as they parade up and down the streets to the sound of overwhelming taiko drummers.

In the evening you can also watch ‘Butsuke’ where floats battle against each other.

This biannual festival at the start of November is one of the best traditional festivals in this region so make sure not to miss it.

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Access (How to get to Tochigi Float Festival )

From Tokyo


Center of Tochigi city main street around Yorozucho Police station.


Yorozucho, Tochigi-city, Tochigi Pref 

By Train

Tochigi Station (JR & Tobu Lines)

Take the Tobu Line (Tobu Nikko line / Tobu Utsunomiya Line) or JR Ryomo Line to Tochigi station.  Walk for about 15 minutes from the station down the main street to the center of town.

Use the Japan Transit Planner to find trains.

By Car

Approximately 15 minutes drive from the Tochigi IC on the Tohoku Expressway.

Contact Details (Event Organizer)

For information about this event please contact the Tochigi city Tourism department directly.

Tel: +81 0282-21-2374

Email: none


Japanese Event Website  (External Link – Japanese)

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