Yoroi Toshikoshi Festival
(Setsubun Yoroi Toshikoshi)


Your chance to be a 'Real Samurai' nearby Tokyo

The organizers have confirmed that this event is GOING ahead.
We're sure this is happening, but 2024 dates and times are not confirmed.


2024: 3rd February  *Same days every year


*Dates and times checked with tourist office 22nd Nov 2023.

Festival Times & Schedule


*Samurai parade starts at 17:00.

*Dates and times have NOT been confirmed by the organizer. Dates and times are also subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

*Dates and times checked with tourist office 22nd Nov 2023.

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


Free to watch

If you want to wear actual samurai armor and participate in the procession there is a cost including fees. It depends on the rank of the armor and for an adult, it is between 14,000 yen – 37,000 yen (Booking needed!)

*Prices are from 2024 season

How to enjoy the Yoroi Toshikoshi 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 Yoroitoshikoshi’ 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.

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Access (How to get to the Yoroi Toshikoshi Festival)

From Tokyo


Parade starts at Ashikaga Orihime Kouminkan:

6-3165-1 Tori, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi Pref. Japan 326-0814

(Parade goes to Bannanji temple)

足利織姫公民館:〒326-0814 栃木県足利市通6丁目3165-1

By Train

From Tobu Ashikaga-shi Station (Tobu Isesaki Line)

15 min walk.

From JR Ashikaga Station (JR Ryomo Line)

15 min walk.

Use the Japan Transit Planner to find trains.

By Car

10mins drive from Kita-kanto Expressway (Kita-kanto Jidoshado) Ashikaga IC, or 15 mins drive from Kita-kanto Expressway (Kita-kanto Jidoshado) Ota Kiryu IC.

Contact Details (Event Organizer)

For information about this event please contact the Tourist Office directly.

Tel: +81 0284-43-3000 (Tourist Office)

Tel: +81 0284-41-2627 (Bannaji Temple)

Email: Tourist office contact form (External Link)


Japanese info (official)  (External Link)

English info (official)  (External Link)

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