The ancient Okunitama Shrine out in Fuchu is said to have been founded in the year 111, and the annual Kurayami Matsuri is its most notable event. Translating as 'darkness festival', the festivities go on for a week, with float parades, performances and plenty of family-friendly fun taking place on each day. The highlight comes on the evening of May 4, when eight mikoshi shrines are carried through the grounds to the beat of huge taiko drums, while you can see a spectacular yabusame (horseback archery) demonstration on May 3. Check the full programme details (in Japanese) on their website.
|Venue name:||Okunitama Shrine||Contact:|
3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu-shi
|Transport:||Fuchu Station (Keio line), Fuchu-Honmachi Station (JR Nambu & Musashino lines)|