The Shinto Ritual of Yabusame at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura (Autumn)
Yabusame is a type of traditional Japanese archery in which a rider on a running horse shoots arrows at a target.
At Kamakura's Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, Yabusame events are held in the spring during the Kamakura Matsuri and in the autumn at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Reitaisai festivals.
As an event where the 800-year-history of samurai can be felt, it attracts a lot of people.
At Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the Yabusame course measures 140 ma, or negative space intervals (about 250 meters). Heading forward on the left side of the path, three targets will stand.
The autumn festival is held every year on September 16.
Since there is no paid seating, those who wish to find a good spot to watch this event should come early to reserve their places.
Basic Information about Tsurugaoka Hachimangu's Autumn Yabusame Event
- 1-31 Yukinoshita 2-Chome, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
- From Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line Enoden, about 10 minutes on foot
- The Yabusame Horse-riding Grounds
- Every year on September 16
- From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (the horses run from 2:00 pm)