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Horseback Archery at Washihara Hachimangu Shrine’s Grand Festival

This traditional ritual and show of bravery (Ogori Archery Horseback Ritual) is held every year on the second Sunday of April. Many visitors flock to the shrine grounds from Japan and elsewhere for a chance to see this once-yearly sacred ceremony. In fact, the 250 meter-long horse-riding track is the oldest of its kind still in use at present. Around 600 years ago, during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), it was built in imitation of the horse-riding track at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and as the only horse-riding track in Japan that retains this original shape, it has been designated a historcial landmark by Shimane Prefecture. Dressed in Kamakura Period hunting costumes, the riders will shoot arrow after arrow from horseback, tension rising amongst the onlookers at the horse hooves thunder closer, and then the thwang of the arrow releasing it, which may produce a shout from the audience. A viewing gallery has been established since 2019 for a fee. (In 2019, 4 seats were 2,000 yen, including a souvenir) The viewing gallery is recommended for those who want to capture the dramatic scene on video.
Time 2020/04/12 Morning ritual begins at 11:00 a.m., afternoon ritual begins at 2:00 p.m.
Location Washihara Hachimangu Shrine
Access ・Approx. 90 minutes from Otani Sanso by car
・By public transit: Take a bus from JR Tsuwano Station towards Tsuwano Onsen, get off at "Tsuwano Onsen" bus stop and walk for approx. 5 minutes
・By car: Approx. 65 minutes from the Muikachi Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway/Approx. 75 minutes from the Ogori Interchange
Parking Regular parking: Parking available (free) at Michi-no-Eki Tsuwano Onsen Nagomi-no-Sato Roadside Stop
Price/s Free (Reserved seating requires advanced reservation)

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Venue Address:
Washibara, Tsuwano-cho, Kanoashi, Shimane Prefecture

Inquiries: Tsuwano Tourism Association Address:
71-2 I, Ushiroda, Tsuwano-cho, Kanoashi, Shimane Prefecture 699-5605

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FAX: +81-856-72-1191