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Updated: July 12, 2019

Okunitama-jinja Shrine Chestnut Festival (Autumn Festival) 大國魂神社―秋季祭・くり祭―

3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo
2020-9-27 - 2020-9-28

Okunitama-jinja Shrine's autumn festival is also known as the Chestnut Festival. A festival with historical value, it traces its beginnings to the year 1738, the same year that Musashi Rokushogu Shrine, where grand, sacred kagura dances were performed, was founded.

This festival became known as the Chestnut Festival during the Edo period (1603-1867). High-quality chestnuts, which were a valuable type of preserved food, were cultivated in the Musashino region, and often presented as gifts to the Tokugawa clan that ruled Edo (as Tokyo was once known). The chestnut season happened to overlap with the kagura dance season, giving the festival its current name.

Each year, a yoi-matsuri (a small festival before the main festival) is held on September 27, followed by the main festival on September 28. The main festival is well-known for the 260 paper lanterns that light the grounds. Introduced in 1925, these lanterns are religious offerings that people draw pictures on.

What's more, the chestnuts that were once presented to the Tokugawa clan are now available for purchase at the festival's street stalls. Enjoy an autumn evening listening to kagura melodies and eating some delicious chestnuts!


Photo provided by: Okunitama-jinja Shrine


Photo provided by: Okunitama-jinja Shrine

How to Get There

  • Fuchu-honmachi Station | 5 min on foot
    JR Nambu Line
  • Fuchu-honmachi Station | 5 min on foot
    JR Musashino Line
  • Fuchu Station | 5 min on foot
    Keio Line

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Opening Hours

  • Lantern display: 9:00-21:00 (within shrine grounds)

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