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Reenactment of the Battles of Kawanakajima (April 15)

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Reenactment of the Battles of Kawanakajima


A week after Shingen-ko Festival is the commencement of the famous Warring States’ Battles of Kawanakajima between Yamanashi’s warlord, Takeda Shingen, and his rival, Uesugi Kenshin. Every year 900 local volunteers reenact the battles by battling alongside the riverbed while dressed in authentic battle armor. There will be special celebrations this year for the 450th anniversary of the battles.

If you would like to participate, please fill out this form: External link ) (Japanese only)

Schedule of events:


9:00                    Sign in  

9:00~10:00          Dress up in armor

10:00~11:00        Take pictures

11:00~12:00         Rehearsal

12:00~12:50         Lunch

13:00                  The two sides commence marching toward each other

13:35                  The two armies stand off the river front

14:40                  Battle commences

15:05                  Rally cry and deciding of the winner  


Location: Fuefuki River in front of Fuefuki City Hall

Time: 9:00~15:00 (participants) or 13:30~15:00 (viewers)

         Sunday, April 15th

Admission: Free to watch

           ¥3000 to participate (includes lunch, commemorative photos and souvenirs, 

             insurance, use of the armor and helmet)

Access: 10-minute drive from Chuo Expressway Ichinomiya-Misaka IC

           20-minute walk from JR Isawa Onsen Station

          There is parking for 600 cars at Schole Center. There will be a free shuttle bus to   

          and from there.

For more information: (Japanese only)