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Home > 43rd Shingen-ko Festival (April 4-6) 

43rd Shingen-ko Festival (April 4-6) 

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The 43rd Shingen-ko Festival  

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Every year, the Shingen-ko Festival celebrates the legacy of Yamanashi’s famous warlord, Takeda Shingen, with the roars of samurai and folkspeople, delicious food and materials at stands around the station and the castle park with cherry blossoms in full bloom, and a variety of stage shows and performances!

This year’s festival will be held from April 4th to 6th. The main highlight is on April 5th, with the Koshu Battalion Deployment, which is Japan’s No.1 largest reenactment of warriors. Around 1,500 locals dress in traditional samurai costumes and commence on a march around Kofu.

This year’s deployment will be led by the famous actor Matsudaira Ken as Takeda Shingen. After a deployment ceremony and sake ritual, Takeda Shingen, bathed in torchlight and surrounded by his 24 generals, leads his army along the streets of Kofu City. The Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan banner, representing a philosophy Shingen adopted from Sun Tzu’s Art of War, is flown from one end of the prefecture to the other.

Do not miss out on the excitement of Yamanashi’s greatest festival!

Schedule & Map (English)

For a complete list of events and a map, please see this link:

Map and Schedule( External link )(English)

Location: Kofu Station area

  • Koshu Battalion Gathering (4/5, 16:30~17:40) @ Maizuru Castle Park
  • Koshu Battalion Deployment Ceremony (4/5, 17:25~18:30) @ Maizuru Castle Park

            A recreation of the formal deployment ceremony with traditional ritual performances.

  • Koshu Battalion Deployment  (4/5, 18:30~20:05)  @ Maizuru Castle Park~Kofu Station~Heiwa-dori~Jyoto-dori~Maizuru Castle Park

           Takeda and his 24 generals lead a grand battalion of 1,500 armed warriors.

  • Returning Ceremony (4/5, 20:05~20:30)  @ Maizuru Castle Park Special Stage

           Victory declaration and celebration fireworks

  • Excitement of Castle Town (4/4~6)  @ Maizuru Castle Park and surroundings

           Street stalls with Yamanashi local products, food and drink stands.

  • Shingen Gourmet Street (4/4~6)  @ Kofu Central Shopping District (Kasuga Mall)

         Various Sengoku period food and B-Level gourmet available for tasting (with a  

          sampling fee)

  • Super Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan Performance Contest (4/5, 10:30~16:30)  @ Maizuru Castle Park
  • Traditional music performances
  • Children Samurai Parade (4/6)  @ Kofu City
  • Jewelry exhibition (4/5, 11:00~17:00)  @ Yamanashi Prefectural Office Disaster Prevention Annex

…And much, much, more!  

Past pictures and video clips

  http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/shingen/singen_p2008/history2008_03.html

   http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kankou/internettv/n_0099.html

   http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kankou/internettv/n_0030.html

Past Yamanashi report on Shingen-ko Festival

 http://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/english/report/2006/Shingen_Festival.html

Official website (Japanese):

 http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/shingen/index.html