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Shingen-ko Samurai Festival


Travel back to the Warring States period and witness the world's biggest gathering of samurai
The Shingen-ko Festival is the biggest event in Yamanashi prefecture, celebrating the legacy of Takeda Shingen, one of the most powerful Japanese warlords of the 16th century.
Known as “the Tiger of Kai”, he commanded the strongest cavalry unit in the country and his forces were said to surpass the combined strength of two of the three unifiers of Japan, Nobunaga Oda and Ieyasu Tokugawa. He was adored by locals, who still show respect to this day by referring to him as "Lord Shingen" ("Shingen-ko").

The festivities takes place over three days every year during cherry blossom season on the weekend before April 12th, the anniversary of Shingen's death, and attract visitors from all over the country and the world.
The highlight of the festival is the deployment of the "Koshu Battalion", an impressive battle corps of 30 horses and 1,600 armored warriors led by Takeda Shingen's 24 commanders through the streets of Kofu; the procession has been officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest samurai parade in 2014!
Address 山梨県甲府市
Opening TimesThe festival takes place over three days every year in the spring, on the weekend preceding April 12th, in the Maizuru Castle Park area of central Kofu.

*The 49th edition of the Shingen-ko festival was scheduled to take place on April 3, 4 and 5, 2020, but was cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.
NotesEvents at the festival include:
・Shingen-ko Memorial Tea Ceremony
・Shingen Food Alley
・Koihime Princess Beauty Contest
・"Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan" Stage-Performance Contest
・Pre-Deployment Party
・Victory-Praying Ceremony
・"Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan" Dance Parade
・Battalion Deployment Ceremony
・Koshu Battalian Deployment
・Kid Samurai Parade