Hino Shinsengumi Festival
This two-day festival in Hino celebrates the roots of Japan’s last samurai force, the Shinsengumi. The Shinsengumi protected the government of Kyoto during the Bakumatsu period, but actually learned the way of the sword right here in Tokyo. This annual festival sees samurai enthusiasts flock from far and wide to take a step back in time and witness the event’s grand parade, where over 400 people march in period costume. The festival also holds a variety of other events and entertainment all over the Takahatafudo and Hino-Shuku areas, including kimono contests, sword demonstrations, traditional music performances, festival booths and more. You even have the chance to dress up in an Edo costume and really get into the samurai spirit, but please be careful with those swords!