Murou Jinja no Yabusame 室生神社の流鏑馬 Kanagawa (Nov.)
Murou Jinja no Yabusame (horseback archery) is a ritual based on an incident in history. At the time of Minamoto no Yoritomo’s call to arms in the battle of Ishibashiyama, Kawamura Yoshihide, the lord of the Kawamura domain (present-day Yamakita), sided with the Heike. His domain was confiscated, but just before he was about to be executed, he was pardoned when he showed exceptional skill at Yabusame at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and was allowed to returned to his old domain. A characteristic of the ceremony is the paired Yabusame, performed by a leader and an archer.
Murou Jinja, Yamakita-machi, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa
Approx. 5 min. walk from Yamakita station on the JR Gotemba line
Take the Fujikyu Shonan bus from Shinmatsuda station on the Odakyu line. Get off at Yamakita-eki bus stop, and walk approx. 10 min.