Kawanakajima Samurai Battle Festival

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Reenacting the Samurai Battle of Kawanakajima

Reenacting the Samurai Battle of Kawanakajima

The Kawanakajima Samurai Battle Festival depicts the famous battle between Yamanashi's warlord Takeda Shingen, and his rival Uesugi Kenshin. Kawanakajima is considered one of the most famous battle spots between these two warlords, fought between 1553 to 1564 for possession of the land. There were five battles in total, with the fourth (the Battle of Hachimanbara) considered the most famous. The battles resulted in casualties in the thousands, and the battles have spawned stories of the two Samurai Leaders. Every year, this reenactment draws in hundreds to recreate the famous battle along the riverbed. Participants dress in samurai battle armor and stage an epic battle for guests to watch. Fans of the Bushido warriors can add a stop to the Kawanakajima Samurai Battle Festival during a custom Japan tour or at the start or end of your vacation with us!

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