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About Shogun Stables

Shogun Stables serves a vital role in preserving the traditional equine arts, providing care and training for horses that participate in festivals and cultural events throughout the year. Our stables are also the part-time home to the sacred horses of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. These horses are central to various ceremonies and are a living link to Japan's rich historical and cultural heritage, participating in events such as Yabusame (horseback archery) and the Senin Gyoretsu (Thousand Samurai Procession).

Nestled in the scenic surroundings of Nikko, Shogun Stables offers a unique glimpse into the world of traditional Japanese equine practices, making it a pivotal institution in the continuation and celebration of these age-old traditions

What We Do



Training Horses

Dedicated to the highest standards of equine care, Shogun Stables is committed to training horses not just for performance but as living symbols of cultural heritage. Our horses participate in significant cultural events, including the grand Senin Gyoretsu and the solemn Yabusame rituals.


Each horse receives individualized training to meet the demands of these traditional practices, ensuring they perform with grace and dignity, upholding the legacy of the samurai.


Samurai Cultural Experience

At Shogun Stables, we immerse our guests in the profound traditions of the samurai through a variety of cultural experiences. Participants can engage in authentic practices such as Yabusame, the art of horseback archery, learn the intricacies of samurai etiquette in our Reiho sessions, and explore the disciplined techniques of Japanese archery.


Our programs are designed to enlighten and inspire, providing a deep connection to Japan’s storied past.

At Shogun Stables, we specialize in horse training, horseback riding, and cultural experience.

Our facilities 

Our facilities include expansive pastures, a dedicated Yabusame archery range, and a Kyudo dojo set to complete by summer 2024.

Meet Our Team

At Shogun Stables, our team is the heart of our operation. Composed of expert trainers, skilled cultural practitioners, and dedicated support staff, each member brings a unique set of skills and a shared passion for preserving and sharing traditional Japanese culture. 

The Horses of Shogun Stables

Get to know our horses, each with its unique character and skills, integral to our programs.

Our Location

Nikko Baji Centre: 2844-1 Tokorono, Nikko-shi, Tochigi, Japan

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