Kanazawa’s 3-Day Festival: Hyakumangoku
More than a mere historical reenactment, the Hyukumangoku Festival, with its three full days of samurai, dancing, and numerous cultural activities, celebrates Kanazawa culture and history like no other event!
Owara Kaze no Bon, Toyama’s Mysterious Dancing Festival
Hundreds of women in uniform kimono dance through the night, ghost-like, faces hidden under folded straw hats, in a prayer to the wind to spare them this year during Toyama's Festival of the Dead.
Holy Prayers and Stripping Firefighters: Japanese New Year in Kanazawa
Ring a temple bell, get your shrine fortune, and watch acrobatic Japanese firefighters strip in the snow! Here's what to expect for New Year's in Kanazawa.
Events In and Around Kanazawa, a Masterlist
Hoping to catch a festival or just want to know what to do in Kanazawa while you're here? Here's our ever-updating masterlist of events for you!
Noyaki: Wildfire Earthenware on Kanazawa’s Beach
Once every summer, just as the temperatures have passed their peak, a god of fire is called to work the creation of a unique kind of Japanese earthenware on Kanazawa’s shores. Noyaki, literally translated as “wild burning” or &…
Persimmons, Water & Walking Shrines: Kakinobatake Mizukake Festival
A neighborhood festival to ward off the summer heat, the Mizukake Festival in Kanazawa's Kakinobatake district is a wet and wild water festival, incorporating taiko, sake, portable shrines and the area's namesake, the persimmon.
Silver Screen, Diamond Sky: Tatemachi Rooftop Film Fest
The newest film fest in Kanazawa raises the movie-going experience to the stars—literally! On Tatemachi, even the parking lots are tourist attractions.
Seseragi Marriage Festival
Looking for true love in Japan? Say a prayer at the shrine during Seseragi-dori's Marriage Festival, a quaint but supremely friendly street fair in late May
Yosakoi: Experiencing Japan’s High Energy Festival Dance
Sarah Morris – "I can’t recommend going to see yosakoi enough, especially the Kanazawa festival. Eat some festival food, have a blast, AND JOIN IN THE FESTIVITIES! There’s a giant dance at the end that everyone can join in together."
Two Japanese Ice House Festivals: Winter Warmup & Summer Snow
courtesy the city of Kanazawa In southeast Kanazawa, on a mountainside, nestled in a dense forest, up a hill and beside a lake, is a tiny thatched hut called Himuro Koya, the Ice House Cottage. Twice a year folks from all over Ishikawa Pre…
Machiya, Traditional Japanese Living for the Lowest Class
architecture event history Japanese living machiya Daily Life for Merchants & Crafters, Centuries Ago… Kanazawa sometimes shares the moniker “Little Kyoto” for its historical city-scape. You may already know the heritage spots of…