Jun 3
~
Jun 5

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival

Free

In the feudal times of Edo-era Japan, Kaga — the name for present-day Kanazawa — was the largest domain in the land. So large was it that it could produce a million bushels of rice, or hyakumongoku. This festival celebrates the rich culture and tradition that developed in Kanazawa during this golden age.

It’s the biggest annual traditional festival in Kanazawa, held over three days in June. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

As this is a major festival, expect accommodations to book out early.

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival 2022 schedule

Day 1 (Friday)

9–10am Water Drawing Ceremony at Kanazawa Shrine
Shrine priests draw water from the Kinjo Reitaku Sacred Well; this is followed by a procession to Seisonkaku Villa, where a gratitude/retirement ceremony is performed for old tea whisks.

10–10:40am:Shinto prayers at Oyama Shrine

1–2pm: Shinto tea offering to the gods at Oyama Shrine

6:40–9pm: Children’s Lantern & Taiko Procession (various locations around town)

7–8pm: Floating Lanterns on the Asano River (between Tenjin-bashi and Asanogawa Ohashi)
Hundreds of aga Yuzen (hand painted silk — an esteemed local craft) lanterns are floated down the Asano River to guide departed spirits.

Day 2 (Saturday)

8:30am–4pm: Hyakumangoku Chakai at Kenrokuen (and other locations)
A grand tea ceremony, held at different venues in and around Kenrokuen, each sponsored by a different tea school. Reserve a seat in advance (two seats for ¥2,000) by filling out and mailing/faxing this form (in Japanese). A limited number of tickets (¥1,500 per person) will also be available on the day on a first-come-first-serve basis.

10am–6pm: Bon Shogatsu at Kanazawa Castle Park
A “Summer New Year” celebration with lion dances, folk dances, taiko drumming, and more.

2pm–5.50pm: Hyakumangoku Parade
Highlights of the parade include a reenactment of feudal era procession (complete with period attire), lion dances, daring acrobatic displays by local firefighters, and taiko drumming. The parade begins at the east exit of Kanazawa Station and finishes at Kanazawa Castle Park.

6:30–8pm: Hyakumangoku Traditional Dance Parade
Thousands of locals, organized into teams and wearing colorful yukata, perform traditional folk dances along Route 157 (between Minami-cho and Katamachi)

7–9pm: Takigi Noh (Kanazawa Castle Park)
A performance of traditional noh theatre illuminated by torchlight. Entry is free. A Children’s performance takes place from 6.30pm. In the event of rain, the performance will instead be held at the Ishikawa Prefecture Noh Theater.

Day 3 (Sunday)

8:30am–4pm: Hyakumangoku Chakai at Kenrokuen (and other locations)
A grand tea ceremony, held at different venues in and around Kenrokuen, each sponsored by a different tea school. Reserve a seat in advance (two seats for ¥2,000) by filling out and mailing/faxing this form (in Japanese). A limited number of tickets (¥1,500 per person) will also be available on the day on a first-come-first-serve basis.

10am–4pm: Bon Shogatsu at Kanazawa Castle Park
A “Summer New Year” celebration with lion dances, folk dances, taiko drumming, and more.

10am–4pm Folk Song Performances at Theater Kagekiza
Performances of traditional Kanazawa and Ishikawa Prefecture folk songs. There are two shows: one at 10am and one at 2pm.

Please note these times are as listed but are subject to change.

Not in Kanazawa? Here’s how to get there from Tokyo.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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