May 19
~
May 21

Sakata Festival

Free

Held annually since 1609, this three day festival in the Japan Sea port town of Sakata is renowned for its giant lion head floats and unique wheeled floats.

The festival was originally known as the Sanno Festival but was renamed to the Sakata Festival in commemoration of a major conflagration in the town in 1976.

350 stalls line the parade route selling food, drinks and crafts.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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