One of Japan’s most ancient festivals, this ancient Shinto ritual is also known as Takewari Matsuri. In spectacular riotous moves, young people brave the winter cold and their evil spirits by furiously cracking large sticks of bamboo by a bonfire.
Winding through Kaga’s three typical hot spring resorts as well as some of the area’s most attractive landscapes, the Kaga Onsen marathon is held every year in mid-April at the peak of the cherry blossom season. Besides the full marathon trail, the event also proposes 10 km, 5 km and 2.5 km courses. Overseas visitors, professional or non-professionals alike, everyone is welcome to participate.
In the center of Yamanaka Onsen, renowned craftsmen and specialized shops gather for a two days feast and market event. Great choice of items from Yamanaka Onsen’s reputed handicraft are on display, many of them at a very affordable price.
This is one of the area’s most popular festivals. Undoubtedly the highlight is the impressive parade that has young and less young local men joining forces to carry the Shobu Mikoshi (portable shrine), rambunctiously following a solemn procession of lanterns carriers. Traditional dances are also performed during the last evening.
Created by a famous master of Kyogen, a Japanese traditional comic theater, Yamashiro Onsen’s Daidengaku Festival is a very dynamic and fascinating spectacle blending dancing and acting deeply rooted in ancient traditional performing arts. Held every year in mid-summer, it involves both local performers and famous actors, all of them dressed in splendid and rather mysterious costumes.
Every night throughout August, 10 minute long fireworks are launched over Lake Shibayama. Celebrating the discovery of the town’s hot spring and featuring street stalls, dancing and various performances, the Onsen festival culminates with a grandiose 40 minute long fire-work session performed on Sunday night.
Thousands of people gather for the Yamanaka Onsen annual festival featuring mikoshi (portable shrine) parade, geisha performances and procession group dancing to the sound of traditional music instruments and folk tunes.