Ishikawa: Hyakumangoku Matsuri

Festival in commemoration of the feudal lord "=Maeda Toshiie (1537-1599)"= who built the foundation of Kanazawa city. The highlight of this festival is Hyakumangoku Gyoretsu (a long pageant) in which shishimai (lion dance), kaga-tobi (acrobatics on ladder by firefighters), sacred horen and warriors parade. Taking a stroll is most advisable because of traffic congestion during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● June 2
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Kaga yuzen toro-nagashi (floating lighted lanterns) on Asano River
● June 3
2 p.m.-6 p.m. Hyakumangoku gyoretsu from Kanazawa Station through the city's main streets to Kanazawa-jo Park
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hyakumangoku odori-nagashi (a parade of 12,000 dancers in yukata) on Rout No. 157
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Takigi noh (open-air torchlight Noh) performance in Kanazawa-jo Park

Location: Asano River, Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa-jo Park and others, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Kanazawa Station.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.