Things to do / Traditional festivals

Ishikawa: Koi-koi Matsuri

Festival featuring a parade of O-shishi mikoshi (portable shrine shaped like a huge lion head carried by town's people) and Geisha (professional female entertainers), and Yamanaka-bushi-wa-odori dancing parade by thousands of people in festival attire to the sound of Shamisen (three-stringed musical instruments), flutes and drums on the main street.

Schedule & Key events:
● Sept. 22
1:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Parade of mikoshi, brass bands and people dancing 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Yamanaka-bushi-wa-odori 8:35 p.m.-9:35 p.m. Shin-Yamanaka-bushi-wa-odori
● Sept. 23
noon-3:30 p.m. Parade of O-shishi mikoshi

Location: Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga, Ishikawa

JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Kanazawa Sta. From there, take JR Hokuriku Honsen Line to Kaga Onsen Sta. and then take bus to Yamanaka Onsen Bus Stop (30 min.)

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.