Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival, the greatest festival of Kanazawa, commemorates the entry of Toshiie Maeda, the founder of the Kaga domain, into Kanazawa Castle in 1583. Kanazawa will soon celebrate the 67th anniversary of the festival.
The festival this year is held for three days from Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3. Its highlight of is ‘Hyakumangoku Parade’, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, June 2 when participants in historical costumes will march through the main streets to the castle.
There are various other interesting events as follow.
Kaga Yuzen Toro-Nagashi (Friday, 1st June)
Venue: Near the Asano-gawa ohashi bridge
To express our sincere gratitude to Asanogawa-river which we used for Kaga Yuzen manufacturing process and wishes for further prosperity of Kaga Yuzen, we will flow 1200 garden lanterns down to Asanogawa-river.
Hyakumangoku Parade (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Kanazawa Station, Tuzumi-mon Gate
We will celebrate the Opening Ceremony by dances and musical performance of drums and Kaga Tobi firefighters.
Time and date: 14:20 – 17:30
Venue: Kanazawa Station East gate square, Omicho martet, Kohrinbo, Kanazawa Castle Park
The parade divided by samurais will proceed to Kanazawa Castle together with brass band performing music and traditional dancing group performing Shishi-mai lion dance.
Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park, San-no-maru Hiroba area
We will celebrate finale by performing courageous dance by Kaga Tobi firefighters and then actor dressed as Maeda Toshiie will enter Kanazawa Castle.
Hyakumangoku Odori-nagashi (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Between Minamicho and Katamachi, between Korinbo and Shinoki cultural complex (Hirosaka street)
Around 12,500 people dance on the downtown streets. Anyone can participate in this dance.
Hyakumangoku Takigi-noh (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park
Traditional noh plays will be put on outdoors with light supplied by bonfires.
Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castel park are scheduled to give free admission and to provide illumination after cherry blossoms bloomed.
Visitors can watch a very big cherry tree, which was designated as a Japanese natural treasure, at the Shogetuji-temple in Teramachi temple area. It is said that the tree is 400 years old.
There are another view places of cherry trees in Kanazawa city, such as Sai-gawa river, Asano-gawa river and Kazue-machi chayagai district. Why don’t you check and experience these places by “360°Panoramic View” ?
Kanazawa JOG NAVI, a website for mobile use, is now released for you to enjoy sightseeing while doing your jogging and walking exercises. The site is with 8 recommended routes from hotel concierge and spot-searching functions. Let’s get up a bit earlier and move your bodies in the gorgeous city and the nature of Kanazawa!
Approximately 30 minutes by car from the city center of Kanazawa there is an area called “Kanazawa no Oku-zashiki” (the meaning of which is a place where one can spend quiet time away from the noise of Kanazawa) which is home to the Yuwaku Onsen Hot Spring.
Recently, it has become the stage for the anime “Hanasaku-Iroha“, and the “Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri” festival held in October every year is crowded with many anime fans. In 2018 the Yuwaku Onsen Hot Spring will celebrate its 1300th anniversary since its opening and various events are planned to be held. Be sure to come and spend a relaxing time in this calm atmosphere!
There are many temples scattered around Kanazawa. Among them, there are three interesting temple areas called Ishibiki-no-michi (Kodatsuno temple area), Shizune-no-komichi (Teramachi temple area), Spiritual Path (Utatsuyama temple area).
Please be sure to experience a stroll through the streets lined with beautiful temples, which are filled with ancient history and atmosphere.
Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden will be illuminated in some evenings in every season. You can experience mystical atmosphere and different views from those in daytime. Why not stroll there and enjoy the beautifully lit-up scenery?
[Time and place of the Illumination]
Time: 17:30 to 21:00 Friday, November 17 to Saturday, December 9
Place: Kanazawa Castle Park, Gyokusen ‘inmaru garden, Kenrokuen Garden
On Sunday, October 29, the 3rd Kanazawa Marathon will take place.
The course consists of downtown area, Traditional area, Landscape view area and another wide area in Kanazawa city.
There will be a large scale of road traffic regulation for an extended time, creating major traffic jams around Kanazawa. Though this may cause you problems, your warm understanding and cooperation are appreciated.
For further information, visit the following website.