Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival, the greatest festival of Kanazawa, commemorates the entry of Toshiie Maeda, the founder of the Kaga domain, into Kanazawa Castle in June, 1583. Kanazawa will soon celebrate the 66th anniversary of the festival.
The festival this year is held for three days from Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4. Its highlight of is ‘Hyakumangoku Parade’, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, June 3 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
Around 1,200 lanterns lit with candles and decorated with Kanga Yuzen silk fabrics will float down the Asanogawa River that as a whole creates emotional atmosphere.
Time and date : 19:00-21:00, Friday, 2nd June
Venue : Near the Asano-gawa river Ohashi bridge
- Hyakumangoku Parade
After celebrating the departing ceremony, the Parade will leave at 14:20 the east square of JR Kanazawa station for Kanazawa Castle Park and marches along on the main streets. In the castle park, there will be displays of gallant lion dancing and Kaga firemen’s ladder top acrobatics.
Time and date : 14:00-18:00, Saturday, 3rd June
Venue : All the way through the route from the Kanazawa Station to the Kanazawa Castle
- Hyakumangoku Odori-nagashi
Around 10,000 people dance on the downtown streets.
Time and date : 18:00-20:00, Saturday, 3rd June
Venue : Between Minamicho and Katamachi and between Korinbo and Shinoki cultural complex (Hirosaka street)
- Hyakumangoku Takigi-noh
Traditional noh plays will be put on outdoors with light supplied by bonfires.
Time and date : 19:00-21:00, Saturday, 3rd June
Venue : Kanazawa Castle Park
For further information regarding the festival, please visit the following link.