Seasonal Events

SpringFour season in Kanazawa

Cherry blossom viewing

SummerFour season in Kanazawa

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival

  • Time of year first Friday, Saturday & Sunday of June (three days)
  • Place City center
  • Details A festival re-enacting Toshiie Maeda's historic entrance into Kanazawa Castle. Lord Maeda was a feudal lord who built the foundations of Kanazawa.

Fireworks Festival

  • Time of year last Saturday of July
  • Place Prefecture Mameda Ground (on the banks of Saigawa River)
  • Details Firework festivals are a feature of summer in Japan.
  • Charges Free

Kanazawa A Capella Town

  • Time of year late August
  • Place City center (live on the streets)
  • Details A capella is a style of singing without instrumental accompaniment. About 200 groups from all over Japan participate in singing a capella throughout the city.
  • Charges Free (some require admission)

AutumnFour season in Kanazawa

Kanazawa JAZZ STREET

  • Time of year mid-September (three days)
  • Place City center (live on the streets)
  • Details Over 150 concerts are performed in the city center by world leading artists and university big bands. Enjoy Kanazawa filled with the spirit of jazz.
  • Charges Free (some require admission)

Viewing of autumn foliage

“Yukizuri”(rope supports to protect from the snow)

  • Time of year early November - mid-March
  • Place Kenroku-en Garden , etc.
  • Details In winter the branches of the trees are protected against the heavy snow with a rope construction called “Yukizuri”. In November you might even catch a glimpse of the men setting them up.
  • Things to do (Hello Kanazawa) Strolling in Kenrokuen

WinterFour season in Kanazawa

Straw Matting of Mud Walls of the Naga-machi Samurai Residences

  • Time of year early December - mid-March
  • Place Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District
  • Details The mud walls of the old samurai houses are a symbol of the Nagamachi district. They are protected against snow damage using an age-old method called “Komogake” (literally, “to cover with a straw sheet”).

Kaga Fire-fighters New Year's Event

  • Time of year first Sunday of January (or the following week if this Sunday falls between Jan. 1-4)
  • Place Kanazawa Castle Park
  • Details The fire-men of Kanazawa showcase fire-fighting skills that have been passed down from the Edo Period. This performance is held at the biginning of the year to demonstrate the abilities and spirit of fire-fighting.
  • Charges Free

Setsubun Festival at Utasu Shrine

  • Time of year February 3rd
  • Place Utasu Shrine (Higashi Chaya District)
  • Details February 3rd is Setsubun. There is a custom of throwing roasted beans to wish for health and good fortune. At Utasu Shrine, geishas come to throw the beans, adding glamour to the event.
  • Charges Free

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