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)
- Time: 19:00-21:00
- 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)
- Opening Ceremony
- Time: 14:00-14:20
- 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.
- Festival Finale
- Time: 16:00-18:00
- 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)
- Time: 18:00-20:00
- 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)
- Time: 19:00-21:00
- Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park
- Traditional noh plays will be put on outdoors with light supplied by bonfires.
*More information about the festival: http://en.visitkanazawa.jp/bestofkanazawa/season/2