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  Ishikawa Prefecture features both traditional festivals and rituals which have been carried out for hundreds of years as well as new modern music and art festivals.

The Noto region is a treasure trove of traditional festivals and floats. The Kiriko Float Festivals (kiriko floats are lantern floats meant to guide the gods through the streets at night) take place one after another throughout the Noto from July to October and are popular among both locals and tourists. Kanazawa also plays host to a number of festivals, such as the Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival in June, the La Folle Journee music festival and Hyakumangoku Japanese Sweets Exhibition during Golden Week in May, Touryoue in the Higashi Chaya District in summer, and Kanazawa Jazz Street in autumn. On top of that, each season features a popular light-up of Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle. In May, Kaga features the Otabi Festival, which celebrates Kabuki, an unique form of Japanese theater, and in summer, the skies above the Kaga Onsen District light up with fireworks and the glow of local festivals. The Mt. Hakusan region also features a variety of local shrine festivals as well as a surreal snowman festival, held in the peak of the winter season in the small village of Shiramine, nestled deep within the snowy hills.

NOTO AREA

The Noto Peninsula is a treasure trove of festivals. In the summer and autumn, it seems like there is an exciting festival happening just about every week. Come see the famousKiriko Festivals of the Noto!

KANAZAWA AREA

  In Kanazawa, you can see the Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival in June, where warriors dressed in traditional armor parade down the streets of the city. You can also enjoy a light up of Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s most famous gardens, in every season of the year.

KAGA/HAKUSAN AREA

  The Hakusan region features festivals where portable shrines are carried around to appease the gods as well as a popular snowman festival in the middle of the winter season.

RECOMMENDED ISHIKAWA ATTRACTIONS

Cherry Blossoms, Irises, Autumn Foliage and Yukitsuri of Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen offers it's visitors various seasonal palettes including Sakura (Cherry blossoms), Kakitsubata (Wild Iris), Autumn Foliage and Yukitsuri*
*Yukitsuri is a traditional technique of suspending tree branches with ropes in order to protect them from heavy snow.

Abare (Rampage) Festival

Abare Festival is known for its wild atmosphere. On the day of the Festival, about40 tall (some are as high as 7 m) sacred lanterns are paraded through the streets along with 2 omikoshi portable shrines.

Nafune Gojinjo Drum

It is said that the drummers wearing ghost masks and seaweed hair fought off the armies of Uesugi Kenshin who tried to attack the Nafune area in 1577.

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival

This Festival is one of the largest annual events of Ishikawa which includes a gorgeous and dazzling parade and various other events focusing on Kanazawa's unique traditions handed down for over 400 years.

Autumn Foliage at Kakusenkei Gorge

One of the most famous scenic spots in Yamanaka Onsen Hotspring District, The scenery is exceptionally magnificent during the autumn foliage season.

Yukidaruma Snowman Festival

With many snowmen in different sizes on display, visitors can also see snow sculptures shaped as famous people and popular characters.