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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 famous Kiriko Festivals of the Noto!


  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.


  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.

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.

Issaki Hoto Festival

This is one of the biggest and most lively summer festivals of Noto where spirited men from the area around a fishing town called Ishizaki, parade through the town streets with rallying shouting, carrying the Hoto (votive lanterns) on their shoulders.

Tomobata Festival

A boat carrying omikoshi, along with 10 other boats, decorated with tomobata flags and 5 coloured fukinagashi wind-streamers rove inside the bay praying for large catch. It's a lively, gorgeous festival emphasizing the typical character of a seaside town.


Seihakusai is celebrated in May and is one of the biggest festivals of Noto. This Spring Festival is dedicated to Ootoko-nushi (Sanno) Shrine in Nanao.

Okuma Kabuto Festival

Wearing a Tengu (long-nosed goblin) mask and dancing to the rhythm of the drums, a festival character called "Sarutahiko" leads the mikoshi portable shrine procession through the streets.

Wajima Taisai Festival

10 meter tall festival lanterns called Kiriko as well as smaller portable paper lanterns are carried through the town streets along with portable shrines called "omikoshi".

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.

Noto's Sakura (Cherry blossom) Station

This small Noto Kashima station is popularly known as Sakura-eki or the Station of Cherry Blossoms. In spring when the Cherry Trees that stand on both the sides of the track are in full bloom, they create a "Sakura Tunnel" with their blossoming branches.

Komaruyama Park's Sakura

This Park is located on a hill overlooking Nanao Bay. The site of the Park was originally the site of a castle. Park is famous for its Sakura trees (cherry blossoms) in Spring and Tsutsuji (Azalea) flowers in early summer.

Shio Yawaragi no Sato

It's one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Noto. It has 1,500 trees of Somei-yoshi cherry blossom variety.