Event Calendar


Snow Wall Walk(Yuki-no-Otani Walk) 2015

April 15 - June 22

Spring on the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route means the world famous “snow wall”! When the snowfall around the Murodo terminal is cleared away, it’s then used to make “snow walls.” Once they are connected together these walls form a “snow valley” longer than 500m. The walls form snow banks that collect even more snow, and can reach 20m in height! The “Snow Wall Walk” opens one side of the road up to pedestrian access, and is a popular spot visited by large numbers of tourists every year.

Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route and Murodo
TEL +81-76-431-3331
Snow Wall Walk(Yuki-no-Otani Walk) 2015 Photo


Nakano Fishermen's Market

Second Saturday of every month

The market opens once a month from May to September. Local fishermen themselves sell fresh seasonal fish they catch at reasonal prices. Seasonal vegetables or inexpensive light meal with local products are also sold at the market. Please enjoy the lively atmosphere of a fishing village.

Tottori Prefecture fishermen's cooperative association Sakaiminato branch office(Nakano-cho, Sakaiminato City. Tottori)
Fisheries Division, Sakaiminato City
TEL +81-859-47-1055


Tuna Festival

Late June

The port of Sakai is one of the largest landing ports for bluefin tuna. "Tuna Festival" is held every summer to appreciate this blessing from the sea. Not only the locals but also tourists from all over Japan gather to the fish market to purchase fresh tuna, various kinds of seafood and other local specialties at reasonable prices.

Tottori Prefectural Sakaiminato local seafood wholesale market
(9-7 Showa-machi, Sakaiminato City, Tottori)
Sakai minato Fisheries Promotion General Foundation
TEL +81-859-44-6668


Otaru Ushio Festival

Late July

The largest summer festival in Otaru, giving thanks for the sea. Includes the “Ushio Nerikomi” parade, in which around 6000 people dance through the town, and a large fireworks display.

Main venue: Wharf No.3, other parts of Otaru City
Sightseeing Promotion Room, Otaru City
TEL +81-134-32-4111
Otaru Ushio Festival Photo


Yonago Gaina Festival

Late July or early August

The Yonago Gaina Festival is said to be originated from the story that a servant of the Lord of Yonago castle in the Edo period housed the autograph paper by Sugawara no Michizane in the garden shrine to be "Tenman-gu Shrine", and enshrined it in the present Kamo Shrine. The varied festivities include the Gaina Taiko performance, the Gaina Buddhist lantern festival and a spectacular fireworks display to finish off the event.

Anterior of Yonago Station, Minatoyama Park, and others; fireworks at Yonago Bay.

Yonago Gaina Festival Planning Committee
TEL +81-859-22-0018
Yonago Gaina Festival Photo


"Minato-Matsuri" - Local Summer Festival

July 23, 24

Minato-matsuri is a local summer festival in Sakaiminato City. It is also an occasion to pray for the safety of fishermen and good catch. Fishing boats loaded with drums and portable shrines parade on Sakai Channel and it's a spectacular show. The entire city gets lively with a wide variety of events such as parades, fireworks, floating lanterns on the water channel, concerts and more.

Whole district of Sakaiminato City
The city of fish and Kitaro Sakaiminato Guide for Sightseeing
TEL +81-859-47-3880


Shinminato Fireworks Festival

Sunday, July 29

The sight of 2,000 fireworks exploding magnificently in the summer night sky is just fantastic! The rare beauty of the reflections of the star mine fireworks launched from the land to fan out over the sea has become one of the highlights of this fireworks display.

Kaiomaru Park

Port and Tourism Division, Imizu City (Tel: +81-766-51-6676)
Shinminato Fireworks Festival Photo


Kutchan Jaga(potato) Festival

Early August

A festival themed around the special potatoes grown in Kutchan. Events bring together organizations from across Hokkaido, and include the “Potato 100 Man Taiko Drumming” and “Grab As Many Potatoes As You Can”.

Kutchan Ekimae-Dori
Kutchan Town Office Tourism Promotion Section
TEL +81-136-56-8009


GeGeGe no Kitaro Geta Toss Competition


An official competition that has received authentication from the Japan Geta-Tobashi Association. Traditional geta footwear is tossed directly from the participants foot, mimicking the popular comic and cartoon GeGeGe no Kitaro. In Sakai the wearing of part of Kitaro’s costume is actually now part of the rules, and has to be obeyed, (the office provides the item to participants).

Sakaiminato City
Junior Chamber International Sakaiminato
TEL +81-859-44-2700
GeGeGe no Kitaro Geta Toss Competition Photo


Kitanippon Shimbun Toyama Summer Fireworks Festival

August 1

Taking place around the downstream of the Arisawa Bridge on the Jinzu River near downtown Toyama, this is the largest fireworks display in Toyama Prefecture. Now held on August 1st each year, this summer evening fireworks display first started 2 years after the 1945 bombing of Toyama (occurred on August 1 and 2, 1945) as a prayer for the repose of the victims’ souls, for peace and for the reconstruction of Japan. Please enjoy this one-night son et lumière show while still praying for peace.

The downstream of the Arisawa Bridge on the Jinzu

Kitanippon Shimbun (Tel: +81-76-445-3367)
Kitanippon Shimbun Toyama Summer Fireworks Festival Photo
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