Festivals

These are festivals that take place all over Akita. If you know of a festival in your town that isn't listed here, please add it. See also our video introduction to some of Akita's best festivals.

Spring (March-May)

Festivals
Festival name Description Date Place
Nagasaka Inari Shrine Festival
(長坂稲荷神社ぼんでん祭り)
Festival dedicated to asking various wishes (ie Household safety) to the shrine. Website Second Sunday in March Ouchi, Yurihonjō
Matobi
(万灯火)
A festival that lights fires at night in various different shapes Day of Setsubun* Kamikoani, Kitaakita
Kite Flying Comptition
(凧揚げ大会)
Third Sunday in March Yuzawa
New Collection Fireworks Display
(新作花火コレクション)
End of March Daisen
Kawabata Daruma Festival
(川反ダルマまつり)
Festival dedicated to some type of protection against the cold. April 12-13 Akita City
Katakuri Violet Flower Festival
(かたくりの花まつり)
Website Mid to end of April Nishiki, Semboku
Senshu Park Cherry Blossom Festival
(千秋公園桜まつり)
Mid to end of April Akita City
Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival
(角館さくらまつり)
Website Mid April to early May Kakunodate, Semboku
Misaki Park Flower Festival
(三崎公園花まつり)
Mid April to early May Kisakata, Nikaho
Kimimachizaka Park Cherry Blossom Festival
(きみまち坂公園さくら祭り)
Website End of April Futatsui, Noshiro
Japanese National Flower Park Blossom Festival
(日本国花苑さくらまつり)
Website End of April to early May Ikawa
Sashimaki Wetland Mizubasho Flower Festival
(刺巻湿原水ばしょうまつり)
Mid April to early May Tazawako, Semboku
Numa Iri Festival
(沼入りぼんでん)
People going into a lake and raising a pole May 1 Yokote
Akita Inu Preservation Exhibition
(秋田犬保存会本部展覧会)
Akita Inu Preservation Exhibition May 3 Ōdate
Gannin Odori
(願人踊り)
A special dance probably based on farming customs. Website May 5 Hachirōgata
Oga Tai Festival
(男鹿の鯛祭り)
A festival in Oga for a delicious fish called Tai. Website May 15 - June 30 Oga
Sakura and Flower Petal Festival
(桜と菜の花祭り)
Sakura and Flower watching. Website Mid-May Ōgata
Yomemi Festival
(中の申祭(嫁見祭り))
Watching women dressed as brides walking around town. Website Mid-May Noshiro
Senshu Park Azelea Festival
千秋公園つつじまつり
Mid to end of May Akita City

Summer (June-August)

Festivals
Festival name Description Date Place
Akasia Festival
(アカシアまつり)
A festival with various different events including fishing competitions, drumming, and man powered carts. Website June
(2nd Saturday and Sun. in June)
Kosaka
Chokai Kogen Family Adventure!
(高原ファミリーアドベンチャー)
Family Fun on a mountain Website June
(2nd Sun. in June)
Yurihonjō
Araya Kashima Festival
(新屋鹿島まつり)
Floats going around Araya Website June
(2nd Sun. in June)
Akita City
Komachi Festival
(小町まつり)
A town festival which includes traditional dances, Yosakoi dance, Taiko Drumming, and various competitons. Probably just to make people happy and celebrate the summer. Website June
(2nd Sun. in June)
Yuzawa
Ichigami Festival
(市神祭)
A festival dedicated to the city's 500 year old guardian spirit.Website June
(Mid-June)
Gojōme
Cherry Festival
(さくらんぼまつり)
Website June
(Mid-June to mid-July)
Jumonji, Yokote
Kashima Nagashi
(鹿島流し)
A float drifting down a river Website June 27 Omagari, Daisen
Asamai Park Iris Festival
(浅舞公園あやめまつりし)
Akita fan website June
(End of June to start of July)
Hiraka, Yokote
Yatose (Modern Dance) Festival
(ヤートセ秋田祭り)
A Dance Festival in order to raise spirits during the summer. Website June
(Last Saturday and Sun. in June)
Kawabata, Akita City
Ushinori - Kumomai
(牛乗り・くも舞い)
A tanabata Festival with a twist! Website July 7 Katagami and (?) Oga .... the location is behind Toko Elementary School
Kyowa Tanabata Fireworks
(協和七夕花火)

Website
July
(Start of July)
Semboku
Kyuhan Festival
(旧藩祭)
Town/Shrine Festival which displays local dances. Website July
(2nd Saturday and Sun. in July)
Yurihonjō
Tsuzuriko Taiko Drum Festival
(綴子大太鼓)
Website July 14 & 15 Kitaakita
Towada Lake Festival
(十和田湖湖水まつり)
Festival with various activities including dance, fireworks, live performances, and boat rides.Website July
(3rd Saturday and Sun. in July)
Kosaka
Tsuchizaki Port Festival
(土崎港曳山まつり)
A town festival that involves locals dragging huge wagon things called dashi all over the town. Website July 20-21 Tsuchizaki, Akita City
Junsai (Slimy Vegetable) Festival
(じゅんさい祭り)
July
(Mid-July)
Mitane
Hachirogata Water Festival
(八郎湖ウォーターフェスティバル)
Website July
(End of July)
Hachirōgata
Tazawako Festival
(田沢湖祭り)
Website July
(4th Saturday and Sun. in July)
Tazawako, Semboku
Oriwatari Jizoson Festival
(折渡地蔵尊まつり)
Website July
(July 24)
Yurihonjō
Honjo River Matsuri Fireworks Competition
(本荘川まつり花火大会)
Website July
(Last Saturday and Sun. in July)
Yurihonjō
Omono River Ikada kudari Competition
(雄物川筏下り大会)
Website July
(End of July)
Akita City
World Solar Car Rally
(ワールド・ソーラーカー・ラリー)
July
(End of July)
Ōgata
Miyazawa Coast Sunset Festival
(宮沢海岸夕日フェスティバル)
End of July Oga
Sand Sculpture Festival
(サンドクラフト)
http://www.akitafan.com/sightseeing/detail.html?data_id=1051 End of July start of Aug Hachiryū, Mitane
Mikoshi no Taki Abi
(みこしの滝浴び)
Loads of villagers carry afloat on their backs to a waterfall where they bathe the god under the falling waters. August 1 Happō
Noshiro Nebunagashi
(能代ねぶ流し)
August 3-4, 6-7 Noshiro
Kanto Lantern Festival
(竿燈まつり)
Akita's Largest festival. Thousands of people gather ever year to see the people of Akita city hoist up giant racks of lantern weighing up to 50kg in a prayer for a good harvest. Website August 3-6 Akita City
Sennin Shyugyo
(仙人修行)
Fri., Sat., and Sundays before August 10 Higashinaruse
Tanabata Picture Lantern Festival
(七夕絵どうろうまつり)
August 5-7 Yuzawa
Futatsui Akita Cedar Festival
(秋田杉の里ニツ井まつり)
August 4-7 Noshiro
Hanawa Nebuta Festival
(花輪ねぶた)
August 7-8 Kazuno
Kiyomizu Festival
(清水まつり)
1st Saturday in August Misato
Kosaka Tanabata Matsuri
(小坂七夕まつり )
1st Sat. and Sun. in August Kosaka
Large Fireworks Competition
(大花火大会)
August 8 Yuzawa
Omono River Fireworks
(雄物川花火大会)
August 10 Akita City
Aikawa Matobi
(合川まと火)
August 14 Kitaakita

(ハタハタの里ブリコ祭り)
August 15 Happō
Oyu Large Drum Festival
(大湯大太鼓まつり)
August 15 Kazuno
送り盆まつり(屋形舟) August 15-16 Yokote
きゃどっこ祭り August 15-16 Gojōme
Daimonji Traditional Festival
大文字まつり・大文字焼き
August 16 Ōdate
Hachiryu Festival
(八郎まつり)
A festival in which locals carry a huge dragon around town. Its to honor the dragon spirit protecting the lake.Website August 16 Showa, Katagami
ふるさと岩見川清流まつり 2nd Sat. and Sun. in August Akita City
Nishimonai Obon Odori Traditional Dance Festival
(西馬音内盆踊り)
August 16-18 Ugo
Donpan Traditional Arts Festival
(ドンパン祭り)
August 16 Daisen
Hitoichi Obon Odori Traditional Dance Festival
(一日市盆踊り)
August 18-20 Hachirōgata
Hanawa Bayashi Festival
(花輪ばやし)
Website August 19-20 Kazuno
Kemanai Obon Odori Traditional Dance Festival
(毛馬内盆踊り)
August 21-23 Kazuno
All Japan Fireworks Festival
(全国花火競技大会)
Omagari's famous fireworks competition that people from all around japan flock to see. During the competition the town's population swells over tenfold. 4th Sat. in August Daisen
大名行列 4th Sun. in August Yuzawa

Autumn (September-November)

Festivals
Festival name Description Date Place
十和田湖国境祭 First Saturday and Sunday in September Kosaka
Onagori Last of the Summer Festival

おなごりフェステバル

Second Saturday in September Noshiro
八朔まつり Second Saturday and Sunday in September Yurihonjō
Komaodori Festival

駒踊り

This traditional dance of the Fujikoto area involves two teams of dancing men. Wearing armor with fake horses, the men of the town dance from early in the day to late at night in order to usher in a good harvest. September 7th (night) and September 8th (All day) Fujisato
Kakunodate Traditional Festival

角館祭りのやま行事

Huge floats, called 'hikiyama', are pulled across Kakunodate in this 350-year-old festival. Famous for 'yama butsuke' on the final night, when pairs of floats crash together for hours at a time to negotiate right-of-way in Kakunodate's narrow streets. September 7-9 Kakunodate, Semboku
金沢神社の掛け唄大会 September 14(night)-15(morning) Yokote
全日本野鯉・鮒釣り大会 Third Saturday and Sunday in September Hachirōgata
院内銀山まつり September 21 Yuzawa
Obonaibushi National Folk Singing Competition

生保内節全国大会

September 22 and 23 Tazawako, Semboku
Kosaka Wine Festival

小坂ワイン祭り

Third Sunday in September Kosaka
Sannai Imonoko Festival

山内いものこまつり

Eat imonoko soup and watch the imonoko pyramid-building contest. Third Sunday in September Sannai, Yokote
寒風山まつり September 23 and the closest Sunday Oga
Kikuningyo Chrysantheum Doll Festival

菊人形まつり

October 10 to November 10 Akita Furusatomura, Yokote
本場大館きりたんぽまつり Second Saturday and Sunday in October Ōdate
Amasagi Wine Festival

あまさぎワインまつり

Mid October Iwaki Town, Yurihonjō
Jumbo Usagi Giant Rabbit Festival

全国ジャンボうさぎフェスティバル

Late October Daisen
霜月神楽 November 7(night)-8(morning) Yokote
All Japan Gotenmari Bauble Contest

全国ごてんまりコンクール

Start of November Honjō, Yurihonjō

Winter (December-February)

Festivals
Festival name Description Date Place
Namahage Festival

(なまはげ)

December 31 Oga
大日堂舞楽 January 2 Kazuno
Newcomers Music festival

(大曲新人音楽祭)

Held annually around the start of January at the Omagari Community Hall in Omagari-Hinodecho. This competition draws interest from all over Japan for two shows, the preliminary heat and the main performance of young up and coming Classical musicians. 2nd Saturday in January Daisen
才の神焼き January 15 Yurihonjō
新山神社裸まいり Third Sunday in January Yurihonjō
三吉ぼんでん祭り January 17 Akita City
Hinai Chicken Festival

(比内とりの市)

Last Saturday and Sunday in January Hinai Town, Ōdate
ゆきとぴあ七曲 Last Saturday and Sunday in January Ugo
Shirase Cup Dog Show

(白瀬カップ全国犬ぞり大会)

Last Saturday and Sunday in January Nikaho
掛魚まつり February 4 Nakaho
Kamifusen Paper Balloon Festival

(紙風船上げ)

February 10 Nishiki, Semboku
Kariwano Giant Tug of War

(刈和野の大綱引き)

Tug of war between the two sides of town. It is said that if the North side win, the price of rice will go up; if the South side win, there will be a good harvest. Grab some gloves and join in! February 10 Daisen
大湯温泉雪まつり February 10-11 Kazuno
Amekko Candy Festival

(アメッコ市)

Second Saturday and Sunday in February Ōdate
Namahage Festival

(なまはげ柴灯まつり)

Namahage come down from the mountain to terrify local children. Also features a namahage taiko performance. Second weekend in February (Fri-Sun) Oga
Inukko Snow Dog Festival

(犬っこまつり)

Second Saturday and Sunday in February Yuzawa
Shigakko Ice Festival

(しがっこまつり)

Second Saturday and Sunday in February Yuzawa
Hiburi Kamakura

(火振りかまくら)

Fire-swinging festival. The 13th is the biggest day of the festival, held at 桜並木駐車場 (the big car park by the river) with fire-swinging and fireworks. The 14th takes place in individual neighborhoods. February 13-14 Semboku
Rokugo Kamakura Takeuchi Bamboo Pole Fighting Festival

(六郷のかまくら[竹打ち])

The bamboo pole fight takes place on the final day (the 15th). February 11-15 Misato
Kamakura Igloo Festival

(かまくら雪まつり)

Eat grilled mochi and drink amazake inside igloos, 6-9pm. There is also a 'pre-Kamakura' festival on the 14th. Free shuttle bus available near City Hall to take you to the castle. February 15-16 Yokote
Yokote Bonden Festival

(旭岡山神社ぼんでん)

The Bonden parade/contest is held on the 16th near City Hall (9:30~). On the 17th, the Bondens are carried to a shrine (10:00~) February 16-17 Yokote
River-crossing Bonden Festival

(川を渡るぼんでん)

February 17 Daisen
太田の火まつり Mid-February Daisen
Water-throwing Festival

(梨木水かぶり)

Third Sunday in February Jumonji, Yokote
Tazawako Snow Festival

(田沢湖高原雪まつり)

Features mini-versions of various winter festivals from around Akita. Fourth weekend in February Tazawako Ski Area, Semboku
Lake Towada "Winter Story"

(十和田湖冬物語)

Beautiful snow sculptures, snow slides or rides, fireworks, great traditional Japanese music, hot wine, a cool bar inside a kamakura, and more!

Weekdays, 15:00-21:00, Weekend, 11:00-21:00 Official Japanese Site

First, Second and Third and Fourth weeks in February Kosaka
ジュネス栗駒雪まつり Fourth Sunday in February Higashinaruse

See also

Entertainment in Akita
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