Yurihonjo festivals

The following is a currently incomplete list of all the festivals that take place throughout the year in Yurihonjō. The dates have all been sourced from different websites so please double check before attending them.

January

  • Sai no Kamiyaki (才の神焼き)
    Where: Yashima & Chōkai
    When: Middle of month (15th)
  • Naked Man Festival (新山神社裸まいり)
    Where: Honjō, Shinzan shrine
    When: 3rd Sunday
  • Honjō Kite Flying Convention (本荘凧揚げ大会)
    Where: Honjō, Aquapal
    When: 3rd Sunday
  • Ishiwaki Cellar Fair (石脇蔵の市)
    Where: Honjō, Ishiwaki (齋彌酒造店, saiyashu zouten)
    When: 3rd Sunday
  • Watawata Festival (ワタワタ )
    Where: Ouchi
    When: 15th
  • First Jizō Snow Shoe Visit - (初地蔵かんじき詣)
    Where: Ouchi
    When: 24th

February

  • Snow Story (雪ものがたり)
    Where: Higashiyuri, Michi no eki
    When: Middle of month (中旬)
  • Yuri Kōgen Snow Festival (由利高原雪まつり)
    Where: Yuri
    When: End of month (下旬)

March

  • Hina Kaidō (ひな街道)
    Where: Honjō, Iwaki, Yashima, Ouchi
    When: Start to middle of month
  • Nagasaka Inari Shrine Bonten Hono Festival (長坂稲荷神社梵天まつり)
    Where: Ouchi
    When: 2nd Sunday

April

  • Honjō Sakura Festival (本荘さくらまつり)
    Where: Honjō Park
    When: Middle to end of month (中旬~下旬 )
  • Flower Festival (桜・菜の花まつり)
    Where: Nishime
    When: End of April to start of May (下旬~五月上旬 )
  • Chōkai mountain-climbing season starts (鳥海山矢島口山開き)
    Where: Yashima
    When: 28th
  • Family Land Opens (ファミリーランドオープン)
    Where: Ouchi
    When: End of month
  • Yellow Cherry Blossom Festival (黄桜まつり)
    Where: Higashiyuri, 八塩いこいの森
    When: End of month to middle of May (下旬~5月中旬)

May

  • Imogawa Crab Festival (子吉川ガニまつり)
    Where: Honjō, Aquapal
    When: 3rd Sunday* (usually), 10am-noon
  • Honjō Azalea Festival (本荘つつじまつり)
    Where: Honjō Park
    When: Middle to end of month (中旬~下旬)
  • Satsuki Festival (さつきまつり)
    Where: Ouchi
    When: 21st May to the 1st June

June

  • Hinotodake Yamabiraki (丁岳山開き)
    Where: Chōkai, Ohira Campground (鳥海大平キャンプ場)
    When: 1st
  • Shinryoku Festival (新緑まつり)
    Where: Chōkai, 鳥海健康広場
    When: Start of month (上旬)
  • Chōkai Kogen Family Adventure (鳥海高原ファミリーアドベンチャー)
    Where: Chōkai
    When: 2nd Sunday
  • Chōkai mountain-climbing season starts (鳥海山百宅口山開き)
    Where: Chōkai, Momoyake, Oshimizu (鳥海大清水)
    When: 3rd Sunday

July

  • Kyūhan Festival (旧藩祭)
    Where: Iwaki, 岩城亀田町内
    When: 2nd Saturday and Sunday (第2土・日曜日)
  • Beach opening (海開き)
    Where: Honjō, Nishime & Michikawa beaches (本荘・西日・道川海水浴場)
    When: Start to middle of month (上旬~中旬)
  • Honjō Marina Sea Festival (本荘マリーナ海上祭)
    Where: Honjō Marina
    When: Marine Day (3rd Monday)
  • Mizu Kake Jizō Festival (水かけ地蔵まつり)
    Where: Ouchi, Oriwatari
    When: 23rd & 24th
  • Mt. Chōkai Bicycle Classic (Mt.鳥海バイシクルクラシック)
    Where: Yashima
    When: End of month (下旬)
  • Sea of Japan Michikawa Firework Display (日本海道川洋上花火大会)
    Where: Iwaki
    When: End of month (下旬)
  • Sunflower Festival (ひまわりまつり)
    Where: Nishime
    When: End of month (下旬)
  • Imogawa Festival (芋川まつり)
    Where: Ouchi, 徳沢橋下
    When: Last Sunday

August

  • Shōbu Carnival (菖蒱カーニバル)
    Where: Honjō, Station street
    When: 1st Friday
  • Honjō River Festival Firework Display (本荘川まつり花火大会)
    Where: Honjō, 友水公園
    When: 1st Saturday
  • Chōkai Kōgen Yurihara Festival (鳥海高原由利原まつり)
    Where: Yuri, Minami Yurihara (南由利原)
    When: 1st Sunday
  • Sakanoshita Bangaku (坂之下番楽)
    Where: Yashima
    When: 14th
  • Yashiki Bangaku (屋敷番楽)
    Where: Yuri
    When: 16th
  • Chōkai Shishi Festival (鳥海獅子まつり)
    Where: Chōkai, 鳥海健康広場
    When: 16th
  • Honjō Oiwake National Convention (本荘追分全国大会)
    Where: Honjō, Bunkakaikan (文化会館)
    When: Middle of month (中旬)
  • Akata Chōkokuji Daibutsu Festival (赤田長谷寺大仏まつり)
    Where: Honjō, Akata
    When: 22nd
  • Iwaki Harbour Festival (岩城ふれあい港まつり)
    Where: Iwaki, 島式漁港公園
    When: End of month

September

  • Akita Mago Uta National Convention (秋田馬子唄全国大会)
    Where: Ouchi
    When: 2nd Saturday
  • Hasaku Festival (八朔まつり)
    Where: Yashima
    When: 2nd Sunday, and the previous evening also (第2日曜日前日宵宮)
  • Yuri Kōgen Cosmos Festival (由利高原コスモスまつり)
    Where: Yuri
    When: Start to end of month (上旬~下旬)
  • Health Marathon (健康マラソン)
    Where: Nishime
    When: Start of month (上旬)
  • Apple Festival (りんごまつり)
    Where: Nishime
    When: Start of month to end of November (上旬~11月下旬)
  • Shinzawa Festival (新沢まつり)
    Where: Ouchi
    When: 15th
  • Hachiman Jinja Saiten Daimyo Gyoretsu (八幡神社祭典大名行列)
    Where: Honjō, Hachiman Jinja
    When: The day before Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日の前日)
  • Koyoshigawa Haze Fishing Convention (子吉川はぜ釣り大会)
    Where: Honjō, Aquapal
    When: Autumnal equinox Day (usually 23rd)

October

  • Mt. Chōkai half marathon (鳥海山ハーフマラソン)
    Where: Chōkai, Training Centre
    When: Start of month (上旬)
  • Hottai Waterfall Autumn Colours Festival (法体の滝紅葉まつり)
    Where: Chōkai, 法体の滝園地
    When: Middle of month (中旬)
  • Hanadate Autumn Festival (花立秋まつり)
    Where: Yashima, Chōkai Kōgen, Hanadate, Makiba park
    When: Middle of month
  • Choumin Festival (町民祭)
    Where: Ouchi
    When: October 21st to November 1st
  • Amasagi Wine Festival (天鷺ワインまつり)
    Where: Iwaki, Amasagi
    When: ?
  • Yashio Autumn Colours Festival (八塩紅葉まつり)
    Where: Higashiyuri, 八塩いこいの森
    When: End of month

November

  • National Gotenmari Contest (全国ごてんまりコンクール)
    Where: Honjō, Tsurumai kaikan
    When: Start of month (上旬)

December

  • Ski Areas Open (スキー場オープン)
    Where: Yashima & Chōkai
    When: Middle of month (中旬)

See also