Festivals & Events
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival 金沢百万石まつり
A summer festival with a noble samurai procession to Kanazawa Castle
A mesmerizing parade through the city will captivate you with traditional dancing and music in the streets. The Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival is an exciting tribute to feudal history.
- Hyakumangoku Parade, the main event
- Traditional Takigi Noh performances
- Hundreds of candle-lit lanterns floating down the Asanogawa River
How to Get There
From Tokyo, take the bullet train to Kanazawa Station , about two and a half hours away. From Osaka and Kyoto, you can take the limited express in the same amount of time.
Feel the excitement of local pride
Every year, on the first weekend of June, people gather in the center of the city for the Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival. On Saturday, it starts with a send-off at Kanazawa Station . Taiko drum performances kick off the parade with an energetic performance in front of the Tsuzumi-mon gate.
Boasting 400 years of history
The parade advances through the streets of Kanazawa for about two hours until Toshiie Maeda, played by an actor, and the samurai warriors and princesses, reach Kanazawa Castle on horseback. Here, celebrations and reenactments continue, along with a bonfire and Noh performances.
Participate in the diverse events throughout town
After the main parade, you'll be able to see summer festival dances performed by locals in the streets of the Korinbo area. The night before, lanterns are sent down the Asano river. Throughout the festival, activities such as tea ceremonies at Kenrokuen Garden , beauty contests, and children's parades happen throughout the city.