The week of August 2-8 has some of the biggest kiriko and firework festivals in the Noto. Call up your Noto friends and introduce your new ALTs and CIRs to 祭の國能登–Noto, the land of festivals!
1. Wakura Onsen Summer Fireworks 和倉温泉夏花火, Wakura Onsen; Aug. 5
2. Houryou Tanabata Kiriko Festival 宝立七夕キリコまつり, Suzu; Aug. 7
3. Issaki Houtou Festival 石崎奉燈祭, Nanao; Aug. 7
4. Hakui Festival 羽咋まつり, Hakui; Aug. 7
1. 和倉温泉夏花火 Wakura Summer Natsu Hanabi
Aug. 5 (Thurs) 20:30-21:30
Ishikawa-ken Nanao-shi Wakura Onsen-machi Yo-109 (Wakura Onsen Waku Waku Plaza)
Free of charge.
Free parking for up to 1000 cars.
Take the JR Nanao Line (JR七尾線) to Wakura Onsen Station(和倉温泉駅) and take the Nanao Bus(七尾バス) bound for Wakura Onsen(和倉温泉) to the end of the line. 3-min walk from the Wakura Onsen stop.
2. 宝立七夕キリコまつり Houryou Tanabata Kiriko Matsuri
Aug. 7 (Sat.) 18:30-20:30
(There is a pre-festival on Friday, Aug. 6 from 6 pm)
Ishikawa-ken Suzu-shi Houryou-machi Ukai
This kiriko festival in Suzu involves taking the largest kiriko in the Noto into the water and a fireworks display sponsored by the Chuunichi Shinbun.
I went to this festival last year, and it was a lot of fun—I even got to help drag the kiriko down the streets of the town. The kiriko are some of the most beautiful in Ishikawa.
There is some free parking around the area; police officers will be out to direct traffic. The festival is just off the 249 at Ukai (鵜飼).
Take the Hokutetsu Kanazawa-Suzu bus bound for Iida/SuzuHachigasaki 飯田・珠洲鉢ヶ崎 and get off at Ukai (鵜飼) .
Chuunichi Shimbun (2008) (includes a map of the kiriko route)
3. 石崎奉燈祭 Issaki Houtou Matsuri
Aug. 7 (Sat) (first Saturday of August)
The festival begins at 14:00 with the departure of the towns’ kiriko, but the night festival is 20:00-23:00
(Festivities on the night before the festival, Friday, Aug. 6, are from 10:00 to 19:30)
Ishikawa-ken Nanao-shi Issaki-machi
It is said that the fishers of Nanao imported the kiriko matsuri from the Okunoto starting with the Issaki Festival in Meiji 22 (1889). Centered around the Issaki Hachiman Shrine(石崎八幡神社), this is another one of the Noto’s biggest kiriko festivals.
The festival is near Wakura-Onsen station on the 133.
Take the Noto Tetsudo (能登鉄道)or the JR Nanao Line (JR 七尾線) (or one of the express trains, like the Thunderbird[サンダーバード] or Shirasagi [しらさぎ]) to Wakura Onsen (和倉温泉). 10-minute walk from the station.
4. 羽咋祭り Hakui Matsuri
Aug. 7 (Sat..) 17:00
Ishikawa-ken Hakui-shi, between Baseo-doori and Ekimae-doori
This festival features a parade with workers’ songs, shows, stage events, and a night market. The theme of this year’s festival is “food.” The festival will have 700 food stalls of local food, from which a champion will be chosen.
By public transit:
Take the JR Nanao Line （JR七尾線） to Hakui Station（羽咋駅）. 5-minute walk from the station.
Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. As there is little information about the summer festivals in Ishikawa in English, this article is part of a series detailing as many of the matsuri as possible with bilingual information and detailed access information. You read it here first!