Hyakumangoku Matsuri 2011

The Hyakumangoku Festival (百万石まつり) commemorates the 14 June 1538 entry of Lord MAEDA Toshiie, the feudal lord of the han (fiefdom) of Kaga, to Kanazawa Castle. Lord Maeda was one of ODA Nobunaga’s generals during the warring states period. Kaga, though small in size, became the richest han in feudal Japan, with a net worth of 1 million koku, a unit of measure that describes the amount of rice needed to feed one person for a year. (That’s a LOT of rice.) Celebrate your Ishikawa pride by attending the cultural events and the reenactment of Maeda’s triumphant entry to Kanazawa Castle as its lord.

Schedule and Maps

Friday, June 3: 9:00-21:00

  • 9:00-10:00 Opening Ceremony, Kanazawa Jinja (金沢神社
  • 10:00-10:40 Prayers, Oyama Jinja (小山神社
  • 13:00-14:00 Tea Offering to the gods, Oyama Jinja (小山神社
  • 18:30- 21:00, Kaga Traditional Craft Festival, Kanazawa Cultural Hall
  • 18:30-21:00, Hyakumangoku Traditional Music Performance, Kanazawa Opera House (金沢歌劇座)
  • 19:00-21:00 Kenrokuen Light Up (兼六園
  • Other: Kaga Yuzen Lantern Float (加賀友禅燈ろう流し) is on Friday night at dusk at the Asano River (浅野川). Get there early to get a good seat!

Saturday, June 4: 8:30-21:00

  • 8:30-16:00 Tea Ceremony, Kenrokuen (兼六園
  • 14:00-18:10 Hyakumangoku Procession (Map)
  • 14:00-14:20 Begins at Kanazawa Station East Entrance (金沢駅東口
  • 14:20-17:30 Procession heads toward Kenrokuen (兼六園
  • 16:00-18:10 Entry into Kanazawa Castle (金沢城
  • 18:30-20:00 Dancing, Kamitsutsumichou and Katamachi (on the 157) (上堤町 and 片町
  • 19:00-21:00 Nighttime Noh Performance, Kanazawa Castle Gardens (金沢城公園
  • 19:00-21:00 Kenrokuen Light Up (兼六園


Sunday, June 5: 8:30-17:00



3 thoughts on “Hyakumangoku Matsuri 2011

  1. Hi
    We are coming from Tasmania for this festival. In your schedule above you don’t include the floating lanterns on the river on the Friday night. Is this not in the program this year? I havent been able to find a full program in English to check. We arrive on the Friday afternoon.

  2. Kaga Yuzen Lantern Float (加賀友禅燈ろう流し) is on Friday night at the Asano River (浅野川).
    It starts around dusk so get there early.

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