Wajima Taisai 輪島大祭

Aug. 22-25 (Mon.-Thurs.)

Waijima Taisai is Wajima’s biggest summer festival. The festival is actually a combination of the festivals of four different shrines in Wajima in the towns of

  • Ama-machi (海士町): Aug. 22 (Mon.) 16:00 – 23:00
  • Kawai-machi (河井町): Aug. 23 (Tues.) 15:00 – 24:00
  • Fugeshi-machi (鳳至町): Aug. 24 (Weds.) 20:00 – 24:00
  • Wajimazaki-machi (輪島崎町): Aug. 25 (Thurs.) 20:00 – 23:00

Wajima Taisai encompasses all the basics of a proper Noto festival into four days of celebration: mikoshi, portable shrines, taken out to sea; kiriko; a bonfire with a 12-meter pine torch; dancing and revelry in the streets. Don’t miss it!

Additional information

The climax of the kiriko part of the festival will be on Aug. 23, 24, 25 at 23:00 each night.

The Ama-machi festival includes participants carrying the kiriko into the bay from 17:30 on 8/22.


〒928-0001 石川県輪島市河井町4

928-0001 Ishikawa-ken Wajima-shi Kawai-machi 4

By car:

Free parking available near the site of the festival. The festivals are concentrated in one part of town. Streets may be closed in certain parts of town.


Public transit:

Take the Hokutetsu (北鉄バス) Kanazawa-Wajima (金沢・輪島) bus  toward Wajima and get off the Wajima Lacquerware Museum (Wajima Shikki Kaikan 輪島漆器会館). 10 minute walk.

More information

Wajima city website (Japanese)

Hot-Ishikawa (English; scroll down to Great Festival of Wajima)

Joanna Clark is a 2nd year ALT in Kahoku City and a believer that most things are better done late than never.


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