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Festivals and Cultural traditions that have been preserved through the generations. Various events are held each season.

Spring

March

Shizuoka Sumpu Marathon (Run through the streets of Shizuoka City.
Thousands of people participate every year.) [Shizuoka City Center] (early March)


Umegashima Plum Blossom Festival (Enjoy viewing the flowers of about 500 plum trees.) [Umegashima: Umegashima Baien Plum Garden] (mid-March)

April

Shizuoka Festival [Shizuoka City Center]
(First Saturday and Sunday in April) Enjoy watching a recreation of how Tokugawa Ieyasu enjoyed flower-viewing under the full bloom of the cherry blossoms. Watch a “royal” flower-viewing procession, a procession entering the castle, the exciting nighttime cherry blossom dance and costumed merchants selling food to visitors with a total of 400 performers. Experience a historical look at a Sumpu spring.

Shizuoka Festival Executive Committee
Tel: 054-221-0182
URL: http://www.shizuokamatsuri.com/


The Best Time for Flower Viewing – Early April
Sumpu Park (About 700 Someiyoshino cherry trees)
Shizuoka Sengen Shrine/Shizuhatayama-sando (About 1,000 cherry trees)
Nihondaira Parkway Promenade (A “tunnel” of about 2,000 cherry trees)

May

Shizuoka Samba Carnival (An exciting parade with about 300 performers, which brings color to the streets of Shizuoka. [Shizuoka City Center] (Early May)


Shizuoka Hobby Show (A trade fair that presents the latest products of the best manufacturers of minature models in the world)
[Magarikane: Twin Messe] (Mid-May)

Summer

July

Abe River Fireworks (The largest fireworks display in Shizuoka City) [Upstream from the Abekawa Bridge] (Last Saturday of July)


Shimizu Tanabata Festival (About 130 bamboo decorations are displayed in the shopping area) [From the front of Shimizu Station to Shimizu Ginza] (Early July)


Tomoe River Lantern-Floating (Events include the floating of lanterns down the river and waterside stage performances) [Tomoe River] (July 16)


Start of The Beach Season (Enjoy the gentle waves of Uchihama and the beaches of Masaki, where you can swim in the warm Pacific. Shizuoka City has numerous beaches where you can go swimming.) [Mochimune, Miho]


Start of The Southern Alps Mountain-climbing Season (A Shinto ceremony is conducted to pray for the safety of summer mountain climbers.) [Tashiro] (July 16)


Nihondaira Festival (Rocket and static fireworks illuminate the night.) [Nihondaira] (Late July)

August

Port of Shimizu Festival
[Shimizu: Hinode Pier and other locations] (The weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – of the first Sunday in August every year)
This festival is held on the anniversary of the official opening of the Port of Shimizu. The highlight is the grand dance “Minato Kappore” in which local residents participate.


Bon-odori Dance of Utogi (The folk dancing, which continues from early evening to late at night, is a nationally designated significant intangible folk cultural asset.) [Utogi: Toun Temple] (August 14 and 15)


Shizuoka Summer Festival Night Market (This festival includes stalls, open cafes and all sorts of street events.) [Shizuoka City Center] (Mid-August)

Autumn

September

Shizuoka Odakkui Festival  (A festival in which various regional dance groups compete.) [Shizuoka City Center] (Mid-September)


Togeppo-Saioku Temple “Moon-Viewing Gathering” (A tea ceremony is held in a traditional Kyoto-style garden while viewing the moon.) [Mariko: Togeppo-Saioku Temple] (Mid-September)


Kusanagi Shrine “Ryusei Noroshi” (A cylinder filled with gun powder is attached to a long piece of bamboo and ignited.) [Kusanagi] (A Sunday or national holiday near September 20)

October

“Mikan” Tangerine-Picking (Enjoy juicy “mikan” tangerines) [Kusagaya] (October 1~ December)


Toro Festival (A field event rich in historical color.) [Toro: Toro Ruins] (Early October)


Hagoromo Festival [Miho: Hagoromo-no Matsu]
(Second Saturday and Sunday of October)
In honor of the French dancer Elene Giuglaris, events include creative dance, Miho Takigi-Noh and haiku poetry competitions. The Noh play “Hagoromo”is performed here, and is a top Takigi Noh (outdoor Noh play performed by firelight) in Japan, held at the spiritual home of the legend of Hagoromo.

Tel: 054-221-1044 (Cultural Promotion Division)


Kiyosawa Kagura (Traditional dancing to flute and drums. Shizuoka Prefecturedesignated intangible folk cultural asset) [Sakamoto: Kiyosawa Shrine and other locations](Mid-October)


Shizuoka Mikoshi Festival (A festival honoring the “mikoshi” portable shrine of the local traditional culture and industry; a total of 500 people shoulder the portable shrine in a procession.) [Shizuoka City Center] (Late October)


Thailand-Japan Friendly Ties – Nagamasa Festival (Thai products and cuisine will be presented at Sengen-dori, which is said to be the birthplace of Nagamasa Yamada) [Baban-cho ~ Miyagasaki-cho: Sengen-dori] (Mid-October)

November

Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka (Street Performance) [Shizuoka City Center] (The weekend closest to November 3) The Daidogei World Championships have been held since 1992. Performers from around the world gather to compete in such arts as juggling, pantomime and magic, using the streets of Shizuoka City as their stage.

Daidogei World Cup Executive Committee
Tel: 054-205-9840
URL: http://www.daidogei.com


Sumpu Honyama Tea Festival (Tea tasting and sale of various teas) [Outer Sumpu Park] (Mid-November)

The Best Time to See the Autumn-Red Leaves [Lake Ikawa, Umegashima, etc.] (Late October~ Early November)

Winter

December

Tokugawa Ieyasu-Planted Mikan-Picking (The “mikan” tangerines are available at the site and at Shizuoka City Tourist Information Center in the Shizuoka Station Building.) [Sumpu Park] (Early December)


Akihasan Akiha Temple Grand Festival (The fire-walking held at night on the 16th is a famous event, with numerous pilgrims walking over smoldering flames.) [Nishi-Kubo: Akiha Temple] (December 15 and 16)


Opening of Riverwell Ikawa Ski Area [Ikawa]
(End of December ~ Early March)


“Joya-no Kane” New Year’s Eve Temple Bells (The temples listed below sound the temple bell.) (December 31) Annan Temple [Kutsunoya], Kiyomizu Temple [Otowa-cho], Heitaku Temple [Hirasawa], Hongaku Temple [Ikeda], Togen Temple [Kuniyoshida], Hozo Temple [Magarikane], Tokeiin Temple [Hatori]

January

Stone-wall Strawberry-Picking (Taste delicious strawberries grown on stone walls) [Kuno and Zo areas: Ichigo Kaigan-dori] (Until early May) Required Reservation


Opening of Mariko Baien Plum Garden (Enjoy 800 trees of about 300 varieties of plum blossoms) [Kita Mariko] (Third Sunday of January ~ First Sunday of March)

February

Shizuoka Oden Festival (This festival features “Oden” which is a common dish of Shizuoka. There will be Oden stands not only from Shizuoka City but from all across Japan.)
[Aoba Symbol Road]
(It is usually held on the second weekend of February)