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Events

By season

Check the ongoing events and plan your trip accordingly.

  • Mt. Yudono's Opening Ceremony

    The official day of the opening of Mt. Yudono. The shrine officially begins its activities in the mountain. The access to the mountain closes and the religious activities in Mt. Yudono stop in late October due to the beginning of the snowing season.

    Season

    Spring

    Spiritual

  • Chido Museum's Hinamatsuri Display

    Chido Museum exposes its extensive collection of Hina dolls (some of them are as old as Edo period) until April 4th. Entrance costs 800 yen per adult.

    Season

    Spring

    Display, History

  • Shonai Shrine's Hinamatsuri Dolls Display

    Shonai Shrine opens up its doll display until March 28th to the public. Some of the dolls are three centuries old ! Entrance is free.

    Season

    Winter

    Display, History

  • Ogisai Kurokawa Noh Festival

    The Ogisai Festival is the biggest performance of Kurokawa Noh of the year. It is dedicated to the God of Earth: Ogi, and ends the next day's morning.

    Season

    Winter

    Noh Theatre

  • Oyama's Saké Festival

    Taste the newest creations of Oyama's saké breweries in a cheerful winter festival.

    Season

    Winter

    Food

  • Nezugaseki's Mikoshi's baptism ritual

    The young protectors of Nezugaseki Hamlet's Itsukushima shrine gather to bring the holy processional carriage (omikoshi) into the river to make one with the gods.

    Season

    Spring

    Spiritual

  • Mt. Haguro's Flower Festival

    The priests of Dewa Sanzan shrine organize a festival during which participants fight to get a piece of a giant doll representing a cutting of blooming rice to pray for plentiful crops and the fertility of women.

    Season

    Summer

    Spiritual, Yamabushi

  • Fujishima's Lion Dance

    This tradition was born over 1000 years ago. The people of Fujishima Village gather in the several shrines of the area to perform the Fujishima Lion Dance to ask for the gods' protection.

    Season

    Summer

    Spiritual, Performance

  • Akagawa Fireworks Festival

    One of the 10 Best Fireworks in Japan as selected by Yahoo in 2014, 1 hour and 45 minutes of an unforgettable spectacle.

    Season

    Summer

    Performance

  • Mt. Gassan's Opening Ceremony

    Take part in the procession for the first day of the official Mt. Gassan hiking season.

    Season

    Summer

    Nature, Spiritual, Yamabushi

  • Oyama's Dog Festival

    People of the Oyama village gather every year to pay tribute to Mekke Inu the Legendary Dog that saved the village from evil forces 3 centuries ago.

    Season

    Spring

    Animal, History

  • Tenjin Matsuri

    Every year, the people of Tsuruoka gather on the 25th of May to pay tribute to Sugawa no Michizane, also known as Tenjin, the god of scholars and knowledge. Masked men walk the streets to serve people saké for free.

    Season

    Spring

    Food, History

  • Shonai Taisai

    The festival celebrates the consecration of the Shonai Shrine in 1877. The Shonai Shrine worships the souls of the old lords of the Shonai Domain: the Sakai family. On the second day of the festival, the shrine organizes historical parades representing the Shonai Clan during Edo period.

    Season

    Summer

    History

  • Hassakusai's Yamabushi ritual

    This annual event led by the Dewa Sanzan Shrine marks the end of the Yamabushi training. All the practitioners who took part in the training parade in Mt. Haguro from the night of the 31st to the afternoon of the 1st of September.

    Season

    Autumn

    Yamabushi, Spiritual

  • Shoreisai's Yamabushi ritual

    This Yamabushi ritual at the top of Mt. Haguro marks the end of the Fuyunomine-iri (the Winter Retreat), during which an elected Yamabushi had to retire 100 days in the mountain to communicate with the Holy gods of Dewa. It last a whole night.

    Season

    Winter

    Yamabushi, Spiritual

  • Yutagawa Onsen's Plum Blossoms festival

    Around 300 plum trees top the hot spring village of Yutagawa Onsen. Plum blossoms usually bloom two weeks in advance compared to cherry blossoms.

    Season

    Spring

    Nature, Flowers

  • Tsuruoka Park's Cherry Blossom Festival

    There are over 730 cherry trees in Tsuruoka Park, making it enter the list of the 100 most beautiful cherry blossoms sightseeing spots in Japan. Local merchants open up special food stands and game booths until the end of the cherry blooming season. The 2020 and 2021 editions of the festival have been canceled due to coronavirus.

    Season

    Spring

    Nature, Flowers, Food stands

DEGAM Tsuruoka Tourism Bureau (General Incorporated Association)

Address: 3-1 Suehiromachi, MARICA East Building, 2nd floor, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0015, JAPAN

TEL: (+81) 0235-26-1218

E-mail: tsuruoka@degam.jp

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