Parade in Kanazawa

Hyakumangoku Matsuri

In early June Kanazawa's main annual festival commemorates the first time the region's rice production hit one million koku (around 150,000 tonnes). There's a parade of townsfolk in 16th-century costumes, takigi nō …
Cultural in Upper Noto Peninsula

Ushitsu Abare Festival

Over the first Friday and Saturday in July, 40 kiriko lantern floats are paraded around the streets of Ushitsu and showered in embers from giant torches. Who said fire and sake don't mix?
Music in Kanazawa

Asano-gawa Enyūkai

Performances of traditional Japanese dance and music are held on the banks of the Asano-gawa during the second weekend of April.
Music in Wajima

Gojinjō Daikō Nafune Matsuri

This festival features participants wearing demon masks and seaweed head gear and culminates in a frenzy of wild drumming.
Cultural in Kanazawa

Kagatobi Dezomeshiki

In early January scantily clad firemen brave the cold, imbibe sake and demonstrate ancient firefighting skills on ladders.
Parade in Wajima

Wajima Taisai

Wajima's famous, towering, illuminated kiriko festival floats parade through the streets to much excitement.
Film in Kanazawa

Kanazawa Film Festival

Kanazawa's increasingly popular film festival screens an eclectic mix of Japanese and foreign-language films.