Hyakumangoku Matsuri

Parade in Kanazawa

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 (torch-lit performances of drama), tōrō nagashi (lanterns floated down the river at dusk) and a special chanoyu (tea ceremony). It's held at Kenroku-en.