5 Fun Summer Festivals in Shizuoka
If you are in Shizuoka in the Summer there are a number of great festivals that you can experience – here are 5 fun Summer festivals to check out
5 Fun Festivals in Shizuoka
EVERY STATION ON THE TOKAIDO BULLET TRAIN LINE PROVIDES ACCESS TO DIFFERENT FESTIVALS IN SHIZUOKA.
As with many regions of Japan the warmer Summer months bring festivals and celebrations, some of which are centuries old.
From traditional ‘Mikoshi’, ‘Dashi’ & ‘Yatai’ festivals which see local communities come together to carry a large portable shrine through the town through to fireworks festivals that attract thousands of people the Summer is a chance for people to get outside, remember their ancestors and strengthen local community ties.
Shizuoka is no different – here are 5 fun festivals from around Shizuoka that are definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.
1. ENSHU HANDHELD FIREWORKS – HAMAMATSU STATION
Usually taking place on the last Saturday in July the Enshu handheld fireworks festival will take your breath away.
All of the participants in the festival spend a year making homemade cannons out of bamboo and tatami mats for the spectacle – using a traditional technique that has been passed down over 300 years.
The canons can shoot fireworks and spark up to 20 meters in the air and during the festival up to 1,000 hand cannons are used to the accompaniment of Japanese drums and traditional Japanese bamboo flute.
This festival takes place at the Suwa Shrine in the town of Arai, which is part of Kosai city located at the Southern end of Lake Hamana.
During the Edo Period, and the prominence of the Tokaido Highway, Arai was the thirty-first Post Station on the Tokaido.
The Arai Sekisho was an important checkpoint on the Tokaido Highway – only accessible by water.
2. GOTEMBA TAIKO FESTIVAL – MISHIMA STATION
Japanese Taiko Drums have become famous throughout the world and anyone that has been lucky enough to see a performance will understand the skill and precision needed and the power and grace of the performances.
Every year in September high school teams from all around Japan compete in Gotemba, Shizuoka as part of the Fuji Taiko Matsuri – a 2-day festival that celebrates the art of the Japanese drum.
Perhaps the highlight of the festival is the individual drum competition in which drummers compete against each other on one of the largest Japanese Taiko drums in the World.
The huge drum stands at 3.773 meters high to represent the height of Mt Fuji (3773 meters high).
5. FIREWORKS FESTIVALS
Summer in Japan is not complete without going to at least one fireworks festival.
Dressing in Yukata, drinking shaved ice, and eating street vendor food such as yakitori, fried chicken, or takoyaki while watching fireworks is a Japanese Summer tradition.
Throughout the Summer months (July through to late September) there are fireworks events all through Shizuoka.
Perhaps the most famous Shizuoka fireworks display is the Atami Maritime Fireworks.
There are fireworks in the resort town of Atami Onsen almost every weekend during the summer months.
Visitors can relax in an open-air hot spring / Onsen while watching the fireworks light up the sky over the ocean making it quite unique.
OTHERS FESTIVALS TO CHECK OUT –
Shimizu Tanabata Festival – First weekend in July (Shizuoka Station)
Atami Kogashi Festival – July 15 & 16 (Atami Station)
Ito City Anjin Festival – August 8 -10 (Atami Station)
Mishima Summer Festival – August 15 – 17 (Mishima Station)
Nagaizumi Waku Waku Festival – 1st Saturday in August (Mishima Station)