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List of Ichinoseki Summer Festivals 2019

1. Iwai River Fireworks

When: August 2nd

Where: along the bank of the Iwai River in Ichinoseki

Start time: around 7pm

Cost: Free


2. Hanaizumi Mochi (pounding) Festival

(The #1 mochi pounding festival in Japan!) On the night of the 3rd, the local junior high school band performs music and taiko. On the 4th is the major mochi-pouding event! You can try the mochi for free!

When: August 3rd - 4th

Where: in front of Hanaizumi Town Hall


3. Ichinoseki Summer Festival

Tanabata decorations, dancing, omikoshi, taiko drums! Day 1 (August 2nd): Fireworks at Iwai River

Day 2 (August 3rd): Kurukuru dance, taiko drums, mikoshi, samba contest, street food

Day 3 (August 4th): Mikoshi, festivities - and more

Where: mainly at Omachi, Ichinoseki


4.Fujisawa Noyaki (field burning) Festival

An event to celebrate Jomon-style pottery.

Watch as the night is lit up by a scorching pillar of flames and experience jomon-style foods. Pottery works are baked in kilns throughout the night and judged the next morning. Who will win this grand prize this year?

When: August 10th (18:30-23:00, the jomon noyaki event) - 11th (9am~ examination of works)

Where : Fujisawa Undo Park 藤沢運動広場

Cost:free Link:

5. Surisawa Crystal Andon Festival

For three nights, 400 beautiful andon lanterns will light up the streets of Surisawa.

When: August 13th-15th

Where: Surisawa Station to Surisawa shopping street/arcade (摺沢商店街)

Cost:free Link:

6. Kawasaki Summer Festival and fireworks extravaganza!

Probably one of, if not THE biggest fireworks show in Iwate!

When: August 16th

Where: Kawasaki town, along the bank of the Kitakami River, beside the Kawasaki big bridge. Start time (for fireworks) : 7pm

Cost:free (event parking costs 1000yen)

Link: ***people come from ALL over for this event, so it gets pretty busy! Suggest getting there early to enjoy the festival and also to secure a good spot!

7. ......And of course, the Ichinoseki Beer Festival !

Be a part of one of the biggest beer festivals in Japan! There will be a selection of hundreds of craft beers from Iwate and all over Japan!

When: August 23rd ~ 25th

Where: in front of the Ichinoseki Culture Center and library

Cost: entry is free, but a batch of tickets are about 2000 yen (pre-sale tickets can be purchased at places like Ichiba (一BA)outside of the west exit of Ichinoseki Station).

Start times: 8/23: 15:00~20:00 8/24: 11:00~20:00 8/25: 11:00 ~18:00 Link:


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