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Tug-of-war in the water
( January 3rd Sunday )

This Shinto event is held along the Hyuga Canal which links Hyuga-ko (one of the five Mikata lakes) and the Sea of Japan. As a prayer for good fishing, ‘east’ and ‘west’ groups of local youths in loincloths jump into the water and fight to draw a thick rope across. This ritual harks back to a legend in which a huge snake once blocked the river and prevented the local fishermen from taking their boats out. The locals brought out a very long rope and the snake, mistaking it for another snake even bigger than itself, fled for good.

Tug-of-war in the water

The time when the plum trees are in blossom.
( From late February till mid March )

The time when the plum trees are in blossom.

Omizuokuri(water sending)
( March 2nd )

Days before the famous ‘Omizutori’ ceremonies to take place at Nara’s Todaiji Temple, this traditional and dignified religious event takes place at the Jingu-ji Temple, along the Onyu-gawa River and Unose Rapids. About 3000 people clothed in mountain pilgrim attire, holding torches, and led by monks in white carrying a sacred water from the Great Protector, all march towards the Unose rapids which are up-stream. It is said that the sacred waters eventually flow to the ‘Wakasai’ well at the Nigatsudo Hall of Todiji Temple (in Nara).

Omizuokuri

Mikata-Goko (Five Lakes of Mikata) Plum Blossom Festival
( March 1st Saturday & Sunday )

This is held at Ume-no-sato Hall when the plum trees are in blossom. Locals set up tented stalls to sell Wakasa Town products. Rice cakes and shellfish miso soup are served free.

Mikata-Goko (Five Lakes of Mikata) Plum Blossom Festival

The time when the mountain cherry trees are in blossom.
( Early April )

The time when the mountain cherry trees are in blossom.

Mikata-goko (Five Lakes of Mikata) – Mountain and Lake Opening
( Early April Saturday & Sunday )

This marks the opening of the Region’s tourism season. The toll fee for the Rainbow Line scenic highway is half price on these days and tourism boats have a 30% reduction. Ceremonies are held at a Rainbow Line venue and Lake Center venue.

Mikata-goko (Five Lakes of Mikata) – Mountain and Lake Opening

Uwase Shrine Festival
( April 8th )

The ‘O-no Mai’ (Dance of the King) of Uwase Shrine is designated as an intangible cultural asset. It is the dance dedicated to a god to pray for good harvest, fishing, and peace of the country started from the middle ages.

Uwase Shrine Festival

Captain Tsutomu Sakuma Honoring Ceremony
( April 15th )

On 15th April 1910 Japan’s Submarine (Boat No.6) accidentally sank during manoeuvres. When it was salvaged all members of the crew were found to have remained faithfully at their posts till the very end. To honor and respect the brave spirit and calm action of submarine captain Tsutomu Sakuma a ceremony is held on each anniversary of this date.

Captain Tsutomu Sakuma Honoring Ceremony

Sanju-Sangen-Zan Mountain Opening
( April 29th )

This is an 842 meter high.mountain. The name ‘Sanju-sangen-zan’ relates to Sanju-sangen-do Temple in Kyoto which is made of timbers taken from trees grown on this mountain. After the opening ceremony participants climb the mountain.

Sanju-Sangen-Zan Mountain Opening

Children's Festival
( May 5th )

May 5th is Children’s Day, and various events are held in local fishing villages (Tsunekami, Kamiko, Ogawa). Visitors are invited to book the night of May 4th and enjoy the events of the next day to the full.

§Tsunekami Area 7:30am∼
• Catching fish by hand event
• Fresh fish stalls , etc.
§Kamiko Area 7:00am∼
• Catching fish by hand event
• Fresh fish stalls , etc.
§Ogawa Area 7:30am∼
• Catching fish by hand event
• Fresh fish stalls , etc.

Children's Festival

Roses in the Rose Garden of the Rainbow Line Mountaintop Park come into bloom.
( Around May 20th ∼ June 20th )

Roses in the Rose Garden of the Rainbow Line Mountaintop Park come into bloom.

Wakasa Mikata-Goko Two Day March
( May 3rd Saturday & Sunday )

Walkers from all over Japan are welcome to take part in this two day event, walking at their own pace while enjoying the area’s beautiful scenery and history. The event is officially registered by the Japan Marching League and Japan Citizens Sports Federation and is a recognized nationwide event.

Wakasa Mikata-Goko Two Day March

Wakasa Hydrangea Marathon
( June 1st Sunday )

This running competition take place along different length courses; half-marathon, 10km, 5km, 3km and 2 km. People enjoy the chance to run through scenic Wakasa in the fresh air of early summer.

Wakasa Hydrangea Marathon

Plum Picking
(Around June 15th ∼ End of June)

Fukui plums have been grown since the Edo Period in the lake-side orchards around the Mikata-Goko (Five Lakes). From mid to end of June, visitors pick their own plums for making umeboshi pickles and plum wine. All are welcome to try their hand making juice, wine or umeboshi.

Plum Picking

Wakasa Mikata Inn Festival
( From July 1st ∼ August 31st )

This annual festival is always very popular with visitors and features several events including fireworks. The locals hold the festival as a way to thank their visitors.

Wakasa Mikata Inn Festival

Sea Bathing
( Sea Opening Day ∼ Mid August )

Wakasa Bay in summer is full of bathers. After enjoying a day in the water, there is nothing better than to dine on freshly-caught fish served in the Japanese style hotels and inns close to the sea.

Sea Bathing

Pear Picking
( From mid August ∼ Late September )

You can experience picking pears, the products of Wakasa Town. They are sweet and refreshing. Groups of friends or families always enjoy time spent in the pear orchards.
‘Kosui’ Pears: Mid August ~ Late September
‘20th Century’ Pears: Early September

Pear Picking

Wakasa Uriwari Water Festival
( August 1st Sunday )

This festival is held every year in Uriwari Water Park. It is refreshing to be near these cooling waterfalls during the heat of the summer. Various water-related events are held and locals put up stalls.

Wakasa Uriwari Water Festival

Wakasa-Mikata Jomon Festival
( September Mid Sunday )

Boat races, fireworks and other exciting events are held in and around the main venue, Jomon Roman Park. The mystic world of Japan’s pre-history in the Jomon Period is almost real and tangible.

Wakasa-Mikata Jomon Festival

Kumagawa Ippuku Historical Village (Kumagawa-juku)
( Late October Sunday )

Among the many events there is a morning market with stalls selling local produce, religious drums and dance, rice cake making, toy (tin) gold-fish racing, horse back riding and carriage-pulling.

Kumagawa Ippuku Historical Village (Kumagawa-juku)

Roses in the Rose Garden of the Rainbow Line Mountaintop Park come into bloom.
( October 20th ~ Around November 20th )

This is the time when the roses in the Rose Garden of the Rainbow Line Mountaintop Park come into bloom.
The magnificent Mikata-Goko (Five Lakes of Mikata) scenery can be viewed from the park. The 600 rose plants in 80 kinds within the Rose Garden can be appreciated during this period.

Roses in the Rose Garden of the Rainbow Line Mountaintop Park come into bloom.

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