This festival is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.
This festival can/should be combined/customized with one or more other driving itineraries in Ishikawa. You can conveniently access this festival from various "gateways" in Ishikawa Prefecture: the Kanazawa JR Station if arriving by train, or either the Komatsu or Noto Satoyama Airports if arriving by air. All three gateways have multiple rental car outlets.
Due to crowds for the festival, be prepared to park away from the actual festival site. There are normally local people directing traffic near the site(s) so allow a little extra time to park and walk to the site.
Highlights of this festival:
● Dynamic scene of the largest torch in Noto burning.
● The audience can participate with a hand torch.
● A variety of music livens up the festival.
For background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.
The Noto Satoyama Airport is centrally located in the Noto Peninsula. As of early 2019 there were 2 daily round trip flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport via All Nippon Airways. There are several rental car companies with offices at the airport. Airport code is NTQ.
The Notojima Koda Fire Festival is held on last Saturday in July each year. Be prepared to park away from the actual festival site.
"Noto Island is located in Nanao Bay, on the Noto Peninsula. The Kôda Fire Festival of Noto Island’s Iyahime Shrine is one of the three biggest fire festivals in Japan.
According to legend, Iyahiko (male deity), who formed the Province of Echigo (now Niigata Prefecture), visits the island to see his lover Iyahime (female deity) once a year on this day. The summer fire festival is the biggest event of the year for the people of Kôda. Largest Pillar Torch in Noto
A portable shrine arrives at the square after a ceremony at the shrine. Seven kiriko lanterns of different sizes are paraded to the music of gongs, drums and flutes. A 30-m tall, huge conic pillar torch welcomes the parade in the square. The rhythm of the music changes to a dynamic tune. People place the lanterns, and run around the pillar torch holding a straw torch. A highlight of the festival is when they throw the torches at the pillar torch. The fire reaches the top in an instant; huge flames light up the night sky. It is said that if the pillar falls towards the mountains, the harvest will be good, and if it falls towards the sea, the fish catches will be good. The pillar torch is attached with a gohei, which is said to bring long life. When the pillar torch falls, people dash over to it to get the gohei, and the festival reaches its climax."
Source: "Kiriko Festivals in Noto"
This festival (#02) is one of 29 Noto Kiriko Matsuri ("Float Festivals") held each year in the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, the most for any area of Japan.
For additional background and historical details click the link to the festival website above.