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:
● Thrilling scene of huge lanterns being carried onto boats.
● Distinctive shape of the sleeve-kiriko floats.
● Magnificent figure paintings that have taken two months to complete.
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 Doiyasa Festival is held on 4th Saturday and Sunday of July each year.
"The Hime area of Noto Town is known for squid fishing. In the summer festival of Suwa Shrine, people pray for a big catch, and “sleeve-kiriko floats”, which resemble kites in the shape of a footman of olden times, are paraded through the town. People start to make the lanterns every May. Rolls of screen paper are pasted together to make large sheets, which are decorated with colorful paintings of kabuki characters. Small pieces of colored paper are put on the background of the pictures to give them depth.
The six kiriko floats are equipped with wheels, and move quickly. People stop them suddenly, shake them, and then start to run. The parade is very thrilling, and it conveys the lively atmosphere of the fishing town. At ten o’clock in the evening, the kiriko floats gather at the port, and three of them cruise on denma boats. The highlight of the festival is the loading of the lanterns onto the boats. By the light of bonfires, people insert two logs under the base of the lantern, raise the lantern, and transfer it onto the boat with cheers of “Yoitosho! Yoitosho!”, accompanied by the sound of drums. Everyone is excited at the powerful sight. The audience joins the participants in chorus, and everyone shares in the excitement. After that, the boats cruise leisurely during a fireworks display. The reflections on the sea created by the lights of the lanterns are enchanting."
Source: "Kiriko Festivals in Noto"
This festival (#25) 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.
Peak times: Saturday - 22:00. Recommended arrival times: Saturday - 21:30. Recommended parking: Around Hime Community Center parking - MapCode: 329 160 174*88.