Yatsuo “Hikiyama” Festival

Experience the fascinating festival culture of Edo-period Japan
Accompanied by graceful tunes of shamisen, flutes, and taiko drums, young men dressed in festive “happi” coats pull six “hikiyama,” which are huge, luxuriously adorned traditional wooden floats, around the town. Celebrations last late into the night, with the townspeople enjoying the festivities amongst the over 1,000 paper lanterns that hang from the floats and illuminate the streets. The Hikiyama Festival is a symbol of Toyama’s local culture and an Edo-period tradition that has been passed down to the present day.
When May 3
Where Yatsuo
Access 30-min walk from Etchu Yatsuo Station (approx. 25 min from Toyama Station on the Takayama Line)