Festivals & Rituals

最終更新日 2018年6月11日 印刷

Festivals & Rituals

Performing arts and rituals that have been practiced for hundreds of years and festivities created by the harmony of people and town pass on our forefathers’ wish and the people’s energy to the next generation.  






Fukui Sakura Festival (Echizen Historical Parade) 

The Echizen Historical Parade is the main part of the Sakura festival held every April during the cherry blossom season. Clad in armor and kimono, historical figures such as the commanders from Warring States Period that influenced Fukui's history, including Shibata Katsuie and Oichi-no kata, parade from downtown Fukui towards the Asuwa riverbank that is covered with blooming cherry trees. At the same time there is a fantastic illumination of the Asuwa riverbank cherry tree tunnel and Atagozaka stairs.






Fukui Phoenix Festival

First held in 1954, the Fukui Phoenix Festival takes place annually for three days, the middle day of which falls on the first Sunday of August.

The summer festival features three main events that liven up the city: Folk and Yosakoi Icchorai dancing, the Million People March and the Fukui Phoenix fireworks.



(National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset)
It is a Buddhist event that started in the Nara Period and is held at Itosaki temple on the Takasu seaside on April 18 every 2 years. It features eight dancers in gold masks and black coats that dance magnificently on the stage in front of the sanctuary.




Mutsuki Shinji
(National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset)
This event takes place at Kamo Shrine in Shimizu. This Shinto performance is dedicated to the deity and is held to wish for peace and a generous harvest. This tradition has about an 800-year history, and it is held in February once every four years.




Bakabayashi (Prefectural Important Folk Cultural Asset)
This folk performance held annually on May 24 at Homusubi Shrine has a 300-year history. It features people wearing Hyottoko (Droll fellow masks) who dance and drum in humorous manner.




Jijigure Festival
(Prefectural Important Folk Cultural Asset)
This festival is held annually on May 5 at Sumiyoshi Shrine (Miyama Area). The portable shrine decorated with three kinds of fresh tree flowers like camellia, is carried throughout the area.



Daffodil Festival
In winter, daffodils color the seaside hills white. The daffodil festival is held in Koshino during this season. Visitors are treated to free daffodils and crab miso soup during the festival.