Fesivals & Rituals

最終更新日 2015年7月8日 印刷

Fesivals & Rituals

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






Fukui Spring Festival (Echizen Historical Parade)


Echizen historical parade is the main part of the spring festival held every April during the cherry blossom season. The figures and the commanders of Civil War period that influenced the Fukui history including Shibata Katsuie and Oichi-no kata, clad in the armor and kimono, parade from downtown Fukui towards the Asuwa riverbank covered with blooming cherry trees. At the same time there is a fantastic illumination of the Asuwa riverbank cherry trees tunnel and Atagozaka.







Fukui Phoenix Festival


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

The summer festival features three main events: folk and Yosakoi
Ichorai dancing, the March for One Million People and Fukui Phoenix fireworks liven up the city.



Hotoke no mai Nationally-selected as an intangible Folk
Cultural Asset


It is a Buddhist event held at Itozaki temple, Takasu seaside, on
April 18 every 2 years starting from Nara period. It features eight dancers in gold masks and black coats that dance magnificently on the stage in front of the sanctuary.



Mutsuki shinji Nationally-selected as an intangible Folk Cultural


Taken place at Kamo shrine in Shimizu area this Buddhist performance is dedicated to the deity and wishes for the peace and generous harvest. This tradition has about 800-year history and it is held in February once in four years.



Bakabayashi designated by the prefecture as an intangible
Cultural Asset


This folk performance held in Homusubi shrine annually on May 24 has a 300 year history. It features people wearing Hyottoko (droll fellow masks) who dance and drum in a humorous manner.



Jijigure Festival designated by the prefecture as an intangible
Cultural Asset


This is a Sumiyoshi shrine festival (Miyama area) which is held annually on May 5. The portable shrine decorated with three kinds of fresh tree flowers like camellia is carried throughout the area.



Daffodil Festival


When the winter comes, daffodils color the seaside hills in white.
Daffodil festival is held in Koshino area in the season when daffodils bloom. During this festival visitors are entertained by free daffodils and crab stew.