Seihakusai Festival


Nanao City, Ishikawa Pref.

Over 1000 Years All Day Join Hokuriku

About the festival

【UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage】Seihakusai, the grand annual festival of O-tokonushi Shrine (Sanno Shrine), is the largest spring festival of the Noto region. The ancient festival was declared the national festival of Noto in the year 981 during the Heian era. It has since continued yearly to welcome the divine, and to pray for the affluence in people's daily lives. Sacred rites are performed on May 4th at the O-tokonushi Shrine.
The festival is famous for its Hikiyama floats (also known as "Deka-yama") weighing 20t—said to be the largest in Japan—that gather from 3 of the city's districts to parade all over town. The biggest highlight of the parade is when the floats turn corners at 90 degree angle ("Tsuji-mawashi") in a thrilling manner. Furthermore, tourists are allowed to participate in the floats' pulling.

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Things to do

1. The thrilling sight of large Hikiyama floats rushing through narrow roads

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The highlight of Seihakusai Festival definitely is the sight of some of the largest floats in Japan (Deka-yama, weighing 20t and 12m tall) rushing through the town's narrow streets barely missing the buildings. You cannot miss the thrilling "Tsuji-mawashi" where young men use the force of leverage to lift the front wheels in order to turn the floats around tight corners. 

2. Join the locals to pull the "Deka-yama" floats!

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The float procession of Seihakusai Festival can not only be viewed but joined. Locals and the many excited visitors join hands in pulling the massive floats together. Why not take the chance to have this valuable experience?

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates May 3rd (Fri/holiday) through the 5th (Sun/holiday), 2019
    Associated events begin on the 2nd
  • Place O-tokonushi Shrine (Sanno Shrine) in addition to various areas of downtown Nanao City
  • General Participation Available
  • International Reception and Info. Unavailable
  • Wi-Fi Available (JR Nanao Station, mina.cle, Noto food festival market, Ipponsugi street)
  • Restrooms Available
  • HP

  • SNS

  • Contact Nanao City Tourism Association

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

Please wear comfortable shoes when participating to pull the large "Deka-yama" floats. You cannot participate wearing high-heeled shoes or slippers.

Access Map (アクセスと地図)

Access to Nanao City
[nearest station]
JR Nanao Station (Nanao line)

Festival location
O-tokonushi Shrine (Sanno Shrine)
1-13 Sanno-cho Nanao City, Ishikawa Pref.

Route of the Hikiyama parade differs by the day of festival.

Yuki Kishimoto
Born in Ishikawa. Planner & editor. Loves tofu, sake & soccer.