Name: Tsutsuko-hiki Festival
Area: Date city
Date: March 5th (Sunday)
Address: Ikutsushima Shrine: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588
Details: This massive tug-of-war contest is held every year in Date city. Three different teams compete to pull a giant bag of steamed glutinous rice weighing 800 kilograms. The festival is to pray for good harvests, business, and health for the coming year, and is also said to be one of the top 10 festivals in Fukushima prefecture.
Name: Happy and Thanks Heart Project
Area: Fukushima City
Date: March 4th (Saturday) and 5th (Sunday)
Address: Fukushima city parks
Details: The Happy and Thanks Heart Project consists of illuminations, a stage show, and a market. The illuminations will be located at various well-known places around the city and will be up until March 12th. The stage show will feature performances to celebrate the progress that has been made since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and the market will benefit the recovery efforts for the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as the earthquake that hit Kumamoto prefecture last year.
Name: Koriyama Sake Festa
Area: Koriyama City
Date: February 3rd (Friday)
Address: Koriyama View Hotel, 〒963-8004 福島県郡山市中町１０−１０ (Fukushima-ken Koriyama-shi Nakamachi 10-10)
Details: Enjoy tasting freshly made sake from Koriyama’s 6 sake distilleries at this sake festival in Koriyama. The event runs from 6:30 PM to 8 PM on Friday, February 3rd, and costs 3500 yen per person at the door. For anyone interested in locally made sake, this is the event for you!
Name: Soba Festa 2017
Area: Kitakata City
Date: February 4th (Saturday) and 5th (Sunday)
Address: Kitakata Plaza, 〒966-0094 福島県喜多方市押切二丁目１ (Fukushima-ken Kitakata-shi Oshikiri Ni-chome 1)
Details: On February 4th and 5th, visitors to Kitakata will be able to try seven different varieties of soba from all over Japan. The festival goes from 10 AM to 4 PM both days and costs 600 yen per bowl of soba.
Name: Date Winter Knit Fair
Area: Date city
Date: December 2nd (Friday) – December 4th (Sunday)
Address: Hobara Gymnasium
Details: If you’re still looking for holiday presents, this fair is the place to go! You can find locally-made knit wear, as well as other locally-made goods. In conjunction with the fair, there is also a food festival, so it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon doing some holiday shopping!
Name: Hikari Shizuku Illumination
Area: Fukushima City
Date: December 2nd – January 31st
Address: Paseo Street in Fukushima City
Details: This event is one of the main illuminations in Fukushima City. 200,000 lights will illuminate Paseo Street during December and January. This illumination has occurred annually since 2007 and is a signal of the winter holidays to the people who live there.
Name: Japan Fireworks Artists Association Fireworks Festival
Date: November 5th (Saturday) at 6 PM
Address: Near Nanukamachi Station
Details: Come see the first annual Japan Fireworks Artists Association fireworks festival in Aizu! The show will be set to music and will feature fireworks not often seen at fireworks shows in Japan. The gates open at 6 PM and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are on sale through the website from October 29th.
Name: Sukagawa Taimatsu Akashi Festival
Date: November 12th (Saturday)
Address: Midorikeoka Park 〒962-0867 福島県須賀川市愛宕山 (Fukushima-ken Sukagawa-shi Atagoyama)
Details: The people of Sukuagawa have been constructing their taimatsu (giant straw figures) for weeks in preparation for this event. Come watch these 10-meter tall figures be set aflame and burned down with the people of Sukagawa. This event draws many visitors every year and is an event not to be missed!