Details: This two-day festival in Iwaki’s Yumoto Onsen will be held to give thanks for the water that feeds the hot springs. The main festival takes place on the 3rd and will feature six mikoshi that will be carried around the town.
Details: This is a traditional festival held to celebrate the healthy growth of children. The festival honors the guardian deity of children in the hopes that it will keep the children healthy in the coming year.
Details: A music festival in the Iizaka Onsen area of Fukushima City on April 1st. 34 bands over 6 stages, all within walking distance of Iizaka Onsen Station. Advance tickets are 4000 yen, or 4500 yen on the day (and includes two tickets for local onsens that can be used any time in April).
Details: Nihonmatsu is hosting a hanami at the castle park on April 8th. It’s a fun day, and it’s walkable from the station. Please do come join us if you have time! It starts from 12 ish and runs until 5, there is also parking at the castle!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.