Festivals And Events
In Springtime, as the cherry blossoms burst into full glory, the tree lined avenue of Gotobara Junkansen (the Gotobara Loop), and the hanging blossoms of Heiwa Park and Chichibunomiya Memorial Park, are beautifully illuminated at night. This special season is full of rare events, including tea ceremonies, taiko and zither performances, and walking tours.
The ancient and traditional rite is said to have originated when Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun (It’s like a general) of Kamakura. came to Mt. Fuji to hunt, and made his offerings. On May 5th during the grand festival, the Ogasawara-Ryu Yabusame (archery and horsemanship rite is performed (at 3 pm at Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha Shrine.)
Said to have originated in Kyoto before spreading to the rest of Japan, the Gion Festival was originally held in order to appease the evil spirits which were thought to cause illness and disaster. With 24 participating towns and 21 festival cars the Fuji area Gion Festival is the largest Festival in the Tokai region.
A magnificent event, opening across Yagisaki Park and Oishi Park, where purple lavenders paint the lakeshore from the end of June through to mid July. The nighttime illumination at Yagisaki Park is truly beautiful.
Every year on July 1st, to herald the start of Summer as it unfolds across the Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures mountains, Mt. Fuji is opened for the climbing season, together with a plethora of special events.
Held while the plateau vegetables, a Narusawa specialty, are at the peak of flavor. Enjoy a free sample of the local fruits and vegetables. A farmer’s market selling fresh,
morning-picked produce is also available.
With approximately 6 acres and 800,000 trees, the bright crimsons, reds, whites and pinks of the ‘shiba-sakura’ cherry blossoms dye
the landscape in vivid colors, in a natural symphony of Mt. Fuji’s beautiful forests.
Held on the final Saturday and Sunday of July at Kanagawa-Kasenjiki, in the Numazu City district.
Approximately 9,000 fireworks make for a nostalgic summer in Numazu.
Beginning with the Lake Yamanakako Hoko Festival-Fireworks and continuing on to Lake Saiko, Lake Motosuko, Lake Shojiko and Lake Kawaguchiko, the Fuji Five Lakes Firework Festival paints in brilliant burning flowers upon the water’s surface.
The main event of this festival is a ‘Dance Parade,’ where the participating bands join as one in a marching dance down the broad thoroughfare of Nagaizumi Chuo Street.
Experience the city as it is immersed in excitement and gaiety. A special Kid's Dance Parade is also held for the little ones!