The Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival has been taking place for over 300 years in Yatsuo, a rustic old town nestled in the southern mountains in Toyama prefecture. Held annually over the first three days of September, the festival is a lively event known for its elegant traditional dances.
Paper lanterns illuminate the town’s small streets, which attracts more than 200,000 sightseers across the three days. During the festival, 11 local groups in the town perform to the melody of a singer, Shamisen guitarist, and occasionally a drummer too.
While the festival has been cancelled in 2021, our Destination Asia Japan team look forward to welcoming guests back to Yatsuo in 2022. for this ‘Must-See’ festival. For more inspiration for your next trip to Japan, explore our dedicated, interactive Japan ebook.