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2017 Summer Festivals in Shimane


Fireworks colouring the nights and rows of night stalls can be said as the Japanese summer traditions. During July and August, summer festivals take place around the country. In Shimane, like other areas in Japan,  many people get together to enjoy traditional Japanese-style dancing, singing, fireworks, and delicious festival foods. Some festivals are enjoyed mainly by locals,  so they are recommended for those who like to join the locals and feel the traditional Japan in the countryside.

   East Area         Central Area         West Area        Island Area   


   Summer Festival in Tamatsukuri Onsen    

Summer event

WHERE:  Tamatsukuri Onsen Area (Tamayu-cho, Matsue City) [map

WHEN:  July 15th (sat)~ August 31st (thurs) 2017   everyday from 8:15 p.m. ~

ABOUT :  Tamatsukuri Onsen Area is well known for its long history and highly qualified onsen water. During the summer, while lanterns illuminate the riverside, visitors can enjoy night stalls and various stage events every night. There are night kids stalls offering mini games that children will love to play! Stage events differ every day. Two shows are shown every night – first show, starting at 8:15 pm featuring local artists, differs every day and second show, starting at 9 pm, showcases traditional performances (Yasugibushi or Izumo Kagura)!! Please stay a night here, take a walk along the riverside and enjoy Japanese summer night festival!

    Nima-Goise Festival     

Nima goise

WHERE :  Around the Nima Sand Museum (Nima-cho, Oda City)  [map]  

WHEN :  July 15th (sat)  2017  3:00 p.m. ~  *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~) 2000 count


   Tsuwano Gion Festival, Sagimai Ritual    

Yasaka Shrine Sagi-mai

WHERE : Yasaka Shrine and other spots around central Tsuwano
                    (Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]

WHEN :  July 20th (thurs)  2017  3:00 p.m. ~ 5:10 p.m.
                 July 27th (thurs) 2017  3:00 p.m. ~ 5:20 p.m.

ABOUT :  The Sagimai Ritual in Tsuwano is a ritual that has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property with 400 years of history. Wearing costumes that evoke herons, ritual dancers perform to music and drums at several spots around Tsuwano. Originating in Kyoto, Tsuwano is the only location in Japan where the Heron Dance has been continuously held for over 400 years. Performed every year on July 20th(during Yasaka Shrine’s Gion Matsuri) and 27th around Tsuwano town center and Yasaka Shrine.


   Hirose Gion Festival    

Hirose Gion Festival

WHERE : Main Street in Hirose-chō  (Hirose-cho, Yasugi City)  [map]   

WHEN :  July 19th (wed) ~ 21st (fri)  2017  *fireworks 7/21 (8:00 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m.) 1600 count

ABOUT :  One of the three biggest festivals in Shimane, the Gion Matsuri takes place every year on July 21st. A Mikoshi (portable shrine) and Kanto (lantern pole with a lot of lanterns) parade through the town during the night.


   Kisuki Summer Festival    

WHERE :  Hii-River riverbed  (Kisuki-cho, Unnan City)  [map]

WHEN :  July 20th (thurs)  2017  *fireworks (8:00 p.m.)  2000 count

ABOUT :   Boasting over two hundred years of history, the festival is host to street stalls that line the main street while Kagura (a traditional dance ritual) is performed. Visitors can enjoy about 2,000 fireworks from a distance of just 120m. Kagura starts at 8:30 p.m.


   Shirakata Tenmangu Summer Festival    

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WHERE :  Matsue Castle ~ Shirakata Tenmangu Shrine area (Matsue City) [map]

WHEN :   July 24th (mon)  5 p.m. ~ , 25th (tues)  10 a.m. ~     2017

ABOUT :   A lot of night stalls stand on the both sides of the main street that leads to Shirakata Tenmangu Shrine. Group of locals bring portable shrines called mikoshi through the main street accompanied by resounding drums and folk music with cheerful and powerful enthusiasm in the heated summer evening air. You can totally soak yourself up in and enjoy the mood of Japanese summer festival!


    Mitoya Tenmangu Shrine Summer Festival    

mitoya tenmangu-shrine
WHERE :  Mitoya River Bank  (Mitoya-cho, Unnan City) [map]  

WHEN :   July 25th (tues) 2017  *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 2000 count



   Eena Matsuri Kawamoto Gonokawa River Fireworks Display    

Go-nokawa River Fireworks Festival

WHERE :  Kawamoto Main Street   (Kawamoto Town, Ochi-Gun) [map]  

 WHEN :  July 29th (sat)  2017  *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2000 count


   ‘Koi Koi Koi’ Festival in Tsuwano    

WHERE : Roadside Station Nagomi-no-Sato (Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]

WHEN :  July 29th (sat)  2017  4:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 2400 count

ABOUT :   This festival allows guests to experience fireworks and traditional drumming performances.


    Kirara Taki Summer Festival    


WHERE :  Kirara Beach at Kirara Taki Roadside Station  (Taki-cho, Izumo City)  [map]

WHEN :   July 29th (sat)  2017  4:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 2400 count

ABOUT :   This event takes place on a beautiful beach! It is recommended to come here during the day while the sun is up and have fun at the beach swimming in the shining clear water or having a walk with a great ocean view. The sunset seen from the beach is a must see. At night enjoy the fireworks and night events!


   Matsue Suigo-sai Festival    


WHERE :  Lake Shinji, near the Matsue City Office  (Matsue City)  [map

WHEN :   August 4th (fri)  2017  6:00 p.m. ~
                  August 5th (sat) 2017  1:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~)  10000 count 
                  August 6th (sun) 2017  11:00 a.m. ~

ABOUT :    One of the biggest festivals in San-in, Matsue Suigo-sai Festival takes place for three days in Matsue this year. Incredible 10 thousand fireworks are to be set off above the Lake Shinji, which reflects the beautiful sparks of fireworks on its glossy surface. Matsue is known as the water city and The Lake Shinji represents it.

*Due to the heavy amount of traffic expected, please use public transportation. If you plan on coming by car please park in the designated parking areas.


     Tenryo-san Festival      

WHEN :  August 4th (fri)  2017  *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.)  5000-10000 count
WHERE :   Kute Port (Oda City) [map]
WHEN :   August 6th (sun)  2017
WHERE :  near JR Odashi Station (Oda City) [map]

WHEN :  August 27th (sun)  2017
WHERE :  Omori-cho  (Oda City) [map]

ABOUT :    Tenryo-san festival takes place in 3 days at 3 different venues. On August 4th, more than 5,000 beautiful fireworks are set off at Kute Port. On August 6th, you can enjoy many local folk performance such as Tenryo Dancing, Tenryo Drams and Iwami Kagura etc. around JR Oda-shi Station. Lastly, on the 27th, people parade in traditional costumes along the historic town of Omori, in the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine World Heritage Site!


   Lake Jinzai Fireworks Festival    

WHERE : around Lake Jinzai & Kohan no Onsen-yado Kunibiki (Koryo-cho, Izumo City) [map]

WHEN :   August 5th (sat)   2017  *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2500 count


   Masuda Suigo-sai Festival    

WHERE :  Takatsu River Bank (Masuda City) [map]

WHEN :  August 5th (sat)   2017  6:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 3500 count


   Hamakko Summer Festival    

WHERE :   Hamada Port (Hamada City) [map]

WHEN :   August 5th (sat)  2017  4:30 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~ 9:15 p.m.) 5000 count

   Yunotsu Onsen Summer Festival     

yunotsu summer festival

WHERE :  Yunotsu Port (Oda City) [map]

WHEN :  August 5th (sat)  2017  5:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (7:50 p.m. ~ 8:20 p.m.) 1000 count

ABOUT :    Fireworks are displayed over Japan Sea and you will enjoy the dynamic view of beautiful fireworks at close! Awe-taking Kagura performances, local food stalls are also something that you can really enjoy!

   Daito Tanabata (Star) Festival    

Daito Tanabata Festival

WHERE :  Daito Shopping Street (Daito-cho, Unnan City) [map]

WHEN :    August 6th (sun)  2017  *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~) 1500 count

ABOUT :    This traditional festival has more than 400 years of history. Bamboo are beautifully decorated with wishing papers, as well as the unique amazing floats with lanterns are a must-see!


   Izumo Shinwa (Japanese Myth) Festival    

Izumo Myth Festival

WHERE :   Kunibiki-chuou Street (Imaichicho, Izumo City),
Kandachi River Bank Park (Otsu, Izumo City) [map]

WHEN :  August 11th (fri)  2017   5:00 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m.
                    August 12th (sat)  2017  8:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 8000 count

ABOUT :    This festival take places over 2 days. Izumo Bon Odori folk dancing on 11th and breathtaking 8,000 fireworks display at the Hiikawa riverbank on 12th . Hiikawa River is the setting of one of the Japanese myths, ‘Yamata-no-orochi’. There will also be many night stalls set up too.


   Yasugi Tsuki-no-wa Festival    


WHERE :   Main street in Yasugi [map] & Yasugi Port (Yasugi City) [map]

WHEN :   August 14th (mon) ~ 17th (thurs)   2017
                 *8/14  fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 8:45 p.m.) 4000 count
*Japanese festival float parade every night starting at 9:00 p.m. ~
                      (see the map below for the route)



   Tsuwano Nichihara Ayu Summer Festival    

WHERE :   Takatsugawa River Fisheries Cooperative Nichihara Office (Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]

WHEN :       August 15th (tues)  2017  6:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2600 count


    Gonokawa River Festival    

Go-nokawa River Fireworks Festival

WHERE :    Around JR Gotsu Station, Gonokawa River (Gotsu City) [map]

WHEN :     August 16th (tues) 2017   10:00 a.m. ~
                    *fireworks (8:10 p.m. ~) 6000 count + 4000 lanterns on the river


    Kin Nya Monya Festival     

WHERE :    Hishiura Port (Ama Town, Oki-Gun) [map]

WHEN :      August 26th (sat) 2017  1:20 p.m. ~
*parade (6:00 p.m. ~); fireworks (7:30 p.m. ~) 2400 count