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Spring Festivals in Shimane 2018

Matsue Castle Spring Festival

Matsue Castle from under the sakura trees

Matsue Castle Festival 2018

Where:   Matsue Castle [map]

When:   March 24th – April 15th 2018 (7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
*(6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) sakura illumination

view from Matsue Castle


About:   The Matsue Castle grounds are known as a popular sakura viewing spot and has been selected as one of the 100 top sakura viewing spots in Japan. In combination with the food stalls that fill the lower entrance, visitors and locals alike are welcomed to come to Matsue Castle and partake in “hanami” (sakura viewing picnic). 


Matsue Musha Gyoretsu Warrior Parade


“Musha Gyoretsu” Warrior Parade 2018

Where:   Central Matsue, Matsue Castle [map]

When:    April 7th 2018(sat) (12:30 a.m.~)



About:    A parade to celebrate the founder of Matsue, Lord Horie Yoshiharu, which includes hundreds of citizens dressed up as samurai warriors and princesses as they walk through central Matsue to the castle. [read more]


Aofushigaki Ritual

Mihonoseki Aofushigaki Ritual

Aofushigaki Ritual

Where:   Mihonoseki Harbor, Matsue City

When:   April 7th 2018(1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

About:    “Aofushigaki” is a Shinto ritual that is held every year on the 7th of April. It is a recreation of the myth of Ebisu hiding himself behind a blue fence in the sea after conceding the lands of Izumo to the sun goddess. “Aofushigaki” means ‘blue fence’, which is what Ebisu is said to have hid himself behind when he retreated into the sea.


Sakura Festival in Unnan City

Sakura Festival in Unnan City 2018

Where:   JR Kisuki Station [map]

When:   April 7th 2018(sat) (10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Stage Performances

April 8th 2018(sun) (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Stage Performances

Where:    Hii River Bank [map]

When:    April 7th 2018(sat) (8:00 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.) Fireworks

About:   During the sakura season the banks of the Hii river are painted pink with the blossoming of sakura from 50 thousand trees. During the day there are stage performances right in front of JR Kisuki station and when it gets dark a fireworks festival lights up the night sky. In the latter half of April the blossoming of “gyoiko”, which is a rare species of sakura that is green instead of pink, marks the end of the sakura season. [read more]



Washibara Hachimangu Shrine Spring Festival

Washibara, Yabusame


Washibara Hachimangu Shrine Festival 2018

Where: Washibara-Hachimangu Shrine, Tsuwano Town [map]

When: April 8th 2018(sun) Opening Ceremony (10:00 a.m)

Performance (11:10a.m. – , 2:20 p.m. – )


About: On the second Sunday of April each year, a traditional ceremony involving horseback archery is conducted on the shrine’s grounds. A 270meter-long horseback archery course is specifically built for this event. [read more]


Tulip Festival in Hakuta-cho

Tulips in Hakuta

Tulip Festival in Hakuta-cho 2018

Where:   Yasugi City Hall Hakuta Branch Office [map]

When:    April 15th 2018(sun) (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

About:   About 600,000 colorful tulips bloom in mid-April. There are stage performances throughout the day along with food/ drink stalls, tulips for sale, and much more.



Yuushien Garden Party


Yuusien Garden Party 2018

Where:  Yuushien Garden, Matsue City [map]

When:  April 7th(sat) – May 6th(sun) 2018 (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

About:   Yuushien Garden is particularly known for having peonies that bloom all year long, but during the last week of this event, (4/29 – 5/6), they will float 30,000 peonies on the waters of their pond. The last day of the event, May 6th, will be marked with Yuushien decorated with all yellow peonies. [read more]