Festivals and Events

The Festivals of Yamagata 

Far and by none, the best opportunity to experience the centuries of rich cultural heritage of Yamagata is through the many vibrant festivals held throughout the year.   


Often unknown beyond their local communities, we at the Hidden Japan would like to extend an invitation for you to experience the passion and beauty of Yamagata's local communities. 

Featured Festivals

The Oishida Festival

A beautiful display of fireworks along the Mogami River and street parades that draw over 170,000 people to this small town of 7,000.  

The Shoreisai Festival

A centuries old ritual to slay an evil demon at the top of Mt. Haguro.  

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