The Ikatsuri Festival
When the waters of the Sea of Japan finally begin to settle down after a long winter, the brave fishermen of Sakata collectively embark on the first harvest expedition of the new year.
Historically a very hazardous profession, the townsfolk of Sakata City hold a festival each year to fish for the safety and success of the fishermen. This festival includes a variety of music performances, taiko drums, food, and a beautiful display of dozens of decorated fishing boats.
The date of this festival varies from year to year based off of the weather. You may inquire about this festival here
Address: Shitase, Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture 998-0837
Entry to the festival and performances are free.
Various food and products are available for sale as well.
The final celebration before the ships departures.