Somaro, Maiko, Geisha, Japan, Sakata

  The Ikatsuri Festival

Sakata City

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.

Quick Info:


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. 

Somaro, Geisha, Maiko

The final celebration before the ships departures. 

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