The Popular Festivals of Mie Prefecture 三重県の夏祭り

  • Published on : 07/04/2020
  • by : I.D.O.
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Unmissable Matsuri on the Kii Peninsula

The festivals (matsuri) in Japan are colorful moments that often reveal another side of the Japanese: their customary reserve gives way to exuberance but perfectionism is always in order, each celebration is skillfully orchestrated. As an example, these four major events that take place in Mie Prefecture. Celebrating the legendary ninja or the ama divers with the resounding sound of gongs and drums, discover the great festivals (matsuri) of the Mie Prefecture with Japan Experience.

Kumano fireworks festival

A fireworks festival that has delighted the population for over 300 years! The event takes place at the time of the Obon Festival, the celebration of the dead, around mid-July (the date changes each year), starting at 7 p.m on Shichirimihama Beach in the town of Kumano.

Fireworks are set off from boat out at sea, lighting up the summer sky. Other fireworks light up rocks on the coast, such as the lion rock (Shishiiwa, lion rock) which makes the thunderous “boom” echo! A night not to be missed if you are in the region.

How to get there: From JR Kumano station, cross the Ido river south and walk to Shichirimihama beach.

Address: Kinomoto-cho & Ido-cho, Kumano-shi, Mie-ken

Willow, a traditional form of Japanese fireworks fireworks.

Willow, a traditional form of Japanese fireworks.


Iga Ueno NINJA Festa

It is not a traditional festival, but given the popularity of ninja, this festival has its place on our list. The city of Iga (which was attached to that of Ueno) has been known since the Middle Ages as the "cradle of ninja" and now attracts visitors with the ninja museum.

Each year, from 1st April - 6th May (dates may vary by a few days), a five-week festival is dedicated to the ninja. Thousands of fans come from all over the world to participate in this great and unique celebration. During the weekends and public holidays during this period, shows, combat technique workshops, costume competitions, and other events take place and delight everyone, young and old.

Any takers: Iga row passengers can travel free if they are disguised as ninja.

Address: Ueno Marunochi, Iga-shi, Mie Prefecture

Ninja fighting demonstration at Iga

Ninja fighting demonstration at Iga

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Female ninja

female ninja



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