October Events

The cool autumn evenings come to life with the sound of festivals across Japan as local harvest traditions give local communities a chance to celebrate before winter arrives. Our Autumn Leaves Guide for the best spots to find beautiful autumn leaves in Fukushima City. Check Fukushima Guide on Facebook for further details!

October Public Holidays
Health and Sports Day (2nd Monday of October)

Iizaka Kenka Matsuri

@ Hachiman Shrine, Iizaka Onsen
1st Saturday in October

Usually held on the first weekend of October, the Iizaka Kenka Matsuri is one of the most dynamic and spectacular festivals in Japan. The highlight is the ‘miyairi’ on Saturday October 5 starting around 7:00 pm as the festival floats gather at Hachiman Shrine to fight their way to dominance. A short walk through historic Iizaka Onsen from Iizaka Onsen Station.

Fukushima Street Music Festival

@ Central Fukushima City
October 12 (2019)

The fourth edition of this lively music festival runs from 10:30 am ~ 4:30 pm at the Fukushima Station East Square.

Fukushima Inari Shrine Festival

@ Fukushima Inari Shrine
October 12 ~ 14 (2019)

Centered in the heart of Fukushima City at Fukushima Inari Shrine. With over 200 stalls and booths and a parade of lantern covered festival floats, this is one of the biggest and most exciting festivals in Fukushima City. The main festival parade starts at 5:00 pm on Sunday October 13 as the floats make their way from Ekimae Street near Fukushima Station to Fukushima Inari Shrine.

Matsukawa Lantern Festival

@ Matsukawa
October 12-13 (2019)

The main festival is on Sunday October 13 from 4:30 pm ~ 8:45 pm. Come and enjoy the excitement of a local festival in southern Fukushima City where lantern filled floats are paraded through the streets of Matsukawa. Each community in Matsukawa pull their parade float accompanied by traditional festival musical. There are 8 festival floats on the west side of the station, and 5 on the east. Matsukawa Station is 3 stops south of Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Line.

Onami Sumiyoshi Shrine Lion Dance

@ Sumiyoshi Shrine
October 13 (2019)

This traditional dance is a Designated Intangible Folk Property of Fukushima City, and is the only remaining Shishimai (Lion Dance) in Fukushima City. It is held at Sumiyoshi Shrine in Onami in eastern Fukushima City. The dance features 3 lions (parent, middle, and child) and it is performed by local primary school children. It is held every year on the Sunday preceding the Sports Day public holiday. The dance takes place at 1:00 pm.

Fukushima Burger Summit

@ Koori
October 13 (2019)

Located in Koori just north of Fukushima City, this popular burger summit is an amazing opportunity to try a range of 19 exciting burgers from across northern Japan. Come and cast your vote in the 6th East Japan Local Burger Grand Prix. Which burger will be crowned the champion?!

La Festa Mille Miglia

@ Iizaka Onsen
October 25 ~ 28 (2019)

This event features a mouthwatering selection of classic cars as they travel the country from Harajuku in Tokyo to Fukushima, Yamagata, and Miyagi Prefectures. The best place to check out the line-up of cars is at Iizaka Onsen on Saturday October 26 as the classic cars drive past the equally classic Sabakoyu bath house.

Okayama Water Festival

@ Kasjima Shrine
4th Sunday of October

Held at Kashima Shrine near Jomopia Miyahata in eastern Fukushima City on the 4th Sunday of October, the Okayama Water Festival is a Designated Important Cultural Property of Fukushima Prefecture. This festival involves splashing water to cleanse the community. The festival starts at 12:20 pm, with the main water throwing ceremony from 1:50 pm.

Monthly Event Guides

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