Summertime Leisure in Yamaguchi
With summer officially here, it’s time to take advantage of the good weather, and enjoy what Yamaguchi Prefecture has to offer. Here is a guide to the best festivals and leisure areas in Yamaguchi.
One of the most exciting ways to spend a summer evening in Yamaguchi is to enjoy one of the many firework displays held throughout the area. You can enjoy not only the stunning fireworks, but also a range of festival games and foods. Here is a list of the biggest and most well known, however you can be assured that there are many more all over the prefecture.
Hofu Tenmangu Summer Festival and Fireworks (5th August)
Starting at 20:30, this event sees the release of around 3,500 fireworks to mark the end of the summer festival.
Shimonoseki Kanmon Straights Firework Festival (13th August)
Easily the biggest event of its kind in Yamaguchi, this festival sees around 13,000 fireworks being released from both sides of the straights. People travel from all over the prefecture and beyond to see this event. The fireworks are released from 19:50 to 20:40.
Suo-oshima Firework Festival (16th August)
Around 8,000 fireworks are set off during this festival, which lasts from 18:00 to 22:00. Other attractions include lanterns and dancing.
Summer festivals are a fantastic way to experience Japanese culture and food. Why not join in by dressing up in traditional yukata?
Yamaguchi Tanabata Lantern Festival (6th and 7th August)
Spectacular dancing and beautiful lanterns are the trademarks of this fun festival that attracts visitors from around the prefecture.
Onoda Tanabata Festival (7th August)
Competitions, bazaars and a closing laser show are the main events at this festival, which begins at 17:00.
Iwakuni Tenjin Festival (10th August)
A traditional festival held every year.
Ube Summer Festival 2006 (12th August)
Performances of theater and dancing begin at 18:00.
The 15th Yanai Goldfish Lantern Festival (13th August)
A beautiful display of Yanai’s famous goldfish lanterns, beginning at 16:00.
The Aio Shrimp Catching World Championships (26th August)
A very popular event that sees competitors run out to the sea to catch delicious kuruma ebi, in a bid to become shrimp catching world champion. Phone 083-984-3741 (Japanese language) for more information or to apply.
Cormorant Fishing on the Kintai River (from 31st August)
See fishermen using flaming torches and cormorant birds to fish on the Kintai River in Iwakuni every night from 18:30 to 21:00. The illuminated Kintaikyo Bridge makes it quite a spectacle.
Summer Leisure Spots
Shunan City, Tokuyama Zoo
A short taxi ride from Tokuyama station takes you to Tokuyama zoo. Open everyday except Tuesday from 9:00 to 17:00, the entrance fees are 400 yen for adults, and 100 yen for children.
Akiyoshidai Safari Land
Open everyday from 9:30 to 17:30, the entrance fees are 2,400 yen for adults and 1,200 yen for children.
With campsites dotted throughout the prefecture, camping is definitely a great way to spend a summer weekend. Head to the coast where you can enjoy a variety of activities including swimming, beach volleyball, canoeing, kayaking, and even hang-gliding on Suo-oshima.
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