Issaki Hoto Matsuri 石崎奉燈祭 Ishikawa (Aug.)
Issaki Hoto Matsuri is a summer matsuri of Hachiman Jinja, the guardian shrine of the fishing town of Ishizaki-machi, and was originally held to pray for large fish hauls. It now features lanterns called kiriko to alleviate the fear of fires which were frequent in the early days of the matsuri. The seven kiriko are twelve meters in height, and weigh two tons. They are illustrated with pictures of samurai and scenes from the sea. The kiriko are roughly carried by 100 brave seamen, and are boldly paraded around the port town to the chants of "Iyasakasa..."
Hachiman Jinja, Ishizaki-machi, Nanao City, Ishikawa
Take the Limited Express "Noto Kagaribi" from JR Kanazawa station and get off at JR Wakuraonsen station. Approx. 5 min. walk.
Approx. 3 min. from the Wakura interchange of the Noetsu Expressway, via the Tokuda Otsu junction of the Noto Satoyama Kaido.
Approx. 3 min. from the Wakura interchange of the Noetsu Expressway, via the Nanao interchange.