Event Information

Introduction of annual events

There is a string of attractive events throughout the year in Shiroishi city.

  • January

    Kokeshi Hatsuhiki
    Kokeshi Hatsuhiki is a ceremony held to celebrate Ononomiya Imperial Prince Koretaka that is said to be the founding master of woodgrains. The ceremony is held in Koretaka Shrine or more commonly known as Kokeshi Shrine to welcome new year in Yajiro area.
    Schedule
    The beginning of January
    Venue
    Shiroishi Yajiro Kokeshi Doll Village
  • April

    Mizubasho no Mori・Doudan no Mori Opening Ceremony
    Mizubasho no Mori is located near the parking space. The ease of access made it a popular spot for visit. Mizubasho (skunk cabbage) forest is popular because it can be easily visited and has a good access from a parking lot, and there is always a continuous flock of visitors in the middle of April. You can see 50,000 shares of white water basho crowds through the trees of alder as you go through a well-maintained tree road.
    Schedule
    Opening ceremony is the start of April (Depends on the amount of snow coverage)
    Venue
    Mizubasho no Mori・Doudan no Mori
  • May

    Shiroishi City Citizen Spring Festival
    The “Shiroishi City Citizen Spring Festival” parade is a festival unique to Shiroishi City. At the frontline of the parade is a group of elderly that celebrated their 42 birthdays, carrying the Mikoshi of Shinmeisha shrine. In Japan, the age of 42 is considered to be one of the “Yakudoshi” or “unlucky age”. Behind the group are marching young children, traditional Taiko festive cars from each area, Children Mikoshi, Adult Mikoshi as well as Katakura Musket troops and groups of warriors from “Katakura Juku” of the paper amour workshop.
    Schedule
    The beginning of May
    Venue
    Central Shiroishi City
  • May

    Japan National Kokeshi Doll Competition / Shiroishi City Local Products Festival
    It is held for the development and promotion of tourism craft industries by promoting and widely introducing Kokeshi from all over the country, facilitating deeper appreciation of Kokeshi's beauty and awareness while improving their excellent quality design as a craft product.
    Schedule
    May 3 - 5
    Venue
    Shiroishi Cultural Gymnasium Activity Center
  • June

    Minami Zao Summer Mountain Opening
    Shichikashukumachi held in the last week of May every year with the aim of appreciating the beauty of the mountain range of Zao Quasi-National Park and to serve as a place to build mutual friendship between participants.
    Schedule
    Weekends of late May to early June
    Venue
    Course to go longitudinally along the Minami Zao
  • August

    Shiroishi Summer Festival
    Shiroishi Summer Festival is a big event participated by many citizens.
    In particular, the Shiroishi Ondo parade has more than 20 participating groups that include children’s associations and invited companies. The shopping district is also a pedestrian precinct. During the parade, each group gave performances in elaborate costumes along the shopping district.
    Schedule
    August 11 - 12
    Venue
    Central Shiroishi city, Shiroishi River green park
  • September

    Shiroshi Zao Highland Marathon
    Every year, Shiroishi Zao Highland Marathon, a marathon crossing the natural highland is held in Zao. There are many events you can choose to participate in such as 3km event, 5km event, 10km event, 20km event and parent and child pair event. People of all ages and gender are eligible to participate in this event.
    Schedule
    September
    Venue
    National Minamizao Camping Ground
  • October

    Onikojuro Festival
    Onikojuro Festival is a festival celebrating Onikojuro, the second generation Kojuro Shigenaga. During this festival, the fierce heated battle between Sanada Yukimura and Kojuro Shigenaga during the siege of Osaka is reenacted. Here you get to experience the battle that comprises of more than 60 warriors from Katakura and Sanada’s troops. There are also various other highlights such as matchlock performances that are worth noting.
    Schedule
    First Saturday of October
    Venue
    Shiroishi Castle
  • November

    Shiroishi Agriculture Festival
    Shiroishi Agriculture Festival is an autumn festival held with the aim to share the joy of harvest with both the producers and the consumers.
    Schedule
    Saturday and Sunday in early November
    Venue
    Shiroishi Cultural Gymnasium Activity Center (White Cube)
  • December

    Opening of Miyagi Zao Shiroishi Ski Resort
    The Opening of Miyagi Zao Shiroishi Ski Resort is held in the last week of December every year in commemoration of the coming of winter season to Minamizao.
    On the day, besides praying for the safety of snow mountain, there are also other programs such as the descent of posters and demonstrations of skiing by professional instructors.
    Schedule
    The end of December
    *The date can be changed due to the snowfall situation.
    Venue
    Miyagi Zao Shiroishi Ski Resort

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Introduction of Pochi Warrior Kojuro
Shiroishi’s Charming Spring
Miyagi Zao Sightseeing Navigation

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Introduction of Pochi Warrior Kojuro
Shiroishi’s Charming Spring

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Miyagi Zao Sightseeing Navigation

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