Each district of Maizuru City is rich with nature and fascinating historical culture, and various events.
Visitors to Maizuru can enjoy the charms of each season here.
*Schedule subject to change without notice
3 spring Yoshida's Weeping Cherry Tree Blossoms Late March to early April
The cherry blossoms of Yoshida, a designated cultural property of Maizuru, are over 400 years old. The blooms drooping over the stone wall resemble a waterfall of cherry blossoms.
3-4 spring Maizuru Nature and Culture Park Camellia Festival Mid March to Mid April
This festival is a camellia exhibition featuring 30,000 colorful camellias of 1,500 different species from around the world.
3-4 spring 1,000 cherry blossom trees of Yohoro River Late March to early April
There is an overwhelmingly number of cherry blossoms along the Yohoro River area in Maizuru. The river area spans a distance of 7 km from the Yohoro water purification plant to Maizuru Bay, and is lined with approximately 1,000 cherry blossom trees.
4 spring Cruise Ships From April onwards
Many cruise ships call at Maizuru Port every year from spring through autumn. A variety of passenger ships, from high-end smaller sized ships to more affordable mega-ships, enter the port. The port is popular not only with passengers, but also with visitors who come to see the ships.
4 spring Maizuru Azalea Festival Late April to early May
The Azalea festival is held in Higashi-Maizuru Park. Various events are held while 25,000 azaleas (Maizuru’s city flower) are in bloom.
5 spring Buddhist Dance May 8
This is a traditional event that has been held at Matsuno-o Temple since the Edo period. The Nyorai and others perform elegant dances in time with the sound of Etenraku. (Important National Intangible Folk Cultural Asset)
5 spring JMSDF Green Festa Mid May
The Maritime Self-Defense Force's Maizuru Regional Corps is an annual event, with various events such as public viewing of escort ships and performances by the Music Corps.
5 spring Hosokawa Yusai Tanabe Castle Festival Late May
This festival shares the history of the Hosokawa Yusai battle that was fought mainly around Tanabe Castle. Visitors can see a warrior parade, art stalls, and traditional performing arts.
6 summer Maizuru Nature and Cultural Park Hydrangea Festival Mid June to mid July
Maizuru Nature and Cultural Park is one of the most famous hydrangea-viewing spots in Kyoto Prefecture. The colorful blooming hydrangeas spread all over the valley in a masterpiece, resembling a sea of hydrangeas.
7 summer Sea Opening (Kanzaki, Ryuguhama, Nohara) July 1-3
Maizuru has three beaches, Kanzaki, Ryuguhama and Nohara, where you can enjoy the beautiful sea side along the Sea of Japan. The sea opening is a ritual where safety in the summer season is prayed for.
7 summer Minato Maizuru ‘Chatta’ Festival Late July
Spectators enjoy approximately 5,000 fireworks that color the night sky and the sea surface. On the night before the fireworks display, many people dance to music in the shopping street of Nishi Maizuru District. "Chatta" derives from the local dialect spoken in Maizuru.
8 summer Joya-no-Agetaimatsu August 14
This traditional event that has been around for more than 400 years. Local youths throw a small torch into a 16-meter-high larger torch to kick off the heroic festival begins. (Prefecture Registered / City Designated Cultural Property)
9 autumn Maizuru Fish Festival Late September
Maizuru Port's largest fish festival features delicious Maizuru seafood, and there are various events such as tuna cleaning and dressing shows, and public participation-permitted auctions.
10 autumn Akarenga Half Marathon Mid October
This half marathon passes through the beautiful scenery of Maizuru towards the final goal of Akarenga Park. This race is popular for the rare opportunity to run inside the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force base.
11 autumn Autumn Foliage of Kongoin Temple Mid November to early December
Visitors can enjoy nature of the four seasons at this temple, in addition to the three-storied pagoda (National Important Cultural Property). In particular, the beauty of the autumn scenery and snow- covered scenery is renowned.
11 autumn Autumn Foliage at Maizuru Nature and Culture Park Mid to late November
In the autumnal garden of about 2ha, visitors can walk through and enjoy the vivid colors of the momiji and kaede maples.