Cancellation of events to due to the COVID-19 pandemicThe 2020 Shakotan Soran Mikaku Festival has been cancelled as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Japan. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
Events A festival that's sure to blow you away!
June Enjoy the taste of Shakotan in summer at the Shakotan Soran Mikaku Festival
Held on the last Sunday of June every year, the Shakotan Soran Mikaku Festival coincides with the beginning of the official fishing season for Shakotan's famous sea urchin. At the festival, visitors can enjoy this local specialty alongside an abundance of fresh and grilled seafood caught in the local area. The Hamane Morning Market is a popular attraction every year and is a great opportunity to find fresh sea urchin from Shakotan. The soup made with shrimp and scallops is another fine example of the area's abundant seafood and features an exceptionally rich flavor. The festival brings together an array of the flavors of Shakotan, from fresh seafood such as live sea urchin, Japanese halibut and shrimp, to grilled dishes including squid, whelk and atka mackerel alongside chinmi (local delicacies) and products such as bottled sea urchin and kirikomi (salted fermented fish). Stage events include the performance of traditional songs with roots in the herring industry, Yosakoi Soran dancing, vocal performances and bingo. Come and experience Shakotan’s local culture!
July A fire festival to pray for safe sailing and abundant fishing
■The fire walks, flying of flags from boats, and parade of mikoshi and floats have been cancelled this year as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
During the Shakotan Fire Festival, the town fills with color as vibrant tairyo-bata (fishing flags) are flown from boats and mikoshi (portable shrines), floats and stalls pack into the streets. The event reaches its thrilling climax at night with the Tengu Fire Walk. Large crowds gather to see this fantastical event as the flames shine through the darkness. Pre-festival events are held on July 4th, with the main festival (including the Tengu and Mikoshi Fire Walks) on July 5th and 6th.