Hidaka Hibuse Festival
With a history expanding some 300 years, this is Oshu-Mizusawa's premiere event that brings brilliant color to spring. The noble and lofty traditional Japanese music emanating from nine gorgeously decorated floats has been designated an intangible folk cultural asset by Iwate prefecture.
Esashi JINKU (Dance) Festival
Originating with the KABO-SAI Festival to pray for revival and fire prevention, this spring festival has been handed down and developed for all residents to participate in. Events include a music parade, children's dance parade, a joint presentation by 42 and 25 year old (ages considered to be bad luck) dancers, Esashi's "HYAKU-SHIKA DAIGUN-BU" (Dance of 100 Deer) and the Esashi Dance Parade.
Maesawa Beef Festival
This festival features a yakiniku corner, folk entertainment, original dance performances, a mooing contest, raffles, singing, sales of Maesawa beef and food stalls.
Oshu NANBU TEKKI (Nanbu Ironware) Festival
Many events are featured, including special sales on cast ironware products, a corner for tasting tea brewed in NANBU TEKKI, cooking classes using ironware and long-jump contests using sandals made of iron.
All Japan NOHADATE Festival
Events include traditional folk entertainment, making O-MOCHI rice cakes using Japan's finest quality vat and passing them out as FUKUTORI-MOCHI, for good fortune, blessed rice bales pulled by YAKUDOSHI groups (groups of people aged 25 and 42, ages considered to be bad luck) and a fireworks display at night.
Kokuseki-ji Temple SOMIN-SAI Festival
Known as "The Festival of Naked Men and Fire," This bizarre, yet soul stirring festival features men taking themselves to their limits throughout the night.