January - February - March
Ikitsuki Relay Race - 生月島縦断駅伝
Event Explanation This relay race is held every year on the 1st day of the New Year. Teams of 6 members compete against each other over a distance of 22.7 km.
Date or duration January 1st Location Various locations in Ikitsuki
Availability of parking and lavatories Available at various places For more information Hirado Lifelong Learning Division 0950-22-4111


Hirado Flounder Festival - 平戸ひらめまつり
Event Explanation Hirado takes a leading position in the flounder fishing industry of Japan. In the flounder fishing season, you can enjoy tasty flounder dishes at various restaurants and hotels in the city.
Date or duration January 17th - March 31st Location Various hotels and restaurants throughout Hirado
Availability of parking and lavatories Available For more information Hirado Tourist Association 0950-23-8600
Burning of the fields of Kawachi-tôge Pass - 川内峠野焼き
Event Explanation Every year in February the fields of Kawachi-tôge Pass, with about 30 hectares the largest grass fields in Saikai National Park are burned. These burning grass fields are quite a sight to see.
Date or duration February 2nd (first sunday in February) Location Kawachi-tôge Pass,Hirado Island
Availability of parking and lavatories 25 parking spots.
Toilets available
For more information Hirado Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division 0950-22-4111

Konaki Crybaby Sumo - 子泣き相撲
Event Explanation The Konaki Crybaby Sumo is held annually at the Saikyô-ji Temple on `Setsubun`, or the beginning of spring. Two babies at a time are brought onto the sumo ring to compete. The first one to cry after the referee has shouted `Hakkeyoi` is the winner
Date or duration February 3rd Location In front of the pagoda of the Saikyô-ji Temple, Hirado City
Availability of parking and lavatories 100 parking spots.
Toilets available
For more information Saikyô-ji Temple 0950-22-2469
Ikitsuki Road Race - いきつきロード大会
Event Explanation In this race, runners from Hirado as well from further afield come to compete. There are over twenty categories depending on age and distance. The race is quite popular as everyone is welcome to participate. It takes places along the coastline of Ikitsuki.
Date or duration February 9th Location Start and finish: Ikitsuki branch office of the Hirado city hall
Availability of parking and lavatories Available For more information Hirado Lifelong Learning Division 0950-22-4111
Lobster and Oyster Festival - エビ・カキ祭り
Event Explanation At this festival in central Hirado you can enjoyed two local delicacies: oysters and fan lobsters. Charcoal grills are set up along the waterside and whilst looking out over the harbour and Hirado Castle you can grill the oysters, fan lobsters and other fresh sea products.
Date or duration February 1st and 2nd Location Koryu Hiroba Square in central Hirado harbour
Availability of parking and lavatories Parking space and toilets available For more information Hirado Tourist Association 0950-23-8600
Tabira Exhibition of Camellia and local products - 田平町つばき物産展
Event Explanation At the center of this exhibition are displays of various Camellia and local products. Other exhibitions include pictures and paintings drawn by children, Ikebana (flower arrangements), etc. At the exhibition one can also buy products from the region.
Date or duration February 22nd and 23rd Location Tabira Civil Center
Availability of parking and lavatories 20 parking spots and multi-purpose room available For more information Hirado Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division 0950-22-4111

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Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival - さくらまつり
Event Explanation

The Kameoka Park is well known for its cherry blossom trees. Flower watching can be enjoyed during the day as well as in the evening, when the nearby Hirado Castle is beautifully lit up.

Date or duration March 17th - April 13th Location Kameoka park, next to Hirado Castle, Hirado city
Availability of parking and lavatories 100 parking spots and multi-purpose room available For more information Hirado Tourist Association 0950-23-8600
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