December Events (Eye-Catch)
December brings winter weather and snow to the Azuma mountains to the west. In the city there is always the chance of a white Christmas and snow for the New Year’s Eve Holidays. The streets are decorated with illumination displays. So come and have a soak in a relaxing outdoor onsen. Check our Facebook page for the most up to date information on December Events in Fukushima City.

Illumination Events

There are a range of illumination events around the city in December and January.
Hikari no Shizuku (Drops of Light)
Paseo-dori
December 6 ~ January 31
The Hikari no Shizuku illumination display is located a short walk from Fukushima Station along the romantic Paseo-dori. Take a stroll, enjoy the lights, and try the warm cosy atmosphere of one of the many restaurants.
Corasse Fukushima
December 6 ~ January 15
Check out the winter lights while you pick up some souvenirs, or see the amazing view of the city from the 12th floor.
Hikari no Tree Pageant (Tree of Light)
Azuma Sports Park
December 13 ~ January 13
A short walk from Fukushima City Minka-en and the Azuma Baseball Stadium Olympic venue!
Shiki no Sato
January 11 ~ February 11
This display doesn’t start until January when the heavy snow starts to fall. There is live music on Saturday nights, or try some yakiniku at the Asahi Beer Hall located inside the grounds of Shiki no Sato.

Katsuben!

December 13 ~
The Hiroseza Theatre at Fukushima City Minka-en was used as a location for the Japanese film Katsuben! (Katsuben is a narrator for silent films). The film is in theaters across Japan from December 13, but you can visit Minka-en and see one of the locations where the film was made!

 

Hatsumode

Hatsumode is a popular annual tradition for most Japanese people during the New Year holidays. If you visit at midnight on New Year’s Eve you can hear the 108 rings of the New Year bell. 2020 is the Year of the Rat, so be sure to pick up your own rodent themed talisman for 2020. Here is a list of shrines where you can join in the new year traditions in Fukushima City.
Fuksuhima Gokoku Shrine (Mt. Shinobu) ⛩
This shrine was established to honor Emperor Meiji (1852-1912). People pray at this shrine for peace and prosperity. This shrine is dedicated to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and for the lost who lost their lives in war. It also been visited by several members of the Japanese Imperial Family.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/fneffVZP348H4YC4A
Events:
Small Yearly Market (プチ歳の市)
・Dec 23 ~ 31
New Year Special Prayers
・Jan 1, 12:00 am ~ 2:00 am
・Jan 1 ~ 15, 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
1st Dondo-yaki
・Jan 1 ~ 5, 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
2nd Dondo-yaki
・Jan 11 ~ 15, 9:00 ~ 5:00 pm
Fukushima Naritasan Fudoin Shrine ⛩
This shrine worships the deity Fudo Myoo (Acala) and is related to Naritasan Shinsoji Temple in Chibe Prefecture. People pray here for protection, family safety, long life, and success at school or work.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ip77Ku2dFxTcVaiG8
Events:
New Year Prayers
・Jan 1, 12:00 am ~ 1:00 am
・Jan 1~7, 9:00 am ~ 4:00 pm
Nishine Shrine, Takahata Tenmangu ⛩
This shrine is very popular for the Donto-sai Festival and Usokae Matsuri later on January 10~13 where last years charms and religious tokens are burnt on a large bonfire in a ritual offering. The ‘uso’ bullfinch charms are sold to turn your misfortune into fortune (this festival is based on the pun that ‘uso’ means both bullfinch and lie in Japanese).
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9yzWJ8A9vHrWxXAd9
Events:
Dec 31, Amazaki (Sake Tasting)
・Jan 1 ~ 3, Lucky Prize Draw
・Jan 10 ~ 13, Donto-sai and Usokae Matsuri
Kuroiwa Kokuzoson (Manganji Temple) ⛩
This shrine dates back 1200 years. People pray here for good fortune and wisdom. The rivetless bell used to ring in the new year at this temple is registered as an Important National Art Treasure.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/MuLtb88AMc2ZE1Yf6
Events:
New Year’s Eve Bell
・Jan 1, 12:00 am ~
New Year Prayers
・Jan 1, 11:00am ~ Jan 3, 3:00 pm
Winter Festival
・Jan 25, 11:00 am ~ Jan 26, 1:00 pm
Fukushima Inari Shrine
Established in 987 this popular 1000-year old shrine is located in central Fukushima City.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NUbPeS4uSVWycTZ4A
Events:
Yearly Market
・Dec 25 ~ Jan 15
Hatsumode
・Jan 1, 12:00 am ~
New Year’s Prayers
・Jan 1 ~ 5, 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
・Jan 11 ~13, 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Little New Year Events
・Jan 10 ~ 15
Tsuchiyu Onsen Shotoku Taishido
Prince Shotoku (574~622) is a legendary figure in Japanese history and is even credited as the founder of Buddhism in Japan. It was said that the prince appeared in a dream of one of his ambassadors who had fallen ill, and told him that he could heal himself (and the illnesses of many others) in the waters of Tsuchiyu Onsen. This shrine is named after Prince Shotoku.
🔔 For the safety of the local community the New Year’s Bell for Shotoku Taishido in Tsuchiyu Onsen rings at midday on New Year’s Eve.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rtEBewHAPKkQbJ5r9
Events:
New Year’s Eve Bell
・Dec 31, 10:00 am ~ 4:00 pm
Nakano Fudoson
This shrine dates back 800 years when a monk followed a serow into the mountains and found a cave in the area. The shrine features 3 statues of Fudo Myoo. Note: Due to limited parking at the shrine a free shuttle bus runs from Jurokunuma Park from Dec 31 to Jan 3.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2XqN2X9Vr9CAvZHE7
Events:
New Year Prayers
・Jan 1, 12:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Ioji Temple ⛩ This temple dates back 1200 years and is the family temple of famed samurai brothers Sato Tsugunobu and Sato Tananobu. The temple is decorated with bamboo lanterns on New Year’s Eve.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AFwS7NdsrDM1TUMc8
Events:
Bamboo Lanterns
・Dec 31, 5:00 pm~
New Year’s Eve Bell
・Jan 1, 12:00 am ~

Visit an Onsen

Now that winter is here, it is the perfect time to soak in a natural onsen!

Monthly Event Guides

Follow one of the links below for more about monthly events in Fukushima City:
🎍 January Events
👹 February Events
🎎 March Events
🌸 April Events
🍒 May Events
🐌 June Events
🍻 July Events
🎆 August Events
🎑 September Events
🏮 October Events
🍁 November Events
🍗 December Events