Hagi Furusato and Jidai Festivals 2018 – Explore Local History and Food



Yamaguchi Hagi Furusato and Jidai Festivals are the two days events that take place in the middle of November. These festivals are the most significant industrial and historical events in Hagi town in Yamaguchi prefecture. You can enjoy a lot of local specialty foods and products at Furusato festival, and the following Jidai Festival takes you back to the Edo period. You can not only fill your stomach but also satisfy intellectual curiosity.

About Hagi City

 Hagi city in Yamaguchi prefecture is the place where most of “leading spirits of the Meiji Restoration” were born and gathered. If you are familiar with Meiji Restoration, you might have heard about Shinsaku Takasugi, Kogoro Katsura, and Hirofumi Ito. Besides, they were all from Hagi City. This city also has many historical sites to follow the Meiji Restoration. You may want to explore the town after this event. And don’t forget to read about the Meiji Restoration before visiting Hagi city, as that will give you a deep understanding of this city and people.

Hagi Furusato and Jidai Festival

The origin of this festival is unknown; however, it is said that the festival started sometime in the Edo period as there is a picture scroll about it around this time.

This festival is a two days event. On the first day, there will be a Furusato festival, where you can enjoy special local food and products at the market. There will be over 100 food stalls at the festival. So, I hope you will be amazed at how many meals and products are offered there. This festival definitely will make you full at the end of the day. On the second day, you will see over 200 people in Bushi style costumes strolling around castle town. Some people look like they just jumped out of the Edo period. Besides, you may ask them to be in the picture with you for good memories, and that will make them happy too.

What Else Can You Do in Hagi City

There are 5 Meiji Japan’ Industrial revolution heritages in Hagi City. 23 of Meiji Japan industrial revolution heritages are mostly gathered in Kyushu and Yamaguchi area. Besides, those heritages are within walking distance from the Festival venue. It would be nice to explore the Edo period like historic sites after the festival.

On the other hand, since Hagi city is surrounded by the ocean, they catch over 250 kinds of fish through the year, and you can taste seasonal fresh fish at any restaurant in Hagi.

Access and Details

Dates: Both festivals take place in the middle of November every year. Dates vary every year.

Hagi Furusato Festival 2018

Date: November 10th (Sat) and November 11th (Sun) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Venue: Chuo Park

November 10th (Sat) *mentioned only main events.

10:00 a.m. Dance, music performance for children.

12:00 p.m. Opening ceremony

12:15 p.m. Throwing Mochi

12:40 p.m. Calligraphy performance

1:00 p.m. Music concert

1:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Various events including bingo games at the venue

November 11th (Sun) *mentioned only main events.

10:00 a.m. Opening by Hagi tourism association

10:10 a.m. Okinawa Folk Dance

11:10 a.m. Folk dance and performance by musket troops

12:00 p.m. Hagi Jidai Parade

Hagi Jidai Festival 2018

Date: November 11th (Sun) 8:00a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Venue: The ruins of Hagi castle, Chuo Park and other spots in the city.

8:00a.m. Daimyo Parade

9:00a.m. Ceremony at Mori Terumoto’s grave

10:00a.m. Hagi Folk Dance

10:20a.m. Performance by musket troops

11.10 a.m. Hagi Folk Dance and performance by musket troops at Chio Park

12:00 p.m. Hagi Era Parade

1:00 p.m. Performance by musket troops at Tsubaki nursing school

Official Homepage (Japanese Only):

Address: 552-2 Emukai, Hagi-shi, Yamaguchi-ken


Hagi Chuo Park 5 minutes cab ride from Higashi Hagi Station

The ruins of Hagi castle: Take city circle bus from Higashi Station and get off at 萩城跡指月公園北門屋敷入口 (Hagi Jōsekishidzuki Kōen Kitamon Yashiki Iriguchi) stop.

Closing Remarks

Yamaguchi Hagi Furusato and Jidai Festival are one of the most significant foods and historical events in Hagi city in Yamaguchi prefecture. At this festival, you can enjoy not only many local foods but also special historical atmosphere. Besides, the most attractive thing about Hagi city is its historical background. You will experience and smell the romance of Meiji Restoration while strolling around the town.

If you want to find out more about this festival and get to know locals before your trip, click on Huber. banner. It will make your trip even more rewarding!

All images are courtesy of Yamaguchi Prefectural Tourism Federation

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