❶Fresh Leaves Festival
The annual ritual of Ushikubo Hachimansha Shrine. Four floats (DASHI) parade on the street between Ushikubo Hachimansha Shrine and Tenno Shrine. Each float has dancers and they dance to the drumbeat. After the dance the dancers lie on the street. They exactly look like worms. So it’s called "Unagoji, worm, Festival", It’s one of the unusual and eccentric festivals in Japan.
The annual ritual of Utari Shrine and it is famous for its remarkable fireworks. During the day time, smoke fireworks are set off. The many colored smoke in the sky is so beautiful. And at night, not only sky rocker fireworks but also arm-hold fireworks (TEDUTSU HANABI) and set pieces are done. Floats, lion dance (SHISHIMAI), festival dance and kid dance are conducted.
Kobanomitsuba Tsutsuji is a kind of azalea with violet flowers, reaching a height of maximum 2 meters. Thousands of azalea blooms can be seen at Fuji shrine and Zenjuzenji Temple. From the beginning of April to the middle of April, TSUTSUJI MATSURI, azalea festival, is held. People enjoy shopping at street stalls and doing open air tea ceremony.
❹Toga Shrine Annual Festival
This festival is held on May 3rd, 4th and 5th every year.More than 10,000 people visit this festival and enjoy a garden plant market and many street stalls on the precincts of the shrine. On 3rd and 4th, after the ritual, some young boys, aged between 10 and 15, wearing traditional costume, do horseback archery. It is so attractive, breathtaking and people cannot take their eyes off.
❺Spring Festival of Toyokawa Inari
People carry a small shrine (MIKOSHI) and infants putting on make-up and wearing special traditional attire, make a parade inside the temple grounds. You can touch the taste of the Edo period, 1603 – 1867. "TOMIKUJI", lottery in the Edo period, is also held.
This festival is held on March 4th and 5th every year in Toyokawa Inari.
❻Toyokawa Civic Festival "Oiden Sai"
This festival is not related to religions. More than 100,000 people join this festival and they enjoy many kinds of events, such as YOSAKOI, folk dance in Japan, and some other shows on the stage. They also enjoy shopping for local products as well.
❼Toyokawa Summer Festival
Annual ritual at Toyokawa Susano Shrine. Its fireworks with a history of more than 400 years are displayed. One of them, called TSUNABI, is incredible that fire runs along 130 meter (about 427.5 feet) ropes on both sides of approach in the shrine. It is recorded as one of the prefectural intangible folklore cultural assets.
❽Summer Festival in Kou
Annual ritual at Ohyashiro Shrine. KABUKI parades, costumed as courtesan or bladesman and so on, flaunt with a float in towns in Kou. Each town has its own float. At night, you can also enjoy many different kinds of fireworks.
❾Drum Dance & Seven Gods Dance Festival
Annual ritual at Hikuma Shrine wishing for huge harvest and great catch of fish.
SASA ODORI (drum dance) : three young men, so-called YANYO GAMI, dance bravely. These dancers are considered as gods.
SHICHIFUKUJIN ODORI (dance of seven gods of good fortune) : seven young men put on a mask of each god and dance.
10.Toyokawa Civic Festival "Arm-hold fireworks Festival"
This is one of the biggest events in Toyokawa. You can enjoy traditional TEDUTSU HANABI, arm-hold fireworks. Various location of Toyokawa city do their own fireworks. Many different kinds of fireworks can be seen. They are so beautiful in the night sky.
11.Fall Festival of Toyokawa Inari
This festival expresses the grateful of a rich harvest. As with spring festival, there are parades of people carry a small shrine and infants dressed the traditional attire. A huge lantern, 10 meter high and 5meter diameter (32.8 feet high and 16.4 feet diameter), is displayed. So this festival is also called DAI CHOCHIN MATSURI, huge lantern festival. At night all the lanterns are turned a light on. It makes so visional in town.
12.Huge ginkgo tree of Yamato & Local Products Exhibition
Huge ginkgo tree, aged about 90, in Ichinomiya area. This area used to be called Yamato, but the name does not exist on a map now. People still call there Yomato. The height of the ginkgo tree is 10 meters, approximately 32.8 feet, and the length of the diameter is more than 10 meters. In late November, all the leaves turn yellow color. And it is just like a huge golden hammer. Local products exhibition is also held at this time and people enjoy shopping there.
Annual ritual at Choshoji Temple. After the ritual for fire protection, three adult men, costumed a white fox and a red long-nose goblin and a blue long-nose goblin, chase children and put red ink on their face. If a child get the red ink on the face, it’s believed that the child doesn’t get any disease and can keep in good health for a coming year. This festival is very unique.