Katsuyama Sagicho, burning piles of used New Year’s decorations at Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture. The festival with a 300-year history is to pray for a good harvest for the coming year. Local performing arts to the tune of Japanese music and drumming are demonstrated on a dozen of yagura (wooden high stages) in the city from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the 22nd, and from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the 23rd.Dondo-yaki, setting fire to New Year’s decorations and ornaments, is scheduled on the riverbank of the Kuzuryu River at 9 p.m. on the 23rd.
Access: The JR Hokuriku Honsen Line to Fukui Station. From there, take the Echizen Railways to Katsuyama Station, and then walk 10 minutes to the site.