The ‘Aomori 10 Cities Grand Festival’ comes to Misawa Sept. 24-25

Photo by Yoshihito Morita
Photo by Yoshihito Morita

The ‘Aomori 10 Cities Grand Festival’ comes to Misawa Sept. 24-25

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

After a two-year postponement, the Aomori 10 Cities Grand Festival is coming back to Misawa from Sept.24 -25.

The event is a joint effort with Aomori, Hirosaki, Hachinohe, Kuroishi, Goshogawara, Towada, Mutsu, Tsugaru, Hirakawa and Misawa cities started in 2012 as a way to promote local arts and products after the 2011 earthquake. Every year since 2012, the festival is held at one of the 10 cities, but in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the festivities to a halt.

Preparing for the festival

This year, the long-awaited event will come back to Misawa and feature a parade, performances, and lots of food. Check out the colorful Nebuta lantern floats, traditional dancing, kimonos and plenty more! Misawa will showcase the city’s American atmosphere with country music and a cruise of 50 Harley Davidson motorcycles.

In the food booths, try the regional delicacies like Aomori curry milk ramen, Hirakawa Yakisoba-gyoza (fried noodle dumplings), Kuroishi Yakusoba, Hirosaki apple pie and the Misawa Air Force Burger.

This is an event you will not want to miss!

Preparing for the festival


Aomori 10 Cities Grand Festival in Misawa

Time Table

Sept. 24 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

10 – 10:40 a.m. Opening Ceremony

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Aomori 10 Cities Performance

4 – 5:50 p.m. Parades by 10 Cities

Food, game and souvenir booths are open for 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 Sept. 25 (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

9 – 11:30 a.m. Aomori 10 Cities Perfromance

1 – 2 p.m. Parade by 10 Cities

3 – 3:30 Finale

Food, game and souvenir booths are open for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Around Misawa City Hall


Tel: 0176-53-5111 (Misawa City Hall)

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Okinawa
Stripes Korea
Stripes Guam

Related Content

Recommended Content

Around the Web