The City of Hachinohe (Japanese) has a mild climate year-round compared to other areas in northern Japan. It has little snowfall in the winter and warm summer days. It is also located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
Each year in early August, the Port of Hachinohe has a great city-wide festival, the Sansha Taisai. Said to be Japan’s biggest float festival, 27 different floats surrounded by drummers, flutists, and other celebrants move through the city’s main streets. Each float represents the work of a specific organization (a school, city hall, etc.). Men in samurai costumes ride horses, and Tiger Dancers join in the parade. During the festival, the sport of Kaga BiRyu Kiba Dakyû (something like polo) is held at the stables of the Shinra Shrine. The sport is officially recognized as an intangible cultural asset by Aomori Prefecture.