Yoshida Park, which overlooks the Oi River and Suruga Bay, is full of flowers and foliage throughout the year, including nearly 100,000 tulips in spring and 30,000 cosmos plants in autumn.
In the summer, there are traditional Shinto shrine festivals and fireworks shows.
The Oi River estuary is well known as a wild bird habitat, and many different birds can be seen there, especially in winter, so it is popular as a bird watching destination.
In spring you can enjoy colorful flowers blooming in various places about town, including cherry trees around Nomanjiyama Park and Koyama Castle, tulips in Yoshida Park, wisteria in Rinsenji Temple, and perennial azalea bushes.
In May, there is a Kite Flying Festival on the west side of Yoshida Park. It is a participatory festival, with people flying traditional Sumiyoshi kites, as well as original handmade kites.
Whitebait fishing season starts (late March)
Cherry blossom viewing at various locations, Tulip Festival in Yoshida Park (late March to early April), and Green Oasis Festival (April 29th)
Wisteria viewing at Rinsenji Temple (late April to early May), Kite Flying Festival (late May)
Many exciting events are held in the summer, such as traditional Shinto shrine summer festivals, as well as the Yoshida Port Festival & Fireworks Show.
There is also Yakko Dochu, a pair of famous summer festivals held at Hachiman Tsushima (Kawashiri) Shrine and Kataoka (Sumiyoshi) Shrine.
The Yakko Dochu held at Hachiman Tsushima Shrine is called Deyakko (a reenactment of when feudal lords departed their castles to travel to the capital city),
while the Yakko Dochu held at Sumiyoshi Shrine is called Iriyakko (a reenactment of when feudal lords returned to their castles after spending time in the capital city).
Perennial azalea viewing (late May to early June)
Hachiman Tsushima (Kawashiri) Shrine Summer Festival (Saturday and Sunday in mid July)
Sumiyoshi Shrine Summer Festival (First Saturday and Sunday in August), Yoshida Port Festival & Fireworks Show (August 23rd)
In September, nearly 30,000 cosmos plants are in full bloom in Yoshida Park, and it is also the best time to see pampas grass, great burnet, and Japanese anemone.
Koyama Castle Festival is held around Koyama Castle every year on November 3rd.
There are local products for sale, a flea market, and a stage is set up for Koyama Castle taiko drum performances, as well as dances by the townspeople.
Pampas grass and cosmos flower viewing in Yoshida Park (September to mid October)
Koyama Castle Festival (November 3rd)
The Oi River estuary is known as one of Shizuoka Prefecture’s best wild bird habitats, with more than 80 species of birds spotted visiting throughout the year.
Particularly in winter, nearly 1,000 birds of 50 to 60 different species can be seen resting their tired wings, making the estuary a great place for bird watching.
For a limited time only during the New Year’s holidays, a special “good luck gate” is set up on the Kawashiri Coast, and it is a popular spot for people to view Mt. Fuji or watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day.
Hatsumode (first visit to a Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple in the New Year) at the “Good Luck Gate” (mid December to early January)
Yoshida Ekiden (long distance relay race) (mid January)