Kakegawa stretches far from south to north, with mountains north of the central city, and Enshu Sea to the south.
Flowers blossom through the four seasons, and the performance put on by Kakegawa Castle and cherry blossoms together are a sight to behold.
In the summer, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as marine sports, camping, and hiking, as well as the hot springs.
A unique culture remains here, in the historically rich castle town and castle ruins, as well as the idyllic townscape of the Tokaido post-station town.
Cherry blossoms including Kakegawa Zakura bloom all over the city in the spring.
Many cherry trees bloom along the Sakagawa River as well, and their flowers decorate the gallant figure of Kakegawa Castle.
In the Osuka District, there is a rare variety of cherry with green flowers known as "gyoiko".
It starts to bloom around the same time that normal cherry blossoms start to fall, and blooms in full from middle to late April.
At the "Mikumano Shrine Festival" held on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of April, and revelers pull around spectacularly decorated parade floats called "neri" while shouting "Shita! Shita!" bringing a festive spirit to the whole area of Yokosuka.
Takatenjin Shrine Festival (Last Sunday in March), Tokaido Nissaka-shuku Kago Ekiden (Late March)
Cherry Blossom Festival in Narakoko (Early April), Kakegawa-Shincha Marathon (Early April)
Shincha (First tea) Season (Late April to early May)
Summer in Kakegawa, rich in nature with its forests, clear streams, sea, and mountains, is the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors.
Enjoy camping at "Narakoko no Sato" on the northern side of the city, or marine sports such as beach volleyball and surfing on the sea.
The "Kakegawa Enshu-nada "Suna no Saiten" Beach Festa in Kakegawa" is held in late July every year.
"Shiosai Bridge" spanning the mouth of the Kikugawa River has a rare inverse arch, giving it a beautiful silhouette in the evening that is worth seeing.
Nishi Otani Pond Japanese Crucian Carp Fishing Competition (Late June)
Ninomaru Tea Room Tanabata Tea Party Night (Early July)
Kakegawa Cool Evening Festival (Late July or early August)
The "Kakegawa Festival", which keeps the tradition of the castle town and Kakegawa-shuku strong, is held in early October every year.
At the "Kakegawa Great Festival" held once every three years, the whole Central Area of Kakegawa joins in the festive mood, with lion costumes and Shishimai (Japanese lion dances), and a parade procession imitating the daimyo processions of the Edo era winds its way around the city.
Parade floats from each neighborhood are pulled proudly through the streets, and just watching is enough to thrill onlookers.
The "Enshu Yokosuka Kaido Little Cultural Expo" is held in late October every year.
Art works are exhibited in the eaves and entryways of houses, making the whole old-fashioned townscape into an art museum.
Kotonomama Hachiman-gu Shrine Festival (Middle of September)
Yasaka Shrine Gion Festival (1st Saturday and Sunday of October)
Kakegawa Commerce and Industry Festival (November 3rd), Ogasa Shrine Yahagi Festival (1st Sunday of November)
Kakegawa has a mild climate with no snow fall, but the dry wind unique to the Enshu Region blows here.
The "Enshu Yokosuka Kite Flying Festival" held on the first Sunday of February makes use of this dry wind for a familiar spectacle in the new year.
Kite lovers from across Japan, including those flying Yokosuka kites, come here to decorate the sky with their favorite kites.
Local residents hold the "Kakegawa Hikari Object Expo" from December to January, and the street from Kakegawa Station to Kakegawa Castle is decorated with warm light and art.
Mikumano Shrine New Year's Three Shrine Festival (December 31st)
First sunrise of the new year (Kuniyasu Coast, etc.)
Plum blossoms peak at Tatsuo Shrine and the Yokosuka Castle Ruins (Early February to early March)