Ebisu Drift Matsuri (Ebisu Drift Festival)

Ebisu Drift Matsuri (Ebisu Drift Festival)

The Ebisu Circuit is a famous car racing track and drifting school in Nihonmatsu. Three times a year, it holds the Ebisu Drift Matsuri (Ebisu Drift Festival), a thrilling event that gathers car drifting fans from across Japan and abroad.

The festival usually goes from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, during which participants can drift all day and night in the designated courses for a set fee. 

There are typically three Drift Festivals a year:

  • Spring Drift Festival (ドリフト春祭り): Usually held in April
  • Summer Drift Festival (ドリフト夏祭り): Usually held in August
  • Autumn Drift Festival (ドリフト秋祭り): Usually held in November

Ebisu Drift Matsuri in 2024 (tentative):

  • Spring: April 13th -14th
  • Summer:August 10th -11th
  • Autumn:November 16th -17th

Participating in the Drift Festival is a perfect opportunity to get the most out of a visit to the Ebisu Circuit. For instance, using the racing courses at the Circuit would normally require a reservation, but, during the event, participants are free to use the course of their liking between the available options. 

Because of that, cars run right next to each other, making the already exciting prospect of drifting even more adrenaline-packed!

To participate, you can register at the website before the event. 

Even if you cannot drive, you can make your way there to watch the incredible maneuvers of drifters as they screech their way through the courses. A big allure of the festival is the atmosphere of being among drivers and car enthusiasts.

The information in this post is accurate as of 2023 but could change. For updated information, please refer to the official site of the Ebisu Circuit (in Japanese).

Venue Details

Venue Details
Best Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
Related info2023 Dates:
Spring Drift Festival: April 29-30
Summer Drift Festival: August 19-20
Autumn Drift Festival: November 18-19
Access Details
AccessSawamatsukura, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 964-0088
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Getting there

By Public Transportation from Tokyo: Tohoku, Yamagata or Akita Shinkansen (from Tokyo Sta. or Ueno Sta.) to Koriyama Sta [郡山駅] (~1 hour 20 minutes). From there, take a JR Tohoku Line train to Nihonmatsu Sta. [二本松駅] (~25 minutes). At Nihonmatsu Station, take a rental car or a taxi to Ebisu Circuit. It takes between 3 to 3.5 hours to get from Tokyo to Ebisu Circuit from Tokyo using this route.

By Car: Approximately 3.5 hours from Tokyo Station (275 km) via the Tohoku Expressway, or 3.5 hours from Narita Airport (285 km) via the Joban Expressway and the Iwaki Niigata Route/Trans-Tohoku Expressway/Ban-Etsu Expressway (please note that roads may have tolls).


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