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People will walk in a circle around a heap of timber (pine) covered with cypress leaves while it is blazing to pray for good luck and drive away misfortunes or troubles. After the heap has burnt down, people will walk barefoot over a bed of hot embers one after another to pray for health and longevity.

Sunday , October 2nd , 2016

Kokujo-ji Temple, 1405-15 Kokujo, Tsubame City

● 30 minutes by car from JR Bunsui Station (JR Echigo Line)
● 30 minutes by car from the Sanjo-Tsubame IC or Nakanoshima-Mitsuke IC on the Hokuriku Expressway


The Furumachi district of Niigata is considered one of the three most prestigious areas in Japan for geisha, along with Gion in Kyoto and Shinbashi in Tokyo. Boasting a tradition of 200 years, the Furumachi geigi represent the culture of Niigata as a port town.


Bandai Bridge could be said to be the symbol of Niigata City. The current bridge is the third incarnation, known as the solid bridge that didn’t budge during the 1969 Niigata Earthquake. The bridge lights up at night, showing off its beautiful figure.

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