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Recalling the legacy of the Sengoku-era war hero called “the dragon of Echigo” Uesugi Kenshin, who was associated with Tochio, festivities such as tea ceremony, judo competitions, sutra chanting, and sword dancing will be going on at Akiba Park.

Time: From 9:00 a.m.

Location: Joan-ji Temple, Akiba Park, and Tochio Gymnasium, 2 Yachi, Nagaoka City

Directions: 50 minutes to the “Chuo Koen-mae” bus stop on buses headed to “Tochio Shako-mae” departing from JR Nagaoka Station Ote Exit Bus Platform 11

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The fireworks of the Katakai Festival have a history of 400 years. After the main event, see Japan’s largest firework: the yonshakudama. The night sky is painted with giant wheels in a way only the fireworks town of Katakai can do.


(Location) Katakai-machi, Ojiya City

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“Ayakomai,” a significant intangible folk cultural asset, is being performed at its traditional location.

Designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset by the national government in 1976, the Ayakomai dance is performed publicly every year on the second Sunday in September at the square in front of the Ayakomai museum.

Time
12:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. (as planned)

Venue
The square in front of the Ayakomai museum, Onadani, Kashiwazaki City

Directions
30 minutes by car from the Kashiwazaki IC of the Hokuriku Expressway

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The Ojiya Festival is a grand event spread out over three days, focusing on the citizens of Ojiya. On the first day there will be a large folk dance procession, and the second day will have a Karakuri lantern parade and a fireworks display. The third day will conclude with another Karakuri lantern parade and Bon dancing.


Location:
Honcho Douri, Ojiya, Asahibashi area, etc.

Access:
●15 minute walk from the JR Ojiya Station
●Temporary parking is available 5 minutes away from the Ojiya Interchange, with a shuttle bus available from the parking lot.
(Only available during the fireworks)


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Nagaoka Festival is held from August 1 to August 3. See portable shrine float parades and folk dance processions, plus the main attraction of the large-scale fireworks display that takes place over the Shinano River. 650 meter giant sanshakudama fireworks, waterfall and volcano fireworks, and 20,000 smaller shakudama fireworks light up the night sky.

【Dates】 August 1-3 (Fireworks display is August 2-3)

【Location】 Shinano River under the Chousei Bridge

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A festival featuring folk dance processions and traditional portable shrine parade floats. On the final day see a large scale fireworks display with 300 shakudama fireworks. The beautiful and powerful fireworks over the ocean are a sight worth seeing.

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With over 300 fireworks set off one after another and 100 fireworks set off at once all above the Sea of Japan, this fireworks display is truly overwhelming to see. About 15,000 fireworks will color the night sky.



Date : July 26, 2017 (may be postponed or cancelled due to weather)



Times : Fireworks display: 7:30-9:10pm



Location : Kashiwazaki Central Beach, Minatomachi Seaside Park area



Directions : 10 minute walk from Kashiwazaki Station on the JR Shinetsu Line

5 minutes by car from the Kashiwazaki IC on the Hokuriku Expressway

※A shuttle bus will be operating from the Satogaike Baseball Stadium (1,000 yen/ person)



Homepage : http://www.e-cotte.com/hanabi/ (Japanese only)

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Step into a sprawling area with 1.5 million tulips and experience the arrival of spring. Gosen’s Sumoto region has sandy soil, making it a good place for growing tulips. Bulbs from Holland were recently imported to grow new kinds, giving the festival a wide variety of blossoms.

When: From April 15, 2017 (Sat.) to April 30, 2017 (Sun.)
Where: Sumoto, Gosen
Access:
10 min. by taxi from Gosen Station on the JR Banetsu West Line.
10 min. by car from the Yasuda IC on the Banetsu Expressway.

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Muramatsu Park has around 3,000 cherry blossom trees, and in spring, they all bloom at once. During the viewing period, there are stalls and shops lined up, making for an energized, enjoyable experience. There is also plenty of playground equipment for kids and spots where people can lay down sheets and eat bentou (boxed lunches) under the cherry blossoms. There are also nighttime, illuminated viewings when they blossom, giving the experience a very different feel from what you get in the afternoon. It is famous for being selected as one of the best 100 spots in Japan to view cherry blossoms.

When: April 2017
*The nighttime illumination is 6:00PM-9:30PM.
Where: Muramatsu Park, 2631-1 Atagokou, Gosen-shi

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Around 2,500 cherry blossom trees bloom in the park. At night, the cherry blossoms are lit up beautifully. You can also go to the miniature zoo or the local museum on the grounds. There is fun for the whole family.

When: From early April 2017 to early May 2017
*The nighttime illumination is 6:00PM-10:30PM.
Where: Yukyuzan Park, Nagaoka City
Access:
15 min. by bus from Nagaoka Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line.
30 min. by car from the Nagaoka interchange on the Kan-etsu Expressway.

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Epic!
The battle of clashing horns that unfurls at the bullfighting arena is a sight to see!
Period May 3rd to November 5th, 2017
Time Matches begin at 1:00 p.m.

Venue Ojiya Togyujo (Ojiya Bullfighting Area), Koguriyama, Ojiya City

Directions 15 minutes by car from JR Ojiya Station (Joetsu Line); shuttle buses will be available.
Shuttle buses will run from Sun Plaza in Ojiya City to the Togyujo via Ojiya Station.

Cost
Regular seat: 1,000 JPY (open air)
Special seat: 2,000 JPY (covered by a roof)

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See the brave clashing of bulls that weight over a ton!
Yamakoshi is the only place on Honshu where you can see this traditional event.
Unlike Western bullfighting, no bulls are killed in Japanese bullfighting. Instead of facing humans, the bulls fight each other until one gets too tired to continue.
Period May 4th to November 3rd, 2017

Time Doors open at 10 a.m., matches begin at 1:00 p.m.
*will not be cancelled due to rain

Venue Yamakoshi Togyujo (Yamakoshi Bullfighting Arena), Nagaoka City

Directions 30 minutes by car from JR Nagaoka Station (Shinetsu Line)
30 minutes by car from the Ojiya IC on the Kanetsu Expressway

Cost 2,000 JPY per person
(Children younger than elementary school age are free if accompanying a parent or guardian.)
*Please bring a mat or tarp to sit on instead of a seat.

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Echigo Hillside Park’s Fragrant Rose Festival takes place in a rose garden and uses “fragrance” for its theme, rare even outside of Japan. While the festival is going on, there will be garden tours, gardening classes, and rose-related goods for sale. Take a walk through this garden of 2,225 roses of 629 fragrant varieties, find your favorite, and enjoy all the different events going on.

When:
From late May 2017 to mid-June 2017
Where:
Echigo Hillside Park
Access:
40 min. by bus from Nagaoka Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line.
10 min. by car from the Nagaoka interchange on the Kan-etsu Expressway.
Fee:
410yen for adults
80yen for children

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This is a traditional event where people shout energetically and fly giant kites that are the size of around eight tatami mats. It is held every year starting on the first Saturday of June and lasts for three days.

When:
From June 3, 2017 (Sat.) to June 5, 2017 (Mon.), 1:00PM-5:00PM
Where:
Nakanoshima Oohashi Bridge, Kariyata riverbanks, Mitsuke-shi
Access:
15 min. by bus from Mitsuke Station on the JR Shinetsu Main Line.
3 min. by car from the Nakanoshima Mitsuke interchange.

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Enma Street Market has over 200 years of history and stretches for 2 km with around 500 stalls. Every year, it attracts over 200,000 people.

When: 14-16 June 2017, 10:00AM-10:00PM
Where: Higashihoncho and Nishihoncho, Kashiwazaki-shi

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(Address)
Sadori, Gosen City
(Benefits)
Effective against skin disease, women’s chronic ailments.
(Special Qualities)
A hot spring resort area located on the banks Agano River, famous throughout Japan for its magnificient natural beauty. Sakihana Onsen is a chloride spring, so you can expect the same effects you would get from a salt pack, which means the water will help your skin stay moisturized and beautiful without any extra effort on your part when you get out of the hot spring.

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(Address)
Yomogihira-machi, Nagaoka City
(Benefits)
Effective against skin rash, chronic women’s diseases, nerve pain, rheumatism.
(Special Qualities)
Yomogihira Onsen is a hot spring area that grew up around its symbol Kouryu Shrine, dedicated to the god of economic fortune.

Exceptionally effective at keeping your skin looking beautiful. People from across the country visit the nearby Koryu Shrine to pray for success in business and the safety of their families.

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Back in the days before refrigerators were invented, people in the Nagaoka region used to pack snow into pyramid shapes and preserve them, then they sold them year round for people to use like a refrigerator. These snow pyramids were called yuki-shika.

The festival features over 100 snowmen, and in addition to making your own distinct snowman, you can see a giant yuki-shika re-creation, enjoy games in the snow, buy food and drinks, and watch the stage shows and fireworks. It’s an event full of activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Dates:
Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, February 19, 2017
   
Location:
Senshughara Furusato no Mori Park, 3-315-11 Senshu, Nagaoka

Directions
・25 minutes by bus (Chuo-junkan Line) from Nagaoka Station on the JR Shinetsu Line
・15 minutes by car from the Nagaoka IC on the Kanetsu Expressway

Ojiya Balloon Festival

Japan’s representative hot air balloon competition the “Sea of Japan Cup Cross Country Championship” is the main event of this festival, but there is also the wondrous Glow Balloon Festival with hot air balloons, fireworks, and lanterns. You can also ride in a hot air balloon. The hot air balloons floating in the air enchant their audience with their vividly-colored forms.

Umaimono Plaza has a good selection of delicious, local staple foods.

When: February 25-26, 2017 (Sat. & Sun.)
Where: Nishinaka venue (hot air balloon competition)
Hirasawa venue (hot air balloon rides)

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You will be amazed to see and eat the 600kg jumbo onigiri rice ball made of freshly harvested Koshihikari, Niigata’s famous brand of high quality rice. Also, many other enjoyable events will be carried out such as a farmer’s market of fresh vegetables, a raffle of Nagaoka specialty products, and many refreshment booths.

Date/Times: Sunday, October 23th, 2016

Location: 788 Nakanoshima, Nagaoka City
(in the vicinity of the Nagaoka City Nakanoshima branch office)

Directions:
●”Nakanoshima-Shisho mae” bus stop on buses headed to “Bunsui Eki-mae” departing from JR Nagaoka Station Ote Exit Bus Platform 11
●5 minutes by car from the Nakanoshima-Mitsuke IC on the Hokuriku Expressway

Cost: Free

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“Ayakomai,” a significant intangible folk cultural asset, is being performed at its traditional location.

Designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset by the national government in 1976, the Ayakomai dance is performed publicly every year on the second Sunday in September at the square in front of the Ayakomai museum.

Date Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Time 12:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. (as planned)

Venue The square in front of the Ayakomai museum, Onadani, Kashiwazaki City
Directions 30 minutes by car from the Kashiwazaki IC of the Hokuriku Expressway

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Incredible valor!
A troop of almost 100 young men will hasten up the steep, narrow incline to Tsuno Shrine. Caught up in the enthusiasm, carrying a float uphill, they are the very image of great strength and intensity.


■Dates
Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th, 2016

■Times
1st Day: Folk songs and music from 7:30 p.m4

2nd Day: Torch running from 6:30 p.m.
Running the float up to the shrine from 7:15 p.m.

3rd Day: Drum and flute band and brass band parade from 10:00 a.m.
Original mikoshi (portable shrine) parade from 2:00 p.m.
Running the float up to the shrine from 7:15 p.m.

■Location
From the center of Yoita to Tsuno Shrine

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