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The International Local Gourmet Foods Grand Prix, where traditional Niigata cuisine and the cuisine of the world come together in one place, is coming to Tokamachi City! Local mascots will also be attending. This year, there will be over 60 stalls!

When:
Sep. 24 (Sat.)-25 (Sun.) 10:00AM-4:00PM
*Until sold out

Where:
Eki-dori Shoten-gai, in front of Tokamachi Station 1-min. walk from Tokamachi Station on the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line and the JR Iiyama Line
If you are coming from Tokyo, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa Station where you will transfer to the JR Joetsu Line, transfer to the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line at Muikamachi Station, and get off at Tokamachi Station.

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Known as a strange custom of Echigo (the former name of Niigata), son-in-law throwing is a Lunar New Year tradition passed down for 600 years in the Yumoto community of Matsunoyama. After the local men who got married in the past year get thrown into the snow, , all visitors to the shrine can say their congratulations while they paint each others’ faces with an ink made of sacred ash mixed with snow. This simple festivity is done to pray for perfect health and family prosperity in the New Year.

Date/ Time:
January 15th, 2017; 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
※Son-in-laws are thrown in the beginning

Location:
Next to Yakushido Shrine, Yumoto, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi City

Directions:
25 minutes by bus from Matsudai Station on Hokuhoku Line

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Tokamachi Yuki Matsuri was started in 1950 by the citizens and for the citizens of Tokamachi based on the idea “let’s not make snow our enemy, let’s make snow our friend.”
The fireworks that decorate the sky at the finale of the snow-stage carnival make snowy scenery that appears straight out of a fantasy.

Dates/Times: Friday, February 17th to Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and ends around 4 p.m. on Sunday

Locations: Special site at Jogaoka Pureland in Tokamachi City
School grounds of Tokamachi High School and other locations around the city

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With over 1,200 years of history, this festival is considered of the three strangest festivals in Japan. The highlight of the festival is the crowd of worshipers jostling each other in order to be the first to pay worship to Bishamon, the Buddhist god of war and wealth.

Dates and Times:
Pre-festival night celebration: March 2nd
・Praying from 6-8 p.m.
・Fire-lighting ceremony from 8 p.m.
Festival day: March 3rd,
・Daytime events: children’s parade,
sacred rice cake distribution, etc.
・6-11 p.m.: jostling, sacred lantern and rice cake distribution, etc.

Location:Bishamon-do,Urasa Fukoji Temple grounds

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Located in the middle of Naeba Ski Resort, the Naeba Prince Hotel is the biggest ski resort hotel in Japan.

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