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There are around 4,000 cherry blossom trees, lit up by 3,000 paper lanterns. The illuminated, 3-tier turret of Takada Castle reflected in the moat captivates visitors. Sakura Road is a path lined with sakura (cherry blossoms) that are lit up and is a must-see. There will be a variety of events held.
http://www.joetsu-kanko.net/kanoukai/ (Japanese)

When: From April 1, 2017 (Sat.) to April 17, 2017 (Mon.)
Takada Castle will be illuminated from 6PM to 10PM.
Where: Takada Park
Access: 15 min. on foot from Takada Station on the Echigo Tokimeki Railway.


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
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.


Niigata Prefecture produces the most cut tulips in Japan. This festival takes place on 2 hectares of fields and has 800,000 tulips of approximately 60 different kinds and of many different colors. This colorful expanse of flowers under the spring sky is a great time for families and lovers alike.

From April 22, 2017 (Sat.) to May 5, 2017 (Fri.), 8:30AM-5:00PM
April 23 (Sun.): Opening event
April 29 (Sat.), 30 (Sun.): Hot air balloon rides
April 30 (Sun.): Tulip Wedding
May 3 (Wed.), 4 (Thurs.): Helicopter rides for viewing, animal corner
2860 Tsuiji, Tainai-shi (Nagaikeikoi Forest Park)


Including the hina dolls passed down in the homes of Murakami’s castle town, there are around 4,000 dolls on display in around 80 homes. Enjoy a pleasant stroll while you check out the historic merchant homes and the dolls.

From March 1, 2017 (Wed.) to April 3, 2017 (Mon.)
8 min. on foot from Murakami Station on the JR Uetsu Main Line.
6 min. by car from the Murakami-Senamionsen interchange on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway.

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