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This is a magical festival which brings to life the traditions of Edo period marriages.
Just as the sun is setting in the western sky, the lights in town are turned off and torches and lanterns are used to create a bewitching atmosphere. At the center of it all is a new bride, playing the role of the fox, who, along with her 108 attendants parades from Sumiyoshi Shrine to Kirinyama Park for the banquet.

●Dates: May 3, 2019
・Tsugawa Fox Bride Procession: 5:00pm to 8:30pm
(Exact timing may change depending on the procession of the parade)
●Location: Tsugawa, Aga
・10 minutes by bus, or 35 minutes on foot from the JR Tsugawa Station.
・5 minutes by car from the Tsugawa Interchange on the Banetsu Expressway


A field of rape blossoms and Fukushimagata Lagoon can be viewed from the rooftop of the water station, View Fukushimagata Lagoon. Depending on the season, rare plants such as the foxnut and pickerelweed can be enjoyed and the Venue is also known for the migration of many wild birds.

Date : Mid April - Early May


The battle of clashing horns that unfurls at the bullfighting arena is a sight to see!
Period May 3rd to November 4th, 2018
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.


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, 2018

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


The Tokamachi Kimono Festival is held every year in spring on May 3 and is a huge, traditional event for this city of textiles. This is also the day of Tokamachi’s coming-of-age ceremony. The center of the city is closed off to automobiles as men and women of all ages don their colorful kimonos and the streets fill to the brim.

When: May 3, 2018 , 11AM-3PM
Where: Around Ekidoori, Tokamachi-shi


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 25, 2018 to May 5, 2018, 8:30AM-5:00PM

2860 Tsuiji, Tainai-shi (Nagaikeikoi Forest Park)


The Firewalking Festival is held at the Ookura firewalking funeral hall at the base of Mt. Hakkai. Piled cedar trees are burned in the center of the hall, and people walk barefoot over the bright red coals to rid themselves of their sins, purify themselves, and pray for the safety of their families and good health. Those who wish to participate may do so after the practitioners.

May 28, 2017 (Sun.), 9:00AM-12:00PM
864-1 Ookura, Minamiuonuma-shi
20 min. by car from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line.
25 min. by car from the Koide interchange on the Kan-etsu Expressway.

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