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Teams face off against each other from opposite sides of the Nakanokuchi River with their giant kites, each the size of 24 tatami mats (approx. 7 m by 5 m). They fly their kites over the river where they collide and fall into the water. A tug-of-war ensues until one team’s rope breaks. This is the largest giant kite battle in the world. Each giant kite has its own distinctive features and flying methods, but they keep to tradition, with their own improvements to the craft.

When: June 7-11, 2018 (Thurs.-Mon.)
Where: Nakanokuchi riverbanks, Minami-ku, Niigata-shi


June 30: 1:00pm~11:00pm
July 1: 10:00am~11:00pm
July 2:10:00am~11:00pm


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.

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


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.


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.

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


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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