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Times: 18:00-22:00

Location: Urban area of Aikawa, Sado Island

Directions: 50 minutes by bus from Ryotsu Port to the “Aikawa” bus stop


This rocky crag looks like two crouching turtles, hence its name meaning “two turtles”. A great place for swimming, with the clearer water than anywhere else around Sado Island.

(Address) Washizaki, Sado City
(Best time to go) July to August
(Contact) Sado Tourism Association, Ryotsu Branch


Over 500,000 irises bloom in full glory in the Lake Hyoko Iris Garden. During the festival, lights will be used to highlight and illuminate the blossoms

Dates: June 10-25, 2017

Location: Lake Hyoko Iris Garden, Agano

Cost: Free

・7 minutes by car from JR Suibara Station
・15 minutes by car from the Yasud
a IC on the Banetsu Expressway
・15 minutes by car from the Niitsu IC on the Banetsu Expressway


A harmony of sunset and music over the beautiful Sea of Japan
Relax and enjoy sweet melodious vocal and instrumental performances as the evening sun sets into the Sea of Japan.

Venue:Niigata City, Nishi-ku Aoyama seaside special stage.


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


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.


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)


Admire beautifully full-blossomed sacred lotuses at the water’s edge.
The best time to see the Orient’s biggest and most beautiful sacred lotus blossoms in Takada Park. From the 7th -10th you can taste German beer and cuisine at the ‘Jyoetsu Oktoberfest’.

Venue: Jyoetsu City Takada Park


We organically grow many types of high quality fruit like strawberries, peaches, pears, grapes, figs, blueberries, and kiwis, using high quality soil and very little agrochemicals.
Thanks to our greenhouses, visitors can enjoy a number of different types of fruits throughout the year, and our Gelato, made from all natural ingredients, is also very popular.

●Products/Grapes, pears, apples, blueberries, Le Lectier pears, strawberries
●Capacity/1,000 people
●Main facilities/Fruit garden, bus parking, large indoor rest area, food corner

Tourist Seasons
●Strawberry picking/Early February to Late June
●Grape picking/Early August to early November
●Peach picking/Early to mid-August
●Fig picking/Mid-August to Early November
●Blueberry picking/Late June to late July
●Pear Picking/Early September to late October
●Le Lectier (Pears)/Late November to Late December
Business Hours:
Strawberries (Late December to late June) 10am to 5pm
Grapes・Peaches・Pears 8am to 6pm     
Closings: None
Fee: Entrance is free
All you can eat strawberries: 1,000yen~1,500yen
All you can eat grapes: 1,100yen~1,500yen
※Prices vary depending on season. Credit cards not accepted
Address: 573 Washinoki Shinden, Minami-ku, Niigata


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.


Lake Tadami, the largest man-made lake in East Asia,was created by the damming of the Tadami River. The surrounding mountains reflect on the lake surface, and the colors change with the season. The spring bloom and autumn foliage are especially worth seeing from the relaxing pleasure cruise on the lake.

(Address) Otori, Yunotaniimogawa, Uonuma City
(Best time to go) May- November
Okutadami-Ginzandaira Round Trip: Adults 2250 yen Children 1130 yen;
Okutadami-Ozeguchi Round Trip: Adults 2250 Children 1130 yen
(Trip Time)
Okutadami- Ginzandaira 40 minutes;
Okutadami-Ozeguchi 40 minutes


From ancient times, Niigata has had a strong connection with water and land as a port town and a major river town. This connection is the theme for the Water and Land Art Festival. Artists from around the world will display their artwork in the lower Shinano River area in the heart of Niigata City.

(Main location) Bandaijima former waterfront, 4 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata City;
Shinano River Yasuragi-tei Embankment;
other areas in Niigata City

●By bus: Take a bus from platform 13 of the Bandai bus terminal in front of Niigata station to the Toki Messe bus stop, right by the location
●By car: 30 minutes from the Niigata Nishi IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
●By water bus: Take the Shinano River Water Shuttle to the Toki Messe Boat Landing, right by the location

Tickets:【Art Festival Passport】
●General admission: 2,000 yen (1,500 yen in advance)
●Discounts for students and senior citizens
●Free for junior high and elementary school students


Starting with a fireworks show above the ocean stretching out over the horizon, there will be a number of events including folk dancing done by the town’s citizens and a parade in which each group brings its own flavor.

■Goldfish floats procession
Time: August 13 ~29
Location: All areas of Shibata

■“Shibata Yosakoi Dancing,” and “Taiko” Collaboration
Time: August 27, 18:55~20:40
Location: Honcho intersection~Ishikawa Kouji intersection

■Hounou Votive Floats
Time: August 27, 15:00~18:00
Location: All areas of Shibata→Suwa Shrine

■Shibatakko Festival
Time: August 27, 14:00~16:30
Location: Honcho intersection~Ishikawa Kouji intersection

■Folk dance procession
Time: August 27, 18:55~20:40
Location: Honcho intersection~Ishikawa Kouji intersection
■Festival parade
Time: August 28, 18:30~21:00
Location: Honcho intersecion~Shimomachi

■Return of the floats・Gathering and presentation of Shibatakko Floats.
Time: August 29, 18:00~22:15
Location: Suwa Shrine→Daieicho intersection→Chuocho intersection, Shibata Interchange Center→1000 balcony seats around Shibata

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