Aomori: Kuroishi Neputa Matsuri

Festival of neputa featuring a huge papier-mache or a fan-shaped lantern with effigies of legendary heroes painted on it. The highlight of this festival is a parade of about 60 carriages of lighted neputa pulled on the main street accompanied with the sound of drums and flutes.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 30 & Aug. 2
from 6:30 p.m.: Parade of neputa

Location: Kuroishi, Aomori

(1) JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Shin-Aomori Station (South Exit). From there, take Konan bus to Kuroishi Eki-mae Bus Stop (60 min.), and then walk 10 min.; (2) JR Ou Honsen Line to Hirosaki Station. From there, take Konan Railway Konan Line to Kuroishi Station, and then walk 10 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.