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Niigata: Joetsu Matsuri

Festival featuring a parade of mikoshi, floats and folk dancers, held daily. The highlight of this festival is mikoshi-no-kawakudari in which mikoshi is crossed over Seki River with a boat from Takada district to Naoetsu district. Many events are scheduled during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 25
from 7 p.m.: Dancing parade in Takada district
● July 26
from 6:25 p.m.: mikoshi-no-kawakudari
from 8 p.m.: Fireworks display at the mouth of the river
from 8:40 p.m.: Parade of mikoshi from Seki River to Otabisho in Naoetsu district

● July 28
from 6:55 p.m.: Dancing parade in Naoetsu district

Location: Takada district, Naoetsu district, Joetsu, Niigata


Access:
JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Joetsumyoko Statio. From there, take Echigo Tokimeki Railway Myoko Haneuma Line to (1) Takada District: Takada Station; (2) Naoetsu District: Naoetsu Station.


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.