The festival has an over 700-year history. Local men dressed in only loincloths jostle one another in the shrine precincts to pray for a good harvest and good health throughout the year.
Schedule & Key events:
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Kamiakatani-chinjuzan-jinja Shrine, Shibata, Niigata
JR Uetsu Honsen Line to Shibata Sta., and then take taxi (30 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.