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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
evening Dancing parade in Takada district
● July 26
evening mikoshi-no-Kawakudari
from 8 p.m.: Fireworks display at the mouth of the river
● July 28
evening Dancing parade in Naoetsu district

Location: Takada district, Naoetsu district,, Joetsu, Niigata

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

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.