Things to do / Traditional festivals

Niigata: Yahiko Toro Matsuri

Lantern Festival, with a 1,000-year history and designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The highlight of this festival is a procession of mikoshi, floats decorated with lots of lanterns, and hundreds people holding lanterns each.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 25
6:20 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Parade of people holding torchlights from Mt. Yahiko to the town 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Fireworks display at Yahiko Park
9 p.m.-11 p.m. Procession of mikoshi through the main streets of the town

Location: Yahiko-jinja Shrine, Mt. Yahiko,, Yahiko-mura, Niigata

JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line to Tsubamesanjo Sta. From there, take JR Yahiko Line to Yahiko Sta., 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.