Yahiko Toro Matsuri (garden lantern festival), Niigata Pref.
24th - 26th July, 2016 | Yahiko Village, Niigata Pref. Yahiko Toro Matsuri or Lantern Festival at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, Niigata Pref., has a 1,000-year history and is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Assets. A parade of people holding torchlights starts from Mt. Hikone to the town and then the highlight of this festival, a procession of Mikoshi (two portable shrines), about 20 floats decorated with lots of lanterns, and hundreds people holding lanterns each, goes through the main streets of the town. A fireworks display is scheduled at Yahiko Koen (park). (*reference: JNTO) official website ›› http://www.e-yahiko.com/index.htm