Calendar of Events
Takada Castle Million-Visitor Cherry Blossom Festival
From early to mid-April Takada Park
After a long winter, spring arrives with the blooming of beautiful cherry and plum blossoms. In Takada Park and the surrounding area, there are about 4000 cherry trees and a cherry blossom viewing festival is held here. Along with three-storied Takada Castle and the cherry trees, there are about 3000 lanterns lit up throughout the park. The beautiful reflection of the lights on the castle moat are why Takada Park is known as one of the three best places in Japan for night cherry blossom viewing. Visitors can enjoy spring to the fullest.
Joetsu Lotus Festival
July 23 ~ 29 Takada and Naoetsu
A traditional festival dating back over 400 years. Portable shrines are carried from Takada to Naoetsu and the finale features 19 floats performing a vigorous ceremonial offering of rice to the God of Yasaka Shrine. The festival has been designated as a prefectural cultural asset by the government of Niigata.
End of August Kasugayama Castle Ruins・Kasugayama Castle Historical Square, etc.
A festival celebrating Kenshin Uesugi, a famous warlord who ruled the Joetsu area during Japan’s Warring States Period. Participants perform a special ceremony and parade around Kasugayama area dressed as warriors from this period. The famous Battle of Kawanakajima, depicted on an ancient scroll, is re-enacted and people feel as if they too have traveled back in time and are part of the action.
Echigo Kenshin Sake Festival
Beginning of February Mt. Kanaya, etc.
Joetsu is known as the “birthplace of skiing in Japan”. The Lerch Festival commemorates the introduction of skiing to Japan at Mt.Kanaya in Joetsu by Major Theodor Von Lerch of the former Austrian-Hungarian empire. Various events such as demonstration of single pole skiing, the type of skiing done by Lerch at the time, are held.
4th Saturday in February Yasuzuka, Oshima, Uragawara, Maki and Nadachi wards of Joetsu City and the Takashi district
Featuring "a corridor of lights" creating a beautiful world illuminated by more than 100,000 candles. There are also snow sculptures. The candles create a warm light that will fascinate visitors and help them forget about the coldness of winter.