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Yuzawa Town,
Niigata, Japan
 

Echigo Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan 

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fuji_rock_festival_img The Fuji Rock Festival takes place in Naeba, just 30 minutes drive from central Yuzawa.  This is one of the main events in the Japanese music calendar – over 100,000 concert-goers attend over the 3 day event, to see around 100 bands.  Fuji Rock is not to be missed!
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heli_ski_tour_img April sees the Mitsumata area heli-ski tour.  Held over 3 days in April, this is a chance to try out off-piste skiing and snowboarding for those of intermediate level and above. The views from Kagura-mine mountain are simply breathtaking, you feel like you are on top of the world!
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yuki_matsuri_img The Yuzawa Snow Festival is a fantastic event - offering snow sculptures, fireworks, taiko drumming, 'mikoshi' shrine procession - even a beauty pageant. Yuzawa Kogen ropeway is lit up with 1000 candles and a procession of Skiers make their way down the slope with torches shining brightly.
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hana_matsuri
hana_matsuri_img Japan has a great tradition named eHanamif This word means eto see the flowersf, and refers to the 10 days of the year when Japanese cherry trees are in bloom. The way to celebrate this is to have a party with a group of friends, drinking sake and beer whilst sitting under the trees
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natsu_matsuri
natsu_matsuri_img The Yuzawa summer festival takes place in mid-August. This is a traditional Japanese event: emikoshif [portable shrines] are carried around the town by teams of local townsfolk. Other events include a etaikof drum and firework display. Typically, Japanese people attend this festival wearing eYukataf, a light cotton robe.
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harvest_festival
harvest_festival As mentioned before, Yuzawa is famous for its ekoshi-hikarif rice and various types of sake. The Yuzawa rice harvest festival takes place in Autumn and celebrates the new rice and sake on offer, in addition to other seasonal produce such as mushrooms and vegetables. A must for gourmets with an interest in Japanese food!
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