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Be a samurai for a day! Uesugi Festival

  • Be a samurai for a day! Uesugi Festival

The biggest festival of the year in Yonezawa is coming and you can join in the fun!

The Uesugi Festival celebrates the great samurai warrior Uesugi Kenshin – who was a renowned warrior and progenitor of the Uesugi Clan, the clan that ruled over the Yonezawa domain.

Part of the celebration involves a recreation of one of the biggest battles of the warring states period ‘The battle of Kawanakajima’ where Kenshin and Takeda Shingen met on the field of battle. Over 800 people in full samurai armor take to the battlefield and anyone can join in! Viewing is also completely free!

To see more of the festival click here

If you want to apply:

When: May 3rd 2019 8:00 – 16:00 – you need to be in Yonezawa for this day!

How much: 5000 JPY (Includes lunch and insurance)

Participants must be over the age of 18

To apply: Use the enquiry form on the sightseeing navi here and we’ll send you an e-mail with more details.

Please note places for the battle fill up fast so we'll e-mail you back to confirm whether you have a place.


第42 届上杉雪灯笼节

  • <p>第42 届上杉雪灯笼节</p>



17:30~20:00 雪灯笼预热点灯


11:00~21:00 帐篷村物产展

11:00~21:00 会场周游拉力赛

11:00~17:00 舞台活动

12:00~20:00 手工制作蜡烛体验

17:00~ 镇魂祭

17:30~ 雪灯笼・雪洞・蜡烛点缀区域・雪洞之路点灯


11:00~21:00 帐篷村物产展

11:00~21:00 会场周游拉力赛

11:00~17:00 舞台活动

12:00~21:00 手工制作蜡烛体验

17:30~ 雪灯笼・雪洞・蜡烛点缀区域・雪洞之路点灯














제 42회 우에스기 설등롱 마쓰리

  • <p>제 42회 우에스기 설등롱 마쓰리</p>



17:30~20:00 설등롱프레점등


11:00~21:00 텐트촌물산전

11:00~21:00 회장주유스탬프랠리ー

11:00~17:00 스테이지ー이벤트

12:00~20:00 초만들기체험ー코너

17:00~ 진혼제

17:30~ 설등롱・작은눈등불・촛불구역・작은등불길ー점등


11:00~21:00 텐트촌물산전

11:00~17:00 스테이지ー이벤트

12:00~21:00 초만들기체험ー코너

17:30~ 설등롱・작은눈등불・촛불구역・


【셔틀버스 운행시간】

2 월 9일(토)10:30~21:30

2 월 10일(일)10:30~21:30

※대체로 20 분 간격으로 운행합니다。

【셔틀버스 요금(편도)】

요네자와 시청⇔덴코크노모리

종합공원 축구장⇔덴코크노모리


대인(중학생 이상)200 엔

초등학생 100 엔(유아무료)



Notice About Parking and Transport for the 42nd Snow Lantern Festival

There will be no parking available for the Snow Lantern Festival at the shrine grounds on Sat. 9th and Sun. 10th. 


Please use the available parking spaces at Yonezawa City Office and then make use of the paid shuttle bus for the festival grounds. 

Buses will also be available from Michi-no-Eki Yonezawa from 16:00. 

Shuttle Bus Fare: Adults (Above JHS Age) 200 Yen, Elem. School age Children 100 Yen, Infants Free 

Available every 15-20 Minutes. Sat. 9th/Sun.10th 10:30 - 21:30 (Last Stop Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival Space) 

*Buses Available from Michi-no-Eki from 16:00 


If you use the Shuttle Bus you will receive: 


100 Yen Discount for use in the Tent Village 

A free ticket to make Candle & Takanabe Lantern Festival Free Experience Ticket 


As of now the following parking areas are available on the day of the festival.

Yamagata Bank, Yonezawa Eki-Mae Branch, Yonexawa West Branch 

Yonezawa Trust Bank, West Branch  

Yamagata Dai-ichi credi association 



14th Nadera Kan-Kan Hike!

  • 14th Nadera Kan-Kan Hike!

Hike over the snowy Mt. Nadera in this yearly event!


Date: 2019 Sunday 2rd March
Schedule: Atago Community Centre (8 AM), Jizo-En (8:30) – Mountain Peak (11am, lunch, climb down at 12 – Arrive back at Jizo-En (2pm, finish)
Clothes: Clothes that are easy to move in, Long boots, gloves, hat, Leggings, Sunglasses, Towel (no need for snow shoes/skis)

Things to bring: Warm Outerwear (Water proof clothes), Lunch, Drink

Fee: 500 (Includes Insurance, Participation, Surprise)

Contact: Yamagata Newspaper Yonezawa Southern Office Shinichi Kato


Phone: 028-21-4545 Fax: 0238-21-4541