Echigo Sekikawa Taishitamonja Matsuri えちごせきかわ大したもん蛇まつり Niigata (Aug.)
Echigo Sekikawa Taishitamonja Matsuri is a villagers’ matsuri which began in 1988. It is held as a memorial to pass on Oritoge, the monster serpent legend of the village, and the memory of the Uetsu flood disaster of 1967, to future generations. The serpent consists of parts which are made separately by each settlement, and is 82.8 m in length and weighs 2 t. In 2001, it achieved a Guinness World Records title for being the world’s longest serpent made of bamboo and straw.
Sekikawa Village environs, Iwafune-gun, Niigata
Get off at Echigoshimoseki station on the JR Yonesaka line. Approx. 7 min. walk.
Approx. 15 min. from the Arakawa-tainai interchange on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway, along National Route 113.