Colorful koinobori decorate approximately 150 meters of the Kamo River (Photo: Shinya Ichinohe / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Kamo Koinobori Festival

Adding some fun to springtime in Niigata

Early Apr
Early May
Colorful koinobori decorate approximately 150 meters of the Kamo River (Photo: Shinya Ichinohe / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Venue: Kamo River, Niigata When: Early Apr - Early May 2023

In many parts of Japan during April, you'll see koinobori (carp) streamers being hung in anticipation of Children's Day on May 5th. These streamers symbolize attributes that parents wish for in their children - strength, courage, and perseverance - as carp swim upstream, against the current.

In Niigata, one place you can see koinobori streamers is at the Kamo Koinobori Festival. The event has been running since 1989, and from early April until early May approximately 500 koinobori are hung across the Kamo River. It's a popular destination for families with young children, and many people from the local area visit the festival to enjoy the colorful scenery.

Getting there

The Kamo Koinobori Festival takes place along approximately 150 meters of the Kamo River in Kamo City, Niigata.

For those visiting the area via public transport, head to Kamo Station on the Shin'etsu Main Line. The river is located a short walk away.

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Elena Lisina 6 months ago
I used to come in April and always saw a lot of koinobori. Miss that...
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