This is the grand summer event representative of Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture. The whole city joins in the dance, moving to the catchy phrase "Bon bon Matsumoto bon bon bon". The lyrics come from the Bon bon, the name of a traditional summer ritual for girls in this region.
There are roughly 300 dance groups made up of individual locals and local companies, and over 25,000 people take part in the center city celebration and its samba-like rhythm. Dancers and viewers come together along the streets to forget the summer heat by making their own. There are also judged competitions featuring award shows at the end of the festival.
The unforgettable lyrics and energetic dance are the most attractive element of the Matsumoto Bon Bon. Don't forget to yell "Dokkoi Dokkoi Jinjo" as you move along.The 6.4km long dance course wraps around the Matsumoto Castle, a national treasure. Feel the local's passion as you view the beautiful Matsumoto Castle.
(There is no limitation on participation, however you must sign up in order to take part in the dance.)
Smoking and drinking alcohol while participating in the dance is prohibited.
Please do not walk across the dance course.
Riding bicycles is not allowed in the designated walking space Pedestrian Paradise.
Please do not leave children unattended.
Please take precautions against overheating and dehydration.
Both dancers and viewers should be sure to drink enough water and refrain from too much alcohol.
Please park in proper parking areas.
Please take home your trash.
Access to Matsumoto City
JR Matsumoto Station
All throughout center city Matsumoto