Natsu Matsuri Matsumoto Bonbon


Matsumoto City, Nagano Pref.

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About the festival

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.

076 Reh Matsumotobonbon

Things to do

1. The biggest summer festival in all of Nagano Prefecture!

076 Re1 1 Matsumotobonbon
076 Re1 2 Matsumotobonbon

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.)

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates Held on August 3rd (Sat), 2019, from 5:00pm to 10:00pm (will still be held in case of light rain)
    Held annually on the first Saturday of August.
  • Place Throughout center city Matsumoto (In designated streets)
  • General Participation There is no limit to how many can participate, but you must sign up before the day of the event)
  • International Reception and Info. Matsumoto City tourist pamphlets available.
  • Wi-Fi Available at Matsumoto Castle and Tourism Information Desk
  • Restrooms Public toilets and temporary toilets available.
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  • Contact Matsumoto Bon Bon Committee Office (Matsumoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

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 Map (アクセスと地図)

Access to Matsumoto City

[Nearest Station]
JR Matsumoto Station

All throughout center city Matsumoto

Emiko Izawa
Born in Shizuoka. I love Sushi, Sake, Shrine, Stationary and Stage!