YOTAKA ANDON(lantern) festival is held on August 24(Fri.), 25(Sat.) and 26(Sun.). I guarantee that the festival is one of the most interesting festival in Hokkaido and much more interesting than traveling abroad. Details are at http://www.town.numata.hokkaido.jp/yotaka albeit only in Japanese. Please visit Numata Town and enjoy this fantabulous lantern festival this weekend! I will be there with my wife and stay at HOROSHIN ONSEN HOTARU-KAN. See you in Numata Town !