Location of Niyodogawa in Kōchi Prefecture
|• Total||332.96 km2 (128.56 sq mi)|
|• Density||23/km2 (59/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
Niyodogawa is not serviced by any rail links, and public transport outside of the town is limited. Route 33 connects it to Ochi, Sakawa and Kōchi City to the east, and continues eastwards as far as Matsuyama in neighbouring Ehime Prefecture.
The most popular festival held in Niyodogawacho is the Akibamatsuri, held annually on February 11. A day long procession up a hillside to the Akiba temple, it features elaborate costumes, a highly choreographed march and focuses on the tossing of long wooden poles topped with the tail feathers of Onagadori, the famous long tailed roosters of Kochi Prefecture. Often designated as one of the three major festivals in the Kochi festival calendar, it is the one occasion where many former residents of the town return to participate, particularly important for a small town ravaged by depopulation.
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