From 31st May to 2nd June, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited Niigata Prefecture mainly to attend the 65th National Tree-Planting Festival.
On 31st May, Their Majesties visited the museum of Jomon Pottery in Nagaoka City.
On 1st June, Their Majesties attended the 65th National Tree-Planting Festival held in Nagaoka City.
Nagaoka City is the epicenter of Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake which killed 68 people occurred on 23rd October 2004. Their Majesties observed a silent prayer for the victims of Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake.