Most Popular Snow Festivals in Japan – Part 2

Snow sculpture in Novosibirsk

Cute sculpture © mksystem/Flickr

As it was already mentioned in the previous article, the Land of the Rising Sun is very rich in Winter celebrations, especially in snow festivals. Even though Sapporo Snow Festival is the most popular one (also known all around the world), the other Japanese snow festivals are equally important and beautiful as well.

The cold weather in Japan makes Winter perfect for any kind of snow and ice festivals: these festivals attract thousands of tourists every year, proving that anyone can have a wonderful holiday in a cold winter. As a sequel of the previous article, you can read about additional snow festivals and other celebrations related to the cold weather in Japan.


Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival


Kamakura carved in the snow © panina.anna/Flickr

In Japanese, the word ‘kamakura’ means a room made by carving from snow. The festival held at the city of Yokote is based on the hundreds of kamakura made all over the city. The tradition of this festival has its roots back in the 17th century, when it was a complementary decoration for New Year’s Eve.

The candles fastened in the kamakura ‘rooms’ give a wonderful sight to the areas of the snow festival. If you walk here, you will have a feeling that you are a child again and you see a wonderful Christmas miracle. You can have a glance inside a kamakura as well. You can visit this amazing snow festival from the end of January to the end of February.


Tokamachi Snow Festival


Crowd at Tokamachi Snow Festival © nAok0/Flickr

Tokamachi Yuki Matsuri, or Tokamachi Snow Festival was started in the 1950 by the citizens of Tokamachi, who had decided to make Winter a gorgeous season for themselves. The snow sculptures, the carnival and the fireworks will give you a heartwarming feeling.

Even though this festival lasts only for two days, it is one of the most visited events in the area. It begins on the 14th of February, at 6 PM and it lasts until February 16, 4 PM. If you are in Japan around Valentine’s Day, do not hesitate to visit Tokamachi; you won’t regret  it :).


Snow sculpture

Cute snow culpture at the festival © mksystem/Flickr


Winter Light Festival

winter lights

Winter lights on trees © OiMax/Flickr

To close this article, I’ve chosen a marvellous event; altough it’s not a snow festival, I think it’s worth to be mentioned. The Winter Light Festival at Kuwana City (Mie Prefecture) begins in the middle of November and it lasts until March and it is probably the most amazing light festival in Japan.

You can visit this amazing park from 9 AM to 9 PM every day. Be prepared, it is crowded almost every day, especially on weekends: no one wants to miss this wondrous sight.



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