Aomori Prefecture

Hachinohe Enburi Festival

A dynamic performance of Enburi dances, dedicated to gods with a prayer for rich harvest, heralds the arrival of spring in the southern part of Aomori Prefecture.
Dates: February 17 (Fri) to 20 (Mon), 2017

Access:
Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Hachinohe. Then change to the Hachinohe Line and get off at Hon-Hachinohe. Walk about 10 minutes to the venue of the festival.
Related website:
Hachinohe Enburi (Hachinohe City tourist information)(Japanese Only)
http://www.city.hachinohe.aomori.jp/kanko/festival/enburi/

Stove-heated Trains

Stove-heated trains, a part of romantic winter scenery in northern Aomori, run every year on the Tsugaru Railway line from early December to late March. Riding in these trains will be an experience that warms up not only your body but also your heart.

Related websites:
Tsugaru Railways official website(Japanese Only)
http://tsutetsu.com/
Travel to Tohoku: Tourist Attractions in Tohoku(Japanese Only)
http://www.tohokukanko.jp/aomori/%E3%82%B9%E3%83%88%E3%83%BC%E3%83%96%E5%88%97%E8%BB%8A/

 

Iwate Prefecture

Snow Candle in Morioka

With candles illuminating the snow-covered cityscape of Morioka, the Snow Candle event reminds us of the warmth of community and of people.
Dates: February 2nd Thursday to Saturday
Access:
Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Morioka. Walk about 15 minutes to the venue of the event.
Related website:
Snow Candle in Morioka (Morioka Tourism Convention Association)(Japanese Only)
http://hellomorioka.jp/yukiakari/

Winter Resorts in Iwate

Iwate Prefecture attracts people with a wide variety of ski slopes. In addition, there are many wintertime attractions such as the Iwate Snow Festival at the Koiwai Farm.
Related website:
Information about ski slopes and skate rinks in Iwate Prefecture (A Trip to Iwate: Iwate Prefecture Tourism Portal Site)
http://www.japan-iwate.info/

 

Miyagi Prefecture

Sendai Pageant of Starlight

Rows of brilliantly illuminated trees produce a fantastic winter night scenery in Sendai, the City of Trees, evoking memories and prayers in the hearts of people.
Dates: December 9(Fri) to 31 (Sat), 2016
Access:
Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Sendai. Walk about 15 minutes to the venue of the event.
Related website:
Sendai Pageant of Starlight official website
http://www.sendaihikape.jp/

Enjoying Frost-covered Trees in Miyagi Zao

Riding on a snow tractor vehicle nicknamed “Wild Monster”, tourists can enjoy frost-covered trees, pieces of art produced by nature.
Related websites:
Enjoying Frost-covered Trees in Miyagi Zao(Japanese,Click the “English” button to translate)
http://www.zao-sumikawa.jp/juhyo.html
Travel to Tohoku: Tourist Attractions in Tohoku Attractions in Tohoku
http://en.tohokukanko.jp/miyagi/miyagizao-okama-juhyo/

 

Akita Prefecture

Odate Candy Msrket Festival

People traditionally celebrate this festival by hanging colorful candies from the branches of cornel trees with red blossoms, praying for health.
Dates: February11 (Sat) and 12 (Sun), 2017
Access:
Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Akita. Then change to Ohu Honsen line and get off at Odate. A car ride of about 10 minutes will take you to the venue of the festival.
Related website:
Odate City Tourism Association website
http://www.dodasuka.com/

Kamakura (Snow Hut) Festival in Yokote

“Come in, have some rest in my snow hut . . .” People enjoy chatting inside a snow hut.
Dates: Mid-February, 2017

Related website:
Yokote City Tourism Association website(Japanese Only)
http://www.yokotekamakura.com/

 

Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata City Hatsuichi (First Market of the Year)

A traditional event that started back in early Edo era where people pray for their business to thrive.
Date: January 10, 2017(Tue)

【Access】
15-minute walk from Yamagata station, Yamagata shinkansen
【Reference】
Yamagata City Hatsuichi (Yamagata Chamber of Commerce and Industry Website)(Japanese Only)
http://www.yamagata-cci.or.jp/user/eve/ev_hatu.html

Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival

Swaying candle lights from snow lanterns and concaves will transport you to a dreamy world of fascinating beauty.
Dates: February 2nd Saturday to Sunday
Access:
Take the JR Yamagata Shinkansen to Yonezawa. A car ride of about 10 minutes will take you to the venue of the festival.
Related website:
Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival official website(Japanese Only)
http://yukidourou.yonezawa.info/

Frost-covered Trees in the Zao Mountains

Frost-covered trees are the products of rare climate conditions. The area has one of the largest ski slopes in Japan and hot springs, allowing you to enjoy both beautiful sceneries and activities.
Related website:
http://zaoropeway.co.jp/en/

 

Fukushima Prefecture

Aizu Painted Candle Festival

Soft warm lights of painted candles will brighten up your spirit.
Dates: Early February
Access:
Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Koriyama. Then change to Banetsu-Saisen line and get off at Aizu-Wakamatsu. A car ride of approx. 20-30 minutes will take you to the venue of the festival.
Related website:
Aizu Painted Candle Festival official website(Japanese Only)
http://www.aizu.com/erousoku/

Ski Resorts in Inawashiro and Ura-Bandai

The Ura-Bandai area, located to the north of the Aizu Bandai Mountain, and nearby areas have more than few ski resorts that attract many young people and older visitors during the season.
Related websites:
Inawashiro Tourism Association website
http://www.bandaisan.or.jp/e-bandaisan/
Ura-Bandai Tourism Association website(Japanese,Click the “English”Button to translate)
http://www.urabandai-inf.com/

 

Niigata Prefecture

Naeba

This is one of the most popular ski areas in Japan. Naeba is known also as a place for annual outdoor rock festivals in summer. The Naeba-Tashiro Gondola is the longest gondola line in the world.
Related website:
Naeba Tourism Association website
http://www.naeba.gr.jp/en/

Tokamachi Snow Festival

Be a friend to snow and enjoy snow. Modern snow festivals originated in Tokamachi.
Dates: February 17(Fri) to 19 (Sun), 2017

Related website:
Tokamachi Snow Festival official website
http://snowfes.jp/wp/?lang=en

 

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