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
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.
Hachinohe Enburi (Hachinohe City tourist information)(Japanese Only)
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.
Tsugaru Railways official website(Japanese Only)
Travel to Tohoku: Tourist Attractions in Tohoku(Japanese Only)
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
Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Morioka. Walk about 15 minutes to the venue of the event.
Snow Candle in Morioka (Morioka Tourism Convention Association)(Japanese Only)
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.
Information about ski slopes and skate rinks in Iwate Prefecture (A Trip to Iwate: Iwate Prefecture Tourism Portal Site)
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
Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Sendai. Walk about 15 minutes to the venue of the event.
Sendai Pageant of Starlight official website
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.
Enjoying Frost-covered Trees in Miyagi Zao(Japanese,Click the “English” button to translate)
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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
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.
Odate City Tourism Association website
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
Yokote City Tourism Association website(Japanese Only)
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)
15-minute walk from Yamagata station, Yamagata shinkansen
Yamagata City Hatsuichi (Yamagata Chamber of Commerce and Industry Website)(Japanese Only)
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
Take the JR Yamagata Shinkansen to Yonezawa. A car ride of about 10 minutes will take you to the venue of the festival.
Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival official website(Japanese Only)
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.
Aizu Painted Candle Festival
Soft warm lights of painted candles will brighten up your spirit.
Dates: Early February
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.
Aizu Painted Candle Festival official website(Japanese Only)
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.
Inawashiro Tourism Association website
Ura-Bandai Tourism Association website(Japanese,Click the “English”Button to translate)
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.
Naeba Tourism Association website
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
Tokamachi Snow Festival official website