Winter festival to enjoy Aomori’s freezing season
Enjoy snow arts such as snow sculptures and winter fireworks that can taste in only this season.
* Events schedules are subject to change without notice due to the weather.
“Aomori Winter Festival”
During festivals, kids’ favorite huge slide made of snow appears at the venue and other many snow attractions are scheduled. Furthermore a variety of events can be found not only for kids but also adults, including making bread, horse ride, playing with kites and so on. There are eating booths for local foods to keep you warm.
Place: Aoiumi Park
Address: 1 Yasukata, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture
Dates: February 6th – 7th, 2016; 9:00 -15:00
Aomori Winter Festival
“Lake Towada Winter Story”
It is the winter festival that offers fantasy world starting with a gate of snow and lights. Visitors can enjoy snow sculptures, and illuminations of “the Statute of Otome” at lakeside lighten up with snow lanterns and also tunnel created with blue LED lights. Don’t miss the winter fireworks starting at 8 p.m. every night. Furthermore, there are booths “Yukiakari Yokocho” for local foods and “Kamakura (igloo) Bar” for drinks served in cups made of ice or apple.
Place: Special Event Venue at Towada Lakeside Yasumiya
Address: 486 Yasumiya, Aza-Towadakohan, Oaza-Oirase, Towada City, Aomori Prefecture
Dates: February 5th – 28th, 2016
Lake Towada Winter Story
“Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival”
It is one of the big five snow festivals of Michinoku and offers winter scenes of the castle town. Visitors can enjoy snow lanterns made by locals in the park. Approximately 300 miniature igloos called mini-kamakura with candles light up the winter night in the park and bring fantasy winter world. A huge snow sculpture, designed in the shape of the historical architecture in main venue and snow slide are also popular. This year, you don’t want to miss a castle that is temporary moved during renovation. Projection mapping on stonewall is also scheduled.
Place: Hirosaki Park
Address: 1 Shimoshirogane-cho, Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture
Dates: February 11th – 14th, 2016
Hirosaki Castle Yuki-Doro Festival (Snow Lantern Festival)
It is the festival to pray for a rich harvest and to bring spring to Hachinohe region. Enburi is characterized by dances of the dancers called Tayu. They all wear large hats called Eboshi that is designed in the shape of horse’s neck and dance shaking the head. The dances express farm work such as sowing and rice planting. It is designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Place: Hachinohe City Central Area and others
Address: Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture
Dates: February 17th – 20th, 2016