Iwate Snow Festival
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
- Dates: Feb. 2 to 11, 2019; Time: Generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but varies by venue
Located on spacious farmland and picturesque ski slopes just south of Mount Iwate, in the center of Iwate prefecture, it’s no wonder that this festival has such a vast range of attractions available. There are, of course, the snow festival classics, including snow sculptures (which are illuminated after dark) and fireworks displays, plus live performances on a stage constructed out of snow.
Those feeling more energetic can have a go at sledding, snowshoeing and snow tubing, as well as trying out the snow train or the giant snow slide – perfect for the young and young at heart.
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If all this activity gets you peckish, peruse the numerous food stalls to try out some of the local cuisine. The town’s specialty is jingisukan, a hearty grilled lamb dish, which you can eat inside a snow hut known as a kamakura for a really unique dining experience. (This is popular though, so there may be a bit of a wait!)
Koiwai Farm – which hosts the festival – is well known for its dairy products, so there’ll be plenty of those on offer, too, as well as local beer and sake. To keep warm, opt for some hot amazake – a sweet drink made from fermented rice, which is a staple refreshment at Japanese winter festivals.
Once you’ve had your fill of fun and food, head to one of the area’s nearby onsen (hot springs) to get refreshed and soak away the cold. Alternatively, combine your festival visit with a trip to the local ski slopes to really make the most of the weather!