Take our user survey here!
Photo By: ©Iwate Prefecture/©JNTO
Largest City

Iwate Snow Festival

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

  • Dates: Feb. 7 to 11, 2020; Time: Generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but varies by venue
The Iwate Snow Festival is one of the biggest snow festivals in Japan’s Tohoku region. Spread across seven venues and taking place over 10 days, it offers a huge variety of fun-filled snowy activities for visitors looking to partake in Japan’s immaculate snowy side.

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.

View this post on Instagram

ここでニッポンの花火を見てみましょう 視界を埋め尽くすほどのド派手な香港の花火とはまた違った風情を感じませんか笑 派手なのもいいけど、一発一発を味わいながら楽しむのもまた粋だと思うのです まあ、比較して語るにはまだまだサンプルが少ないので、いろんな国の花火を見てみたいですね! Fireworks called "Hanabi" in Japan. Have you guys seen it? Even it's same kind of fireworks, but feeling is a little different Japan's and other countries'. I think Japanese people think Hanabi as kind of art, and the symbol of summer. How about your country?? I wanna see a lot of countries fireworks! #japan #fireworks #iwate #koiwai #hanabi #trip #travel #worldtraveler #summer #winter #snowfestival #photo #hongkong #日本 #香港 #小岩井農場 #小岩井 #雫石 #盛岡 #小岩井雪祭り #雪祭り #花火 #花火大会 #粋 #風情 #趣 #旅 #世界一周 #世界旅行 #写真好きな人と繋がりたい

A post shared by Taichi (@gaahaafat1) on

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!

Things To Know

More info.

For more information: http://www.iwateyukimatsuri.com/download/2019_yukimatsuri_en.pdf

Venue, date and time

Koiwai Farm hosts the festival, but it is spread around a few venues. Typically held in February. Time: Generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but varies by venue.


There are ski resorts and Japanese inns in this area. It is recommended to book at least one night here if you want to go to the festival to get the most out of it.

How To Get There


68-87 Maruyachi, Shizukuishi-chō, Iwate-gun, Iwate-ken 020-0507, Japan

By train

The nearest stations are Shizukuishi, Koiwai and Morioka. From Tokyo station, the journey takes about two hours and a quarter by shinkansen to Morioka.

By bus

Shuttle buses run between the different venues and train stations.

You can take a special bus from JR Morioka station. Take the Iwate Snow Festival Special Bus (Amihari Onsen/Koiwai Kanko Line). Get on at Morioka station East Exit Boarding Area 10. Get off at Koiwai Nojo Makiba-en. It takes about 40 minutes. (Please note that because these are special buses, the times may be subject to change from year to year.)

By car

About 15 minutes from Morioka IC.

By Taxi: You can take a taxi for about 6 minutes from JR Koiwai station; about 11 min. from JR Shizukuishi station.

Where To Stay

Morioka Tsunagi Onsen Yumori Hotel Taikan
  • 37-1 Tsunagi, Morioka-shi, Iwate, 020-0055 Japan
  • ¥17,600 - ¥71,720
  • 8.3 km
Morioka Tsunagi Onsen Shikitei
  • 137 Tsunagi, Morioka-shi, Iwate, 020-0055 Japan
  • ¥32,395 - ¥66,880
  • 4.52/5 (357 reviews)
  • 8.6 km

Topics: , ,