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When you travel, you want to make sure you don't miss out exciting major events that are held only once a year, right? Or maybe you want to arrange your trip around a season that has a bunch of big festivals going on. This section's a place to introduce major events that are going to be held one-two months ahead, and it covers the entire country. More and more information will be added all year long, so whether you're thinking or not of traveling to the country of festivals keep your eyes fixed on this page and see what kinds of things are going on in Japan!
 
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Jan 27 – Feb 28, 2007 | Ice Lanterns and Snow Hut Festival
Nikko City / Tochigi Prefecture
(Japanese Name: hikari kagayaku kori no bonbori to kamakura matsuri)
The winter festival on ice lanterns and snow huts (kamakura in Japanese) provides a humorous yet marvelous silver scenic view a dozen now huts built one next to another. Amazake, a sweet alcoholic made from sake lees (the drink is non-alcoholic) is available during the day from 11:00 to 15:30 to add some warmth to the ice-cold scene. The snow huts are illuminated 17:30 – 21:00 everyday, and mini huts are built on weekends to add a hint of phantasmal atmosphere.
[Dates] January 27 (Sat) – February 28 (Wed)
[Time] amazake… 11:00 – 15:30
light-up… 17:30 – 21:00
[Place] Yunishikawa Onsen Special Venue
Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
[Access from Tokyo]
  From Asakusa Station take Tobu Lines (Isesaki – Nikko – Kinugawa) to Shinfujiwara Station. From Shinfujiwara Station take Yagan Tetsudo to Yunishikawa Onsen Station. From Yunishikawa Onsen Station take bus to Hana-to-Hana-mae stop and walk 3 minutes.
( Approx. 3.5-4.5hours)
[Admission] Free (except for bbq)
[Inquiry] 0288-97-1126
(Yunishikawa, Kawamata, Okukinu Onsen Tourist Associaiton)
[URL] http://www.mmjp.or.jp/kuriyama/
  (Yunishikawa, Kawamata, Okukinu Onsen Tourist Associaiton Official Website, Japanese)
   
>> Tochigi Prefectural Guide
 
Jan 13 – Feb 18, 2007 | Winter Fireworks on the Lake
Fujikawaguchiko Town | Yamanashi Prefecture
(Japanese Name: fuyuhanabi / kojo-no-mai)
Fuyuhanabi Kojo no Mai
Photo: Courtesy of Fuji Kawaguchiko Town
 
From 20:00 on Saturdays and Sundays during January 13th through February 18th, just about 2,000 fireworks will be shot up in the black and white winter nightscape of Lake Kawaguchiko. Not only this is a chance to see snow and fireworks at the same time, this is also a great opportunity to view Mt.Fuji and fireworks together as Lake Kawaguchiko is located very close to Japan’s highest mountain. The best spots to appreciate the winter specialty are Oishi Park, Kawaguchiko Enkei Hall, Funatsuhama Point (prefecture-run parking lot), Oike Park and Yagisaki Park.
 
[Dates] January 13 (Sat) – February 18 (Sun)
[Time] Fireworks… 20:00 –
[Place] Oike Park (Kawaguchiko lakeshore)
Fujikawaguchiko Town, Minami Tsuru County, Yamanashi Prefecture
[Access from Tokyo]
  From Shinjuku Station take JR Chuo Line (via Hachioji) to Otsuki Station and transfer to Fuji Kyuko Line to Kawaguchiko Station. 20-min-walk from Kawaguchiko Station.
(Approx.2-2.5hours)
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 0555-72-3168
(Fujikawaguchiko Town Tourism Bureau)
[URL] http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/kawaguchiko/event/event_data.asp?new_id=86
  (Fujikawaguchiko Town Tourism Bureau Official Website, Japanese)
   
>> Yamanashi Prefectural Guide
 
Jan 20 – Mar 31, 2007 | Hina Dolls Hanging Ornaments Festival
Higashi Izu Town | Shizuoka Prefecture
(Japanese Name: (hina no tsurushi-kazari matsuri))
It is a general custom in Japan to celebrate the Momo-no-Sekku aka Hinamatsuri or Girl’s Festival with Hina Dolls, but the way people celebrate the event in East Izu is very unique and rare among other neighborhoods in the country. The history of the tradition of making a hanging ornament in the shape of your wish and hanging with red threads on either sides of the Hina Doll tiered stand (Hinadan) dates back to Edo Period (17-19C). In addition to various related events including the ornament making lessons, visitors can enjoy hot spring bathing as Izu is famous for its hot springs. Because the peninsula is the warmest area in Kanto to Tokai region, Izu enjoys an early spring with plum and cherry blossoms blooming in the neighboring towns.
 
[Dates] January 20 (Sat) – March 31 (Sat)
[Time] All Day
[Place] Inatori Onsen Hina no Yakata, etc.
Higashi Izu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture
[Access from Tokyo]
  From Tokyo Station take JR super express Super View Odoriko to Inatori Izu Station. From Tokyo Station take JR Tokaido Line to Atami Station, transfer to JR Ito Line and get off at Ito Station and transfer to Izu Kyuko Line to Izu Inatori Station.
( Approx.3hours)
[Admission] Free except for some events
[Inquiry] 0557-95-2901
(Inatori Onsen Ryokan Kyodo Kumiai)
[URL] http://www.town.higashiizu.shizuoka.jp/event/hina/hina.html
(Higashi Izu Town Official Website, Japanese)
  http://www.inatorionsen.or.jp/hina/index.html
(Inatori Association of Sightseeing Official Website, Japanese)
   
>> Shizuoka Prefectural Guide
 
 

 
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