A three-storey shrine is built, and the 42 and 25 years old men of the village defend it from intense attacks by the other men of the village, wielding flaming torches to burn it to the ground. They always succeed eventually. It is a Japanese National Intangible Cultural Treasure, and you have to see it to believe it!
Lunar (Chinese) New Year - gong xi fa cai!
With this much snow, who wouldn't have a snowman competition?
Not just for couples!
Spot the mini lanterns on the route to Nagasaka slope
One of Japan busiest holidays
A walking festival
Azalea flower festival
Harvest week for takenoko, bamboo shoot!
Renowned trail race of 14km, 23km and 65km as well as vertical climb race
Food, music and fireworks
Local Taiko band annual concert
Celebration of the turnip harvest
Opening of the ski resort and celebration of the start of winter season
Booze and fireworks, counting down to a new year!
Happy New Year!
Meet Nozawa Onsen's mascot - Naski! A skiing Nozawana (local Japanese pickle)
Thanksgiving celebration on the streets of Oyu-dori