Our region has one of the highest snow accumulations of anywhere in Japan. The local town, Iiyama, appropriately holds a major Snow Festival every year. Featuring snow sculptures at the festival’s downtown site, there is also a fire festival as well as a unique ‘omikoshi’ parade shrine procession, one of the only ones in the country to take place in the snow.
The most important festival of the year in Nozawa
Lunar (Chinese) New Year - gong xi fa cai!
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