Akita Prefecture, which is located in the Tohoku region is one of the few areas with heavy snowfall in Japan. It is known for holding many fascinating traditional festivals during winter. Among the local festivals that are well known throughout the whole of Japan are the Namahage Festival and Yokote Kamakura Festival. During the Namahage Festival, local residents are visited by Namahage, the god that brings cheerfulness which is also the symbol of Akita while during the Kamakura Festival, around 100 Kamakura (igloo-like snow houses) are built across the whole city. Visitors of the Yokote Kamakura Festival will not only be overwhelmed by the dazzling and elegant sceneries, their body and soul will also be warmed through the tender interactions with the locals. Therefore, please enjoy the most heartwarming snowy evening in Akita as visitors are able to experience a different kind of feeling only available here.
Japan Airlines (JAL) is offering budget friendly tourist fares to over 30 cities across Japan through their ‘JAL Japan Explorer Pass’. The fares provide great opportunities to explore Japan faster and at a cheaper price than via Shinkansen (bullet train). The one-way economy class fare to Akita is only at 5,400 yen.
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“Got amazed by the Kamakura. Experienced the majestic view on top of the Yokote castle and had a taste of local food of Yokote while resting inside Kamakura! It was indeed a day of fun and learning as well!”Darwin, Philippines
“The “Hiburi Kamakura” festival reminded me of our traditional ceremony in my county! last Tuesday night of every year in Iranian calendar (somewhere in the middle of March) we are making big fires with our families and friends!”Hadi, Iran
“The paper balloon festival was awesome! I wrote my wish on the balloon, it flew and my wish really came true! The cold didn’t bother me”Tina, Indonesia
“I’ll never forget the sound of all the children crying in the night as we watched the Namahage begin their slow descent down from the mountain towards us. It is at once fascinating, humorous and macabre.”Wil, Australia