Iwate Snow Festival

One of Tohoku's 5 Great Snow Festivals

Venue: Around Mt Iwate When: Early - Mid Feb 2025
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The Iwate Snow Festival is held around the south part of Mount Iwate, including the Makiba area in Koiwai Farm every February, and known as one of Tohoku's 5 Great Snow Festivals.

Unfortunately the event has been permanently cancelled as a result of declining visitor numbers and reduced snowfall.

Snow monuments large and small can be marvelled at – works of art in various shapes and sizes made by almost 4,000 people. Visitors can also join in the fun by sledding down a large snow slide, and riding a horse sleigh or snow train.

In the evenings you can appreciate a light display and fireworks against the winter sky. Why not try some of the local food, such as Genghis Khan (Japanese-style grilled lamb) or milk ramen, from inside one of the snow domes, known as Kamakura.

Koiwai Farm itself is well-known for its milk and cheese dairy products.


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chan yc 4 years ago
Seems that the Iwate Snow Festival is not for visitors who do not drive, no public transport (bus) to the main area such as Iwate Kogen Snow Park on weekday (Feb 7).
If I stay at Shizukuishi Prince Hotel , how to go to Iwate Snow Festival
Kim 5 years ago
This looks like so much fun! Love the creativity!