Koide International Snowball Fight [Cancelled]

One of Niigata's most amusing winter festivals

Photo: Kim B
Venue: Hibikinomori Park When: Early Feb 2021

Cancelled event

It has been reported this event is cancelled for the current year — please check the official site for more details.

Last updated: Jan 15, 2021

Think snowball fights are just for kids? Think again! The Koide International Snowball Fight is coming up to its 31st year, and draws in crowds from around the region - from the young to the young at heart. Teams are required to register in groups of five prior to the event, and those groups then battle it out at Koide's Hibikinomori Park for the honor of being snowball fight champions.

Costumes are encouraged at the event, so if you do plan to register a group feel free to go all out and get into the spirit of things! Further information will be available on their website when registrations open.

Getting there

The Koide International Snowball Fight is held at the Hibikinomori Park. The closest station to the venue is Koide Station on the JR Joetsu Line. From the station, change to the Urasa Line bus bound for Okutadami Recreation City Park. Get off at the Okurekoen Bunkakaikan Mae stop, and the park is approximately 10 minutes walk from there. If you're headed there by private vehicle, free parking is available at the site.


Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Elena Lisina 6 months ago
Funny! We have snow 6 month a year, but no such festivals yet!
Elena Lisina 6 months ago
I've read that coronavirus will stay forever now, but there will be vaccination and medicines to treat it.
Geoff Day 2 years ago
We need to get our Japan Travel team of five ready to go :)
Kim Author 2 years ago
You should have seen some of the costumes at last year's event...wild! I don't know how some of the participants braved the cold!