Tokamachi Snow Festival

Sculptures, fireworks and more in snow country

Venue: Tokamachi When: Mid Feb 2021

The Tokamachi Snow Festival is held annually, and has a history dating back to 1950. This part of Niigata boasts one of the highest snowfall levels not just in Japan but on the planet, so there's bucket loads of the white stuff to enjoy. The festival spans over several sites in the area, with snow sculptures, music performances, a kimono queen competition and more.

Getting there

To get to Tokamachi from Tokyo, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo Yuzawa. From there, change to the local JR Hoku-Hoku line and get off at Tokamachi Station.

There is a visitors information center within the station itself. Some staff at the information center also speak English, and are able to provide more details about the various sites where the festival is taking place.

The main venue is located approximately 20 minutes on foot from Tokamachi Station. Alternatively, taxis are available from the station.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

Japan dwelling expat, living in and loving this beautiful country. Tokyo was my home for several years, but I'm now enjoying the countryside life in Niigata. Currently at 44 of 47 prefectures visited - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out!

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Elena Lisina a year ago
That much snow in Japan?!
Elena Lisina a year ago
Good temperatures! With a lot of snow it sounds great! Thank you for the replies! :)