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Yamagata Snow Festival

A winter celebration in snowy Tohoku

By Mandy Bartok    - 2 min read
Venue: Mogamigawa Furusato Sogo Park When: Late Jan - Early Feb 2021
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

Come enjoy a winter wonderland in Tohoku this season, just outside the city of Yamagata. The Yamagata Snow Festival takes place over the first weekend in February, with various events occurring over the three days.

A brief rundown of the 2019 schedule is below:

  • Opening Friday
    Time: 16:30 - 20:00
    During the opening night, a Snow Stage will host a variety of entertainment while a "Shining River" of illuminated lights brightens up the winter evening.
  • Saturday
    Time: 10:00 - 20:00
    Saturday has events that run most of the day, with a particular highlight being the Snowland play area, open until 16:30, where you can go snow tubing among other activities. The Shining River will again be alight this evening after dusk, while the skies will be brightened by fireworks beginning at 19:00.
  • Sunday
    Time: 10:00 - 16:00
    Sunday festival goers can also enjoy a full day of play at Snowland and entertainment at the Snow Stage. For those that want to linger, the Shining River will stay lit until 21:00.

More details about the planned events can be found at the festival website.

Getting there

Free shuttle bus from Cherry Land Michi-no-eki, Nisshin Stadium and JR Sagae Station.

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Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

Japan resident for 9 years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo. 

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