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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Festivals & Events

Yokote Snow Festival 横手の雪まつり

Get into an igloo with locals while partaking in centuries-old customs and amazake

People from all around Japan flock to Akita Prefecture for the Yokote Snow Festival. This 400-year-old festival involves the creation of more than 100 kamakura igloos and countless miniature kamakura.

Inside each igloo is an altar to honor the water gods and pray for plenty of clear water, as well as offerings of sake and rice cakes. The festival typically takes place on February 15 and 16, but the dates are subject to change.

Don't Miss

  • Rows of tiny kamakura in the grounds of Yokote Minami Primary School
  • Eating rice cakes and drinking sweet, fermented rice sake with locals inside a kamakura
  • Year-round kamakura displays at Yokote Fureai-Center Kamakura House

How to Get There

The main festival area is in Komyoji Park, which is in Yokote City and is accessible by train from Akita Station in Akita Prefecture.

From Tokyo, take the JR Akita Shinkansen to Akita Station. Then take the JR Ou Line to Yokote Station, and board the shuttle bus for Shinmeicho. The park is a short walk from there.

Doro Koen Park is in front of Yokote City Hall, which is a 10-minute walk from Yokote Station.

Igloos that light up the night

Lights inside hundreds of igloos give the night a glowing aspect, creating a warm and romantic atmosphere. Take a stroll along the igloo-lined paths or walk through them.

Featuring exhibits significant to the prefecture

In addition to nighttime views, visitors can get a look at the history of the region by visiting the Akita Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan (Museum of Modern Art) located in Akita Furusato-mura Kamakura Land (Akita Heritage Village Kamakura Land) in Yokote City.

This modern art museum is built on a small hill. With a glass exterior designed to reflect the changing views of the sky, the building sometimes appears to be floating in the air.

Both the permanent and temporary exhibits have been created by artists with a close connection to Akita Prefecture. The Western-style Akita Ranga collection of paintings feature Akita orchids, which have been painted in the region since the 18th century.

Stroll through the Geijutsu-no-Mori (Forest of Art), where some 30 sculptures both inside and outside the museum create an atmosphere for creativity and thought.

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