Events for the second half of January

Throwing the groom

Friday, January 15th: The “throwing of the groom”, or “Mukonage” in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture

Every winter, a ritual called Mukonage is held in this town, with it’s heavy snow fall. Men that were married last year are thrown into the snow. It’s to celebrate the groom, but also is said to have started because people get jealous, because the men have taken young women for their bride.

Place:Matsunoyama Onsen Yakushi-do
Access:Tokei bus, bus stop “Matsunoyama Onsen”


新潟県十日町市松之山湯本 松之山温泉薬師堂

Matsunoyamayumoto, Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture

The pageant for light and paper in Aomori

Friday January, 29th to the 31st: An illumination festival for winter Aomori city, Aomori Prefecture.

This festival is one of the Aomori-kando projects. During the festival, a variety of different lighting illuminates the town, spicing up winter. You can witness 3,000 handmade candles made by local people, lighting up the snow. The project continues until February 7th.

●Festival for illumination the snow in Aomori(Aomori-kando projects)
Place:Nebuta-no-ie Wa-rasse’s west square
Access:1 min walk from JR Aomori station



1-1-1 Yasukata, Aomori, Aomori Prefecture

Juhyo Matsuri
Photo by Yamanashi Tourism Organization

Saturday, January 30th to Sunday, February 7th: Juhyo Matsuri in Lake Kawaguchi, Yamanashi Prefecture

The festival of ice, “Juhyo matsuri” is known as a famous winter event. You can see the large 10-meter high “ice trees”, and at night they are beautifully illuminated with lights. There are food vendors, a drumming performance by local university students, and various other kinds of events.

●Juhyo Matsuri
Place:Saiko Yacho-no-mori Park
Access: From Lake Kawaguchi, take a retro bus Saiko, and get off at the park.


山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町西湖2068 西湖野鳥の森公園

2068 Saiko, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

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