Things to do / Traditional festivals

Nagano: Niino-no-Yuki Matsuri

Snow Festival wishing for a rich harvest, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The festival features Onobori (a procession of people in traditional attire).

Schedule & key events:
● Jan. 14
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Onobori proceeds from Suwa-jinja Shrine to Izu-jinja Shrine
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Traditional dance performances are demonstrated
● Jan. 15
from 1 a.m.: Big torch is set afire 1 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 14 kinds of local performing arts are demonstrated

Location: Suwa-jinja Shrine, Izu-jinja Shrine and others, Anan-cho, Nagano

JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Toyohashi Sta. From there, take JR Iida Line to Nukuta Sta., and then take taxi (40 min.)

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.