Updated: December 26, 2017
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3 Must-Go Snow Festivals In Japan

Japan enjoys copious amount of snow, which is a great thing because this brings about fun and lively snow festivals that showcase local charm. Here are 3 such festivals that you absolutely can't miss!

1) Yokote Kamakura Festival (Akita)

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Delight in the serene ambience as you partake in a festival that has been celebrated for around 400 years!

Held to worship the water gods, it enables you to interact with local children as they welcome you into charming 'kamakura' (igloo-like snow houses) and offer you amazake (sweet fermented rice brew) and mocha (rice cakes). Then soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you view the small altars with offerings to the gods.

2) Iwate Snow Festival (Iwate)

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Enrapturing visitors with its week long of festivities, Iwate Snow Festival has something for both thrill seekers and tourists travelling with their families. Adrenaline junkies can try sledding down a large snow slide, while less sporty people can ride either a horse sleigh or a snow train.

Other than these activities, you can also admire intricately-crafted snow sculptures and have a gastronomical time savoring famous Iwate delicacies. Make it a point to feast on Jingisukan lamb barbecue inside a kamakura!

3) Sapporo Snow Festival (Hokkaido)

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Not to be outdone is the Sapporo Snow Festival that is held in Odori Park every February. Be sure to book your flight tickets and accommodation in advance, because about two million people throng its grounds every year, eager to witness the majesty of gigantic snow sculptures. Coming in all shapes and sizes, they range from anime characters to famous world landmarks and are bound to take your breath away!

This festival is also a great chance to savor all the delectable delights of Hokkido: miso-favored ramen, Genghis Khan barbecued lamb, crabs and oysters. What a wholesome adventure!
What are you waiting for? Plan your itinerary now, soak up the carnival-esque atmosphere of these snow festivals and learn lots about local cultures at the same time!
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