Jan 25
~
Feb 1

Kayabuki no Sato Snow Lantern Festival

3:00pm – 8:00pm
Free

This will be the 15th Yukitouro in Miyama Village, with stunning scenes of snow-covered thatched roofs lit with hundreds of lanterns. There will be snow lanterns, Japanese lanterns, 150 flower lanterns and 200 LED lanterns, all lit at once to bathe the quiet town in a beautiful winter glow. Eighteen of the town’s thatched houses will also be illuminates creating some pretty beautiful scenes. From 3pm each day you can try your hand at making snow lanterns with the local residents before the illumination begins from 5pm and continues until 8pm. There will be traditional Japanese music and dance performances at Chiihachiman Shrine and a fireworks display on the first and final night, from 6.40pm.

You can enjoy local street food and festival stalls from 2-8pm on the first and final days and from 5-8pm on the other days.

Take the JR line from Kyoto to Sonobe or Hiyoshi Station and then catch the Nantan city bus to Kita-village (takes about 1 hour). There are no late return busses though, so please check schedules or make alternative plans using private transport. There are also Shuttle-buses from Kyoto station here and here.

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