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 500 snow lanterns, 100 bamboo lanterns, 150 flower lanterns and 200 LED lanterns, all lit at once to bathe the quiet town in a beautiful winter glow. 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 from 5pm – 5.30pm and 7pm – 7.30pm on the first and last day of the festival as well as a fireworks display.
You can enjoy local street food and festival stalls from 2-8pm on Saturdays and from 5-8pm on the other days.
There will be guided walking tours of the village at 3:15pm and 4:15pm from January 27th until February 1. You can find details and booking information here.
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 here or make alternative plans using private transport. There are also Shuttle-bus tours available from Kyoto Station here