Kayabuki no Sato Snow Lantern Festival

3:00pm – 8:00pm

This yukitouro (snow candle path) in Miyama Village awes thousands of visitors with stunning scenes of snow-covered thatched roofs lit with hundreds of lanterns.

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What happens?

There will be snow lanterns, Japanese lanterns, flower lanterns, and 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 illuminated, creating some pretty beautiful scenes.

Schedule 2024

The illumination will begin from 5 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. From 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day, you can try your hand at making snow lanterns with the local residents (¥100) in front of Restaurant Kitamura.

On January 31 and February 3, there will be a fireworks display from 6:30 p.m. as well as traditional dance performances from 6 p.m.

You can enjoy local street food and festival stalls from 2 to 8 p.m. every day.

How to get there

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 will also be a special shuttle bus from Sonobe Station. Details will be announced on the official bus website here.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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