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.
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.
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). The illumination will begin from 5 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. To finish off the event in style, there will be a fireworks display on the final night (Feb. 4) from 6:30 p.m. for five minutes.
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.