Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival


In Yonezawa City, there is a wonderful lantern festival that has been going on for nearly 50 years.

What happens?

200 snow lanterns and around 1000 snow caves are lit up in Matsugasaki Park in Yamagata Prefecture. The light display is different from your usual yellow glowing lanterns and will include different shapes and bright colors. There will be plenty of food stalls and stage performances, including musical acts and mascots.

How to get there

To get to Yonezawa, take the Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo and get off at Yonezawa Station. There will be a shuttle bus (¥200; every 20 minutes) there that will take you to Matsugasaki Park in 10 minutes.

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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