Late
Jan
~
Early
Feb
 2022

Zao Snow Monster Festival

Free

While most snow festivals feature man-made sculptures, the snow monsters of Zao are entirely natural. Created in rare circumstances that require specific weather and tree formation, the snow gathers in such a way that monsters are formed in the mountains. They can be seen for months during winter, but February is the peak time as they begin to melt in March. With incredible views from the rope-way and plenty of skiing opportunities, you can get your monster fix pretty easily. The hills are illuminated in the winter evenings, and the resorts offer night snowmobile tours to see them. The festival weekend includes a parade of skiers gliding down the mountain with glowing torches in each hand as well as mascots and fireworks displays on the Saturday evening!

Get the best Japan Cheapo hacks direct to your inbox

Related Events
  • Kihoku Lantern Festival
    Late
    Jul

    Kihoku Lantern Festival 2021

    Cancelled

    The Kihoku Lantern Festival takes place in the port town of Nagashima in Kihoku, Mie Prefecture. Each year a large, elaborate cloth lantern is set afloat on the harbor in the afternoon. After nightfall, there is a spectacular fireworks display […]

    3:00pm – 9:00pm
    Free
  • Jul 20
    ~
    Jul 27

    Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri

    Cancelled

    The Kyoto of the area, Yamaguchi was modelled after the beautiful city and it’s no surprise it has a similar festival. When the Yasaka shrine was brought from Kyoto and the spirit of the deity implanted during the Kanjo ceremony, the […]

    Free
  • Late
    Jul

    The Japan International Birdman Rally

    Cancelled

    From a jetty jutting into Lake Biwa from the scenic Matsubara Beach in Hikone City, “bird men” – mildly insane people in human powered flying machines – will attempt to fly as far as possible into the lake. The event […]

    Free

Recommended hotels located nearby