Originally written for the Vol.4-No.3 edition (February 10, 2011) of the Toyama Hot News e-newsletter.
The cold, long winter continues in Toyama, but all around the
prefecture, there are a variety of ways to enjoy the winter and the
In Nanto City, World Heritage Site Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village in
Gokayama was specially open at night so that visitors could see the
village lit up against the snowy white background. There were also
folk song performances and an area to sample the local foods.
On February 11th and 12th, Unazuki Onsen (Hot Springs) will have a bar
counter made of snow, where they will offer cocktails with soda made
from local water! This year, they will also have fireworks every
Saturday night all the way through March 12th.
In the town of Kamiichi, on February 11th, there will be a Snow
Festival that focuses on traditional performing arts and nabe (hot
pot) to warm you up.
For an experience with more direct contact with the snow, also on the
11th, the Tonami Ski Resort will have a Snow Festival where visitors
can try riding a snow mobile or participate in slalom and snowshoeing
At Toyama’s largest winter resort on Mt. Tateyama, blue, red, and
yellow lanterns will light up the base of the mountain. Complete with
a fireworks show set to music, this is sure to be a romantic way to
spend a cold evening.
Finally, at the Ice Festival this weekend in Inami – an area famous
for woodcarving – there will be ice carving demonstrations and
exhibitions. This is a great way to enjoy the sculpture art of “Snow
Source (article and photo): Toyama Just Now