February

Page Number T4000184  Updated on  January 12, 2019  Print

Nakao Kamakura Festival (Nakao)

Nakao Kamakura Festival (photo)

There are many kamakura (snow huts) in various sizes. Even the smallest ones are large enough for adults to enter. Some kamakura have an irori fireplace, and there is also a kamakura with a bar inside. So not only children but adults can enjoy this world of fantasy in a relaxing atmosphere. 

Local performing art programs “Nakao Meoto Shishi” (a male and a female lion dance) and mochi rice cake making sessions are held during this event. 

The lion dance is a must see. Two lions perform a synchronized acrobatic dance, and it is definitely worth watching! 

Nakao Meoto Shishi・・・February 1, 2, 9, 10 and 14. 

Mochi Rice Cake Making・・・February 3-8, 11-13. 

※Event schedules may change due to various reasons, such as climate conditions. 

Date

From February 1 to 14, 2019

Business Hours

(Illumination: between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.)

Fee

Free

Address

Shinhotaka Onsen, Nakao Kōgen, Nakao Event Park
351 Naoak, Okuhidaonsengō, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture 506-1422

Contact

Okuhida Onsengō Tourism Association
0578-89-2614

Access

1 hour 30 minute bus ride from JR Takayama Station. Get off at Nakao Kōgen (Ashiyu-Mae) and walk approximately 10 minutes.

Website

Okuhida Onsengō Tourism Association (External link)Open in a new window

Aodaru Illumination (Fukuji)

Aodaru Illumination (photo)

Aodaru signifies dripping water from rocks which freezes and creates unique icicle shapes. Aodaru is a natural phenomenon which can only be seen deep in the mountains. At Fukuji Onsen Spa, aodaru is artificially created by spraying streams of water onto trees around the onsen resort. The snowy walkway surrounded by aodaru is very whimsical, and the local performing art show, the Henbetori Lion Dance, is something you should not miss. Amazake, a traditional sweet, low-alcohol Japanese drink made from fermented rice, is available during this special event.

Illumination of the Aodaru Icy Walkway: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. from February 4 to 14.

Performance of Henbetori: starting at 8:30 p.m. from February 9 to 11. 

Date

From the end of December to the end of March

Business Hours

Between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Fee

Free

Address

Near the “Fukuji Onsen” bus stop, Fukuji Onsen

Contact

Okuhida Onsengō Tourism Association
0578-89-2614

Access

1 hour 10 minute bus ride from JR Takayama Station. Get off at Fukuji Onsen.

Website

Okuhida Onsengō Tourism Association (External link)Open in a new window

Illumination of Subzero Forest

Illumination of Subzero Forest (photo)

The Subzero Forest is a special winter attraction which has been presented by the isolated mountain inn, “Akigami Onsen Ryokan” since1971. The ”Forest of ice”, which was created by the innkeeper after long years of effort, is lit in blue during the daytime and illuminated at night, showing us a fantastic world.

Date

From January 1 to March 31 each year

Winter Illumination of Hida-no-Sato (Hida Folk Village)

Winter Illumination of Hida-no-Sato (photo)

The old private houses such as houses with steep rafter roofs are illuminated to create a fantastic landscape.

Date

From mid January to the end of February each year

Sake Brewery Tour

Sake Brewery Tour (photo)

Eight sake breweries open their brewing facilities, which are not open to visitors at other times, for a period of one week in turn. After the guided tour of the brewery, sake is offered to visitors for sampling. In addition, a commemorative golden sake cup made specially in Hida Takayama is presented to each visitor.
 Place: Sake Breweries in the city

Date

From mid January to the end of February each year

Illuminaion of Taruma Kanekori in the Oku Hida Silva Zone

Illuminaion of Taruma Kanekori in the Oku Hida Silva Zone (photo)

Taruma Water’ finds its origin in the legend of the founding of the Shin-Hirayu Hot Springs. The renowned mineral water flowing from between the rocks is frozen to make big icicles. Nighttime illumination creates a fantastic image.

Date

From late December to late February

Frozen Hirayu Grand Waterfall Festival

Frozen Hirayu Grand Waterfall Festival (photo)

From February 15 to 25 every year, the frozen Hirayu Grand Waterfall is illuminated. This 64-meter high and 6-meter wide waterfall shows its majestic shape with massive ice blocks heaped on top of others.

Date

From February 15 to February 25 each year

Setsubun (Bean-throwing Ceremony)

About 20 members of Setsubun Association who are dressed like Seven Divinities of Good Luck, red ogres and blue ogres start parading from the temple gate and go through the town passing Takayama Station, Honmachi Street and Kokubunji Temple while throwing beans en route.

Date

Early February each year