Have You Experienced Staying Inside a Kamakura?

They're Japanese snow domes and you can try making one at these festivals.

One way of enjoying winter in the snowy regions of Japan is to stay in a Kamakura (Japanese snow domes). See the kamakuras lined up on the silvery-white landscape and feel the warm hospitality brought by the winter wonderland. In this article, we will introduce events where you can even try making your own kamakura.

Say “cheers!” inside the warmth of a kamakura

Experience an unforgettable evening at the Nakao Kamakura Festival surrounded by warmth from the fire in the kamakuras dotting the open grounds below a beautiful starry sky. The event is held from February 1 to 14. Take a sip of warm amazake (Japanese traditional sweet, low-alcohol drink made from fermented rice) and other alcoholic drinks in the bars inside the snow domes. From February 3 to 7, and 11 to 13, there will be a mochi making activity, which is just one of the many things you can enjoy at the festival. A local performing art, Nakao Meoto Jishi (couple lion dance) will be shown during the weekends, and on February 10 and 14. It features an acrobatic dance that is considered the most famous event people look forward to in the duration of the festivities.

Gather around the fire inside the kamakura and have a magical time

The traditional acrobatic performance of Nakao Meoto Jishi

Nakao Kamakura Festival is held at Okuhida Onsengo Nakao, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture. It starts from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. but may be canceled due to bad weather conditions. You may contact the Okuhida Onsengo Tourism Association at +81-578-89-2614 for more information.

Enjoy local cuisine in the kamakura

Restaurant Kamakura Village
 is held from January 24 to March 1 in Kamakura Village, Iiyama City which boasts of abundant snowfall. Around 20 snow domes will be available, where you can eat hot pot or other snacks. Rent one and try the Shinshu specialty Noroshi Nabe by reserving a day trip with hot pot plan (adults: lunch ¥3,500, dinner ¥4,000). Other tour plans include the snack plan (adults ¥1,800) and the overnight plan.

Kamakura Village in Iiyama City with around 20 kamakuras of different sizes

Enjoy Noroshi Nabe with the day trip with hot pot plan

Restaurant Kamakura Village is located at 807-2 Kotobuki, Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture. It is open from A) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., B) 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., C) 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and A) 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., B) 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., C) 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., D) 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and is closed on Wednesday mornings. You may contact the Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau at +81-269-62-3133 for more information.


Enjoy winter activities and magical views

In the Kaida Kogen Kamakura Snow Festival, a giant snowman and spacious snow domes are displayed. You can also try other winter activities, such as kamakura making, jumbo slide, snow play, and horse sledding. At night, see the fantastic view created by the rows of ice candles at the Ice Candle Festival. You can also have a romantic night while looking up at the starry night sky. The event will be held on February 8.

Experience winter activities and enjoy the giant snowman display surrounded by snow domes

Ice Candle Festival

Kaida Kogen Kamakura Snow Festival is held at Shimokurio Noudou, Kaida Kogen Nishino, Kiso, Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture. It starts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (schedules may vary depending on weather conditions). You may contact the Kiso Town Office Kaida Branch at +81-264-42-3331 for more information.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (28 December 2019)

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