The Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Snow Festival is held on a local ski slope just as the ski season is coming to an end and boasts a beautiful fireworks display over snow for a heated celebration in the cold of winter. It offers chances for visitors to participate (reservation needed) with attractive events like the Torch Descent where skiers cruise down the slope in line holding torches and a snow mikoshi (portable shrine) parade on the slope as well.
The Yuzawa Kogen area including the Nunoba ski slope in which the festival is help sits at an elevation of 1,000m above sea level. The festival venue is a short walk from the Echigo Yuzawa Station with easy access to the famous hot spring section of town.
Enjoy a skiing and festival adventure all in one.
One of the highlights of this festival is the Snow Mikoshi. Visitors are able to join in on the carrying of this portable shrine. There is a limit to amount of participants so please sign up early. If you have never carried a shrine on a ski slope before this is the perfect opportunity for an experience you'll never forget. (Check INFORMATION for how to sign up)
The other highlight of the festival, the Torch Descent, starts at 8:30pm. Approx. 100 skiers holding torches in both hands form a river of light as they descend upon the hot spring town. Visitors can also participate in this event as well. Fireworks start as the lead skier arrives at the bottom of the slope. Don't miss this torch and fireworks collaboration. (Check the INFORMATION section for how to sign up)
As fireworks are held close by, there will be some sections closed off to the general public. Please refrain from entering.
Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort, Nunoba Ski Slope
490 Yuzawa, Yuzawamachi, Minamiuonuma Gun, Niigata Prefecture
Access to Venue:
Echigo Yuzawa Station, JR Joetsu Shinkansen.
15min walk from Echigo Yuzawa Station