Odate Amekko-ichi (Odate Candy Fair)
- Amekko-Ichi originates in around 1588 and it has been said that “if you eat the candy on this day, you will not catch a cold.” It used to be a local event and had been held for long years. It was since 1972 when the event has been held in the present style at the Omachi Hachiko Street (Omachi Chuo Street as of 1972). Various events which reproduce the old saying are held during the two days including: “Shirahige Ookami Junko (Shirahige God Parade)” and “Akita-Inu Parade” to perform that God is coming to buy candies from the highest mountain in Odate city, Mt. Tashirodake. In addition, at the venue, plenty of stalls that sell lollipops and hand-craft candies are lined, which attract tourists from in and out of Akita prefecture.
Omachi Hachiko Street
Yokote Kamakura Festival
- The Yokote Kamakura Festival is an event held to worship the water god during the 14th-16th days of the lunar new year that boasts a tradition of about 450 years. In the snow huts, children serve rice cakes and amaeko (sweet sake) while uttering "Please come into the snow hut" and "Please worship the water god". During the festival period, people talk late into the night in one of the approximately 100 snow huts created in the city while eating rice cakes and drinking sweet sake.
Doro Koen Park in front of Yokote City Hall, Yokote Park, Haguromachi Bukeyashiki Dori, Futabacho Kamakura Dori
Yuzawa Inukko Dog Festival
- Inukko Matsuri is a folk ceremony in the Yuzawa district that is said to have lasted for about 400 years, from Genna period. At that time, there were big thieves called "Hakuto" attacking the house and people in the daytime, but Yuzawa's rulers eradicated these. He had the people made the small dogs and the crane and tortoise in rice powder so that such rogues wouldn't show up again. On the evening of the former Lunar New Year's holidays, these were set for praying, in the entrance or windows of the house. It is said that this was the beginning of Inukko Matsuri.
Vicinity of Yuzawa-shi city hall
The Paper Balloon Festival of Kamihinokinai,
- A traditional event with a history of 100 years or over. Huge lighted paper balloons painted with warriors and beautiful women go up high in the night sky of the deep winter like sparkling stars. About 100 paper balloons are launched from 18:00 to 20:30.
Oochida Kamihinokinai Nishikichoo(Paper Balloon Square)
Hottanosaku no Fuyu Matsuri Kai Hotaru (Hottanosaku Winter Festival Kai Fireflies)
- /A winter festival which is held at “Hottanosaku ato,” a historical site designated by the government. Various events are prepared by the organizer including: “Kecchi suberi" sliding down the snow hill with plastic sheet under your hips, “Nabe Matsuri” enjoying various taste of stews and soups and experience of pounding rice to make rice cake. As to “Kai Hotaru,” a main event of the festival, about 1,000 candles lit in small snow domes reproduce fireflies which used to fly over Hottasaku. The south gate of Hottasaku is lighted up and a mystical landscape is created.
95, Aza Nakayachi, Hotta, Daisen-shi, Akita
The Namahage Sedo Festival
- Namahage Sedo Matsuri, one of the Michinoku Five Snow Festivals is held at the Shinzan Shrine in Kitaura at Oga City in Akita Prefecture. It began in 1964 as a winter festival that represents Oga's winter and is held on the second Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of February, over three days. This festival is a winter tourism event that combines the Shinto ritual "Saitousai" and the folk event "Namahage." The brave and dynamic dance of Namahage, which is performed under the light of the Sedo fire at Shinzan Shrine, attracts viewers.
Shinzan Shrine (97 Mizukuisawa, Kitaurashinzan, Ojika-shi, Akita)
Bonden River Crossing
- The bondens leaving the houses in each town in the Hanadate district in Omagari, Sendai go around the town while a bonden song is played sonorously from a conch shell. After a tussle in front of a torii gate, they then cross the Omono River in a riverboat before they are presented to the Izusan Shrine at the top of Mount Izu at an altitude of approximately 207m. Among the many bonden offerings made in the region, this is the only one that crosses a river. With the snow-capped mountains in the background, the scene of tens of bondens crossing the Omono River in riverboats with the colors of the bondens reflected in the river surface and snowscape invites those watching into a magical world. In the morning on the day itself, the bondens will go on a parade in each town in the Hanadate district.
Neighborhood of Hanadate in the Omagari district of Daisen City - Omonogawa (temporary ferry landing) - Izuyama
Hiburi Kamakura Festival
- A magical festival with a magnificent ring of fire dancing in snow. In recent years, it can also be seen a day before the event on the 13th. Starting from the evening of the 14th, the event will be held at various locations in each of the towns including the main venue. Hiburi involves tying a rope about a meter long to a charcoal bale which is then lighted up. Holding one end of the rope, the bale is then swung around your own body. As a lunar new year event, it is held to pray for the well-being and safety of the family, and for peace and security throughout the new year, in addition to warding away misfortune in the paddy fields with a holy fire.
Feb 13 (Sakuranamiki carpark run by the city), Feb 14 (various locations in Kakunodate Town）
Rokugo no Kamakura Festival
- The Rokugo no Kamakura Festival is held over 4 days from Feb 11 to Feb 15. This festival refers to a series of events held, from the opening of the warehouse and writing of the first calligraphy in the new year, to bamboo hitting and brush burning on the 15th, which has been designated as an important intangible cultural asset of the country since 1982. As lunar new year events in various regions continue to disappear, this event is invaluable in maintaining the original form and handing down the tradition of the residents even now. This event is a copy of the tradition of burning the first calligraphy of the year in a practice known as "sagicho" during the new year fire festival which used to be held in the Kyoto Imperial Palace. It is said that the practice of "writing the first calligraphy of the year" was started by Nikaido during the initial Kamakura Period when he became Lord of Rokugo. It is an invaluable lunar new year tradition that has been continued for more than 700 years as a fire festival to pray for a bountiful harvest.
115, Hondomachi, Rokugo-aza, Misato-cho, Senbokugun, Akita Prefecture
Akita Dog Car on the Akita Railroad
- The "Akita Dog Car" is open to show all visitors in Japan and out of the appeal of the heroic Akita dog.