Morioka Yuki Akari
- "Snow Light (Snow Candle)" is an event where many "mini snow huts" are made, and candles are lit inside. It was started to convey the kindness of the city and people on winter nights of Morioka, the coldest city in Honshu, where each light creates a dignified atmosphere in the cold. Snow candles and snow statues at various venues are handmade by volunteers. Please enjoy the fantastic world that consists of warm candle light and snow.
(Morioka Castle Park) 1-1-37 Uchimaru ,Morioka-shi,Iwate(Morioka historical culture hall) 1-50 Uchimaru Morioka-shi, Iwate,and others
Daito Ohara Mizukake Festival
- Naked men bravely run through praying for "Fire Prevention," "Disaster-Fre Life," and "Home Safe" while they are sprinkled relentless cold water by people waiting on the roadside. It is a traditional festival that has continued since the Edo period, 350 years ago. It is also called "A Strange Festival of the Nation" because it is held in the extremely cold February. In recent years, there are many participants from all over the country, it is the winter festival representing Ichinoseki City and Iwate.
Ohara Shopping Streets and others, Ohara, Daito-cho, Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate
Senma Hinamatsuri (Senya Hina Dolls' Festival)
- More than 20 sets of tiered-display hina dolls which were made from the Meiji to early Showa era and more than 2,000 pieces of hand-made hanging hina dolls are displayed in a crowded manner. Shops on the shopping street are also decorated with respective hina dolls and hanging dolls and the entire town is filled with gorgeous atmosphere.
Senmaya Sakenokura Exchange Facility, Senmaya shopping street
Iwate Snow Festival
- The Iwate Snow Festival held at the Koiwai Nojo is one of the 5 major snow festivals organized under the Michinoku Godai Snow Festival. A total of 4000 people including self-defense force personnel etc. participate in creating snow sculptures that are designed on a different theme every year. A variety of events such as stage shows, fantasy fireworks and so on is rolled out on a daily basis during the period, attracting a crowd of about 300,000 tourists. As the sun sets, the snow sculptures and ice carvings are illuminated by colorful lights, creating a magical sense of space.
36-1, Maruyachi, Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate-gun, Iwate Prefecture (inside the Koiwai Nojo Makiba Park）
Tono Mukashibanashi Matsuri (Tono Folktale Festival)
- When story tellers of Tono gather together and start telling “Once upon a time, there lived….,” with simple storytelling style, listeners are drawn in the world of folktales before knowing it.
2-11 Chuo-dori, Tono-shi, Iwate (Tono Monogatari no Yakata/Tono House of Folktales)
Tono Dobekko Festival
- This festival is for visitors to enjoy the unfiltered sake or "dobekko" made by the local breweries and "doburoku" prepared in the Tono Furusato Mura. Those who can't drink can also savor local cuisine, enjoy ancient Shinto music and dancing handed down to the hamlet of Tono, have fun talking to the Kappa Ojisan, listen to old tales in the Tono dialect, and enjoy the sights of Tono in winter.
5-89-1, Kamitsukimoshi, Tsukimoshi-cho, Tono-shi, Iwate Prefecture
Nishiwaga Yukiakari (Snow Lights)
- A winter event participated by community people which is held in the entire area of Nishiwaga Town, one of the heavy snow fall areas in Japan. Windows of snow statues and kamakura domes, which are created at various places of the town, are lit by flickering candle lights and colorize the snowy hot spring town with snow lights fantastically. Hot drinks such as amazake are served to visitors.
Nishiwaga-machi, Waga-gun, Iwate
Morioka Hair Crab Festival
- It is this Miyako Hairy Crab Festival that you can enjoy seafood, experiencing the events using hairy crab that is Miyako's winter taste, and ones regarding marine products in Miyako. On the day, there will be a free offering of crab soup using hairy crab that is from Miyako and has the sweet and fascinating taste, and pole-and-line fishing of hairy crab, and so on. In addition to the above, a lot of attractive events such as Auction Sale Experience will be held, so please do join.
Miyako-shi fish market special event space (across from Seatopia on Rinkoo street), Miyako-shi
Hayachine Kagura Dance
- Hayachine Kagura dance is the general terms of the two schools of Hayachine Kagura Dance, Otsugunai and Take, and was recognized as an important national cultural asset on May 4, 1976. Although any records or reference materials don’t exist, there is a lion mask marked 1595 at Hayachine Shrine in Take, and there is a book published about this dance in 1488, which states that the kagura was passed down Otsugunai by the Yamakage Family who served as guides of mountain ascetics. It indicates that the kagura dance already existed in those days and it is considered to be originated in the Period of Northern and Southern Dynasties. Therefore, it is said that the kagura dance is very old with more than 500 years of tradition. In addition, the history of worshipping Mt. Hayachine is very old to the degree that Take Myosenji Temple (Hayachine Shrine) was opened in 1300, and it is also said that the dance for pray performed by mountain ascetics is the origin of kagura dance. Also, on the second Sunday of each month, Take Kagura, Otsugunai Kagura and Yagimaki Kagura are performed in turn each month as “Kagura Dance Day.” There are various dance performances and it is said that more than 40 styles of dances exist. Each dance has a difference meaning and finding the meaning in the way of dancing by each performer is one of the pleasures to see the performances.
3-161Ohasama, Ohasama-machi, Hanamaki-shi (Hayachine Hall, Hanamaki Ohasama Exchange Activity Center)
Yunosawa Hadaka Matsuri (Yunosawa Naked Festival)
- It is a naked festival held in the night of December 12 of Japan's old calendar in the Yunosawa area as a hard religious training in the depths of winter praying for the safety of mountain, good harvest and sound health. Men who gather at the Yamazumi Shrine pound rice into mochi (rice cake), offering them to the God and purify themselves by jumping into the river only with underwear.
Yamazumi Shrine, 17 Chiwari, 32, Yunosawa, Nishiwaga-machi, Waga-gun, Iwate
Hotto Yuda Kitanihon Yukigassenn Tournament (Northern Japan Snowball Fight Tournament)
- Snowball fight tournament which is very popular every year
specially prepared man-made court on the ground of Nishiwaga-machi Yuda Elementary School
Kokusekiji Temple Somin-sai Festival
- This festival is held from midnight of the 7th through the early morning of the 8th in the lunar New Year. It is a naked festival praying for prevention from disaster and a good harvest, in the midst of a severely cold, snowy winter. The festival is composed of the following five events. ●Natsu-Mairi (or Worshiping Naked, Worshiping Festival) (from 10:00pm) People who are at a critical age and others offering prayers carry kakuto (square hand lanterns) to cleanse their body in the Ruritsubo River (Yamauchi River). Shouting out “Jasso, Joyasa!” they make three trips between the Myoken-do (a temple hall dedicated to Myoken Bosatsu) and the Yakushi-do (main hall) to pray for protection against disaster and a good harvest. ●After piling pine branches (length about 6 inches) in parallel crosses in front of the main hall, they set it on fire, and people climb on top. They expose their bodies to the sparks for purification or for protection against disasters. All members sing a song called Yamauchi-bushi (a traditional folk song) repeatedly and in high spirits. This is the ceremony of Hitaki-Goma. ●Betto-Nobori (Climbing of the Chief Priest) (from 2:00am) The chief priest, following those carrying the Somin-Bukuro (a bag made from help filled with hexagon shaped wooden talismans) climbs up to the main hall, and makes a sacred fire for protection against disaster and an abundant harvest. ●Onigo-Nobori (Climbing of the Demons) (from 4:00am) Two seven years old boys (Onigo), wearing clothes made of hemp and with demon masks upside-down on their backs, climb up to the main hall while being carried on the backs of two men. After the Onigo enter into the main hall, the chief priest goes out to the Gejin (outer place of worship for public people), then scatters about Mandara-Mai. After a while, blazing torches are placed on the Goma-Dai (altar) placed in the center of the Gejin, and the Onigo go around the fire three times. ●Scramble for the Somin-Bukuro (after the Onigo-Nobori ends) The naked people with loincloths scramble for the “Somin-Bukuro,” a bag made from hemp, about 5-sho (9 liters) in volume, filled with Komagi (small wooden talismans with a hexagon shape) made from sumac cut to a length of 3 cm. Soon after the beginning, the Somin-Bukuro is cut with a small knife, and the small Komagi talismans (also known as Somin Shorai Gofu, or talisman of Somin Shorai) scatter about. It is said that those who grab a Komagi will be protected from disaster, so there is a great competition to try to get one. The scramble for the empty bag continues for more than an hour, until a chief referee proclaims one the Torinushi (the last person who grasped the neck of the bag). With this, the festival is over.
17 Yamauchi, Kuroishi-cho, Mizusawa-ku, Oshu-shi, Iwate
Tono Machiya no Hina Matsuri (Hina Doll Festival of Tono Machiya)
- In the event of Hina Doll Festival of Tono, stores and houses decorate hina dolls which are handed down to each store or house from generation to generation. There used to be a custom of visiting each house saying “Please show me your hina dolls,” and this custom was revived. Besides hina dolls, there are many factors by which visitors can enjoy seeing, eating and shopping including: offering restaurant lunch menu limited to the hina doll festival period and sale of mizuki hina (cornel branch decorated with hina doll and other ornamentations).
Around JR Tono Station