Winter – Have Fun in the Snow

Eastern Japan has loads of places where the snow falls, and a wide range of events are held to make the long winter season more enjoyable. The sights include the romantic glittering lights in the clear winter night, festivals to enjoy the snow to your heart's content, and the mystical snow lanterns.

For a trip by train, enjoy winter events that you can only find in Eastern Japan!

Winter Snow Fun Map – Eastern Japan Area

Here we've put together some information on winter fun spots throughout Eastern Japan. Check out the individual pages for detailed information on what to look for and how to get there.

Winter Snow Fun Map for the Eastern Japan Area Hirosaki Snow Lantern Festival – Aomori Prefecture Lake Towada Winter Story – Aomori Prefecture Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival – Akita Prefecture Sendai Pageant of Starlight – Miyagi Prefecture Zao Snow Monster Festival – Yamagata Prefecture Tokamachi Snow Festival – Niigata Prefecture GALA Yuzawa – Niigata Prefecture Jigokudani Monkey Park – Nagano Prefecture


If you're going to take a trip to the snowy parts of the Eastern Japan area, the JR EAST PASS is a great deal for unlimited rides on JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains. Get yours today!

  • JR EAST PASSES can be purchased and exchanged at Narita and Haneda airports.
  • Advance purchases can be made online as well.


As of December 2015.