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Illuminating Winter

By Officer Jenny (Karyn Lo)

Snowsnowsnownonono… The snow has hit early this year and I am sure you are scrambling to make sure your winter tires are on or that you have a jacket thick enough to ward off the snowy winds! One of my favourite things to do during early winter is going to various places in the prefecture, get a mulled wine, and enjoy the lights in the snow.


Japan is incredibly fond of lights during winter. Twinkly lights that make you wonder about how much the power bill would be. Illuminations galore! Towada City in particular looks pretty with their illuminations (I am biased because I am fond of the ghost art statue), but many other places in Aomori prefecture also have their own light show festivities.

I’ll only mention a few, but there are plenty in the prefecture you might want to check out!

Towada is a really cute city on the eastern side of Aomori, with its main street near the art museum filled with large sculptures.

Gonohe Town's Illumination

Gonohe Town’s Illumination

Misawa となみウィンターファンタジー

Misawa となみウィンターファンタジー

Shingo しんごうホワイトイルミネーション

Shingo しんごうホワイトイルミネーション

There are definitely more illumination events than these!! For the best up-to-date information, taking a look at Mel’s amazing blog!

Keep in tune for more information about the upcoming winter snow festivals! I know I will be going to quite a few….

More Info

Arts Towada Winter Illumination

Towada Art Park 十和田現代美術館アート広場
16:30-21:00 December 2, 2016-January 9, 2017


Gonohe Town’s Illumination
December 2, 2016 – January 15, 2017 Sunset~20:30



Misawa Tonami Winter Fantasy
December 3-25, 2016, 16:00-18:00



Shingo White Illumination Xmas Festa 2016

Sunday December 4, 2016, 13:00

Misato Kan 美郷館Furomae-10 Herai(青森県三戸郡新郷村大字戸来字風呂前10)


Getting There

Depending on where you go, a road trip in a car might be the best way! Local trains and buses also run periodically for these winter events.

Getting Out

If you can hang on until February, you will be able to visit some of Aomori’s best snow festivals! Snow lanterns, igloos, beer and mulled wine… perfect.

Travel Tip

Snow tires! If you haven’t got them on yet, start to consider it. Once it snows, it will probably puke down. Also good to pack a snow brush for clearing snow off your car, and getting that antifreeze some action!


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  1. Pingback: December 2016, Vol. 1 – Good Morning Aomori

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