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Hirosaki Castle Yuki-Doro Festival (Snow Lantern Festival)

Hirosaki Castle, a famous spot for cherry blossoms, is exceptional in the winter as well.
Hirosaki Castle Yuki-Doro Festival is one of five major snow festivals of Tohoku region since 1977. The snow lanterns featured in the festival are all hand-crafted by local citizens who wish to entertain others during the harsh winter. During the festival period, there are many events to enjoy the northern snow.


Snow and Illumination Fantasy

At the main exhibit area around Yon-maru, large snow structures based on historical architecture and a large slide entertain visitors from young to old. Every year, the Hirosaki post of the Ground Self-Defense Forces also takes part in the festival and exhibits their snow-creation. At night, the park illumination of the pine trees and the snow-covered Tenshukaku (the castle tower) creates a fascinating atmosphere. Around the Hasu Pond from the castle keep, visitors can enjoy the mini-kamakuras (igloos) lit with candles. There are also displays of projection mapping* on the large snow sculptures accompanied by music.

*Projection Mapping: Projection technology that uses irregular surface such as actual buildings and objects for video projection.

General Information

Date
5 days in February
Time
Food Stalls/10:00am~9:00pm Park Souvenir Shop/10:00am~9:00pm Night Illumination/ 4:30pm(After Sunset)~9:00pm Projection Mapping/8 times a day during the festival
Address
青森県弘前市
Contact
Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center
Hirosaki Tourist Information Center
Telephone Number
Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center 0172-37-5501
Hirosaki Tourist Information Center 0172-26-3600
Prices
Free
Directions
JR Hirosaki Station
Konan Bus Dotemachi Loop 100 yen Bus (¥100)
Get off at Shiyakusho Mae stop (City Hall stop)
5-minute walk
Hirosaki Park
JR Hirosaki Station
30-minute walk
Hirosaki Park
Website
Aomori Tourism and Convention Association, Aomori City Tourist GuideSee trip advisor

Basic Information

  • Multilingual
    Staff
  • Multilingual
    Signs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Contactless
    Payments
  • Tax Free
  • Parking Lot
  • Barrier-Free
    Toilet
  • Barrier-Free

COVID-19 Prevention

  • Face Masks
    Required
  • Sanitizing
    Stations
  • Temperature
    Checks
  • Physical
    Distancing

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