Yokote Snow Festival (Kamakura)

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Yokote Snow Festival (Kamakura)

Yokote Snow Festival (Kamakura)
4.5
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
About
Yokote in Akita Prefecture has a 450 year-old event paying respects to the local water deity during the 14th-16th days of the lunar New Year. Snow huts are built, and local children serve sweet sake and sticky rice to attendees, creating a beautiful winter scene. There are also events to try your hand at building miniature snow huts and get a commemorative photo taken, and a rally of 5m tall, 30kg festive pennants carried by the locals (the Asahioka-yama Shrine Bonden Festival). There are various events around the festive pennants donated by each city and volunteers.
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beccr
Brisbane, Australia38 contributions
Yokote Kamakura Festival
Feb 2018 • Couples
I can’t see any other English reviews, so hit me up if there’s any questions.

My husband and I stayed here for a long weekend which included the Festival. I’ve never seen much snow before and this place amazed me. So. Much. Snow. No wonder people started building things out of it.

When we arrived at the train station, we saw police officers building mini Kamakura around the police station - so everyone gets into it.

The local school children made pamphlets about their city and about the Festival for visitors. Even if you can’t read them, they’re very cute. I found them at the station, info centre, and from the kids themselves.

I enjoyed the community spirit around this festival. It felt very welcoming - you can even help build some mini Kamakura in the park. When the candles are lit, the festival starts (and runs at night from about 18:00 - 21:00, so don’t dawdle). There are maps and shuttle buses around all the sites. We walked most but took the bus to the castle. They are frequent and we never waited long.

The large Kamakura have a cook plate inside with children in traditional costume. Visitors can go in, be served a snack and drink (sake?) and in return make a donation. We never went in because it was busy and we were pressed for time. My understanding is that long ago the Kamakura started as a place for families to gather, eat, and play games.

There is a festival street with stalls for food. It’s very small but big enough for this festival. We tried the famous Yokote yakisoba. Which seemed to be yakisoba with a fried egg on top (delicious). It was a very enjoyable night, in spite of constant snow.

A highlight was seeing people out walking their Akita dogs during the festival. One man had an adult and puppy Akita - he let me hold the puppy.

Lastly, don’t miss the Bonden festival in the morning. It’s worth checking out and a lot of fun. I expected a somber, religious gathering. But it was mayhem. We arrived and were immediately handed glasses of sake by one bonden team. I’ll post some photos but there’s no real explaining what this is. We were the most obvious tourists, so the children gave us all their pamphlets. Another fun community experience.
Written July 24, 2018
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