Tokyo doesn’t get much snow, if any – or so we thought…
For some, winter is all about the white stuff and snowmen, so if you are one of those who needs to see that to get in the cold season’s spirit, here’s your chance – and you don’t even need to leave Tokyo.
Yes, that’s right. Although we’re not expecting any snowfalls anytime soon, snow will be brought in all the way from the mountains of Tsumagoi, in Gunma Prefecture (we’re mostly interested in knowing more about the snow carrying procedure between Gunma and Tokyo…)
Apparently, over 70 tons of snow will be carried for this festival. Snowmen will be built (about twenty of them!), participants can vote for their favorites, and hopefully they’ll stay put throughout the entire weekend.
In addition, a plethora of winter-related activities will take place: a large snow slide for the kids, a mini onsen in the form of a foot bath, free coffee (we’re there!!), a contest where tickets to free hotel accommodation will be given away, and a snowman parade to top it all off. And as in any Japanese festival, there will be plenty of food (Gunma specialties, we hear) to keep your stomach full.
When: January 18-20 (Watch them build on the 18th between 1pm and 6pm. “Snowman Street” from 1pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday to 6pm both days. Raffle noon – 6pm Sat and Sun. Parade Saturday between 1pm and 2pm)
Where: Ogawa Plaza, at Ogawamachi station (see map)
Main image: opencontent on Flickr