Winter Festivals and Events in Tochigi Prefecture

Festivals and Events Calendar

  • Illumination

  • Ashikaga Flower Park
  • Santa Hills Christmas Illumination
  • Nasu Garden Outlet
  • Domannaka Tanuma Garden Illumination 2016
  • Tobu World Square
  • Nakagawa Aquatic Park Light Acuario 2016-2017
  • Utsunomiya Illumination 2016
  • The 12th Peagent of Light and Sound
  • Snow

  • Yunishigawa Hot Spring Kamaukura Festival
  • Okunikko Yumoto Hot Spring Snow Festival
  • Hunter Mountain Shiobara
  • Mt. Jeans Ski Resort Nasu
  • Event

  • Fujiyama Park
  • Hina Doll Festival Tour


Ashikaga Flower Park

Ashikaga City
From Saturday, October 22, 2016 through Sunday, February 5, 2017 *Closed on Saturday, December 31.
Night Illumination
Weekdays: 15:30-21:00 Weekends & National Holidays: 15:30-21:30 *Lit up at 16:30

Ashikaga Flower Park was selected as one of the “Dream Destinations for 2014” by CNN in the United States. This is the only Japanese site among the top ten sites in the world. Certified as one of the top illumination spots in the Kanto region under the “Japan Night View Heritage,” the 94,000 m2 park space is decorated with more than 3 million light bulbs. Beautiful, glittering light flowers replicate a world of fantasy. During the lighting period, enjoy the illumination that varies by season under three themes.

General Information

Address Ashikaga Town
Contact Ashikaga Flower Park
Phone Number 0284-91-4939
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Santa Hills Christmas Illumination

Nakagawa Town
Saturday, November 5, 2016 through Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Lighting Hours: 17:00 – 19:00

Santa Hills is a multipurpose facility comprised of an auto camp, cottage accommodations, a café, a Christmas miscellaneous goods shop, a gallery and more. Christmas illumination usually starts in November. The center house, café and some of the cottages are decorated with glittering illumination, creating the perfect world of Christmas. Don't miss the attractive seasonal features, including new products available at the Christmas shop, and the seasonal menu at the café.

General Information

Address Nakagawa Town
Contact Santa Hills
Phone Number 0287-96-4622
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Nasu Garden Outlet

Nasushiobara City
Saturday, November 5, 2016 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Lighting Hours: 17:00-20:00

“Nasu Garden Outlet” is a resort-style outlet mall designed under the Loco theme. Currently, there are approx. 150 stores, offering fashion clothes, fashion accessories, sports goods, outdoor activities, and food & drink. In addition to outlet shopping, local specialties, locally produced fresh vegetables and fruits are sold at the Loco Market. At the Kids Garden, equipment for children to play is available for free. A dog run is provided for family shoppers who come with their pet dogs. Enjoy your time at Nasu Garden Outlet!

General Information

Address Nasushiobara City
Contact Nasu Garden Outlet
Phone Number 0287-65-4999
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Domannaka Tanuma Garden Illumination 2016

Sano City
From Thursday, November 3, 2016 (National Holiday) through Tuesday, February 28, 2017
*Illumination may not be lit up due to regular maintenance.
Italian Garden Monument Square in the Roadside Station Domannaka Tanuma
Lighting Hours: From sunset through 24:00

As a winter feature of the Roadside Station “Domannaka Tanuma,” the Italian Garden and other premises are decorated with colorful illumination using over 100,000 LED bulbs. Enjoy the brightly lit garden while relaxing on a bench in the Garden or while eating dinner at the restaurant.
Entertainment with projection mapping, focusing on “the winner of the 2013 Yuru-chara Grand Prix, ’Sanomaru,’” is also offered.

General Information

Address Italian Garden Monument Square in the Roadside Station Domannaka Tanuma
Contact Roadside Station Domannaka Tanuma
Phone Number 0283-61-0077
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Tobu World Square

Nikko City
From Saturday, November 5, 2016 through Sunday, March 5, 2017
From Saturday, March 11, 2017 through Sunday, March 26, 2017
Lighting Hours: On weekdays from Saturday, November 5, 2016 through Monday, January 9, 2017 (National Holiday) 16:30-19:30
On weekends, national holidays, and end of the year & New Year's holidays from Saturday, November 5, 2016 through Monday, January 9, 2017(National Holiday) 16:30-20:30
From Tuesday, January 10, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 17:00-19:30
From Monday, February 13, 2017 through Sunday, March 5, 2017 17:30-19:30
Saturday, March 11, & Sunday, March 12, Saturday, March 18, & Sunday, March 19, & Monday, March 20(National Holiday), Saturday, March 25, & Sunday, March 26, 2017 18:00-20:00

Tobu World Square is an architectural museum, comprised of 102 well-known buildings from 21 countries, including 45 World Heritage Sites, which have been elaborately reproduced on a 1/25 scale. During the season, world-famous structures are lit up with fantastic illumination. You can travel around the resplendent world in one night. Don't miss our “Taipei 101” illumination since October 2015.

General Information

Address Tobu World Square
Contact Comprehensive Reservation Center
Phone Number 0288-77-1055
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Nakagawa Aquatic Park ”Light Acuario 2016-2017"

Ohtawara City
From Tuesday, November 29, 2016 through Sunday, January 22, 2017
Lighting Hours: From opening to closing

During the winter season, the "Light Acuario illumination" is held in the Nakagawa Aquatic Park. For the 2016-2017 season, the illumination theme is “Japanese style.” Japanese-style spaces, where locally produced natural materials are harmonized with various creatures, is delicately lit up with lights. A number of monuments are outlined with lights in the darkness. At the aquatic park, enjoy a world of fantasy created by light, water and fish, unique to the aquarium.

General Information

Address Event Space at Nakagawa Aquatic Park
Contact Nakagawa Aquatic Park
Phone Number 0287-98-3055
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Utsunomiya Illumination 2016

Utsunomiya City
Thursday, November 17, 2016 through Sunday, January 15, 2017
Lighting Hours: 17:00 – 21:00
Orion Square, etc.

Approx. 200,000 LED bulbs light up historical sites in Utsunomiya City such as the Kama River and Futarasan Shrine, a number of shopping malls including Bamba, Orion, Union, and Tobu Bashamichidori, as well as downtown where the main sites are located. Winter nights are lit up with gorgeous illumination for a fantastic view. Around illuminated Kamagawa Fureai Square, the lights and their reflection on the river surface offer visitors twice the fascination.

General Information

Address Orion Square, etc.
Contact Utsunomiya Town Planning Promotion Organization
Phone Number 028-632-8215
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The 12th Peagent of Light and Sound

Tochigi City
From Friday, December 2, 2016 through Monday, January 9, 2017(National Holiday)
Lighting Hours: 17:00-23:00

For the “Pageant of Light and Sound,” an illumination composed of approx. 80,000 blue and red light bulbs, brightly shining in the winter night sky. Commemorating its 12th anniversary, this pageant is now an established rite of winter in Ohira, Tochigi City. On weekends, events with citizen participation take place on the Platz Ohira stage. In addition, Tochigi Prefectural Industrial High School displays its "Interactive Illumination" produced by its students, such as a huge monument panel where images start to move when someone approaches.

General Information

Address Around Platz Ohira located at the East Exit of Shin-Ohirashita Station
Contact xecutive Committee of the Pageant of Light and Sound (Industry Promotion Section, Ohira General Branch, Tochigi Municipal Government)
Phone Number 0282-43-9213
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Oyama Illumination

Oyama City
Oyama Yuen Harvest Walk
Time period: Saturday, November 12–Sunday, December 25, 2016
Illumination times: 16:30-0:00
Fujitsu Oyama Plant Winter Illuminations
Time period: December 1–December 31
Illumination times: 16:30-22:00 approx.

Large-scale “Oyama Yuen Harvest Walk” shopping mall.
With nighttime “Shopping in the Park” as this year’s theme, all of our facilities will be lit up, including the merry-go-round and Water Plaza.
We invite you to join us and enjoy walking through a world of fantasy.
There will also be Christmas illuminations in the front yard of Fujitsu’s Oyama Plant”, which will be open to the public.
* A number of fun-packed events are scheduled for the weekends.

General Information

Contact Oyama Yuen Harvest Walk
Fujitsu Oyama Plant Winter Illuminations

Oyama Yuen Harvest Walk

Fujitsu Oyama Plant Winter Illuminations

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Yunishigawa Hot Spring Kamaukura Festival

Nikko City
Saturday, January 28, 2017 through Sunday, March 5, 2017
Lighting Hours: 17:30-21:00

Kamakura Festival (certified as a Japan Night View Heritage) is held at Yunishigawa Hot Spring Resort, a secluded hot spring in Tochigi well-known for its Heike no Ochudo legend. Commemorating its 24th anniversary in 2017, this festival is now a rite of winter. Highlights of the festival include the mini kamakura igloos lit up along the Yunishi River. Candle flames flickering in the darkness create a mesmerizing world of fantasy. In addition, snow lanterns and unique snowmen welcome you throughout the village. You can also enjoy a barbecue in an igloo large enough to accommodate four adults.

General Information

Address Kamaukura Festival
Contact Nikko City Tourism Association
Phone Number 0288-22-1525
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Okunikko Yumoto Hot Spring Snow Festival

Nikko City
Monday, February 6, 2017 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 Lighting Hours: 17:00-20:00

Okunikko Yumoto Hot Spring Snow Festival is the largest winter event held at the Okunikko Yumoto Hot Spring. A lot of events are planned in the snowy region, including “Yukiakari” certified as a Japan Night View Heritage, where approx. 1,000 mini igloos (approx. 40 cm in height) are lit up with blue and purple candles, and the “All Japan Ice Sculpture Okunikko Competition,” where intricate ice sculptures are exhibited. In addition, big igloos are on display and starlight (watching) tours are organized.

General Information

Address Okunikko Yumoto Hot Spring
Contact Cooperative Association of Okunikko Yumoto Hot Spring Inns (Executive Committee of the Snow Festival)
Phone Number 0288-62-2570
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Hunter Mountain Shiobara

Nasushiobara City
From Saturday, December 3, 2016 through Sunday, April 16, 2017 (Scheduled)
Open Hours: 8:30-16:30 (Weekdays) 8:00-16:30 (Weekends, national holidays, and end of the year & New Year's holidays)
*Closes at 16:00 until the end of January and from April.
*Open into the night on some days (Until 20:00)/January 7, 8, 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 11
Hunter Mountain Shiobara

“Hunter Mountain Shiobara” is the largest snow resort in the Tokyo cosmopolitan area. This ski resort boasts easy access from the center of the capital in approx. 150 minutes. Skiers, both beginners and experienced, enjoy twelve slopes, including the longest, with 3,000 m run. Pole Bahn, Snow Park and many other attractions await you. At the Kids Park, an exclusive sleigh slope is safe and fun for small children.

General Information

Address Nasushiobara City
Contact Hunter Mountain Shiobara
Phone Number 0287-32-4580
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Mt. Jeans Ski Resort Nasu

Nasu Town
Saturday, December 17, 2016 through Sunday, March 26, 2017
Open Hours: 8:30-16:30 (16:00 until February 5)

Three-generation of skiers can enjoy Mt. Jeans Ski Resort Nasu, from the beginners’ area, as well as the Kids Park for children to frolic in Mother Nature. For visitors who aren't good at skiing or snowboarding, a variety of amusements are offered, such as sliding down a 600 m slope in a large rubber boat called “Snow Rafting,” and riding a handled sleigh. In addition, Beginners Park and Kinds Park have been drastically renovated this season. Mt. Jeans Ski Resort Nasu is easy to access, approx. 120 minutes from the Tokyo metropolitan area. Enjoy a one-day ski trip. In addition, no need to drive over snowy mountain roads or toll roads.

General Information

Address Nasu Town
Contact Mt. Jeans Ski Resort Nasu
Phone Number 0287-77-2300
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Fujiyama Park

Kanuma City
Admission free

Fujiyama Park encompasses the entire 213 m high mountain, with a total space of 87,000 m2. Located in an urban area, this park is so richly endowed with nature that you can enjoy birdwatching. From the top of the mountain, a panoramic view spreads across the mountains including Mt. Nantai and the inner city of Kanuma. You can even see Tokyo Skytree on a clear day. This park has also gained attention as a “Skytree View Spot.” Enjoy the star-filled night sky and the colorful, shining night view like jewelry.

General Information

Address Fujiyama Park
Contact Tourism & Exchange Section, Economic Division, Kanuma Municipal Government
Phone Number 0289-63-2188
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Hina Doll Festival Tour

Mashiko Town
Saturday, February 11, 2017 through Sunday, March 5, 2017

The 7th Hina Doll Festival Tour in Mashiko will be held in early spring of 2017. A wide variety of hina dolls, including a set of gorgeous dolls displayed on a red-carpeted platform and with hanging ornaments, are displayed in 80 spots, including in city areas, shops, and Western and Japanese restaurants. In addition to traditional-style dolls, ceramic and earthen dolls, as well as unglazed baked dolls, are also uniquely exhibited in Mashiko, a pottery production town. During the festival, the “Stamp Rally for Hina Doll Festival Tour” is organized to provide souvenirs for visitors by lottery.

General Information

Address Mashiko Station - Mashiko Main Street – Jonaizaka – Satoyama-dori – Sayado, etc. in Mashiko Town
Contact Mashiko Tourist Bureau
Phone Number 0285-70-1120
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