03 February 2011

More Winter Festivals!

Want more fun in the snow this winter in Aomori? Then here are a few more events for you! Aomori Prefecture is said to have one of the highest snowfalls in all of Japan, so it's no surprise that residents know the best ways to celebrate during the cold winters.

The 33rd Aomori City Winter Festival
First held over thirty years ago, this festival has become a winter tradition, complete with a huge snow slide, a chance to make your own ice cream and rice cakes, a petting zoo and horse-riding area among its attractions.

When? 12th & 13th February 2011, 9.00 - 16.00
Where? Gappo Park, to the east of Aomori City 合浦公園、青森市 (click here for a map from Jusco in Tsugaru)
Contact: 017-741-6634 
Parking is available at the park for ¥500 per day, and opens at 8.30.
Photos from last year's event can be found here.

Sannai-Maruyama Jomon Winter Festival
Enjoy building snowmen among the famous Jomon ruins, and don't forget to bring your sled for the snow slide!

When? 19th & 20th February 2011
Where? At the Sannai-Maruyama Jomon Archeological Site 三内丸山縄文遺跡 (click here for the English website)
(click here for directions from Jusco)
Entry? Free, though there are some events that require an entry fee

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