Winter events Fantasy land of snow / World Cup Snow Shoveling Competition Okura-kun,
the Jumbo Snowman Let's share the excitement!!
The Winter Event's
Hijiori Onsen is a district with some of the heaviest snowfalls in the country, and there are various events for enjoying the abundance of snow. The "Gensoyuki Kairo" is an event held every Saturday between late January and mid February, with warmly flickering candles placed along the walls of snow that pile up to 4 meters. On the last Sunday of February there is the "Jimen Dashi World Cup in Hijiori," where people compete to be the first to dig down and expose the earth under the snow. The climax of these events is the "Okura Yuki Monogatari", a winter fire work festival in late March where the Guinness world record giant snowman "Okura-kun" is displayed. There are also other snow activitys such as sledding.