Tsunan Snow Festival 2019 – See the Glowing Lanterns in the Sky of Niigata




Tsunan Snow Festival takes place when it gets really cold in Japan. Not many people know that in some places in Japan it gets extremely cold in the winter and snows a lot. At places like Hokkaido the temperature may drop down to -41 degrees Celsius, and the snow level may reach more than 10 meters! There are many places to enjoy the winter in Japan, like outdoor hot springs in the snow or skiing places. Thus, we also have special snow festivals when people make massive snow sculptures. In this article, I am going to introduce one of the snow festivals in Tsunan, Niigata prefecture!

About the Tsunan Snow Festival

The Tsunan snow festival (つなん雪まつり) takes place in Tsunan city in Niigata prefecture. First held in 1974, the festival became so popular that nearly 10,000 people come to this city every year! Tsunan city is one of the cities that has a lot of snow, and the event originally took place to cheer up the people who were stuck indoors because of it. Many events are held during the festival, such as on-ice bicycle riding, and an event where you float paper lanterns in the air. They call them the sky lanterns. The Tsunan snow festival is famous as one of the most romantic and relaxing events, so I am sure you will have a great time in Niigata in winter.

Things to Do and See

There are many ways to have fun at this festival, so just walk around and enjoy what you see! There are 2 main events during the festival. One is the snowboard freestyle competition – the “Snow Wave”, where snowboarders approach really high jumps performing crazy tricks. The second one is the sky lanterns floating, where over 2,000 paper lanterns float in the snowy night sky. The view is breathtaking, and this is one of the main reasons why the festival is so romantic! You can buy nice warm food during the event, but be sure to wear warm clothes as well.

Details and Access

Date: March 9th, 2019

Place: New Green Pier Tsunan

Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan-machi, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata-ken

Official website (Japanese only):


The best way to access the festival is by car, but shuttle buses also run from various places. One runs from the JR Tsunan station, but be careful as the train service stops by the time the sky lanterns are over.

Closing Remarks

Japanese snow festivals are really beautiful, and I guarantee you will have a great time. The candles and lanterns with the snow are especially breathtaking at Tsunan snow festival, so come on over if you want to have a relaxing and a heartwarming time in the cold winter.

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More Lantern Festivals

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and it made you want to visit this great festival. Lantern festivals in Japan are very popular, and you can see it in any season. If you would like to know more about other lantern festivals in Japan, enjoy its mystical atmosphere, and admire a glowing night in Japan, please click on the link below and you will find an article on the best 13 lantern festivals in Japan!


For All Snow Lovers…

Winter is a great season to enjoy Japan! I hope you enjoyed reading this article and it made you visit this event. There are plenty of festivals and events in Japan in winter, as Japanese people traditionally have a lot of celebrations this season. Most of the events are held in the evening to enjoy candle lights which bring a cozy and charming atmosphere.
For all snow lovers, the following article suggests you 10 best spots to enjoy snow in Japan!
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Would You Like to See the Biggest Winter Festival in Japan?

Hokkaido is the coldest Island in the Japanese archipelago. But this fact doesn’t scare Japanese people who have matsuri in their blood. Sapporo is holding the most significant winter event in Japan in February – Sapporo Snow Festival. So, if you are planning to come to Hokkaido in winter for skiing, visiting hot springs or even just on a business trip, don`t miss an opportunity to walk through the city and see this outstanding Festival! The following article will provide you with the essential information on this beautiful event. Please check the link below!


Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel themselves a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!


Ryusei Yuasa

Hi I’m Ryusei. I’m a university student, and love to play sports, listening to music, and communicating with people.

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