January in Nozawa Onsen

by Mark on January 24, 2010

Blue Bird Day at Yamabiko on top of Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

Blue Bird Day at Yamabiko on top of Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

It has been a pretty snow filled month so far in Nozawa Onsen. Don’t think we saw much of the sun there for a while as the powder kept falling from the sky. In amongst the dumps there were however a few magic sun filled days and some great photo opportunities.

The trees up top at Yamabiko never cease to amaze. It is called “Jyuhyou” which literally means Frozen Tree!

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival in full blaze

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival in full blaze

There were also some pretty hot trees in the Village this month with the famous ‘Fire Festival’. To first timers it is an unbelievable event with people charging at each other with huge burning sticks. It is like a medieval pantomime which is slowly played out over the course of ┬áthe evening. Lots of sore heads from the fight and the sake!

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