Nebuta no sato – A village or two
As I am sure many of you have heard, Aomori is famous for its Nebuta Festival. However, since it only lasts for one short week in August, it may be hard to catch. For those of you that miss it, there is a great attraction called “Nebuta no sato” (The village of Nebuta), located near Moya Hills in Aomori City.
Is open year-round and offers a great chance to experience Nebuta.
There are several Nebuta floats on display.
However, the line up of Nebuta floats just begins the fun as there is also a live performance! The live Nebuta music on a snowy day really made me wish it was August…
You can also experience dressing up in a Nebuta costume, dancing, or even pulling a float. It’s the true package!
Now, if you are lucky enough to be visiting in January or Feburary – there is still one more treasure to be revealed.
A village of igloos!
Yes, that’s right folks, in the winter months Nebuta no sato sets up an area with igloos for visitors to enjoy.
Each igloo is based around a certain kind of apple.
It’s fun going around to all of the igloos and checking out the different kinds of apples. However, beware – you might be roped into helping dig some of the unfinished igloos! The snow was almost like ice, we didn’t get very far. This little old man told me it would take about 2 hours to carve out the entrance.
Before you head home though, don’t forget to try out some old traditional winter wear. Nebuta no sato lets visitors borrow tranditional Japanese clothing. It’s quite fun!
Here is the first item. In Japanese its called a “chanchanko” also know as a “hancha” in Tsugaru dialect. It’s basically a nice warm vest.
Over the “chanchanko” goes a shall, known as a “kakumaki”. You can wear it on your shoulders or over your head if it’s snowing.
And last but not least, straw boots. They are known as “warakutsu” in Japanese. I was actually surprised, they were quite comfortable for walking!
After getting dressed Japanese style, back out to the igloos!
What do you think?
If you get a chance I highly recommed visiting Nebuta no sato at this time of year. It’s great winter fun!
Nebuta no sato
Business Hours: 9:00 – 17:30 (last entry at 17:00)
Entrance Fee: 420 yen for adults, 150 – 310 yen for children
Live Nebuta performances at 11:00, 13:00, and 15:00