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.

entrance to Nebuta no sato

There are several Nebuta floats on display.

Nebuta floats
another Nebuta float

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…

live performers

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!

entrance to the igloo area

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.

An igloo featuring the "Mutsu" apple

Mutsu apples on display inside

Ourin Apple Igloo

Ourin apples on display inside

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.

here I am...shoveling some snow

we didn't make it very far

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.

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.

warm shalls in every color

And last but not least, straw boots. They are known as “warakutsu” in Japanese. I was actually surprised, they were quite comfortable for walking!

straw boots

After getting dressed Japanese style, back out to the igloos!

the ensemble

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
URL: http://www.nebutanosato.co.jp
Live Nebuta performances at 11:00, 13:00, and 15:00

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7 Responses to “Nebuta no sato – A village or two”

  1. emiliaokada.wordpress.com Says:

    Hi!

    Just found your blogg by googling aboit Aomori. I´m going there this wedesday and am wondering about the weather. I am from Sweden so I am used to the cold but everuone is been warning me about how cold it gets. Cold you please tell me? It cant be worse then a typical winter right?

  2. Hello & thank you for visiting. About the weather here in Aomori-city, currently the snow accumulation in Aomori-city is 82cm. This week the forecast says it would snow but not that bad.

    Following is the weather forecast of Aomori in English.
    http://www.accuweather.com/world-forecast.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&locCode=ASI|JP|JA003|AOMORI&metric=1

    Please have a safety trip. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.

    Yuko
    Administrator of Aomori-mori

  3. Hi Yuko,

    I’ll be visiting Nebuta No Sato on 17/11/2010. Can you please let me know how to get to the village?

    I believe it can be reached by bus. Can you please advise the bus #?

    Best Regards
    Alastair

  4. Good morning Alastair. Thank you for visiting our blog!

    As for the buses bound for Nebuta No Sato, you can catch them at the BUS STOP #8 in front of JR Aomori station. The bus service is not that frequent, like one in every 40-60 minutes.
    Every bus from BUS STOP #8 stops at Nebuta-no-sato-iriguchi(“iriguchi” is literally entrance).
    You will hear the announcement both in Japanese and English.
    From the bus stop you have to walk about 5 minutes to get to the main entrance with ticket booth.
    If you are a Japan Rail Pass holder, you might be able to get on the bus with the pass.

    If you find time to kill around JR Aomori station, you could stop at Aspam, the triangular building facing to the sea. It is 8 minutes walk from the station and there you can get some greater area of Aomori pamphlets in English at the tourist information desk.

    I am working on the 8th floor of that building. If you have further question, please feel free to ask.

    Have a safety trip to Aomori.

  5. O-o-ps!!! Alastair-san, hope you read this before starting your trip. In the previous reply I wrote Bus # 8 but it was “BUS #9”!! Sorry about this.
    Again have a safety trip to Aomori!

  6. Geir Hoaas Says:

    I was hoping to visit the museum this coming July, and wondered if it’s open a bit longer in the summer. Some websites indicate open until 7 pm. Is that correct?
    geir

  7. Hello Geir-san. I’ve just called Nebuta-no-sato to ask your question. I’m afraid but they would not prolong their opening hours even in summer time.
    If you want to view nebuta in the evening, new Nebuta Museum accessible from JR Aomori station is open until 7pm(May-Aug.). Have a safety trip to Aomori.

    Nebuta House Wa Rasse
    http://en.aptinet.jp/message/110131.html

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