Aomori Winter Festival
This weekend, Gappo Park in Aomori City is hosting its annual winter festival! The park is only about 20 minutes from Aomori Station and there are a lot of great activities to check out!
The first thing that caught my eye was the bread making area! Check this out!
For 200 yen you receive a bamboo stick that the little ladies wrap dough around. It looks like this!
After the dough is prepared, you cook your bread over a coal fire. It takes a while, but it was really yummy!
As you can see in this photo, there a lot of other activities that are going on such as a BINGO game! You can win everything from Onsen tickets to food!
If you make it early enough in the morning there is also mochi tsuki (rice pounding)! Mochi-tsuki is a traditional Japanese activity that usually occurs around the New Year. Basically it involves a large wooden hammer that pounds cooked rice into soft rice cakes. You can also enjoy watching Japanese dance, eating, horse riding, or a HUGE snow slide. Look at this!
If you are interested, the festival is going on through tomorrow, so get on your winter suit and join the fun!
If you can’t make it for the winter festivities the park offers seasonal fun year-round from cherry blossom viewing in the spring to a marathon event in the summer. Put Gappo Park on your next list of places to go in Aomori City!
Date:February 6 -7
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Parking available for 500 yen
3 minute walk from Gappo Koen Mae bus stop