The Iiyama snow festival is held in Iiyama city near Myoko. In the whole town snow sculptures are constructed and can be admired. Various food and drink stalls are set up, and visitors can climb into inner tubes of tires and whizz down a big snow slide. The highlights of the evening are a professional fire show and a fire performance with a history of 300 years, transmitted from the Narazawa district. A man, dressed as a tengu (a long-nosed mythical creature), preforms an intricate dance brandishing a huge, flaming torch.
We suggest heading to the festival after a day of skiing in the nearby Nozawa Onsen ski area. Of course, one of our staff members can bring you to the festival and back, and guide you during the event.
More information: http://www.isnowfes.org/index.php/event