WHEN TO GO

Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

To see the re­gion blan­keted in snow, go be­tween De­cem­ber and early March, although the ski sea­son at Shiga Ko­gen (near Yu­danaka) and Nozawa Onsen can last from late Novem­ber to early May. The Nozawa Onsen fire fes­ti­val takes place ev­ery year Jan­uary 13–15. New Year (cel­e­brated De­cem­ber 31– Jan­uary 3) and Com­ing-ofAge Day (on the sec­ond Mon­day of Jan­uary) are also good times to see tra­di­tional rit­u­als and fes­tiv­i­ties across the re­gion as many Ja­panese don their ki­monos and visit shrines at this time.

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