The annual Shiramine Snowman Festival will be held again on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. This festival features hundreds of snowmen constructed by the townspeople that are illuminated at night using a special lighting method that is a well-kept town secret. This is a great way to escape the Ishikawa winter blues because no one can possibly be sad when surrounded by hundreds of adorable snowmen. The festival lasts from 3 – 9 p.m.
It’s easiest to get to the festival if you have a car. If you live near Kanazawa or Hakusan, you can make it to the festival with plenty of time if you leave right after work. A Google Map of Shiramine can be found here for those wanting directions. For those interested in attending the Jan. 27 festival, there will be a free shuttle bus from the parking lots to Kuwajima. If you don’t have a car there are shuttle buses leaving from Kanazawa Station at 3 p.m. on both days. A round-trip ticket is ¥2000. Also, see the jump below for an English tour with limited availability.
The Hakusan City’s Hakusan International Association (HIA) Shiramine Snowman Festival Tour
Date: Friday, January 27, 2012
Time: Bus departs Rifare at 1:30 p.m.; departs Kanazawa City Hall at 1:40 p.m. (the bus can make a stop at Izumigaoka SHS as well)
*Notice that this is on a Friday, so you will have to take half a day of daikyu or nenkyu for this.
Place: Shiramine District’s Kuwajima Village (there are two main venues for the snowman festival and this is the smaller one)
Cost: 1000 yen (participation fee covers tour bus and insurance)
Deadline: January 20, 2012
(There will be a Japanese tour guide and PA Jeff Shieh will be going along to help interpret.)
To sign-up, please e-mail Mrs. Keiko Uno of HIA at k-uno <at > city (dot) hakusan [dot] lg <dot>jp with your name, gender, age, nationality, and the bus stop where you would like to be picked up.