Karamushi Ori-no-Sato Snow Festival

Karamushi Ori-no-Sato Snow Festival

Winter in Showa Village wouldn’t be complete without heavy snowfall – every year around 2 meters of snow piles in the village! Showa Village’s local people has adapted their way of working around the harsh conditions of winter over the generations by utilizing the long winter months to create crafts from weaving thread made of ramie (made from nettles). This photo shows an important part of this process – the bleaching of the fabric. Visitors can even experience making coasters made from ramie using traditional methods at Orihime Koryukan Building, located at Michi-no-Eki Karamushi Ori-no-Sato (Roadside Station)!

The date of the 2021 Karamushi Ori-no-Sato Festival will be at the end of February 2021, and is currently being decided.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttp://showavill.info/events/(Japanese)
Best Season
  • Winter
Access Details
AccessMichi-no-Eki Karamushiori-no-sato Showa (Roadside Station), 1 Uenohara, Sakuara, Showa Village, Onuma-gun, Fukushima Pref. 968-0215
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Getting there

By Car: 35 min by taxi or rental car from Aizu-Tajima Station (Aizu Railway)

By Bus: 35 min by bus from JR Aizu Kawaguchi Station (JR Tadami Line)

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