Experience the incredible Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival! Staying at next door Togari Onsen. Great ski resort with some of the best pow around. Outdoor hot springs, peak snow conditions, apres ski party, free lessons and more!
The Dosojin Fire Festival is an annual event held in the traditional snow village of Nozawa Onsen on Jan 15th every year. The evening begins with several parades and ceremonies as everybody gathers in the village square. The local firemen wander around dishing out free nihonshuu (sake) to anybody who wants it ensuring that the audience and participants are well primed. Eventually all the 42 year olds in the village climb up onto of a huge wooden structure that is contructed days earlier. Then things begin to get a little crazy. The remaining villagers attempt to burn the structure down, along with the 42 year olds while the 25 year olds in the village gather at the base to protect their elders. With all the alcohol and fire flying around its quite amazing that more people are not injured!! The 42 year olds are finally let down off the wooden structure and its then completely burnt in a huge firey spectacle that is not to be missed.
Togari Onsen Ski Resort is truly a snow paradise - Unlike neighbouring Nozawa, Togari has not yet been overwhelmed by Australian skiiers and snowboarders meaning that even on powder days you can find uncrowded and untouched lines well into the afternoon. The super wide slopes at the base of the mountain make Togari an excellent place for beginners while the intermediate, black and off-piste runs towards the top of the mountain are sure to please the more adventurous! Its going to be a fun fire fest weekend of powder and partying up in Togari and Nozawa - cant wait!!