By 10th February 2012 August 27th, 2013 Uncategorized

Kutchan’s winter festival, Yukitopia, kicks off on Saturday, February 18 with several not-to-be-missed activities. 

Brave skiers and snowboarders can participate in the “gliding across icy water” competition and get their share of the ¥200,000 prize money. If ten people make it across the water pond, each person will receive ¥20,000. Registration starts from 10am at the head office of the event on Sunday, February 19.

If you love hot pot, don’t miss the nabe (hot pot) Extravaganza in which eight teams will be competing for ¥30,000 prize money and the “Best Yotei Nabe Award”. Each team will prepare 100 portions of nabe for the spectators and judges.

During the weekend-long festival you can also enjoy bobsled games, snowball fights for adults, a “Mochi” shower, snow lantern displays, igloo making demonstrations, music performances, a “Flying Boot Show” and… too much to list it all. We’ve compiled some Yukitopia events in this issue as well as on

Yukitopia takes place in Kutchan‘s Chuo Park, with regular free shuttle busses running between Hirafu and Kutchan.

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