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Narai-juku Ice Candle Festival
Its streets lined with buildings rich in the spirit of the Edo era, Narai-juku has been nationally designated as an Important Preservation District for Group of Traditional Buildings. During winter, the chill in the mornings and evenings is severe, often dropping below -10 °C. Making the best of the winter cold, this festival was sparked by local interests wanting to liven up the area. Around 1,500 ice candles are lit, creating a mystically magical atmosphere.
*Narai-juku Tourism Information Center address 497 Narai, Shiojiri, Nagano
Annually on February 3 (on the day of Setsubun) 18:30～20:00
Once a year on this day alone, the people living in this post-station town put out their lights to enjoy the candles. Some years, there’s lots of snow, and sometimes the road ices over, so be careful as you’re walking around.
Board at Kiso-Fukushima Station, JR Chuo Line, and ride about 20 minutes to Narai Station.
From the Shiojiri IC on the Nagano Expressway, drive west along Route 20/Route 19 for about 40 minutes.
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