• Exploring the Hirosaki Castle Yuki-Doro Festival

    When most people are thinking of visiting the Hirosaki Castle, they think of cherry blossoms and springtime. However, while the cherry blossoms are certainly a major attraction, the castle is also home to the Yuki-Doro Festival that attracts visitors during the winter. Yuki-Doro Festival translates to Snow Lantern Festival, and it features lanterns built from snow by locals, as well as Japanese food vendors and snow-covered pines.

    The Yuki-Doro Festival at Hirosaki Castle takes place across five days each February and is one of the five major snow festivals in the northern Tohoku region. This part of Japan experiences harsh winters and heavy snow, and people travel from across the country to take in the winter scenery. The festival is free to attend and is easy to access from the JR Hirosaki Station.

    House of Genji might not be able to offer snow, but we do offer tasty Japanese food and fun Teppanyaki dining in San Jose for your entire family to enjoy. You can learn more about our menu and cocktail lounge by calling (408) 453-8120.

  • A Look at the Japanese Winter Light Festival

    If you’re planning a trip to Japan during the winter, you’ll have the opportunity to experience amazing Japanese restaurants, entertainment, and cultural events. One such event is the amazing Japanese Winter Light Festival. Here is a look at the key details of the festival, and why you won’t want to miss it during your trip.

    Where and When the Festival is Held

    The Winter Light Festival is held annually at the Nabana no Sato botanical garden. The botanical garden is on the southern island of Nagashima, and is part of the Nagashima Onsen resort. The resort features spas, hot springs, a beer garden, shopping, and fine French, Italian, and Japanese restaurants. The festival runs between the middle of November to the end of March. Nabana no Sato is open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    What You’ll See When You Visit

    The festival has a theme every year; in past years, the themes were nature and Japanese animation. Every year, the festival uses around seven million LED lights to create stunning displays. The famous Tunnel of Light display uses 1.2 million lights, and has a different design every year. One year the design was “cherry blossoms in winter”, and the tunnel looked as though it was surrounded with beautiful cherry blossoms. Other displays include 18-meter illuminated fir trees, water illuminations, and cloud lights.

    Other Attractions in the Area

    In addition to the Japanese dining, shopping, and spa activities at the Nagashima Onsen resort, there are a number of other exciting attractions in the area. You can visit the nearby Mitsui Outlet Park, the Nagoya Anpan-man Kodomo Museum, and the Yuami no Shima spa.

    At House of Genji, we offer guests authentic Japanese food in San Jose. Our talented chefs prepare delicious Japanese food right in front of you on hibachi grills, and our cocktail lounge features unique, creative drinks in a stylish atmosphere. To learn more about the menu or location of our Japanese restaurant, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

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