Nozawa's most famous festival, held on January 15th every year, is a must-see cultural experience. Here fire erupts in a designated area of the village where thousands gather to celebrate and pray for the well being and good fortune of the village, and to ensure a plentiful harvest for the coming year. The Dosojin festival is one of Japan's three most celebrated fire festivals, where torch bearing villagers battle against young men barricaded in a pre-built wooden fort with an aim to burn it down. This festival begins in the early evening and rages through most of the night with fire, food, Japanese sake and good cheer being the main focus of the evening.
Bus departs at around 3:00pm and arriving back in Hakuba at around 1:00am