Inukko Festival


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Address
1 Satakecho, Yuzawa-shi, Akita-ken
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Phone
+81-183-73-2135
Website
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About this sight

Held every February in Akita Prefecture's Yuzawa district, this two-day festival features huge snow statues of the Akita breed of dog. A dog cafe, drumming, and traditional rice-pounding event are just some of the activities featured. Many of the dog statues can be found near shrines. While the current tradition is to pray for both a successful harvest and protection from wrongdoing during the festival, in former times people would create dog statues made out of rice flour to "guard" their homes against burglars.