Off-base events

The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the largest winter events in Japan, attracting more than 2 million viewers last year. For more, visit www.snowfes.com/english/index.html.

Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.


67TH ANNUAL SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Feb. 5-11; features snow statues, ice sculptures and more in Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino; www.snowfes.com/english.

OTARU SNOW LIGHT PATH (Hokkaido): Feb. 5-14, 5-9 p.m.; features 120,000 candles covered with paper shades floating on canals, along with Unga and Temiyamasen areas and Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru, eight-minute walk from JR Otaru Station; 0134-32-4111; http://yukiakarinomichi.org/?page_id=2180.


TOWADAKO LAKE WINTER FESTIVAL 2016 (Aomori prefecture): Feb. 5-28, 3-9 p.m., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends; Towadako Lake celebrates Pageant and Light Snow with a snow-covered lakeside and illuminated strolls, with food booths, live music and fireworks 8 p.m. daily; 0176-75-2425.

ISAWA ONSEN WINTER FIREWORKS (Yamanashi prefecture): Feb. 5-28, Fri.-Sun. & Feb. 10 & 11; 20-minute fireworks display 8:30 p.m. at Fuefuki Riverside area, 20-minute walk from JR Isawa Onsen Station or 10-minute ride from Ichinomiyasaka I.C. on Chuo Express; free; 055-262-3626.

MOUNT AKAGI SNOW FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Feb. 6; featuring ski and snowboard classes for juniors along with ice fishing and more at Agaki Onuma (marsh) and Mount Agaki Daiichi Ski Resort, 70-minute ride from Maebashi I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 027-210-2189.

ZAO OF RIME ON TREES, SNOW & FIRE FESTIVAL (Yamagata prefecture): Feb. 6, 8-9:30 p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m. where trees are covered with rime, which looks like snow monsters, at Uenodai Ski Slope of Zao Onsen Ski Resort, 40-minute bus ride from JR Yamagata Station; 1,000 yen for advance registration by Jan. 29 at 023-694-9005; 023-647-2266.

MINAMIUONUMA SNOW FESTIVAL (Niigata prefecture): Feb. 6 & 7; featuring live performances, karuta (traditional Japanese playing cards) games, fireworks 8:55 p.m. Feb. 6 and more; JR Urasa Station on Jyoetsu Line; www.m-uonuma.jp.

FLOWER DREAM (Tokyo): Feb. 6, 1-7 p.m., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; flower gifts, design and techniques, and flower-related materials as well as flower design competitions and exhibition of Ikebana at Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition East 1I & III Halls, three-minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon, Station Yurikagome Line; 1,500 yen adults, ages 18 & younger free; 03-5496-0369; www.flowerdream-tokyo.net/pdf/english_overview.pdf.

OJI INARI SHRINE KITE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Feb. 6 & 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; kites on sale along with food vendors at the compound of shrine, a seven-minute walk from Oji Station on JR Oji Line/Nampoku Line (metro); 03-3907-3032.

SAPPORO INTERNATIONAL SKI MARATHON 2016: Feb. 7, 8:50 a.m.; starts and ends at Sapporo Dome; 25 & 50 km for ski marathon, 3, 5 & 11 km for ski walk; 10-minute walk from Fukuzumi Station on Touhou-Line; 5,140 yen for 50 km, 4,630 yen for 25 km; 2,060 yen for 3, 5 & 11 km, 510 yen ages 15 and younger; 011-530-5562; www.shsf.jp/ski/english.

SAIKO (LAKE) SOFT RIME FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Feb. 7; giant ice sculptures on display along with night illuminations at Saiko Yacho-no mori Koen, one of five lakes at the foot of Mount Fuji; 25-minute ride on Route 139 from Kawaguchiko IC on Chuo Express or a 50-minute a Fujikyuko bus ride from Kawaguchiko Station; free; 0555-72-3168.

SATTE NARCISSUS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; 50,000 narcissuses bloom at the Satte Gongendo Park, 30-minute walk from Satte Station on Tobu Nikko Line or 10-minute ride from Kuki I.C. on Tohoku Express; free; 0480-43-1111.

IWATE SNOW FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): Through Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; winter sports such as horse-sledding, snow mobile, slide, and fireworks at 7:30 p.m. at Koiwai Farm, Shizukuishi town, 10 miles off Morioka I.C. on Tohoku Express or bus from JR Morioka Station; free; 019-692-4321.

PRAYERS TO WATER EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., closed Tue.; Water, the wellspring of life, has long been an object of religious devotion. The exhibition focuses on deities — dragons, the goddess Benzaiten, the set of three deities known as the Sumiyoshi Sanhin – associated with water from ancient to medieval times, tracing the history of visible forms rooted in those religious beliefs at Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, free children; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; www.suntory.com/sma/exhibit/2015_6.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT EXHIBITION “ARCHITECT FRANK GEHRY’ I HAVE AN IDEA”: Through Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Tue.; Tokyo Midtown Garden; 1,100 yen adults, 800 yen college students, 500 yen senior high school students; 03-3475-2121; www.2121designsight.jp/en.

TABLEWARE FESTIVAL 2016 IN TOKYO DOME: Through Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; domestic and Western tableware and table settings on display at Tokyo Dome, JR Suidobashi Station/Korakuen Station; 2,100 yen; 03-5800-9999; www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e.

NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH TULIP FESTIVAL & (Nagasaki prefecture): Feb. 8-April 18; enjoy a half million tulips in 700 varieties in full bloom during the day and illuminations in the evening at this Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN - LUNAR NEW YEAR SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Feb. 8-22; celebrating a new year with firecrackers and Chinese dragon dance on the streets in Chinatown 4-8 p.m. Feb. 8, and Chinese New Year special performance of traditional music instrument koto, Chinese acrobatics and Chinese dragon dance at Yamashita Park special stage 2:30-3:30, 4-5 & 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 13, 14, & 21; one-minute walk from Motomachi Station on Minato-mirai Line or a seven-minute walk from Kan-nai Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; 045-662-1252.

NAGASAKI LANTERN FESTIVAL: Feb. 8-22; Nagasaki was the only port in Japan opened to foreign trade in Japan during the Edo Period. The island of Dejima, constructed in Nagasaki Bay was the only port given to Westerners to stay and trade while Chinese people were also confined in “Tojin Yashiki” and it developed into a Chinatown in Nagasaki after the Meiji Restoration. Chinese New Year celebrations in Nagasaki take place at seven places in the city including Shinchimachi, Nagasaki’s Chinatown, Minato Koen (main stage) and lanterns, as well as lion and dragon dances, are among the attractions; http://visit-nagasaki.com/spots/detail/92.

KAWAZU CHERRY BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Feb. 10-March 10; 8,000 cherry blossom trees along the River Kawazu bloom and are illuminated 6-9 p.m. during the event; Kawazu Station on Izu-Kyuko-Line; 0558-32-0290; www.town.kawazu.shizuoka.jp.

SHIBUYA J. GOSPEL FES 2016 (Tokyo): Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; featuring gospel played by Japanese musicians including Gifts, Gospel Seed, Come & Worship, True Vine, Joy, Sarah, Israel, Berach a, L’abeille, Immanual, Tehillim, Patrolis, Truth, Tree of Life, By His Spirit, Gracious doors, the Gate of Praise, Rose Marie Samuels and more at Yoyogi Koen Outdoor Stage; free; http://thevision.co.jp/shibuya201602.

HIROSAKI CASTLE SNOW LANTERN FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Feb. 11-14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; one of five greatest snow festivals in northern Japan, featuring 150 Japanese garden-style lanterns and snow sculptures constructed in the Hirosaki Park and the grounds of Hirosaki Castle. Each lantern is illuminated with candles sunset-9 p.m., along with 200 snow huts in which children play house; one-minute walk from a bus stop of Shiyakusho-mae Koen-mae after taking a bus at No. 6; 0172-35-3131.

JAPAN CAMPING CAR SHOW 2016 (Chiba): Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 300 camping cars, outdoor equipment, campsite and tourism information at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls 1-3, five-minute walk from Kaihim-Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo Line; 1,000 yen adults, 500 elementary school and junior high school students, 200 yen for pet; 050-5865-9874.   

HANABI WORLD CUP AT HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Feb. 12, March 12 & March 20, 8-9 p.m.; fireworks experts from China and Japan compete; entry fee plus 2,000 yen adults, 1,000 yen children (free observation zone). 1,600 yen adults, 800 yen children in advance ticket; www.english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

ASAKUSA ANTIQUE SHOW (Tokyo): Feb. 12-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 100 licensed antique dealers with Japanese, European and American antiques at Sangyo Boeki Center - Taito-Kan, 6th floor, three-minute walk from Asakusa Station; free admission; 03-5982-8810.

NAMAHAGE FESTIVAL (Akita prefecture): Feb. 12-14, 6:10-8:30 p.m.; Namahage, a demon-like being, portrayed by men wearing oversized ogre masks and traditional straw capes, frighten children by asking if there is any child who is crying; Shinzan Shrine, Namahage-kan and Oga Shinzan Densho-kan; 45-minute bus ride from JR Oga Station on Oga Line; 0185-24-4700; 0185-24-9141; www.oganavi.com/sedo/en.

SAITAMA CYCLE EXPO 2016 (Saitama prefecture): Feb. 13 & 14, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 8, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; bicycles, bicycle components, accessories and apparel, talk shows, test rides on outdoor courses and more at Saitama Super Area, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 03-6280-5146; www.cycle-expo.jp.

WORLD VALENTINE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Feb. 13 & 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; taste traditional food and culture, along with annual flea market at Yoyogi Koen, 12-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; free; 090-5563-9930.

JAPAN GRAND PRIX INTERNATIONAL ORCHID FESTIVAL 2016 (Tokyo): Feb. 13-19, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; world’s largest orchid show draws more than 150,000 people annually and features about 100,000 orchids from more than 20 countries and regions at Tokyo Dome, JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu-Line; 2,200 yen, 1,700 yen after 3 p.m.; 03-3591-0551 www.jgpweb.com/outline/english.php.

LAKE YAMANAKA DIAMOND FUJI WEEKS & ICE CANDLE FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Feb. 13 & 20, 5 p.m.; candle lighting and fireworks; at Hirano Chibikko Hiroba on Feb. 13 and Yamanakako Koryu Hiroba on Feb. 20; 0555-62-3100.

AKASAKA SACAS ICE SKATING RINK 2015 (Tokyo): Through Feb. 14, noon-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends and holidays; open-air ice skating; Akasaka Station on Chiyoda Line.

YOKO ONO: FROM MY WINDOW (Tokyo): Through Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mon.; exhibition at the Museum Contemporary Tokyo of Art shows how Ono’s activities connect modern and contemporary Europe, Japan and the United States, art and music and literature, avant-garde and popular culture and society and the individual; 1,200 yen adults, 900 yen college and senior high school students, 700 yen middle school students; www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/exhibition/yoko_ono_from_my_window.html.

NARCISSUS FESTIVAL AT KASAI RINKAI PARK (Tokyo): Through Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 200,000 narcissuses are in bloom, plus performances and concerts, and agricultural products from Shimoda city on sale Feb. 7 & 8; one-minute walk from Rinkai Koen Station on JR keiyo-Line; 03-5696-1331; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_02.html.

TOKAMACHI SNOW FESTIVAL (Niigata prefecture): Feb. 19-21, until 9 p.m.; one of three greatest snow festivals in northern Japan, featuring ice sculptures made by local residents, local food, open-air tea services on the snow at 27 festival sites, giant snow slide, and live performances at a stage made of snow along with illumination and fireworks at Tokamachi town; take a taxi from JR Tokamachi Station on Iiyama Line; http://snowfes.jp/?lang=en.

NARCISSUS FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Through Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; enjoy hiking on nature trails while viewing three million narcissuses in mostly white color in bloom at Tsumekizaki Park and Green Area, Suzaki, Izu city; shuttle bus available from Izu-kyu Shimota Station 15-minute ride, 500 yen for parking lot; 0558-22-1531; www.shimoda-city.info/index_e.html.

FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO MOVIE FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Feb. 20 & 21; annual movie festival at Fureai Center Sakura Hall, seven-minute ride from Fujikyu Kawaguchiko Station or five-minute walk from Katsuyama Minshuku Bus Stop after taking a bus bound for Saiko Minshuku; 0555-72-5588.

WINE EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE: Through Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring hidden stories in wine production, as well as archives and videos of scientific aspects and historical approaches; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,500 yen adults, 500 yen kids; www.kahaku.go.jp/english.

TOKUNOSHIMA FAIR (Tokyo): Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; marine and local products made in Tokunoshima, Kagashima prefecture on sale, along with tour information and more at Yoyogi Koen Event Square, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station.

THE GREAT TERRACOTTA ARMY OF CHINA’S FIRST EMPEROR (Tokyo): Though Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Monday; Qin Shihuang succeeded in unifying China and became its first Emperor about 2,200 years ago. His legacy is preserved in a vast terracotta army, the discovery of which is considered the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. The exhibition features artifacts with connections to the first emperor and explores the world of his terracotta army; Tokyo National Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 900 yen senior high school students; 03-3822-1111.

YOYOGI PARK EARTH DAY MARKET (Tokyo): Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 55 dealers participate in monthly market of organic products and more; 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; Earth Day Money Association 03-6806-9281.

YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE ART RINK (ICE SKATING RINK): Through Feb. 21, 1-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m-10 p.m. weekends; art of lights with the theme of Fruit Punch on Ice; 500 yen adults, 400 yen children; 500 yen shoe rental; 045-211-1515.

FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO WINTER FIREWORKS (Yamanashi prefecture): weekends, through Feb. 21 & Feb. 23, 8-8:20 p.m.; fireworks launched at Ohike Koen, located close to Kawaguchiko Ohashi (bridge) Minami intersection in southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi, five-minute drive from Kawaguchiko I.C.; 0555-72-3168.

MOUNT FUJI SNOW FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Feb. 28; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; snow sculptures and snow sledding at Yamanaka-ko Koryu Plaza Kirara “Harappa,” three-minute ride from Yamanaka-ko I.C. on Higashi-Fuji Goko Express; 500 yen for sledding, snow-rafting rentals; 0555-62-3100.

UENO TOSHOGU SHRINE PEONY FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 3,200 peonies in 250 varieties contributed by Luoyang Botanical Garden, China in 1980 at the Peony Garden of Ueno Toshogu Shrine, five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 700 yen adults, kids free; 03-3822-3675.

AKASAKA ANTIQUE FAIR AT ARK HILLS (Tokyo): Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; about 50 licensed antique dealers at this open-air antique fair at Karayan Place of Ark Hills, one-minute walk from Tameike Sanno Station on Ginza Line and Roppongi 1-chome Station on Nanpuku Line, or nine-minute walk from Akasaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-6406-6663; www.arkhills.com/event.

TOSHIMAEN ICE SKATING RINK: Through Feb. 29, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. weekends & holidays, until 5 or 6 p.m. weekdays in January & February, closed Jan. 19; one of the biggest outdoor ice skating rink in Tokyo is at Toshimaen Amusement Park, 3-25-1 Kouyama, Nerima-ku or Toshima-en Station, Seibu Ikebukuro Line; 2,100 yen adult (includes admission, ice skating and rental), 1,600 yen children, free ice skating lessons available mornings of Jan. 9, 23 & 30; 03-3990-8800.

ATAMI PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through March 6; plum blossoms in Atami are the earliest to bloom in Japan and celebration are at Atami Baien Koen (Plum Garden) in Atami city – a resort town near Tokyo; 0557-85-2222.

PRE-RAPHAELITE AND ROMANTIC PAINTING FROM NATIONAL MUSEUMS LIVERPOOL (Tokyo): Through March 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fri. & Sat., closed Jan. 25; Liverpool is a group of museums and galleries including three museums in and around Liverpool, and they are known worldwide for a collection of masterpieces of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and about 70 pieces of watercolor and oil paintings are on display; Bunkamura the Museum; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 700 yen children; www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/museum.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI: THE 500 ARHATS (Tokyo): Through March 6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, until 5 p.m. Tue.; featuring 500 Arhats, along with the works of works Takashi Murakami, known for contemporary art movement superflat at Mori Art Museum; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Oedo Line; 1,600 adults, 1,100 yen student, 600 yen middle school student and younger; 03-5777-8600; www.tim-burton.jp.

TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN ICE SKATING RINK: Through March 6, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; ice skating rink at Sky Arena on 4th floor of Tokyo SkyTree, Tokyo SkyTree Station on Tobu SkyTree Line; 1,500 yen adults, 800 yen children, includes shoe rental; 0570-55-0102; www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english.

TOKYO MIDTOWN ICE SKATING RINK: Through March 6, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; outdoor ice skating rink, illuminations at 5 p.m.; Roppongi Station on Hibiya-Line and Oedo-Line, three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda-Line; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen children, includes shoe rental; 0570-017-154.

NAGAHAMA BONBAI EXHIBITION (Shiga prefecture): Through March 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., illuminated 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. weekends and holidays Feb. 6-March 6; featuring about 90 bonbai -- Japanese apricot tree in bonsai style¬ -- among a collection of 300 at Unkeikan, three-minute walk from JR Nagahama Station (70-minute train ride from Kyoto Station) or a nine-minute train ride from JR Maibara Station on Tokaido-Line; 500 yen adults, 200 yen children; 0749-65-6521.

OSHIMA TSUBAKI (CAMELLIA) FESTIVAL: Through March 21; Oshima Island is famous for camellia flowers and camellia oil products and this annual festival is held when the flowers are in full bloom. During Oshima Camellia Festival, ferry available from Kurihama (Yokosuka) Port to the island; Oshima Tourism Association, 04992-2-2177; and Tokai Kisen (ferry), 03-5472-9999.

FUJI-Q HIGHLAND ICE SKATING (Yamanashi prefecture): Through March 31, closed Jan. 19 & Feb. 16; three ice skating rinks; 5-6-1, Nishihara, Fuji-Yoshida city; 1,400 yen adults, 800 yen children; 1,000 yen shoe rental; 0555-23-2111; www.fujiq.jp/en.

SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 6; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; one-day pass 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: 4,100 yen adults, 3,300 yen junior and senior high school students, elementary school students free; six-hour pass 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: 3,700 yen adults, 3,100 yen junior and senior high school students and elementary school students free, four-hour ticket: 3,100 yen adults, 2,600 yen junior and senior high school students, 4,100 yen for all night tickets; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; fee; 04-2922-1384.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TOTEM (Tokyo): Through April 10; Cirque de Soleil, an immersion into the world of insects at Odaiba Big Top, five-minute walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome (monorail) or seven-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport on Rinkai Line; 6,500-10,000-12,500 yen adults, 4,500-6,500-8,500 yen kids weekdays, 7,500-11,000-13,500 yen adults, 5,500-7,500-9,500 yen kids on weekends; 0570-063-050.

EDOGAWA SPORTSLAND ICE SKATING (Tokyo): Through May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1-8-1, Higashi Shinozaki, Edogawa-ku, six-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station on Sobu Line; adults 510 yen/day, kids 210 yen/day plus adults 310 yen and children 210 yen for shoe rental; 03-3677-1711.

STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; a 4.5-minute attraction featuring the world of Star Wars in 3-D; 0570-00-8632; tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; adults 1,340 yen/day, kids 930 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,030 yen and children 720 yen plus 510 yen for shoe rental; 03-3403-3458, www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.


11TH WHALES STRAITS TOKASHIKI ISLAND MARATHON: Feb. 6; starts and ends at Tokashiki Elementary-Junior High School Athletic Park; 21.0975 km race 1 p.m., followed by 3, 5, & 10K; 35-minute high-speed-ferry ride from Naha Port; 4,000 yen adults, 2,000 yen senior high school students, 1,000 yen junior-high school students; 098-987-2333.

OKINAWA FLOWER & FOOD FESTIVAL 2016: Feb. 6 & 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; showcasing flowers and food at Ounoyama Park, Cellar Stadium Areas and Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan; free admission; 098-860-9446.

URASOE TWO-DAY MARCH TEDAKO WALK RALLY 2016: Feb. 6 & 7; see Japan’s earliest cherry blossoms in full bloom on a walk starting and ending at Urasoe Undo Koen; Sat., 42.195 km walk rally, followed by 20 km, 10K, 5K and 3K, Sun., 30 km walk rally, followed by 20 km, 10K, 5K and 3K; 1,000 yen adults/one day, 1,500 yen adults/two days, 100 yen for kids; 098-876-1234.

OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW 2016: Through Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; nearly 30,000 orchids on display at Ocean Expo Park’s Tropical Dream Center at Motobu Town; 690 yen adults, 350 yen children; http://oki-park.jp/oios/en.

IEJIMA “CHUPANJA” FESTIVAL: Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Chupanja means vigor and hard-working person. The island of Iejima, 5.5 miles off the coast of Motobu Peninsula, is home to a large hibiscus field featuring 1,000 varieties of the flower, along with local and marine products on sale, Iejima Hibiscus Garden, 30-minute ferry ride from Motobu Port of Okinawa; 0980-49-3161 (Iejima Village Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Division); 0980-49-2255 (ferries).

DOG RUN AT AZAMA SUN SUN BEACH: Through March 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; a half-acre grass field at Azama Sun Sun Beach, 20-minute drive from Haebaru Minami I.C. on Okinawa Express; 500 yen/pet, 350 yen/extra pet; 098-948-3521.

ZAMAMI VILLAGE WHALE WATCHING FESTIVAL 2016: Through April 5,10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Zamami Village, 50-minute express boat from Naha Port; 5,400 yen for adults, 2,700 yen for children; 098-896-4141; www.vill.zamami.okinawa.jp/whale/english.html.

OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL 2016: Through May 5; Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative Government Park, Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan, Nakijin Castle Park and Yaedake Cherry Park; Okinawa Sightseeing Convention Bureau 098-859-6129.

South Korea

PYEONCHANG CONNECTED TEST EVENTS (Gangwon province): Feb. 4-6; commemorating PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with participation by about 3,000 athletes in various winter sports competitions, exhibitions and performances and more; Dano Park and Phoenix Park; +82-33-249-3376; www.hellopyeongchang.com.

DRACULA, THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Feb. 9; Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts; 50,000-70,000-90,000-120,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

JIRISAN NAMWON BARAEBONG SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL (North Jeolla province): Through Feb. 14; Jirisan Namwon Baraebong is in the area of Herb Valley featuring snow-covered fields due to its high altitude. Enjoy sledding, mountain climbing, craft making, kite flying, snowball fights, snow sculpture exhibition and more; Namwon-si; take an express bus bound for Namwon Express Bus Terminal from Central City Terminal, then take a taxi to the venue; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=1872390.

BUKHANGANG FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through Feb. 14, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy ice fishing, ice sledding, quad bikes and more on Guuncheon Stream, three-minute walk from Daeseongri Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1 or 2; 12,000 won adults, 10,000 won teens for ice fishing, 3,000 won for train-framed sled, 10,000 won quad bikes, 5,000 won for ice bike; +82-2-1330; www.tinyurl.com/habr9yq.

CHILGAPSAN ICE FOUNTAIN FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): Through Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy ice fountains and snow sculptures in the Alps Villages in Cheongyang-gun; take an express bus bound for Jeongsan Bus Terminal from Central City Terminal, transfer to a local bus bound for Cheongyang-Jeongsan and get off at Cheonjang-ri Bus Stop; 5,000 won adult, 3,000 won children; +82-2-1330.

MUSICAL, “SALIERI” (Seoul): Feb. 18-March 13; BBC Theater; 40,000-36,000-48,000-60,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

“COME TO SEE ME,” THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Feb. 21; Myeongdong Theater; 10,000-40,000-60,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

CHEONGPYEONG SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through Feb. 21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; trout fishing with bare hands, ice fishing, riding sleds and more at Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1; 12,000 won adults, 10,000 won kids, pre-schoolers free; http://tinyurl.com/zhfq4sp.

“MAMMA MIA, THE MUSICAL” (Seoul): Feb. 24-June 4; Charlotte Theater, 60,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

GRAND HYATT SEOUL ICE RINK: Through Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., noon-9 p.m. Mon.; two hours is 26,000 won adults weekdays, 30,000 won adults, plus 20,000 shoes rental weekends; +82-2-2797; www.seoul.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/activities/hotel-activities/iceskating.html?onsiteActId=8619574.notre.

MUSICAL, “THE ORCHESTRA PIT” (Seoul): Through Feb. 28; LG Arts Center; 50,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

“FRANKENSTEIN” THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Feb. 28, Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 60,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH” (Seoul): March 1-May 29; Art Center, Grand Theater Hongik University; 55,000-77,000-99,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

KLIVE K-POP EXPERIENCE (Seoul): March 1-Dec. 31; K-Live (Lotte Fitin 9F); 33,000 won adults, 16,500 won children; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

JEJU FIELD-BURNING FESTIVAL (Jeju province): March 3-6; burning off old and wilted grass; festival features activities and programs; free; +82-2-1330; buriburi.go.kr.

MOZART, L’OPERA ROCK “AMADEUS” Seoul): March 11-April 24, Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts; 60,000-90,000-120,000-160,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

STANLEY KUBRICK EXHIBITION (Seoul): Through March 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends & holidays, closed Mon.; Seoul Museum of Art; 13,000 won adults, 10,000 won students, 8,000 won children; www.shift.jp.org/guide/seoul/art-design/seoul-museum-of-art.html.

“MATA HARI,” THE MUSICAL (Seoul): March 25-June 12; Blue Square Samsung Electric Hall, 60,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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