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Events

Christmas Market: December 2, 9, 16, 23

Japan's Oldest Christmas Market

   In the winter of 1873, German engineer Kurt Netto held the first Christmas celebration in Japan with the local villagers. In remembrance of that event, the Tenshikan building and former Kosaka Mine Office are decked with festive lights and decorations for the month of December.
   Vendors selling food like sausages, cookies, and mulled wine as well as stalls selling wreaths and ornaments will fill the Christmas market.
Location:Meiji Hyakunen-dori (near the Tenshikan building)
Date & time:December 2, 9, 16, 23 (Saturdays) 
     17:00~19:30
Contact:Kosaka Machizukuri Co.
     TEL 0186-29-5522

Odate Shinning Street: December 9 - January 14

Stroll down an avenue of light

   300,000 Christmas lights decorate the roadside trees from Odate City Hospital to the Akita Nursing and Welfare College (approx. 800m)
   The display lasts from 4pm to 1am every evening, except for New Years Eve when the street it lit up until dawn. On January 14th, there will be a winter fireworks show to mark the end of the display. Come enjoy a walk in this magical winter wonderdland!
Event Schedule
Lighting Ceremony
Date: Dec 9 @ 16:00
Location: Odate City Hospital north parking lot
New Year's Eve Display
Date: Dec 31
          Street stays lit until dawn
Grand Finale & Fireworks
Date: Jan 14 @ 20:30
Location: Tamach Baseball Field
               *Traffic restrictions 20:00-21:00
Place:①Odate City Hospital to Akita Nursing & Welfare College
     ②Odate Station
Date:December 9 - January 14
Display time:16:30~25:00
            ※Display remains lit from New Year's Eve till dawn New Year's Day
Contact:Odate Shining Street Planning Committee
     TEL 090-3368-2085(Mr. Tsutaya)