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Kotatsu Boat Nagatoro
January 1 @ 10:00 - February 29 @ 15:001000JPY
The Kotatsu Boat Nagatoro 2020 – Its all happening in Nagatoro and Chichibu in January! Icicles, strawberry picking, wintersweet festival and a truly only in Japan activity of Kotatsu boat riding! From January 1st until Saturday February 29th you can ride a boat on the Arakawa in Japanese style: sitting under a warm Kotatsu.
A kotatsu is a type of table you’ll find in almost every Japanese home. It is a low table with a removable top and a heater under the frame below the top. In Winter families put a kotatsu blanket between the frame and table top and turn on the heater for coziness to the max!
On the kotatsu boat they do the same thing. A blanket is placed between a frame of a long table and a removable table top. A heater below the frame keeps you warm as you sail down the Arakawa, Nagatoro’s most famous and beloved river.
Kotatsu Boat 2020 Information
Date: January 1st to February 29th
Time: Available between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm – weather permitting. Please do check with the official website to see if the boat is operating on the day you hope to ride.
Cost: 1000 yen for adults, 600 yen for children over three years old.
Reservations: none required
Access: from Iwadatami kudari Line depot, a three minute walk from the Chichibu Railway Nagatoro Station
In the area:
Mt Hodo is relatively close to the kotatsu boat ride. At the top of the mountain there is a wintersweet grove where there is a wintersweet festival during half of January and half of February. More information about the 2020 wintersweet festival in English here. You can also read about our experience of visiting the festival here.
For the last week of February and of the boat ride, there is a plum blossom festival on Mt Hodo. Information in English here.
There are three famous icicles of Chichibu that you can see during some of the period of the Kotatsu boat. The Otaki Ice Festival is the only naturally formed icicle display and it is late forming this year, so it might not be picturesque for another couple of weeks. The other two are Ashigakubo and Onouchi Hyakkei. It is best advised to travel by car to the icicles.
Please note that a lot of the riverside attractions in Nagatoro where badly damaged during typhoon #19, aka Hagibis, and are currently not open. They include two campsites – Waterpark Nagatoro and Autocamp Nagatoro – which don’t expect to be open again until Golden Week.
The featured image in thumbnail is from the official website.
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors.