Visitors from all around the world are in luck if they plan to visit Japan during the winter season. Aside from the beautiful sights of snow in certain regions, winter festival and events are a must see especially in the Hokkaido region.
Every year in Asahikawa, the Winter festival takes place. Many visitors from both Japan and tourists outside the country go there and see the beautiful man-made ice art.
The Asahikawa Fuyu Matsuri (Asahikawa Winter Festival) started in 1947 and was then known as the Iyomante. The name then changed to what it is now during 1960 and from then on, the matsuri grew bigger and bigger in the passing years. The main purpose of this event was to actually allow people to find a way to enjoy the cold winter season.
The Asahikawa Fuyu Matsuri is the second largest winter festival in Hokkaido next to the famous Sapporo Snow Festival. But just because the Asahikawa Fuyu Matsuri is second to Sapporo’s Snow Festival doesn’t mean it has less to offer. This Winter Festival actually showcases some of the biggest and greatest snow and ice sculptures!
The festival also offers a mix of snow, ice and light as well as a number of other highlights like firework displays, ice sculptures and a snow stage where music and dances are being performed. There are also local food and drinks that the visitors can get to enjoy while watching the event.
The activities of the festival are centered around Tokiwa Park where you can spot the event’s highlights, and the Ice Sculpture Competition near “Kaimono Koen”. The 2016 Asahikawa Fuyu Matsuri will be held from February 6 to 11, so there’s still a lot of time to prepare for it.
It’s best to visit the Asahikawa Fuyu Matsuri at night so you can get to see the ice sculptures being lit up with beautiful lights. You can also take an hour or so to go on a trip to Sapporo if you also want to see the Sapporo Snow Festival as well. Make sure you charge up your photo-devices cause you’ll surely love the sights and will want to have a memory of it!