• February 11th, 2015
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[Asahikawa Winter Festival] Gigantic Snow Sculpture That Used to Be Placed in The Guinness Book of Records Is Highlight

Asahikawa Winter Festival

Asahikawa Winter Festival is a snow event held in Asahikawa city, and has been held since 1960. The snow event that about 1 million tourists come to see is one of the 2 major winter festivals in Hokkaido together with Sapporo Snow Festival. Open period is from 4 to 6 days in early February. Asahikawa Winter Festival has 2 venues, Asahibashi Bridge Venue (旭橋河畔会場) and Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue (平和通買物公園会場), and those are different from those atmospheres. As for the Asahibashi Bridge Venue adjacent to Tokiwa Park (常磐公園), it features a gigantic snow sculpture, and World Ice Sculpture Contest (氷彫刻世界大会) is held at the Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue, and fine ice sculptur works are displayed. In the daytime, snow sculptures look only white, but those turn into colourful themselves according to illumination or projection mapping in the evening. By the way, the Asahikawa is too cold in the February, so you had better wear a warm outfit. Especially, you had better wear a warm outfit carefully in the evening.

Opening Show
Asahikawa Snow Festival

Movie of Opening Show

Gigantic Snow Sculpture
Asahikawa Snow Festival
Projection Mapping
Asahikawa Snow Festival
Large Snow Slide
Asahikawa Snow Festival
Children Play
Asahikawa Snow Festival
World Ice Sculpture Contest
Asahikawa Snow Festival, Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue

Movie of Arranging Main Venue

Mizuno

Mizuno (みづの) is a popular ramen restaurant near Tokiwa park in Asahikawa city, and is a long-established ramen restaurant founded in 1967, and a building has a traditional atmosphere. I visited here around 17:00 on weekdays. There was no customer. Autographed cards are closely stuck on a wall at the ramen restaurant. There are some tables, so family customers seem to enjoy. Read More

Soy Sauce Broth Ginger Ramen from Top
Soy Sauce Broth Ginger Ramen -Mizuno in Asahikawa-

High Speed Asahikawa-go (高速あさひかわ号) and Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), express buses, runs between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, and Taisetsu Liner (たいせつライナー), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the New Chitose Airport, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Kushiro, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)", an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Obihiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, the New Chitose Airport, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Kushiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Asahikawa. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From Asahikawa to New Chitose Airport
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Asahikawa to Kitami
    Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Kitami to Asahikawa
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Asahikawa Station, Shin-asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station, Asahikawa-yojo Station, Chuwa, Higashi-takasu and the Asahikawa Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Asahikawa Station.
    Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
    AG Rent-a-car(AGレンタカー) Their office is near Suehiro.
    Jalan
    World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Asahikawa Airport.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa-yojo Station and the Asahikawa Airport.

    ASAHIKAWA

    Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. Read More

    Downtown of Asahikawa
    ASAHIKAWA

    Winter Festivals in Hokkaido

    Snow often begins to fall around Christmas season, and Hokkaido is covered with the snow until late March that snow begins to melt, the ground turns into the white world in a winter. The snow falls in silence, and the temperature falls, too, and its peak is February, and various winter events that snow, ice and coldness can be enjoyed are held all over Hokkaido around the February. Read More

    Sapporo Snow Festival
    Sapporo Snow Festival

    List of Venues

    A main venue is the Asahibashi Bridge Venue, and the World Ice Sculpture Contest is held at the Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue.

    Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Asahikawa Snow Festival
    Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue
    Asahikawa Snow Festival

    Asahibashi Bridge Venue

    Snow sculptures, activity fields and food stalls are built at the Asahibashi Bridge Venue. The venue is particularly famous for the gigantic snow sculpture, and the snow sculpture of Ultraman Ginga S and Ultraman Victory's (ウルトラマンギンガストリウムとウルトラマンビクトリー) with 17 m height and 35 m width is a main hero in 2015. A motif of the gigantic snow sculpture is changed every year. A castle of Gulliver, the largest snow sculpture in the world, made in 1987 used to be placed in The Guinness Book of Records. It was geat job. The gigantic snow sculptures have been created by the Self‐Defense Forces, and production period is about a month. Small and medium snow sculptures are made by Asahikawa citizens around the gigantic snow sculpture, and a large snoe slide with 100 m in length, a mini-train, a snow banana, a huge snow maze, tubings can be enjoyed at the venue, too. Admission free. Because a parking lot for a privately-owned car is not provided, visitors can use a free shuttle bus from Asahikawa Station to here.

    Illumination
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    This Illumination Is Very Beautiful
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Combination of Illumination and Ice Candles
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Gigantic Snow Sculpture "Asahiyama Zoo" Is Lit Up
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Kumamoto Is Lit Up
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Shapes of Ice Sculpture Are Animals
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Illumination
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Blue Illumination
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Blue Illumination
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Heart Shaped Illumination
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Greem Light
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Symbol Tower on Rotary
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Ryokudou Illumination
    Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017, Asahibashi Bridge Venue

    Atmosphere of Asahikawa Snow Festival in Evening Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Asahikawa Snow Festival in Evening

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    Welcome Gate
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    State of Site
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Long Ice Slide "Bunbun Slider"
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Under Acceleration
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Length of 100 m
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Asahikawa Express
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    View from Gigantic Snow Sculpture around Top
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Assapy
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Gigantic Snow Sculpture around Top
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Ultraman Ginga S and Ultraman Victory
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Snowmen
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Ultraman
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue

    Except the snow sculptures and the snow activities, the food stalls called Winter Marche (冬マルシェ) that tasty meals of various places in Hokkaido can be eaten and restrooms are built, too. Fireworks and a video made with projection mapping techniques is shown in the evening, too. The snow sculptures are broken on the next day after finishing the snow festival. A tour seems to be held to see the destruction.

    Movie of Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance

    Snow Banana
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Huge Maze Made of Snow
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Height is Approximately 2m
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Giraffe
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Hippopotamus
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Zetton
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Tubing
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Snowboard World Cup
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Yo-Kai Watch
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue
    Snow Marche
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Asahibashi Bridge Venue

    Atmosphere of Asahikawa Snow Festival Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Asahikawa Snow Festival

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot A parking is not provided
    Business hours 09:00-21:00
    Regular closing day From mid February to late January
    Telephone number +81-166-25-7168
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 79 403 012*00

    Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue

    The World Ice Sculpture Contest is held at the Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue, and ice works are displayed along a shopping street with about 1 km in length. The contest seems to be the only international contest in Japan, and is competed with 2 awards, an individual match and a team game. The production time is fixed within 40 hours, and the entrant vie with each other for the prize in those. Admission free. Because a free parking lot for privately-owned cars is not provided, visitors must park their cars at the paid parking lots.

    Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue
    Invitation from Ryukyuan
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue
    Samba Samba Samba!
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue
    Dance
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue
    Fantasy Wood
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue
    Legend "Carp Metamorphoses into Dragon"
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue
    Vishunu Garuda
    Asahikawa Snow Festival, Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue

    Atmosphere of World Ice Sculpture Contest Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of World Ice Sculpture Contest

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot A parking is not provided
    Business hours 09:00-21:00
    Regular closing day From mid February to late January
    Telephone number +81-166-25-7168
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 79 343 740*64

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

        Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa(ホテルWBFグランデ旭川)
        JR Inn Asahikawa(JRイン旭川)
        Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa(星野リゾート OMO7 旭川)
        Jalan
        Premier Hotel -CABIN- Asahikawa(プレミアホテル―CABIN―旭川)
        Hotel Trend Asahikawa(ホテルトレンド旭川)
        Super Hotel Asahikawa(スーパーホテル旭川 天然温泉 大雪山の湯)
        Asahikawa Toyo Hotel(旭川トーヨーホテル)
        R Hotels Inn Hokkaido Asahikawa(Rホテルズイン北海道旭川)
        Jalan
        Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae(ホテルルートインGrand旭川駅前)
        Smile Hotel Asahikawa(スマイルホテル旭川)
        Hotel Crescent Asahikawa(ホテルクレッセント旭川)
        Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae(Y’s HOTEL旭川駅前)
        Kuretake Inn Asahikawa(くれたけイン旭川)
        Art Hotel Asahikawa(アートホテル旭川)
        Dormy Inn Asahikawa(天然温泉 神威の湯 ドーミーイン旭川)
        9C Hotel Asahikawa(9Cホテル旭川)
        Booking
        Hotel Liberte Asahikawa(ホテルリベルテ旭川)
        Hotel Mates Asahikawa(ホテルメイツ旭川)
        Booking
        Court Hotel Asahikawa(コートホテル旭川)
        Asahikawa Park Hotel(旭川パークホテル)
        Asahikawa Plaza Hotel(旭川プラザホテル)
        Asahikawa Sun Hotel(旭川サンホテル)
        Toyoko Inn Asahikawa-Eki Higashiguchi(東横イン旭川駅東口)
        Booking
        Asahikawa Mongoru-mura(旭川モンゴル村)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Guest House Asahikawa Ride(ゲストハウス アサヒカワライド)
        Hotel Tetora Asahikawa Station(ホテルテトラ旭川駅前)
        Sora E Hotel Asahikawa(ソラヘホテル)
        Jalan
        Hotel Route-Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(ルートイン旭川駅前一条通)
        Yado Retro House Ginza Asahikawa(宿レトロハウス銀座旭川)
        Jalan
        Toyoko Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(東横イン旭川駅前一条通)
        Booking
        Hotel Penthouse Asahikawa(ホテルペントハウス旭川)
        HP
        Jalan
        Asahikawa Capital Hotel(旭川キャピタルホテル)
        HP
        Booking
        Business Hotel Asuka(ビジネスホテル飛鳥)
        HP
        Booking
        Ryokan Fujien(旅館 不二苑)
        Booking
        Ryokan Senshoen(和風旅館扇松園)
        Takasago Onsen(高砂温泉)
        A-Gate Hotel(えーげーと ほてる)
        Booking
        Ryotei Yukinoya(旅亭 雪の屋)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Ospa Court Miyamae(オスパーコート宮前)
        HP
        Booking
        Ryokan Tsuji(旅館 つじ)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan
        Toukaen(東花苑)
        Booking
        Jalan
        HOTEL KANDA(ホテル カンダ)
        Booking
        Platon Hotel(プラトンホテル)
        HP
        Booking
        Guest House Ito(ゲストハウス 伊東)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan
        Tabi-no-Yado Patchwork(旅の宿パッチワーク)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen(龍乃湯温泉)
        HP
        Booking
        Yumin Backpackers(遊民バックパッカーズ)
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        M's HOME(えむずや)
        HP
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        21th Century Woods(21世紀の森)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten
        Booking.com

        A page of Asahikawa is here

        Asahikawa

        By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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