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Ice Sculptures Are Beautiful Like Avant-Garde Art -Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival in Kamikawa-

February 16th, 2015

Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival is a snow event held in Sounkyo Onsen, Kamikawa Town located in the eastern part of Asahikawa city. It was held for the first time in 1976, and it is held from late January to late March every year. In Ishikari River riverbank of 10,000 m2, about 30 large and small ice sculptures are produced. The height of large ice sculpture is about 15 m. These seemed to reflect an image of an ice castle and the ice dragon tiger tower in Taiwan in 2015. These are produced to blow out water of the Ishikari River below the freezing point. There are resting places, a stall, a restroom, North Ice Pub in the site. Because the venue is very cold, a warm outfit is necessary. Admission and a parking lot are free, but they raise cooperation.

Look of Venue
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Entrance
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Downstairs on Entrance
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Sculpture
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Various Japanese Travel Agencies Have Kamakura Made of Ice
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Art Objects Are Displayed at Each Kamakura
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Gazebo on River Side
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ishikari River Flows
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Castel
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
North Ice Pub
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Inside of North Ice Pub
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Hyoto Shrine
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Shintai ?
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Look of Venue
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Look of Venue
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
I Look at Ice Castel Closely
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Bridge Made
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Neighborhood of Entrance Is Looked from Ice Castel
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Throne
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Dragon Tiger Tower
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Cake of Ice
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Inside of Ice Castel
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Chairs
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Sculpture
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Castel
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Ice Dragon Tiger Tower
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Inside of Ice Dragon Tiger Tower
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Icicles Become Pillars
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Shintai ?
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Dragon at Ice Dragon Tiger Tower
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Near Stomach ?
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
When I Look Up, Many Icicles
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
There Seems to Be Around 15m in Height
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival

When I read Tweets, Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival seems to be popular.

The ice sculptures are illuminated by colorful lights, and those look very beautiful in the evening. Fireworks are set off every day during the period. I really wanted to take a picture in the night, but I was not able to photograph it. But, Makan Angin reporting about travel in Indonesia provided his photos and I can show you about the state. Thanks, George!

Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival from Top at Night
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Photo credit: Courtesy of Makan Angin
Ice Sculptures Are Lit up Colorfully at Night
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Photo credit: Courtesy of Makan Angin
Ice Sculptures Which are Lit up in Cold Winter Look Attractive
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Photo credit: Courtesy of Makan Angin
Ice Castle at Night
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Photo credit: Courtesy of Makan Angin
Dragon Tiger Tower at Night
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Photo credit: Courtesy of Makan Angin
Inside of Dragon Tiger Tower at Night
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival
Photo credit: Courtesy of Makan Angin

Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival

Admission fee Free of charge * Cooperation is JPY 300
Parking lot A free parking is provided (200 cars)
Business hours 09:00-22:00
Regular closing day From late March to late January
Telephone number +81-1658-2-1811
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 623 234 014*13

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Sounkyo Onsen.

Sounkaku Grand Hotel(層雲閣グランドホテル)
Hotel Taisetsu(ホテル大雪)
Sounkyo Kanko Hotel(層雲峡観光ホテル)
Choyotei(朝陽亭)
Choyo Resort(朝陽リゾートホテル)
Hotel Northern Lodge(ホテルノーザンロッジ)  
Yumoto Ginsenkaku(湯元銀泉閣)  
Minshuku Todate(民宿とだて)    
Sounkyo Youth Hostel(層雲峡ユースホステル)  
Hotel Kumoi(ホテル雲井)    
Mount View Hotel(マウントビューホテル)
Resort Pension Yama-no-Ue(リゾートペンション 山の上)
Pension Ginga(ペンション銀河)
Booking.com

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park

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  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Don Liew san,
    Welcome to HOkkaido!

    The event finishes on 20 March. That is really unfortunate.
    But you may see destroying ice sculptures.

    Please ask Sounkyo Tourist Association for details because I am not knowledgeable about it.
    http://www.sounkyo.net/hyoubaku/overview/

    Have a nice trip!

  2. Don Liew says:

    Hi. I would like to check is the winter festival would be extended because I’m only arrive on 21 Mar 2017.

  3. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, St Eng, thanks for your comment.
    The schedule of 2017 is from January 25, 2017 to March 20, 2017.
    (Website only in Japanese)
    http://www.sounkyo.net/event/detail.php?id=3
    Have a nice trip!

  4. ST Eng says:

    Hi, can i know the actual date of the said event on 2017? TQ

  5. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Viking Loke!
    Welcome to Hokkaido!

    About 75 kilometers from Asahikawa to Sounkyo, and the last bus timing is early, so you are not probably the sounkyo ice festival in the evening.
    A night view of the sounkyo ice festival is very beautiful.
    I recommend staying the Sounkyo Onsen near the sounkyo ice festival.

    Enjoy the night view and onsen!

  6. Viking Loke says:

    Hi, I would like to visit the ice festival in Feb 2017. Is it ok to stay in Asahikawa and travel to sounkyo ice festival or should I stay the night near sounkyo ice festival. Appreciate your advise. How far is sounkyo ice festival from Asahikawa?
    Many thanks.

  7. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hello, Dear Seetoh weng yew.
    Welcome to Hokkaido!

    About your question, I found a bus schedule of Sounkyo line.
    http://time.ajnet.ne.jp/busstop.hpml?rno=81&comp=1

    The last bus bound for Asahikawa station depart at 17:30.
    Maybe, you can not access by JR hokkiado pass.
    It may be necessary to pay a bus fare.
    I do not know the details.

    Just for reference.
    http://www.youthhostel.or.jp/sounkyo/en/access.html

  8. Seetoh weng yew says:

    Would like to check if we stay at Asahikawa near the station,izit possible to do a round trip to the sounkyo ice festival
    What time is the last bus to asahikawa?
    As we would like to see the light up at night
    Pls advise
    Will stay at Asahikawa from 6-9feb2016
    Can the place access by JR hokkiado pass
    Thanks

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