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[Asahikawa Winter Festival] Gigantic Snow Sculpture That Used to Be Placed in The Guinness Book of Records Is Highlight

February 11th, 2015

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
旭川冬まつり

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

ASAHIKAWA

Asahikawa (旭川) that 350,000 people live is the second largest city in Hokkaido and is a regional hub city of the North Hokkaido area. As for climate, it is hot that temperature rises to 25 degrees C in a summer and it is cold that temperature falls to -20 degrees C and snow heavily in a winter because Asahikawa is located in a basin. Therefore a winter festival using the snow is famous. Because famous sightseeing spots such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around Asahikawa, many tourrists use bases for tourist attractions in the North Hokkaido. In addition, woodworks have been prosperous since old days, and furniture is famous. Because the water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous. Article is here

Asahikawa Woodwork Center
Asahikawa

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

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.

広告

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)
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Hotel Liberte Asahikawa(ホテルリベルテ旭川)
Hotel Mates Asahikawa(ホテルメイツ旭川)
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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)
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Asahikawa Mongoru-mura(旭川モンゴル村)
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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)
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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
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Business Hotel Asuka(ビジネスホテル飛鳥)
HP
Booking
Ryokan Fujien(旅館 不二苑)
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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)
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Ryotei Yukinoya(旅亭 雪の屋)
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Jalan
Ospa Court Miyamae(オスパーコート宮前)
HP
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Ryokan Tsuji(旅館 つじ)
HP
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Jalan
Toukaen(東花苑)
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Jalan
HOTEL KANDA(ホテル カンダ)
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Platon Hotel(プラトンホテル)
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Guest House Ito(ゲストハウス 伊東)
HP
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Jalan
Tabi-no-Yado Patchwork(旅の宿パッチワーク)
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Jalan
Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen(龍乃湯温泉)
HP
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Yumin Backpackers(遊民バックパッカーズ)
Jalan
Rakuten
M's HOME(えむずや)
HP
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Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Asahikawa is here

Asahikawa

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