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Asahikawa Winter Festival Is Famouse for Gigantic Snow Sculpture

February 11th, 2015

Asahikawa Winter Festival

Asahikawa Winter Festival is a snow festival event held in early February. It was held for the first time in 1960, and this is one of the 2 Major Winter Festival with Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, about 1 million tourists come to see the event. Asahikawa Winter Festival has 2 sites, Asahibashi Bridge Site and Heiwadori Shopping Park Site. As for the Asahibashi Bridge Site adjacent to Tokiwa park, a gigantic snow sculpture is featured. World Ice Sculpture Contest is held at the Heiwadori Shopping Park Site, and ice sculptur works are displayed.

Asahibashi Bridge Site

There are snow sculptures and activities at the Asahibashi Bridge Site. The gigantic snow sculpture is particularly famous, and Ultraman Ginga S and Ultraman Victory's snow sculpture with 17 m in height and 35 m in width were made in 2015. There are small and medium snow sculptures, a long slide with 100 m in length, a mini-train, a snow banana, a huge snow maze, tubings at the site. * The Snow banana costs a rate. New snow sculptures are created every year. Admission free.

Asahikawa Snow Festival 2017 in Evening

Look of Snow Festival is as following in 2017.

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

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

Movie of Asahikawa Snow Festival in Evening

Asahikawa Snow Festival 2015 in Daytime

Look of Snow Festival is as following in 2015.

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

As well as snow sculptures and activities, stalls called Winter Marche that tasty meals of various places in Hokkaido can be eaten and restrooms are established. Fireworks and a video made with projection mapping techniques seem to be shown in the evening, too. An exhibition duration is about 1 week. The snow sculptures are broken afterwards. There seems to be a tour that visitors can observe this destruction. Because there is not a parking lot for a privately-owned car, the visitors can use a free shuttle bus.

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

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 Site

World Ice Sculpture Contest is held at the Heiwadori shopping park site, and ice works are displayed along a shopping street with about 1 km in length. It seems to be the only international contest in Japan and is competed with 2 branches, 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. Because there is not a parking lot for privately-owned cars, visitors must park our car at the paid parking lots. Admission free.

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

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

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Asahikawa.

Booking.com

A page of Asahikawa is here

Asahikawa

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