Jan/23 - Mar/15, 2020 Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival3.7
from 1/23 '20 to 3/15 '20
Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival is one of the major ice festivals in Hokkaido, held in Sounkyo Onsen, Kamikawa Town.
The average temperature in winter in Sounkyo is below freezing, and especially it falls from 10 to 20 degrees below zero on January & February. Ice Waterfall is formed from the freezing of liquid water seeping on rock.
There are lot of ice sculptures, snow igloos, ice objects, and the huge ice tunnel, and these are illuminated at night. One of the highlights of the festival is the fireworks display. The fireworks are launched from behind the ice sculptures, creating gorgeous fire flowers in the night sky.
Also, various fun events are held, such as Rice Cake Throwing, Lottery, Taiko Drum Performance, and Ice Waterfall Wedding.
Dates : January 23 - March 15, 2020
Hours : 13：30～21：30 (*9：00～21：30 during Feb.4 - 11)
Admission : 500 yen
Venue : Sounkyo Onsen, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
Access : 30 minutes by Dohoku Bus bound for Sounkyo from JR Kamikawa Station to the last stop.
Dates : To be decided
Hours : 20:30 ~
Hours : 14：00～21：30
Fee : 500 yen (15mins)
Dates : only Sat & Sun
Hours : 10：00～15：00
Fee : 3,500 yen
[North Ice Pub]
opened only Sat & Sun
[Extreme Cold Certificate]
Get a certificate at a photo booth! Ladies have the option of renting optional dresses to transform into an ice princess.
There is a holy ice sphere in the shrine. If you can attach a coin to the sphere, it brings you good luck.
*Please check the official website for the latest information. We can't answer any question about the article.
PurposeFestivals,night view,nature,Japanese resort,hot springs,shrine/temple,sightseeing,let's hang out!,an eating tour
Airport/Sta.Kamikawa sta. (about 20km) Google Transit
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5.08 months ago
It's extremely cold there. The day we visited was only -7°C but it could be as cold as -20°C, so we're very lucky already. It's worth visiting cos the ice sculptures were great. Also, you can rent a tire to play the ice sliding board. When you get tired, you can visit the indoor kiosk for some hot drink and food. It was a wonderful and memorable activity that we have ever experienced.
4.010 months ago
The matsuri was fun! Ice sculptures were pretty, fireworks was amazing too. There is, however a donation fee/entrance fee of 300 yen (as of now). 😊
5.010 months ago
Freezing cold! Sweet wine is tasty! The scenery here is amazing!
3.011 months ago
Drive down 1.5 hours from Asahikawa to check out this festival. Be prepared the wind is extremely cold out there, apart from overprice food, to be honest nothing much except for walking around man made ice cave in coloured lighting, and there is no sculpture of figurine like you would expect from asahikawa snow fest.
5.0a year ago
From the outside you really don't know what to expect because it just looks like ice carvings but when you go inside you can experience the craftsmanship. It feels a lot bigger on the inside as there are many hallways and levels to explore. I recommend waiting until the sun goes down to enjoy this festival because the ice looks beautiful illuminated with different color lights.