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Sounkyo Hot Spring Ice Fall Festival

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Japanese culture at its kitschy best

My main objective was skiing when in Sounkyo but I went down to the ice festival to check it out... read more

Reviewed March 9, 2016
Canberra, Australia
Freezing cold!

It was so cold! But so interesting to see the various ice sculptures with the different lightings... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2018
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Feb 24, 2018
“Freezing cold! ”
Apr 11, 2017
“come at evening!”
First proposed and lead by Hokkaido-born sculptor Toshihiro Takenaka in 1976, the Sounkyo Hot Spring Ice Fall Festival is an ice festival held from late January through the middle of March. Ice sculptures based on themes such as naturally sculpted...more
Sounkyo Onsen, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

It was so cold! But so interesting to see the various ice sculptures with the different lightings. Best viewed at night. The different rooms have different themes. There’s also an entrance fee. We went over to sounkyo waterfalls before entering this. Took us half an...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

went here after sunset and snow was falling as i step into the area. was so magical at night because we got to see the lights all around the ice. it wasnt that big but at least you could experience once!

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Reviewed April 6, 2017

great experience but very cold weather (-20) so prepare warm and wind proof clothes better seen at night because the light makes more interesting

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Reviewed April 4, 2017 via mobile

Visited the place during Feb 2017 as this is the only festival left as i was too late for Sapporo snow festival. If you want to go to Kurodake, then this festival can be visited as you go. Natural ice are formed to become caves,...More

Thank Frostburne
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Interesting festival and a must when in Asahikawa for the winter ice festival. The lighting makes it quite photogenic.

1  Thank Jennusy
Reviewed March 9, 2016

My main objective was skiing when in Sounkyo but I went down to the ice festival to check it out and the fireworks. What a great little find this was. Highlights for me were the ice bars, one of them had free sake!! Then an...More

1  Thank Madshus
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