Sounkyo Onsen Ice Fall Festival

For around six weeks every year, Sounkyo Onsen, nestled between a range of roughly 2,000-meter-high mountains, hosts Hokkaido's most popular event. The festival is held on the banks of a river and the event is held in a huge area of around 10,000 m2 (107,639.1 sq. ft.), complete with an observation deck, a shrine, and around 30 different ice sculptures of various sizes. There are tunnels to explore within many of the larger ice sculptures, and ample opportunity to take one-of-a-kind photos. The sculptures even light up after dark, creating a fantastical, dreamlike atmosphere. Whether you visit before or after dark, there's plenty to enjoy — you can slide down the ice slide on a rubber ring, watch fireworks in the evening, or even try your hand at ice climbing on weekends and holidays.

Hours: Season: January 23–March 15, 2020
Times: 1:30 pm–9:30 pm
(9:00 am–9:30 pm from February 4–11)

Admission: Free (JPY 500 donation requested)

Address: Sounkyo Onsen, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido

Airport: Asahikawa Airport


+81-01658-2-1903 (Tourism Association of Sounkyo)

Approx. 1 hour, 15 minutes by car from Asahikawa Airport

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