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2013: 54th Asahikawa Winter Festival
(Asahikawa Fuyu Matsuri)

The 2013 Asahikawa Winter Festival will be held from the
6th to the 11th of February.
Previous Asahikawa Winter Festivals

52nd Asahikawa Winter Festival
(Asahikawa Fuyu Matsuri)

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Winter Festival 2011 Video

This video has been kindly provided by our friends at Bear's Magazine.

More Video: Asahikawa Winter Festival     Hokkaido in Winter

Winter Festival History

The Asahikawa Winter Festival began in 1947 and was known as the "Iyomante" (Bear festival in Ainu). It's primary purpose was to allow people to find some way to enjoy the cold and snow during the coldest month of the long Hokkaido winter. The name changed to the Asahikawa Winter festival in 1960 and since then, many activities have been added to make the Asahikawa Winter Festival one of the most well known winter festivals in Japan. Growing in stature year by year, this is definitely a great event to be involved in if visiting Asahikawa in early February.


One of the most famous festivals in winter in Japan, the Asahikawa Winter Festival is certainly worth taking a look at if you happen to be in Asahikawa at the start of February.

For all intents and purposes the festival is an eye pleasing mix of light, ice and snow with visitors able to see fireworks, laser shows, ice sculptures, a massive snow stage with music and dance acts, as well as having the opportunity to sample some of the local food, and drink some very cold beer.

The festival's activities are centered in Tokiwa park where you will find a large number of ice sculptures, lights, displays, laser shows, and food and drink stalls. From here it's a short walk through the park to the river bank where you will find the massive snow stage. More food and drink here. Next to the main stage is a huge ice slide to keep the kids (and the kids at heart) entertained for hours. This is also a prime location to watch the fireworks which are fired over the river.

The International Ice Sculpture Competition takes place along the main shopping street Kaimono Koen. Do yourself a favour and walk by at night when the sculptures are lit-up and looking their best.

So there you have it, 5 days of snow, ice, light , lasers, music food and drink. Considering it costs you nothing to get involved, what better way to enjoy yourself during the cold Asahikawa evenings.


Asahikawa International Ice Sculpture ContestInternational Ice Sculpture Competition

This competition is rapidly becoming the premiere ice sculpting competition in the world, with large numbers of international teams and some of the world's finest ice artists taking part. Finished pieces are illuminated with multiple lights providing a stunning effect at night time.

The Den Asahikawa

The Den International Bar

The Den International Bar should definitely be the first choice for international visitors looking to sit back in comfort and reminisce about their day's activities over a few drinks. With a solid food line- up and great foreign beer selection, the Den is a great place to simply pull-up a stool, have a beer, watch some sport, and compare notes with fellow travelers about ski conditions and sightseeing locations. If you're here for more than just a few days, The Den is a must!

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