Snow and Ice Festival 2018

In Japan, it’s coldest period spanning January through March.
Events on the theme of ice and snow of winter only in various regions is held.
We enjoy the harsh winter with exhibitions of snow statues and ice sculptures, and making Kamakura(Japanese igloo).

Winter in Japan

The northwesterly wind blows, about 52% of the country, mostly the Sea of Japan side and mountainous area, becomes one of the heaviest snowfall area in the world.
In contrast with that area, it is often dry and sunny weather in the Pacific Ocean side.

Average Temperature in January 2017

Average High Low
Sapporo -3.9℃ -1.1℃ -7.0 ℃
Tokyo 5.8 ℃ 10.8 ℃ 1.7 ℃
Osaka 6.2 ℃ 10.0 ℃ 2.9 ℃
Fukuoka 7.4 ℃ 11.5 ℃ 4.0 ℃
Naha 18.4 ℃ 21.0 ℃ 16.4 ℃


The minimum temperature record: -41.0℃ (-41.8℉) Kamikawa, Hokkaido 1902/1/25
The minimum temperature in 2013: -31.9℃ (-25.42℉) Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido 2013/1/17


The deepest Snow : 1,182cm Mt.Ibuki in Shiga 1927/2/14
The heaviest daily snowfall : 230cm Mt.Ibuki in Shiga 1975/1/14
(World records both)

Drift Ice

The Sea of Okhotsk side in Hokkaido
(The southern limit of the sea water itself freezes in the northern hemisphere)

Soft Rime

Famous spots: Zao, Yamagata / Mt.Hakkoda in Aomori / Mt.Hachimantai in Akita and Iwate


Natural landscape of winter in Japan

Time Lapse of Winter Scene (HD 720p)

JAPAN ATTRACTIONS features events on the theme of ice and snow.
We tend to be lack of exercise and holed up in house in cold winter. Let's move body to participate in events!

Monbetsu Drift ice Festival 2018

A drift ice festival is held at a moth rear zone in the season the coldness becomes severest in one…

Sapporo Snow Festival 2018

The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan’s largest winter events, attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and abroad…

The Saiko / Kawaguchiko Ice Festival 2018

The Mori Park at Saiko Wild Bird Sancturary transforms itself into a winter playground. Ice sculptures of “silver frost” on…

Takasu Snow Festival 2018

Ice carving and snow sculpture contests are the highlights of this winter festival held annually at the end of February….

Namahage Sedo Festival 2018

Friday, Saturday and Sunday including the second Sunday in February Fifteen namahage (young men wearing ogre masks and straw cloaks)…

Yukishika Matsuri in Nagaoka 2018

This festival originates from “100 snowmen convention”, and the name has been changed to “Yukishika Matsuri(festival)”. Big snow sliding way…

Tokamachi Snow Festival 2018

Tokamachi Snow Festival was started in 1950 by the citizens and for the citizens of Tokamachi based on the idea “let’s…

Minamiuonuma Snow Festival 2018

A winter event in the Minamiuonuma area, which will mark the 68th time. “Furusato contact store” and “Snow Stage Show”…

IWAMIZAWA Doka Yuki Matsuri 2018

This festival is an event to enjoy in many Lieing thick snow.

Kitami Winter Festival 2018

Festival held by citizen’s participation with “It is a friend in winter” as the theme. Various events in the stage…

Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival 2018

“Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival” is held at Uesugi Shrine, Yonezawa city in Yamagata every year. When candles are lit up…

Towadako Winter Story 2018

It is the mystical illuminations of Lake Towada during winter. Fireworks (everyday 8:00 pm – 8:10 pm) The Maiden Statue…

World Sculpture Contest 2018

The only official international ice sculpture competition held in Japan. These delicate, fragile-looking works of art can only be produced…

59th Asahikawa Winter Festival 2018

Main Snow Sculpture The main snow sculpture, measuring 20m in height and 130m in width, is the symbol of Asahikawa…

Snow & Fire festival 2018

Town Sports Ground, Mishima-machi. From 12pm to 7:30pm. Many folk cultures of Mishima-machi will be on display in this festival,…

Yuki-doro Festival (Snow Lantern Festival) 2018

Hirosaki Castle, a famous scenic spot for cherry blossoms, is a spectacular sight in winter. Founded in 1977, the Hirosaki…

Himeji Park Kamakura Festival 2018

A “Kamakura” making-contest is held. Let’s experience making “Kamakura”! Feb 25, May 3, May 4 only


The festival in which “SNOW MIKU (Hatsune Miku)” enlivens the wintery Hokkaido! “SNOW MIKU 2018” is a festival in which…

Abashiri Okhotsk drift ice festival 2018

Large and small ice sculptures and snow figures add to the excitement during winter in Abashiri. Wide variety of events…

Tochio Snow Festival 2018

Get familiar and play with snow. Let’s play in snow! After the event, have delicious dishes to get warm body…