Snow and Ice Festival 2020

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!

Susukino Ice Festival 2020

There are 60 ice scu…

Skate Fes’ in Tomakomai 2020

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Towadako Winter Story 2020

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Tokamachi Snow Festival 2020

Tokamachi Snow Festi…

Tochio Snow Festival 2020

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Sapporo Snow Festival 2020

The Sapporo Snow Fes…

Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival 2020

“Uesugi Snow L…

Morioka snow light 2020

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Fukagawa snow festival 2020

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Asahikawa Winter Festival 2020

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Yukishika Matsuri in Nagaoka 2020

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Ao-ne Hot spring Snow Light 2020

Ao-ne Hot spring Sno…

Kitami Winter Festival 2020

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Oigami Onsen Snow firefly 2020

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Aizu Yanaizu Winter Festival 2020

Yanaizu It is festiv…

Nishiaizu Snow Country Festival 2020

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Tadami Snow Festival 2020

The biggest snow fes…

Winter Festival in TAKAHATA 2020

Please enjoy the col…