Snow and Ice Festival 2019

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!

Himeji Park Kamakura Festival 2019

A “Kamakura” making-contest is held. Let’s experience making “Kamakura”!

Snow & Fire festival 2019

Town Sports Ground, Mishima-machi. From 12pm to 7:00pm. Many folk cultures of Mishima-machi will be on display in this festival,…

Uesugi Snow Lantern Festival 2019

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

Nishiaizu Snow Country Festival 2019

On the first day, live events, snow fireworks and so on. On the second day, we hold an event unique…

Tokamachi Snow Festival 2019

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

Aizu Yanaizu Winter Festival 2019

Yanaizu It is festival that reproduces the events between travel of winter from a long time ago in the town….

Minamiuonuma Snow Festival 2019

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

Tochio Snow Festival 2019

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

Takasu Snow Festival 2019

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

Kitami Winter Festival 2019

※Poster for 2018 Festival held by citizen’s participation with “It is a friend in winter” as the theme. Various events…

Monbetsu Drift ice Festival 2019

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

Abashiri Okhotsk drift ice festival 2019

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

Yukishika Matsuri in Nagaoka 2019

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

Sapporo Snow Festival 2019

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

Tadami Snow Festival 2019

The biggest snow festival in Fukushima Prefecture. The winter scenery of Tadami is wonderously animated with enormous snow sculptures and…

Ice carving festival in Matsumoto Castle 2019

Welcome to the 33rd National Treasure Matsumoto Castle Ice Sculpture Festival. Our main event is the National Ice-Carving Competition and…

Shinhotaka Onsen Nakao Kamakura Festival 2019

“Nakao Kamakura Festival” which is carried out in the Shinhotaka Nakao hot spring will have to enjoy playing the winter…

Unazuki Onsen Snow Carnival 2019

An annual festival held on the first Saturday of Feburary, featuring various fun events like the snow statue contest, torch-bearing…

Shiraito falls light-up 2018-2019

Shiraito Falls are a graceful expanse of waterfalls located north of Karuizawa. The falls are only 3 meters tall, but…

Oigami Onsen Snow firefly 2019

A candle is lit in a small Kamakura, and mysterious light emerges in the snow.