In Japan, you can enjoy various winter activities such as snow festivals incredible. Would you like to have the coldest memory of the Japanese country? Join us on this visit!
Cold days are those that arrive between the months of January and February from the north of the country, a region well known for the fall of snow in winter and where its inhabitants do not miss to make you think, with their art, that we are in a dream. That is why in this post we are going to present to you 3 of the most popular events that take place in Hokkaido Prefecture.
The Sapporo Yuki Matsuri, or snow festival
the biggest winter event in Japan is celebrated in the city of Sapporo, which is the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture. Many people come, from different parts of the world, motivated to attend this festival by the incredible photos that multiply on social networks. Here are the basic data so that you also consider it on your next trip to Japan.
The main site of the event is Odori Park, in the heart of Sapporo, where sculptures of white snow and transparent ice of all sizes are displayed along 1.5 kilometers. This year, the exhibition will run from February 4-11 at Odori Kaijo and Susukino Kaijo. In these places, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the city lighting with the snow.
The beautiful lighting in the city begins at sunset time. And it is a must go to the huge installed snow slides on another site known as Tsudo-mu Kaijo.
I just remind you that the cold is extreme in the wintertime in Hokkaido, so my recommendation is to bundle up very well and wear non-slip shoes. So the only thing that will freeze is the memory in your memory of such a fabulous place.
Nebuta Matsuri or show lanterns
The central theme of the famous summer festival Aomori Nebuta Festival, in Aomori prefecture, also stars winter activities in the cold north of the country: are the floats.
With more than 300 years of history, the beautiful living floats called nebula (ね ぶ た) can usually only be seen in the city during the month of August, but at Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya you can enjoy these lanterns. They are made by four different craftsmen, even in the winter season.
The designs of the floats are popular characters, historical scenes, with floral or animal motifs. Made with bamboo frames and covered with fragile washi paper (わ し), they become luminous and spectacular lamps. The giant figures can reach up to 9 meters long by 7 meters wide.
Winter Festival Asahikawa
Another famous festival is the Asahikawa Winter Festival. Although it is not the largest in Hokkaido Prefecture, it does have “the largest snow statues in the world.” At more than 130 meters high, the giant sculpture of the event was registered in the Guinness World Records in 1994. If you want to see it, it is located every year in Asahibashi, on the banks of the river.
This year it will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the festival, and it will take place from February 6 to 11 with a complete musical program, performance, and rural traditions of the region. If you arrive in the days prior to the event, it will be possible to see first-hand the work that the sculptors do to assemble the more than 50 sculptures that will participate in the event.
Asahikawa is a place that guarantees fun for all of us who dream of playing in the snow. Another record he holds is the longest slide in the world. It has a 100-meter slope, which encourages both adults and children to spend pleasant moments. To close the activities, there is an impressive show that combines fireworks, snow statues, and lights.
These are three attractive options to discover the coldest Japan of the year. They can be visited in the first week of February and you can meet them on the same trip since the distance between cities is not that great if you use the Japanese train system.
How to get there:
To get there by train, you can do it from Tokyo station via Tohoku Shinkansen (super express train bound for Tohoku ): Hayabusa (super express train of 3 hours), or Hayate (super express train of 3 hours 30 minutes) to Aomori station. Upon arrival, you will need to walk for about 10 minutes (heading east) to the parade site.
You can take the train from Tokyo Station with the Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen in the direction of Shin Hakodate. It takes 8 hours to reach Hokkaido.