This is one of Matsumoto’s warmest moments of the winter, and usually takes place in late January. Ice sculptors from around Japan and around the world bring their carving paraphernalia to the castle grounds from Friday evening and continue through the weekend. Come and watch the artists perform their craft, while warming up with some snacks or Japanese sake. The statues will be kept on display until Sunday afternoon.
Bring the family on Sunday morning – get there early to avoid the photographers and crowds – and view the finished sculptures with the magnificent backdrop of Matsumoto Castle and the Northern Alps. Music, food, and kids activities make this a special time for the whole family.