Festivals & Events

Matsumoto Ice Sculpture Festival

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Dates
Jan 26, 2019 (Sat) to Jan 27, 2019 (Sun)
Pre-event carving begins Jan. 25 from 18:00
Hours
17:00 - 15:30
Admission
Free
Website
http://hyocyo.matsumoto-winter.jp/index_g.html

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.

  • Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle

    TRAIN
    15 min walk from Matsumoto Sta
    BUS
    Get off at the Matsumotojo, Shiyakushomae (city hall) bus stop of the Town Sneaker Bus
    CAR
    15 min from Matsumoto Interchange
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