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A Hokkaido Summer Festival Packed with Events! “Asahikawa Natsu Matsuri”

Hokkaido’s “Asahikawa Natsu Matsuri” is an annual festival that’s packed with plenty of events to enjoy. The festival takes place over the course of 3 days in Asahikawa.
The festival’s opening is marked by the “Doshin Noryo Fireworks Display,” during which around 4,500 fireworks are launched into Asahikawa’s summer night sky. Other fun events include dances, parades, and mikoshi (portable shrine) carrying!

Ice Fall Festival in Sounkyo, Hokkaido

The Ice Fall Festival is one of Hokkaido’s 3 largest snow festivals that started in 1976. This festival is hosted on the big river bank (about 10,000㎡) of the Ishikari river.
At the festival you will see a variety of interesting ice sculptures such as an ice look out, an ice castle, ice tunnels, and an ice slide.
There is also an assortment of fun planned events such as the Asahikawa local sake tasting and the throwing away of good luck Mochi(sticky rice cakes) from the stage.

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Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa-shi

Often featured in media, this popular zoo gets around 165 million visitors per year!
With many innovative ways to ensure that the zoo’s animals are able to live carefree in environments similar to those in nature, you can be sure to see the animals as they should be in the wild.