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Asahikawa, Furano

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.

Hokkaido – Hokkai Heso Matsuri (Bellybutton Festival)

Hokkaido’s Furano City is home to an interesting summer festival, the “Hokkai Heso Matsuri,” or “Bellybutton Festival.”
The festival falls on July 28th and 29th every year, and around 4,000 dancers and 70,000 tourists visit over those two days.
Furano City is located in the middle of Hokkaido and has been called “Hokkaido’s Navel,” which is said to be the origin of this festival. It can be incredibly fun to see many people dancing around with faces drawn on their stomachs!

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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.