2018.01.01 Matsumoto Castle Ice Sculpture Festival
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 on Saturday. The carving starts in earnest on Saturday evening after dark and continues until the wee hours of Sunday morning. Come Saturday evening and watch the artists perform their craft, while warming up with some snacks. 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.
Place/Matsumoto castle Garden