1. Be amazed by the Ice Waterfall Festival
Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival is one of the major ice festivals in Hokkaido, held in Sounkyo Onsen, Kamikawa Town - a particularly popular resort town for tourists in search of some of Hokkaido’s best hot springs. The Ice Waterfall Festival is an incredible winter sightseeing experience while visiting Hokkaido. The average temperature in winter in Sounkyo is below freezing, and in January and February it can fall as low as 10 to 20 degrees below zero. For this reason, it is no surprise that an Ice Waterfall is formed from the freezing of liquid water seeping on rock. At the ice waterfall festival you will find a lot of ice sculptures; snow igloos; ice objects; and a rather large and impressive ice tunnel - all of which are illuminated at night. There is also an epic fireworks display to be admired at the festival. The fireworks are launched from behind the ice sculptures, creating gorgeous fire flowers in the night sky.