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Friday, February 14, 2014

39th Sounkyo Hot Springs Ice Fall Festival (第39回層雲峡温泉氷瀑まつり)

We went to the "39th Sounkyo Hot Springs Ice Fall Festival (第39回層雲峡温泉氷瀑まつり)" the other days.

The temperature here was -14C!!!! But it's worth coming here!!

The venue along Ishikari River (石狩川) is about 10,000㎡.

It's so fantastic!!!

I took a picture of British Castle and Tower Bridge, the main ice sculptures this year, from the ice tunnel!

We also visited "Hyobaku Shrine (氷瀑神社)" in the venue↓

Not again!!!!
Tourists don't use the offertory box, and put coins on the ice directly!!! Hahaha!

Look at the icicles on the ceiling!!! They put coins on the top of the icicles, too!! Wow! Wow! Wow! But how?????

The slopes for tubing were also lit up!! We enjoyed the winter activity from the bottom of our heart!!

Let's enter the main ice sculpture!

It is like a maze inside, and

we managed to find the exit on time.

The fireworks displays have started!!!

The festival venue is the best place to see fireworks displays although it is freezing outside.....

We were so excited!!!

I'm so happy my guests were enjoying the local festival!!!

We returned to the festival site the next day during the day time.

The sculpture is light blue, and I like it!!

We visited each igloo. Depending on the sponsor, the decoration inside is different

The scenery from the ice tunnel during the day time is like this. Which do you prefer, the view at night, or during the day time? Or both??? Hahaha!!

We visited the shrine again and said a prayer.........

We easily found the exit this time, of course!!!

As it was freezing, I enjoyed hot milk......

When I looked at a person behind me, he was drinking sake!!! Wow! Wow! Wow!
We had a wonderful time in Sounkyo (層雲峡).

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