Answers to the most frequently asked questions.
If you have an further questions, please contact the Tokamachi Snow Festival Executive Committee.
Q1．How long does it take to get to the Carnival Venue from the station?
Q2．When does building of the Carnival Venue and snow sculptures begin? Is it possible to visit them while they are being made?
Q3．How many people come every year?
Q4．What should I wear?
Q5．What kind of shoes should I wear?
Q6．Are there inns near the carnival?
Q7．Where is the Tokamachi Snow Festival venue?
Q8．Are there parking lots?
Q9．Where can I find a Snow Festival pamphlet?
Q10．Is it possible to cancel and get a refund for the festival passport?
Q11．Is one passport enough for the whole family? Or does each person need to purchase their own passport?
Q12．How far is each seating zone from the Carnival Venue stage?
Q13．Which year was the snow stage certified by the Guinness Book of World Records?
It takes about 20 to 30 minutes walking.
For people are are not used to snowy roads, please take your time and walk carefully.
Because the traffic is restricted around the site, visitors are prohibited from going to the venue by car.
Q2．When does building of the Carnival Venue and snow sculptures begin?
Is it possible to visit them while they are being made?
Construction of the Carnival Venue stage usually begins about 2 weeks before the Snow Festival, depending on snowfall.
※ Because of heavy machinery and large amounts of snow, entrance is prohibited.
We appreciate your understanding.
Many organizations begin building their snow sculptures about a week before the festival.
It is possible to visit these sites.
Work is mostly done in the evevning, following the end of the work day until about 9pm.
The event mainly takes place outsides so please wear warm clothes.
Be especially mindful of keeping your feet warm.
We recommend wearing warm and agile clothing such as anoraks and jackets.
※ Using umbrellas at the Carnival Venue is prohibited.
We recommend wearing a waterproof hooded raincoat should it rain.
The Carnival Venue and the various squares are all on the snow.
We recommended wearing tall waterproof shoes.
Please be mindful that slippery soles can make walking dangerous.
There are inns near the Carnival Venue, however, they fill up quickly on the night of the show. We recommend making reservations as early as possible.
You can find information on various inns here (Japanese).
The Tokamachi Snow Festival consists of the "Carnival Venue," the "Snow Sculptures," and the "Festival Squares." These are spread throughout the Tokamachi region.
The Snow Carnival takes place in the Joogaoka Pure Land. It takes about a 20 ~ 30 minute to get to on foot from Tokamachi Station.
The snow sculptures and festival squares are spread throughout the rest of the city.
Temporary parking lots will be provided during the Snow Festival.
Please park in accordance to signs and guidance from traffic personnel.
Parking lots may fill up quickly so please come with time to spare.
Pamphlets can be found at the Tourist Office (Tokamachi Station 2nd floor).
The pamphlet will also be distributed during the Snow Festival at the information desk as well as various places throughout the city.
In addition, the pamphlet will be distributed to all households in the city.
Those who wish to receive one can also contact the Tokamachi Snow Festival Executive Committee .
Because of reasons within the Tokamachi Snow Festival Executive Committee, we do not allow for cancellation of passports. However, should major events change or be cancelled, the office will provide refunds. We appreciate your understanding.
Basically, one passport is required per person.
However, children under elementary school age accompanied by passport holders will be admitted into the Festival Passport Holder zone at the Carnival Venue.
As the passport provides many other benefits besides favorable seating at the Carnival Venue, please consider purchasing one!
The seating at the Carnival Venue is divided into three zones, "Special Invitation Zone," "Festival Passport Holder Zone," and the "General Zone."
The distance from each zone to the front stage is as follows.
・「Special Invitation Zone」 … about 7m
・「Festival Passport Holders Zone」 … about 20 m
・「General Zone」 … about 40 m
(The Carnival Venue may change size if it snows.)
32nd (1981) snow stage was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Based on France's Sacre Coeur, the stage measured 25 m (height) x 50 m (width) x 15 m (depth) and was certified as the biggest structure made entirely out of snow in the world.