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This beautiful snow art museum recreates the world of “Frozen”

The “Museum of Snow” in Asahikawa City is a museum with the theme of the beauty and mystery of snow. It is a beautiful place where you can feel real snow and ice even in the summer!
Many customers visited from Japan and abroad since it was opened in 1991. Furthermore, the number of people who visited increased after the movie “Frozen” became a big hit. Many people have said, “This is like Frozen!” If you visit you can pretend being the ”Frozen” character Anna or Elsa in the snow castle?


Get off the spiral staircase and enter the fantasy world!

The snow art museum is located in a corner of the “Hokkaido traditional craft village” on the hill which overlooks Asahikawa. The art museum is 18 meters underground, that you reach by descending a 62-step spiral staircase that was designed in the image of a crystal of snow. Cold air flows from below, and adds to the “Frozen” mood.
The first thing that you will notice as you enter the entrance is the “ice corridor” zone. On each side of the aisle there is a real ice wall, separated by a piece of glass. The side of the ice is 5 degrees Fahrenheit the side of the aisle is 23 degrees. It is this temperature even with no air conditioner in summer, so you will always feel coo.l
At the “Snow Crystal Museum” you can see lots of pictures and images of beautiful snowflakes. These pictures were taken from about 6,000 pictures taken at Taisetsuyama mountain in Hokkaido. There are no 2 snow crystals with the same shape.

Every detail reminds you of snow and ice!

In the snow art museum, take care to notice not only the exhibits but also the walls, doors and the floor. There are lots of ingenuity in the small details!
The sparkling wall displays the “diamond dust” that appears only on cold days. It is finely crushed and sprayed on the glass.
All the crystals on the door glass are hand carved. As you look closely, you will notice that the shapes are slightly different. It is the same as a real crystal.
Here is a sculpture that is in the image of a frost pillar.
There is also a large hexagon on the marble floor. All the marble here is the real thing, ordered from Greece.

Try the Princess experience with a “Frozen” mood!

The “music hall” is a breathtaking space. It is decorated with a huge “northern sky” that seven artists drew on the ceiling. It also has a stream running down and groundwater flows at your feet. The serenity caused by the sounds of the stream echoing on the high ceiling, it is very cool.
Here, in addition to concerts, lectures, and wedding ceremonies, there is a restaurant in the hall. It is a place that the “Princess Experience” can be realized!
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You can choose your favorite costume from over 100 dresses! You can then have your picture taken (3,000 yen per person). Since the movie “Frozen” was released, it is said that blue dresses are very popular.

Take a break at the café!

While wearing the dress, you can take a break at the cafe restaurant “Snona.” There you can spend an elegant moment in the shop where antique furniture and furnishings come together. The cheesecake also has snowflakes.
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Please do not forget to visit the museum shop before you leave. There are lots of items that have been created with the image of a snowflake.
The shop has among other things; cute dishes from local ceramic artists, Asahikawa city furniture and crafts, and works from writers living in Asahikawa.
Even in seasons without snow, it is a museum where you can fully enjoy the snowflake experience.

Smart tip
  • For your “princess experience,” you can also borrow accessories and tiara with your dress(3,000 yen + photography 1,000 yen). There is also a prince experience (for men).
  • You can also use only the cafe restaurant. In that case entrance fee is unnecessary. For lunchtime, pasta, curry and omelet rice are popular.
  • If you visit "Yoshi Komori Kogei" or "International Textile Museum", there is a common ticket which can earn admission fee (see basic information for rates).
What's interesting

The appearance of the museum is quite like that of a castle in Europe. The chandeliers, stairs, furniture, and other decorations are all beautiful and delicate,