Matsumoto Castle Ice Sculpture Festival

Posted on 2019.01.24 in Events

The hottest competition in the freezing night!
Matsumoto Castle Ice Sculpture Festival, one of the highlights of the winter in Mastumoto, will be held this weekend.

Main event

About 20 teams will gather to compete in the "championship" contest.
Place: Matsumoto Castle Park
Carving: From 17:00 Sat, Jan 26 to 5:00 (am!) on Jan 27. (The sculptors will work all night long!)
Exhibition: 5:00–15:30 Sun, Jan 27.


Featuring young sculptors with less experience.
Carving: 18:00 Fri, Jan 25 to midnight Sat, Jan 26.
Exhibition: Midnight–14:00 Sat, Jan 26.

Additional event

Place: JR Matsumoto Station Plaza
Carving: 18:00 Thu, Jan 24 to midnight Fri, Jan 25
Exhibition: Midnight Fri, Jan 25 to 14:00 Sun, Jan 27

*Schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Food stalls will be set up at the castle garden during the event. Music performances and kids activities will be also scheduled.

You may want to get to the venue earlier in the morning in order to avoid crowds. Enjoy strolling around the castle moat to see the magnificent ice sculptures. (Be sure to keep yourself warm enough!)

For more information, visit the official website:
Or, you can come visit us at the Matsumoto Experience Information Center below:

Shinmai Media Garden
2-20-2 Chuo
Matsumoto, Nagano
390-8585 Japan

Open Wed–Sun