One of the places my family visited during our trip to Hokkaido last July was the Asahikawa Snow Crystal Museum. It’s not really a popular tourist destination, and to be honest, it’s not really much of a museum too as there’s limited things to do and see here – basically, you just go here to look at the snow crystals, as well as passing by and looking in awe at the huge chunks of ice that they have on display in a corridor.
Upon entering the Snow Crystal Museum, this is the sight that will greet you. A crystal tree! 😀 Entrance to the museum is 650 yen for adults.
The museum itself is actually located underground, so you have to go down a spiral of stairs that will lead you to a corridor of ice. This is probably the only real attraction here – aside from the snow crystals, but I didn’t get to see that part of the museum as for some reason I overlooked it as I went around the place. So much fail. D:
There’s nothing much to do here but take photos of the ice columns. After which you proceed to another (shorter) flight of stairs.
On the way to the Music Hall. I love the theme they have going on – Beauty and the Beast!
Displays of the Music Hall. On the ceiling is an awesome oil painting of the sky. The hall is mainly used for events such as weddings, lectures, and concerts.
Out of everything that was on display on the stage at the Music Hall, this has to be my favourite out of them all. Just look at how detailed this is! So pretty. ❤
There’s also a small gift shop in the area that sells snow crystal themed items. You can also opt to dress up like a princess or snow queen here – for a fee, of course! Also, there are several cute dolls on display around the museum.
The items they sell aren’t limited to costume jewellery, keychains and other such trinkets. They also have these chocolates for sale. Don’t really know if they’re good or not because I didn’t buy any, haha.
There’s also a large room that is a function room/dining hall. During our visit, there seemed to be a wedding underway.
This is the spiral of stairs that you have to first go through before reaching the corridor with the ice columns and the rest of the museum. The railings are laced with metal snowflakes and as you can see, at the botom there’s a water fountain full of coins. As you go down, you’ll also notice several snow crystal inspired paintings – and they don’t come cheap too, haha!
I’ve read on several sites and blogs that it resembles a snow crystal. What do you think?
What can you see in Asahikawa Snow Crystal Museum?
- Ice columns corridor: Basically this is a corridor that you can walk through and view and admire ice columns
- Music Hall: It’s a huge hall filled with a lot of chairs and the ceiling here is made up of a beautiful oil painting of the sky. Aside from the things displayed in the front at the stage, there really isn’t much to see or do here when there’s no event being held.
- Dining Hall/Function Room: Just as it says, it’s filled with tables and is mainly used for events.
- Snow Crystal Room: Unfortunately did not get to see this! But from what I gather, it’s a room where you can see various snow crystals on display and know more about it.
- Cafe: Actually I just passed this by. Not sure about the prices of the drinks and food here (or the quality of food/drink), but for the price, it’s probably a bit on the high side.
- Gift Shop: Quite small and they sell various trinkets that have a snow crystal theme.
- ‘Art’ Room: Not really anything special. Basically this room contains ‘art’ that relates to snow and snow crystals – dolls and various paintings were on display inside.
Was the experience worth it? To be honest, it was just so-so – it’s an attraction that I definitely won’t be going to again if ever we go back to Hokkaido.
I was imagining the place to be colder (from the name of the museum, haha!), but the temperature inside is normal, so you don’t need to bring a jacket or whatever if you’re going to visit. 🙂
Anyway, this is a nice place to stay for an hour (or even half an hour is enough to explore this place, I think) – but Asahikawa Snow Crystal Museum is somehow off the beaten path so I suggest if you don’t really have much interests in snow crystals, then I think this is an attraction that you can skip, you won’t be missing much if you do, haha.