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in wintertime Eastern Hokkaido
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The Snow Crystals Museum was set up with the intention of sharing the beauty of Hokkaido's snow and ice with as many people as possible. The museum opened its doors in 1991, and later found fame for the striking resemblance its interior bears to that of the castle that appeared in a hugely successful 2014 animation. The movie sparked a big surge in visitor numbers, and the museum is now on track to becoming Asahikawa's best known wintertime attraction.
The first thing that strikes you when you step through the door is the incredible interior design. Everything in sight is inspired by snow and ice: the hexagonal snowflake-inspired spiral staircase, the ice corridor that looks out on a huge ice fall, the Snow Crystal Museum, where 200 magnified photographs of snowflakes have been selected from an array of 6000 and put on display. Take a closer look, and you'll see that minute attention has even gone into the design of the walls, doors, and even the reflections on the floor. It's as if the building itself is a work of art.
Fittingly for a museum that feels like a cinematic fantasy, one very popular service on offer here is the Princess Experience, where visitors can be transported into the world of “that movie”. Both children and adults can don a ballgown and take some commemorative snaps around the museum. With tuxedos available for men and boys, this service is a big hit among couples and families too. And Snoowna, the on-site cafe/restaurant, is the perfect spot to have lunch or just to take a break. It has a unique range of food and drinks on offer, including coffee from Cocktail-Do, Japan's only purveyor of aged coffee, and a Snowman Salad. Visitors can indulge in a lovely tea break in this gorgeous castle-like setting. So this winter, why not experience life as a snow queen in this pure white museum.
The Snow Crystals Museum
Minamigaoka 3 Chome 1-1, Asahikawa City, Hokkaido
9:00 to 17:00
Closed days: Open every day (apart from December 30 to January 4)
About 40 min. by car from Asahikawa Airport
About 15 min. by car from JR Asahikawa Station
Entrance fee: Adults: 700 yen／University/high school students: 500 yen／Elementary/middle school students: 400 yen
The Princess Experience: 3,240 yen／Accessories: 1,080 yen
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