Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
February 20th, 2016
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival (あばしりオホーツク流氷まつり) is a winter event held in Abashiri city located in the northeastern part of Kitami city and started in 1966. The festival is held at Abashiri port event site that it takes about 10 minutes on foot from Roadside Station "Ryuhyo kaido Abashiri (流氷街道網走)" during 3-4 days in mid February. By the way, the roadside staion is a ferry terminal of Icebreaking Ship Aurora2 (流氷砕氷船オーロラ2), it is crowded in a winter. Many sightseeing buses parked at a parking lot.
When I read Tweets, Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival seems to be popular.
『あばしりオホーツク流氷まつり』をちらりと見てきました。— ゆかり (@yukari_siesta) 2016, 2月 11
About 30 snow sculptures, ice sculptures, ice slides and a snow maze of various sizes are made. Its feature is that snow sculptures and ice sculptures are seen in well balance. I felt that qualities of the ice sculptures were high generally. A main ice sculpture is Abashiri prison when I visited here because it was designated as the important national cultural property in 2015. Those sculptures are lluminated in the evening.
Except enjoying the snow sculptures and the ice sculptures, events such as a playing large quoits that people may win king crabs or a cash JPY 10,000 are held, too, and it looked interesting. In addtion, many stall stores open and seafood of Abashiri can be eaten, too and many tourists gathered.
Atmosphere of Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (400 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From late February to early February|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||305 679 074*01|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around roadside station "Ryuhyo kaido Abashiri”.
|Abashiri Royal Hotel(網走ロイヤルホテル)|
|Hotel Route-Inn Abashiri Ekimae(ホテルルートイン網走駅前)|
|Abashiri Central Hotel(網走セントラルホテル)|
|Dormy Inn Abashiri(ドーミーイン網走)|
|Abashiri Hotel Okhotsk Inn(網走ホテル オホーツク・イン)|
|Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Okhotsk Abashiri Ekimae(東横インオホーツク・網走駅前)|
|Abashiri Green Hotel(網走グリーンホテル)|
|Abashiri Ryuhyou-no-Oka Youth Hostel(網走流氷の丘ユースホステル)|
|Hotel Sun Abashiri(ホテルサンアバシリ)|
A page of Abashiri is here