Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
February 20th, 2016
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival (もんべつ流氷まつり) is a winter event held in Monbetsu city located in the eastern part of Asahikawa city and started in 1963. The festival is held at the side of Kaiyo-Koryukan (海洋交流館) during 3-4 days in mid February.
When I read Tweets, Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival seems to be popular.
ふるさと、紋別流氷まつりの出店がステキ、じゃない？(たぶん地元の人には当たり前)— midori yamanaka (@midoriyamanaka) 2016, 2月 11
I am so proud of festival shops for Okhotsk Monbetsu Ryuhyo(sea ice)... https://t.co/yRF4vq6L8v
天然氷で作られた美しい氷像を見よう。紋別市で「第54回もんべつ流氷まつり」開催 https://t.co/KJsmJzkmCW— まっしゃ (@niconico_massya) 2016, 2月 8
About 30 ice sculptures and ice slides of various sizes are made every year. Monbetsu is famous for drift ice, and sculptures seem to be uesd ice not snow. There are 3-4 ice slides, and children and adults can enjoy those. A main ice sculpture is Old Hakodate Public Hall (旧函館区公会堂) when I visited here. The ice sculptures seem to be lluminated in the evening. Those will look beautiful.
Except enjoying the ice sculptures, events such as a contest that people have to put up with throwing an ice column (氷柱ガマン抱きつき大会) are held, too, and many stall stores open and seafood of Monbetsu can be eaten, too.
Atmosphere of Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (100 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From late February to early February|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||801 585 677*17|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Monbetsu.
|Monbetsu Prince Hotel(紋別プリンスホテル)|
|Monbetsu Central Hotel(紋別セントラルホテル)|
|Hotel Okhotsk Palace(ホテルオホーツクパレス)|
|Minshuku Sakura House Annex(民宿さくらハウス別館)|
|Minshuku Sakura House Main Building(民宿さくらハウス本館)|