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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.

Roadside Station "Ryuhyo kaido Abashiri"
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Icebreaking Ship Aurora2
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Sightseeing Buses Line
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival

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.

Entrance of Event Site
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Main Snow Sculpture like Abashiri Prison
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Look of Event Site
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Many Snow Sculptures
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Snow Sculptures like Snufkin and Moomintroll
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Snow Sculpture like Mouse
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Look of Event Site
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Ice Sculpture
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Large Ice Slide
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Children Are Enjoying
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
View from Large Ice Slide
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
View from Large Ice Slide
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Snow Slide
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Snow Maze
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Maze
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival

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.

Many Stall Stores Open
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival
Playing Large Quoits
Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival

Atmosphere of Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Abashiri Okhotsk Ryuhyo Festival

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (400 cars)
Business hour 10:00-19:00
Regular closing day From late February to early February
Telephone number +81-152-43-0334
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 305 679 074*01

Accommodations

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)
Hokkai Hotel(北海ホテル)
Booking
Abashiri Hotel Okhotsk Inn(網走ホテル オホーツク・イン)
Booking
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)
Jalan
Abashiri Ryuhyou-no-Oka Youth Hostel(網走流氷の丘ユースホステル)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Sun Abashiri(ホテルサンアバシリ)
Minshuku Lamp(民宿ランプ)
Booking.com

A page of Abashiri is here

Abashiri