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[Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Chitose] Illumination of Ice Art Works Particularly Look Beautiful

February 4th, 2015

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival (支笏湖氷濤まつり) is a snow event held around Lake Shikotsu in the south part of Sapporo city, and the venue is Shikotsuko Onsen (支笏湖温泉) in the east part of the lake. The festival has been held from late January to mid February since 1976, and about 260,000 tourists come, and it can be said that the festival is a specialty event in the Lake Shikotsu. The venue is near Yamasen Iron Bridge (山線鉄橋). There are ice sculptures, an ice slide, Hyoto Shrine (氷濤神社), a resting place, a food stall, a public restroom at the site. It is very cold, so you had better wear a warm outfit. Admission free. But they collect a assistance fund. As for a parking lot, the parking lot at the Shikotsuko Onsen is open to visitors for free.

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Day Time
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Chitose
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Evening
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Chitose
Ice Aquarium
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Chitose

The Shikotsu means "Large valley" in Ainu language, and was named because of the source of Chitose River. The Lake Shikotsu is well-known for farm-raised Kokanee (ヒメマス), and it is a noted product eaten at various restaurants in the Shikotsuko Onsen Resort. The Kokanee season opens from June to August, and popular fishing can be ejoyed if you pay recreational fishing fee. In the Lake Shikotsu, something can be enjoyed in all seasons. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, Fresh green, hiking, the fishing, camping, a canoe, a kayak, diving, a bicycle, a boat and a sightseeing boat can be enjoyed in a summer, Fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and a snow scenery can be enjoyed in a winter.

Chitose River and Yamasen Rail Bridge
Lake Shikotsu Shikotsuko Onsen Resort

Lake Shikotsu

Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖) in Chitose city is the 2nd largest caldera lake after Lake Kussharo in Japan, and was born by large-scale eruptions 40,000 years ago. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 40 km, and the maximum depth is 360 m, and is the 2nd deepest lake after Lake Tazawa in Akita prefecture in Japan. It is said that the Lake Shikotsu is an unfrozen lake in the northernmost of Japan, but it sometimes is frozen actually. It is famous for clear water of the lake, too, and has transparency as well as Lake Mashu and Lake Baikal. Because the lake is close to New Chitose Airport, Sapporo city and Tomakomai city, it is a popular tourist attraction that a lot of tourists visit. Around the Lake Shikotsu, there are Shikotsuko Onsen Resort (支笏湖温泉街), Marukoma Onsen (丸駒温泉), Former Poropinai Camping Ground (ポロピナイ元キャンプ場), Bifue Camping Ground (美笛キャンプ場), Okotan Camping Ground (オコタン野営場), Lake Okotanpe (オコタンペ湖), Morappu Camping Ground (モラップキャンプ場), Mt Eniwadake (恵庭岳), Mt. Fushidake (風不死岳), Mt. Tarumae (樽前山) and Mt. Monbetsudake (紋別岳). Article is here

Mt. Tarumae and Mt. Eniwadake and Lake Shikotsu
Lake Shikotsu Shikotsuko Onsen Resort

Shikotsuko Onsen

Shikotsuko Onsen (支笏湖温泉) is a hot-spring resort surrounded by forests and the lake in the east side of Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖) located in the western part of Chitose city. It succeeded in drilling hot springs in 1974, and is close to New Chitose Airport, Sapporo and Tomakomai, and 0.95 million people visit here annually. It features a few large buildings due to building restrictions. The hot-spring resort is not large, and there are 7 accommodations, a ferry port, Shikotsuko Visitor Center (支笏湖ビジターセンター), restaurants and souvenir shops. Sweets Shop Patissier Labo (スイーツショップ パティシエ・ラボ), Healthy Buffet Amamu (ヘルシービュッフェ アマム), Shokujidokoro Kotobuki (食事処 寿), Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei Taian (支笏湖第一寶亭留 翠山亭 苔庵) and azzurro (アズーロ) are popular in particular. Unfortunately, there is not a convenience store. Article is here

Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Shikotsuko Onsen

Winter Festivals in Hokkaido

Snow often begins to fall around Christmas season, and Hokkaido is covered with the snow until late March that snow begins to melt, the ground turns into the white world in a winter. The snow falls in silence, and the temperature falls, too, and its peak is February, and various winter events that snow, ice and coldness can be enjoyed are held all over Hokkaido around the February. Article is here

Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Daytime or Evening

As for the Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, my impression considerably changed between the daytime and the evening time. I like the evenig because ice sculptures are lit up beautifully. Enjoy the festival in the evening!

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Evening
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Chitose

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Daytime

When I visited here in 2015, there were 15 large and small ice sculptures at the venue. Various ice sculptures such as the ice sculpture that people can go in and out, the ice sculpture that people can go up and down and the ice sculpture that people can slide are built, and shapes and blueness of the ice sculptures made from water of Chitose River (千歳川) can be enjoyed in various ways. A lot of foreign tourists came, although the tourists could not understand each language, they slid on an ice slide together while laughing, so that left my impression. There is no national border in pleasure. By the way, an ice wedding ceremony is held, too.

Entrance
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Inside of Welcome Gate
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Art Work in Welcome Gate
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Ice Falls
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Big Mountain
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

I was surprised at this Koke-no-Domon (苔の洞門). That was frozen after pine needles were sprinkled over water. This green color made me feel as if I was on other planet.

Inside of Koke-no-Domon
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Inside of Koke-no-Domon
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Blue Chatou
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Blue Chatou
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
We Can Ride Horse. It Costs JPY 700
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

At the Hyoto Shrine, a shintaian object of worship is set. Its body are attached to coins, and it looks a design. It seems that the design looks art.

Hyoto Shrine
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Inside of Hyoto Shrine
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Coins Look Like Design
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Yurameki-no-Chapel
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Ice Slide
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Sky Way
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
I Watch Lake Shikotsu
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

The ice wedding ceremony, concerts and events are held on Dream Stage.

Dream Stage
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Movie of Ms. MINA's Concert

Child Rink
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Big Mountain
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Ice Slide
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Blue Tower
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Icicle
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Lake Shikotsu
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Atmosphere of Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Daytime Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Daytime

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Evening

The ice sculptures are lit up in the evening, and ice sculptures that are different from the daytime is interesting. Illumination hours are from 16:30 to 22:00. Fireworks are set off on the weekend, too. When the fireworks are held, a road to the Shikotsuko Onsen get choked, so you had better take your time.

広告

Welcome Gate
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Yamasen Iron Bridge
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Inside of Welcome Gate
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Blue Tower is really blue! I just feel mysterious feeling.

Blue Tower
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Ice Falls
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Yurameki-no-Chapel (ゆらめきのチャペル) lit up is good, and looks beautiful.

Yurameki-no-Chapel
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Yurameki-no-Chapel
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

The Koke-no-Domon in the evening is good, too. Green illumination emphasizes green feeling, and I feel as if I was in a movie world.

Inside of Koke-no-Domon
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Inside of Koke-no-Domon
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Full of Icicle
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Yurameki-no-Chapel
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Big Mountain
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Yurameki-no-Chapel
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
I Watch Lake Shikotsu
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Yurameki-no-Chapel
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Child Rink
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Ice Tower
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Blue Chatou
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

The whole venue is colorful illumination, and it is good.

Look of Festival Venue
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Dream Stage
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Sky Way
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
State in Festival Place
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Ice Slider
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Ice Hut
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Red Tower
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Welcome Gate
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Atmosphere of Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival at Night Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival at Night

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (400 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-22:00
Regular closing day From late february to mid january
Telephone number +81-123-23-8288
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 867 063 624*33

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Shikotsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Kyukamura Shikotsuko(休暇村支笏湖)
Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA(しこつ湖鶴雅リゾート スパ水の謌)
Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei(支笏湖第一寶亭留 翠山亭)
Shikotsuko Suizantei Club(支笏湖翠山亭倶楽部)
Jalan
Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku(レイクサイド ヴィラ翠明閣)
Booking
Guest House Shikotsu Kamui(ゲストハウス シコツカムイ)
Jalan
Shikotsuko Youth Hostel(支笏湖ユースホステル)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Mizuumi(民宿みずうみ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Marukoma Onsen Ryokan(丸駒温泉旅館)
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

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