- February 7th, 2017
[Jozankei Yukitoro in Sapporo] Ice Candles with Unreal Atmosphere
Jozankei Yukitoro (定山渓雪灯路) is a winter event held in Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉), Sapporo city, and has been held since 2011, and about 6,000 tourists come to see the event. Open period is 5 dys from late January to early February, and it opens from 18:00 to 21:00 everyday. A fire dance is shown by Kuon, a famous fire dance team, at 20 o'clock. The venue is the ground of the Jozankei Shinto Shrine (定山渓神社) established in 1905. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge, too. A free shuttle bus runs between the Jozankei Onsen and the Jozankei Shinto Shrine while the event is opening. It takes about 10 minutes between the Jozankei Onsen and the Jozankei Shinto Shrine on foot.
As for a parking lot, Jozankei Sports Park Free Parking Lot (定山渓スポーツ公園の無料駐車場) is provided in fron of Jozankei Manseikaku Hotel Millione (定山渓万世閣ホテルミリオーネ). But it is full immediately at the rush. By the way, Resort Liner (リゾートライナー) and Yuttari Liner (直通バス湯ったりライナー), a nonstop bus, run between New Chitose Airport and Jozankei Onsen, and Kappa Liner (かっぱライナー号), a nonstop bus, runs between the central part of Sapporo and Jozankei Onsen, so those would be very convenient.
Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in Sapporo city suburbs, and one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). Jozankei is called a back room of Sapporo (札幌の奥座敷), and 2.4 million people per year visit the Jozankei Onsen that is near the center of Sapporo for about 60 minutes. Oversea visitors increased in hot spring boom recently, too. Read More
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Read More
Look of Venue
About 2,000 ice candles are set at 3,761 m2 ground of the Jozankei Shinto Shrine containing about 120 m length approach. The ice candles mixed with a mysterious atmosphere of the Shinto shrine creat an unreal atmosphere. A lot of visitors are couples and families, and they enjoy a romantic atmosphere. In addition, it has a photogenic atmosphere, so photographers look foward the best angle, too. Food stalls are not built, but a restroom is probably at the main building of the shrine.
Atmosphere of Jozankei Yukitoro Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (30 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From mid February to end January|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||708 755 464*28|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Jozankei Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Sapporo is here
A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here
Shikotsu-Toya National Park
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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