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[Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival] Winter Festival Using Ice

February 20th, 2016

Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival

Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival (もんべつ流氷まつり * The Ryuhyo means "Drift Ice" in Japanese) is a winter event held in Monbetsu city located in the eastern part of Asahikawa city, and has started since 1963. The festival is held at the side of Kaiyo-Koryukan (海洋交流館) during 3-4 days in mid February, and about 60,000 tourists come. There are ice sculptures, ice slides, food stalls, a public restroom at the site, and some events such as concerts are held, too. It is very cold, so you had better wear a warm outfit. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Kaiyo-Koryukan
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Garinkogo2 Is in Service
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival

Okhotsk Tower (オホーツクタワー), Okhotsk Tokkari Center (オホーツクとっかりセンター * The Tokkari means "Earless seal" in a local Hokkaido dialect) and Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido GIZA (北海道立オホーツク流氷科学センター) is built near the Kaiyokoryukan Boarding Point, and Clione that is famous as a cruel angel and the earless seal can be enjoyed. In the center of the Monbetsu, Seafood Rice bowl at Marutomi Shokudo (まるとみ食堂) and Deep‐fried Minced Fish and Vegetables at Dezuka Suisan (出塚水産) were eaten, and those were tasty. By the way, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and here, but a express bus "Ryuhyo Monbetsu-go (流氷もんべつ号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Monbetsu.

Okhotsk Tower
Drift Ice and Garinkogo2 in Monbetsu
Okhotsk Tokkari Center
Drift Ice and Garinkogo2 in Monbetsu
Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido GIZA
Drift Ice and Garinkogo2 in Monbetsu

Movie of Clione

Movie of Okhotsk Tokkari Center

Drift Ice and Garinkogo2 Cruise in Monbetsu

There are 2 sightseeing spots that tourists can enjoy the scheduled drift ice cruising in Japan. Monbetsu in the northeast of the Hokkaido faces the Sea of Okhotsk, and is one of the sightseeing spots for drift ice cruising. Drift ice drifts to the offing of Monbetsu around mid January. If common ships collide with the drift ice, those are broken, but Drift Ice Icebreaker Garinkogo2 (流氷砕氷船ガリンコ号Ⅱ) that can break the drift ice zone goes into service. A lot of tourists visit here to see the drift ice from early January to late March. The drift ice icebreaker Garinkogo2 goes into service from 5 to 7 each day, and cruising time is around 60 minutes. The tourists can get aboard a ship at Kaiyokoryukan boarding point (海洋交流館). Article is here

Sea Is Covered with Drift Ice
Drift Ice and Garinkogo2 in Monbetsu

Seafood Rice Bowl

Marutomi Shokudo (まるとみ食堂) is a popular restaurant in Monbetsu city located in the eastern part of Asahikawa city. Marutomi Watanabe fishery runs it, and there is a fishery store at same building, too. Tasty seafood has high reputation, and it was recommended by my friend. Article is here

Seafood Rice Bowl
Seafood Rice Bowl -Marutomi Shokudo in Monbetsu-

Deep‐fried Minced Fish and Vegetables

Dezuka Suisan (出塚水産) is a long-established kamaboko (かまぼこ * deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables) factory near Monbetsu port in Monbetsu city and was founded in 1930. There is kamaboko store at the head factory, and customers can buy fresh deep‐fried minced fish and vegetables. There is a place for the customers to enjoy foods and drinks on 2nd Floor. By the way, the customers can enter the rooftop freely and can look over the Monbetsu port. Article is here

Deep‐Fried Minced Fish and Scallop, Deep‐Fried Minced Fish and Vegetables, Deep‐Fried Minced Fish and Corn, Deep‐Fried Minced Fish and Dried Small Fish
Deep‐Fried Minced Fish and Vegetables -Dezuka Suisan in Monbetsu-

Look of Venue

About 30 ice sculptures and ice slides of various sizes are made every year. The Monbetsu is famous for drift ice, so the sculptures seem to be uesd ice not snow. Unlike the ice sculptures of Sapporo Snow Festival (札幌雪まつり) and Asahikawa Winter Festival (旭川冬まつり), those are not art but heartwarming. 3-4 ice slides are built to make children and adults fun. A main ice sculpture was Old Hakodate Public Hall (旧函館区公会堂) when I visited here in 2016. A motif of the main ice sculpture is changed every year. The ice sculptures are lit up in the evening, and those look beautiful. The venue is not so large, so it takes about 60 minutes to look around carefully.

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Main Ice Sculpture Is Old Public Hall of Hakodate
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Okhotsk Tower Can Be Seen
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Look of Venue
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Ice Sculptures
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Ice Sculpture with 3 M in Height
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Ice Paint of Monta (Costumed Mascot Character of Monbetsu)
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Nekobus like Ice Slide
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Fur Seal like Ice Slide
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Doraemon Ice slide
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
Large Ice slide
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival
View from Large Ice slide
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival

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 a lot of food stalls open, and seafood of Monbetsu can be eaten, too.

Human Curling ?
Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival

Atmosphere of Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Monbetsu Ryuhyo Festival

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (100 cars)
Business hour 10:00-22:00
Regular closing day From late February to early February
Telephone number +81-158-24-3900
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 801 585 677*17

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Monbetsu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Monbetsu Prince Hotel(紋別プリンスホテル)
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Monbetsu Central Hotel(紋別セントラルホテル)
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Hotel Okhotsk Palace(ホテルオホーツクパレス)
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Minshuku Sakura House Annex(民宿さくらハウス別館)
HP
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Jalan
Minshuku Sakura House Main Building(民宿さくらハウス本館)
HP
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Jalan
Kibarashikan(気晴館)
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Jalan
Booking.com
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