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[Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka in Otofuke] Colorful Light and Sound Show Can Be Enjoyed

February 21st, 2016

Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka

Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka (十勝川白鳥まつり彩凛華) is a winter event in Otofuke town located in the northeastern part of Obihiro city, and has been held since 1992, and was named after more than 1000 swans coming flying to Tokachigawa Onsen (十勝川温泉). About 60,000 tourists come to see the event. Open period is from mid January to late February, and it opens from 19:00 to 21:00 everyday. The event might be cancelled due to bad weather, so you should check it in advance. The venue is Tokachigaoka Park (十勝が丘公園). Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Colorful Trigonal Pyramid Shaped Objects
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka

Movie of Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka

Tokachigaoka Observatoion Deck (十勝が丘展望台) and White Birch Avenue at Tokachi Ranch (十勝牧場白樺並木) are relatively close to the Tokachigawa Onsen and views can be enjoyed in a winter, too. A powerful horse trainig at the Tokachi Ranch is popular, too. By the way, a direct bus "Moor Spring-go (モール温泉号)" between the Tokachigawa Onsen and Sapporo runs only in an autumn, but unfortunately, visitors can not get the bus in the winter. In addition, a highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa.

Tokachigaoka Observatoion Deck
Tokachigawa Onsen in Otofuke Tokachigaoka observatory

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between Obihiro and Sapporo or Asahikawa.

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Obihiro
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Obihiro to Sapporo
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa

Tokachigawa Onsen

Tokachigawa Onsen (十勝川温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in Otofuke town located in the eastern part of Obihiro city, and is called a back room of Obihiro (帯広の奥座敷), and about 0.6 million visitors come every year. It is popular for enjoying moor hot springs (モール温泉) . Nowadays the moor spring can be enjoyed in various places in Hokkaido, but when the existence of the moor spring was recognized first, There were only 2 places, the Tokachigawa Onsen and Baden-Baden in Germany in the world. Therefore, the moor spring has became a synonym for the Tokachigawa Onsen. The moor spring was coined a word on the basis of the Tokachigawa Onsen. There are 9 accommodations, Garden Spa Tokachigawa Onsen (ガーデンスパ十勝川温泉), Tokachigawa Onsen Tourist information Center (十勝川温泉観光ガイドセンター), Tokachi Nature Center (十勝ネイチャーセンター), footbaths, a sushi restaurant, a ramen restaurant and a convenience store. The Garden Spa Tokachigawa Onsen has a mixed bathing onsen, so bathers must wear swimsuits and take a bath. Article is here

Footbath
Tokachigawa Onsen in Otofuke Footbath

White Birch Avenue at Tokachi Ranch

White Birch Avenue is at an entrance of Domestic Animal Improvement Center Tokachi Ranch (十勝牧場の白樺並木) in Otofuke town located in the northern part of Obihiro city. 567 white birches seem to line up for about 1.3 km among green grass. Because a scenery is beautiful, it has been used as location sites for many movies and tv dramas. There is the Tokachi Ranch Observatory (十勝牧場展望台) near the white birch avenue. However, I did not leave because I get confused as to which a road of the signboard of prohibition of entry was. Admission free. A parking lot are free of charge. There are no facilties. Article is here

View from Right Side
Otofuke, White Birch Tree Avenue in Tokachi Ranch

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

Look of Venue

12 large trigonal pyramid shaped objects and 277 small trigonal pyramid shaped objects are set on the snow y ground, and a viewing platform with about 5 m in height is built to view the whole objects at a high position. In addition, a light tunnel and a light zoo are built, too, and the visitors can enjoy lighting views in the dark. Except those, a handbath and a snow slide are built, and snow activities such as Snow Rafting and frozed soap bubbles can be enjoyed. Eating and drinking are available at Ice Promenade.

Entrance Gate
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Trigonal Pyramid Shaped Objects Line
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Footbath
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Light Tunnel
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Great!
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Light Animals
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Light Snowman
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Light Animals
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka

The highlight is the light and sound show using the trigonal pyramid shaped objects. About 290 large and small trigonal pyramid shaped objects containing 5.4 m height the largest trigonal pyramid shaped objects are built, and about 600 light are flashed colorfully, and the visitors can not help getting excited because those lights are glittered colorfully mached with musics, and can enjoy fantastic views from the viewing platform or on the snowy ground freely.

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Viewing Platform
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
View from Viewing Platform
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
View from Ground
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Flower Clock "Hannac"
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
View from Hannac
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
Trigonal Pyramid Shaped Objects
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka
We Can Enter After Finishing Show
Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka

Atmosphere of Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival Sairinka

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (100 cars)
Business hour 19:00-21:00
Regular closing day From early March to mid January
Telephone number +81-155-32-6633
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 369 666 309*14

List of Accommodations

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

Hotel Daiheigen(ホテル大平原)
Daiichi Hotel(第一ホテル豊洲亭)
Kangetsuen(観月苑)
Sasai Hotel(笹井ホテル)
Kokusai Hotel Tsutsui(国際ホテル筒井)
Booking
Fuji Hotel(富士ホテル)
Booking
Holiday Inn Hotel Tokachigawa(ホリデーインホテル十勝川)
Booking
Jalan
Sanyoan(三余庵)
Minshuku Ryokan Denen(とかち宿 田園)
Booking.com
Booking.com

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  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hello, Mat!
    Welcome to Hokkaido!

    I am afraid that I do not know about the food bank and the soup kitchen.
    But I searched those on an internet.

    NPO Kiboryo
    http://npo-kibou-ryo.com/20-event.html

    Minazukikai
    http://www.nanmosa.co.jp/takidasi/minazuki.html

    NPO Hand in Hand
    http://www.do-shiminkatsudo.jp/center/info/30/hand.pdf
    http://hand-in-hand.or.jp/

  2. Mat says:

    こんにちわ。私はALTの札幌です。カナダ人です。すみません、日本語はまだじょずでわありません。 As part of my lessons about Christmas, I hope to talk about chtairy and the Christmas Spirit. In Canada, it is traditional to give to chtairy around Christmas time. We often give food and clothing to food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters because this is a hard time of year for people. I found your page because I am trying to find a food bank or soup kitchen in the Sapporo area. Do you have any suggestions?どぞよろしくおねがいします。

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