Ice World Can Be Enjoyed on Frozen Lake -Shikaribetsuko Kotan in Shikaoi-
February 22nd, 2016
Shikaribetsuko Kotan (然別コタン) is a winter event held from late January to late March in Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖), Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city. It strated near the Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen (然別湖畔温泉) resort in 1981. Buildings that Inuit people called igloo made of snow and ice are built on the frozen Lake Shikaribetsu, and a kotan (コタン * village of the Ainu people) is formed.
There are an ice bar, an ice hotel, an ice chapel, open-air baths on ice, an ice maze at the Shikaribetsu Kotan, and visitors can enjoy drinking at the ice bar and watching a concert at the ice hall and staying at the ice hotel, and the snowmobile can be ridden. Especially, the open-air baths on ice is famous as a rare hot spring, this is one of an eye-catcher of Shikaribetsu Kotan. At a place getting cool nearly 20 degrees celsius below zero, please fully enjoy non-daily life. But please make sure you will protect yourself against cold weather.
There are the Ice Glass Making Experience Room, the ice bar, the ice theater and the ice hall near the entrance. There is not a restroom at the Shikaribetsu Kotan, and the visiotrs must go a public restroom near Shikaribetsu Nature Center and a souvenir shop.
When the visitors go down a hill, the visiots reach to the frozen Lake Shikaribetsu. I felt it became bitterly cold more. There are a snowmobile experience place, an ice maze, an ice hotel, an ice chapel and the open-air bath on the frozen lake.
Atmosphere of Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Bath on Ice Can Be Watched on Youtube
Atmosphere of Shikaribetsuko Kotan Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (30 cars)|
|Regular closing day||From late March to mid January|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||702 388 482*28|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Shikaribetsukohan Onsen.
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan National Park