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in wintertime Eastern Hokkaido
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The mysterious Hokkaido village, Shikaribetsuko-kotan, appears on Lake Shikaribetsu only in winter. “Kotan” is a word in the beautiful language of the native Ainu people meaning village or settlement. Legend has it that the village began 30 years ago with the making of an igloo, and over time, the village became known in the Ainu name, Shikaribetsuko-kotan.
Even though the village appears on a frozen lake, this doesn't mean people permanently live there. The residents of Shikaribetsuko-kotan are the visitors who participate in events to experience the cold Hokkaido winter. Visitors can have a drink at the Ice Bar and Ice Café, discover the natural aspects of Lake Shikaribetsu in the Ice Theater and Concert Hall, get married in the Ice Chapel, and play in the Ice Maze. There are so many fun things to do in addition to enjoying the beauty of the village on ice.
Of course, the main attraction of Shikaribetsuko-kotan is the outdoor hot spring in the ice. Special pipes carry natural hot spring water from the source by the lake to hot tub on the ice. People might often wonder why the ice does not melt or why the water does not get cold. Don't worry! The temperature of the water is constantly kept at 42 to 43 degrees by continuously adjusting its volume.
This can only be experienced in Shikaribetsuko-kotan, the only hot spring on ice in the world. Why not experience this unique feeling of happiness this winter?
Shikaribetsuko-Kotan Kitaurimaku, Shikaoi-cho, Kato-gun, Hokkaido
All Events: 6:30 - 22:00
Ice Cafe: 10:00 - 17:00
Ice Bar 20:00 - 22:00
Outdoor Hot Springs: 6:30 - 22:00
Ice Maze: 6:30 - 22:00
Period: January 28, 2017 (Sat) - March 20, 2017 (Mon)
Approximately 1.5 hours by car from Obihiro Airport
Get off at the Memuro Interchange using the Obihiro- Hiroo Expressway (no charge area)
Approximately 80 kilometers via the National Route 54, 133 and 274
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