Jan/24 - Feb/16, 2020 Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Sightseeing information about Jan/24 - Feb/16, 2020 Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Japan.

Jan/24 - Feb/16, 2020 Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival4.5

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 from 1/24 '20 to 2/16 '20


Lake Shikotsu in Hokkaido is known as an unfrozen lake even in the northernmost of Japan.
"Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival" is a snow event held around Shikotsuko Onsen, about 40 mins away from Sapporo City from late-January to mid-February. There are about 30 ice sculptures made by spraying water from Lake Shikotsu, which is some of the clearest water in Japan, and freezing it.
At night, sculptures are lit up with colorful lights, creating fantastic atmosphere which is totally different from daytime.
Besides viewing ice sculptures, you can also enjoy having local cuisine, shopping, taking a hot spring, watching taiko drum performance and about 300 fireworks launching into night sky on Sat & Sun. Also kids can have fun at an ice slider and a skate link, or riding a horse.

Dates : January 24 - February 16, 2020 9:00~22:00
Night Illumination : 16:30~22:00
Fireworks (Sat& Sun) : 18:30~
Venue : Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose City, Hokkaido
Fee : 300 yen
Access : about 45 mins by bus from JR Chitose Station, or about 40 mins by car from Chitose IC on Doto Expressway

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PurposeFestivals,night view,nature,winter in Japan,fireworks of Japan,sightseeing,major,let's hang out!
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4.0in the last week

Well designed little winter park. There's a lot to see for both adults and kids. The pine rooms smelled so good! And once it gets dark it's even more beautiful. The only downside is access. The buses from Chitose are not frequent and the last bus back is at only 17:45, barely after dark!

5.0a week ago

Very beautiful ice sculptures. Very very cold so be prepared and dress appropriately. It will actually be more beautiful at night when all the colourful lights illuminate the ice sculpture but please come with your own personal car as it is lacking public transport, foreigners be aware.

5.0a week ago

For only 300 yens per person, you get to enjoy some magical ice structures with lighting at night. Not very large, but each structure is interestingly built, I kept thinking how do they do that. Take your time to look at all the details to appreciate the hard work of the team. Bring the kids because they would love it!

5.0in the last week

Better than even the pictures. Highly recommend going. The whole site can be seen in about 1.5 hours.

4.0in the last week

Fantastic ice festival! Small site but with quite a lot too look at.

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