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Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival 2023

Visit this one-of-a-kind ice festival in Japan

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Last updated: by Nataliia Chaika
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The Shikotsu-Toya National Park's Lake Shikotsu hot springs, about a 40-minute drive from Sapporo city, is the site of the Chitose and Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival. This annual ice festival attracts thousands of tourists, so you surely want to be a part of this event. Now let's see what's in store for visitors!

In a nutshell, Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival offers attractions for any taste. For example, there are rows of ice sculptures, created by freezing the water, sprayed from Lake Shikotsu (some of the cleanest water in all of Japan). Children, in turn, can enjoy the horse rides around the arena, the ice slides, and the gorgeous skating rink. During the celebration season, there are drum performances and the firing of over 300 fireworks (every Saturday and Sunday at 18:30). After warming up your chilly body in the baths provided by the nearby hot springs for day visitors, you have an opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner and shop for trinkets in the hot spring town.

But whatever activity you choose, remember to book your accommodation in advance because the city is extremely busy this time of year. Other than that, you'll be good to go! So grab your loved ones along and have an amazing time.

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