Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival: More than a winter wonderland
Text and Photo By Monsi A. Serrano/THEPHILBIZNEWS
Regardless of your generation, adding in your bucket list a trip to Sapporo is worth including especially if you will plan it well and during one of their coldest month in Sapporo when snow and ice festival are held.
While I was fortunate to go to Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in Quebec, Canada, nothing beats the sights that will truly mesmerize you at Chitose-Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival wherein your will see colorful ice sculptures, and”kamakura” which is equivalent to igloo often but not rightly associated with the Eskimos.
With their friendly and helpful staff, my winter wonderland experience with Chitose-Lake Shikotsu Park for Ice Festival is truly a one of a kind. The event runs from January 25 till February 17 and these months are the coldest months in the region.
For some who are not used to extremely cold weather, I can tell you it’s worth the trip and experience. Beside, one does not have to wear a gizmo jacket as the Japanese has Uniqlo where you can buy a light weight and thing winter jacket enough to warm you if you are not heterothermic.
What is amazing at Lake Shikotsu is that the area are surrounded with hot springs. But during the winter time, it is transformed into a gorgeous dreamland for their Ice Festival.
More than the ice sculptures creatively crafted, the area of Shikotsu takes pride of having the clearest water in Japan, and ironically it freezes. For the young ones, they can play in the ice slide, the rink or in Canada it’s called “tobogganing” while enjoying the colorful ice sculptures.
If you are alone, theLake Shikotsu staff are very happy to take your photo in the spot they created right in front of the huge and vibrant ice structures for free. It doesn’t matter whether you come on day or night, but one thing is certain, plan for next year’s Ice Festival and also swing by at another exciting winter in Sapporo at Oduri Park and Suzukino Snow Festival which The Philippine Business and News will cover.
If you feel cold or hungry, there is are food stalls that offer delicious and affordable food for eat out. You can even bring your hot drink inside the igloo, but make sure you dispose your rubbish in the garbage bin.
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