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A special treat in winter

We visited Lake Shikaribetsu in February so it was frozen and had the ice village set up. It was a... read more

Reviewed March 1, 2017
Melbourne, Australia
Small and simple igloo village in winter

Not a very large ice village, just a simple one, with a few igloos. Rather picturesque though, and... read more

Reviewed March 28, 2015
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Jul 23, 2017
“Ice Village in Hokkaido, Japan”
Mar 6, 2017
“Unique experience in the winter....”
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Reviewed July 23, 2017

Driving hours through the snow flurries and fields looking like we were going nowhere on a cold winter day in February, but suddenly through the flurries and the fast approaching twilight, we see lights twinkling ahead through the dark tunnel. We had arrived to the...More

2  Thank dennylama
Reviewed March 6, 2017

We visited Lake Shikaribetsu in February during the ice village festival. It was such a unique experience for us. The igloos were well built and there was an ice bar where you could buy a hot or cold drink. Sitting on solid ice having a...More

2  Thank Aileen S
Reviewed March 1, 2017

We visited Lake Shikaribetsu in February so it was frozen and had the ice village set up. It was a special experience to visit the various buildings and there was even an ice bar where you could buy a hot or cold drink and have...More

Thank 26waynew
Reviewed February 22, 2017

As a person who spend most of the time in tropical countries, this place is very different world for me :) A must visit if you have time to spare during winter time while visiting Hokkaido. Tips: There are free bus from Obihiro Bus station...More

2  Thank Teguh S
Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Here is nothing,but here is everything. Nature,beautiful scenery,no artificial lights,starting sky. If U will visit to Japan,it's one of the best choice.

Thank 鏑木 虎
Reviewed August 18, 2015

Highly recommended for family with small kids. Kids can enjoy delightful encounters with natural creatures like fox, chipmunks, crayfish, ducks, and so many insects while adults can submerge themselves into the soul-cleansing atmosphere. Unfortunately, we went there on a cloudy/rainy day and couldn't see the...More

1  Thank Sun K
Reviewed March 28, 2015

Not a very large ice village, just a simple one, with a few igloos. Rather picturesque though, and we did not regret the drive up. the little town of Shikaoi at the foot of the mountain is also very pretty. The ice bar is pretty...More

1  Thank kwoong
Reviewed February 15, 2015

During the Shikaribetsu kotan period (late January to early March), two outdoor hot spring tubs are set at the centre of the frozen lake. There are specific hours for mixed bath, men only bath and women only bath. During the mixed bath hours, you can...More

Thank jaylowe
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Myself and a group of friends were staying in Asahikawa and thought we would give this place a visit as we had a rental car. In terms of the village on the lake there was the small igloos, the outdoor onsen and the ice bar....More

2  Thank Nathan S
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Response from dennylama | Reviewed this property |
You can take an express train to Obihiro from Sapporo or take a flight there. From the Obihiro Airport to the Obihiro train/bus terminal, you have to pay about 1,000 Yen for a one-way ticket and ride on the bus for about... More
March 22, 2017|
Response from dennylama | Reviewed this property |
Check their official website and it will give you the bus time table or check with a local Japanese travel agency like JTB and they might be able to help you.
March 20, 2015|
Response from jaylowe | Reviewed this property |
The official website says the igloo village ends on 31 March this year. As transportation to Shikaribetsu Lake could be quite inconvenient, i wouldn't take a chance on 3 april if i were you.