Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival


Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Activities, Activity, Chitose, English Post, Events, Hokkaido, Ishikari Subprefecture, Lake Shikotsu, Winter 16 Feb 2020

Phone: 0123-23-8288 (Lake Shikotsu Festival Executive Festival)

Date: January 24th to February 16th, 2020; January to February 2021

Lake Shikotsu Evening Light-up Ice Festival

Experience a unique ice festival, strolling through the magical ice formations. Explore a sparkling ice cave and eat local treats while you’re there too. Horse rides around the ice town are popular with children. From 6:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the event period, they launch about 300 fireworks, as well as have Wadaiko drum performances.

Area: Lake Shikotsu hot springs, Chitose city

40 minutes by car from New Chitose Airport
60 minutes by car from Sapporo city

Website: (Japanese)

How To Get There


Shikotsu-ko Dori, Shikotsukoonsen, Chitose-shi, Hokkaidō 066-0281


Chuo Buses run directly between New Chitose Airport and Lake Shikotsu approximately every three hours. The journey takes around an hour and costs ¥1,030.


The festival at Lake Shikotsu is about a 40-minute drive from New Chitose Airport (the main airport for Hokkaido), or around an hour to an hour and 10 minutes from Sapporo.

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