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Ice Walk at Lake Shikotsu

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A unique Hokkaido activity that can only be experienced during the coldest of seasons

Chitose Tourist Association



Winter is one of the best seasons to be in the great outdoors of Hokkaido. Situated just south of Sapporo and part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the crystal-clear Lake Shikotsu is said to be the northernmost ice-free lake. However, during the coldest months in the middle of winter, there are some points along its shores where ice forms, providing the opportunity for an exciting winter activity: the ice walk.

An ice walk at Lake Shikotsu is a unique adventure you can only enjoy in wintertime Hokkaido. The location is easily accessible from New Chitose Airport and dry suits are provided, making it an easy, hassle-free experience. This activity is especially recommended for those who want to create a different kind of travel memories that cannot be experienced in everyday life and is popular among thrill-seekers from around the world.



Get up-close and personal with an icy lake! There are many ways to have fun. Walk on the frozen surface, jump into the lake through a crack in the ice, swim in the icy waters, or enjoy sumo wrestling on the ice with your friends. The thrill of being on the ice, where you never know when it will break, will keep you on the edge of your seat!

From late January to mid-February, don’t miss Lake Shikotsu Hyoto Festival, one of Hokkaido's most popular winter events among both Japanese and overseas visitors. Lake Shikotsu, which shines in a natural blue color during the day, is illuminated by multicolored lights at night, creating a magical world. There are also hot spring facilities around the festival site to warm up your body after enjoying the outdoor activities.


Lake Shikotsu Hyoto Festival



How to get there


From New Chitose Airport, take a JR train to Chitose Station, then take Chuo Bus#4 and get off at "Shikotsuko" bus stop (about 45 minutes).


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Hokkaido Prefecture | JNTO Official Website

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