It was a cold day at Lake Shikotsuko here in central Hokkaido, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time at the Ice Festival.
Massive structures are made using water from Lake Shikotsuko, giving the ice structures a mysterious blue hue during the day. Then illuminated with multi-color lights in the evening. The ice slides and the ice castles were great fun for the kids. Even the adults were impressed by the massive ice structure especially built for this event. 2013 marks the 35th year of the ice festival.
The Massive Ice Wall at Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival Hokkaido. Build using the water from the lake; the icy blue hue is said to be the result of the purity of the lake water.
Silver trouts in suspended animation on the ice wall at the Lake Shikotsu Ice Fetival. These silver trouts are a landlocked species of salmon. They are delicious grilled or pan fried battered; a favorite among the locals.
Wheee! Fun on the ice slide at the ice festival
Bath in the beautiful blue light inside the Ice Dome
Colored lights give this ice forest a mysterious atmosphere