The Ice Village in Hokkaido- Enter a World Where Everything is Made of Ice This Winter 2018

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  • Hokkaido, the northernmost region in Japan, is expecting to have an influx of tourists during the winter season due to its powdery snow and winter festivals. One of the anticipating annual events to happen this December is the opening of the Ice Village, which is located inside the Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in central Hokkaido.

    Various activities will take place for a limited period between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Check out below these exciting and fulfilling winter activities that the Ice Village has to offer for this winter 2018-2019!

    The grand opening of the Ice Village is 10th of December,2018. Pretty soon, right? However, don`t worry that you don`t have time to plan your trip to Japan because there is plenty as the event lasts until 14th of March, 2019!

    1. Ice Books and Café

    Making its debut in the Ice Village this year is the Ice Books and Café, where bookshelves and chairs are made of ice. From December 10, 2018 to March 14, 2019, visitors can choose to read from any of the suggested books while cozying up in the nearby fireplace. You can also order for an iced latte for only 1,500 yen, shaved ice at 2,500 yen, or a cheese fondue at 5,000 yen.

    2. Icy GAO

    Unleash your artistic and creative prowess in you as the Icy GAO of Ice Village opens from December 20, 2018 until March 14, 2019. It offers fun and creative activities such as ice glass making where you get to make your own glass of ice from scratch, snowflake crystal keychain making, and freezing soap bubbles.

    3. Ice Slide and Ice Rink

    There is also a slide made of ice when you visit from December 20, 2018 until March 14, 2019. It is considered a favorite by many where both children and adults will surely enjoy.
    Apart from the ice slide, there is also an ice rink, which will become available from December 30, 2018 to March 14, 2019. Ice skating shoes are also available for rent at 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for elementary school students.

    4. Ice Bar

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    The Ice Bar will be concocting cocktails from December 30, 2018 until March 14, 2019. It offers more than 50 kinds of mixed drinks and other alcoholic beverages, which will be served in an ice glass. Enjoy having a drink while being surrounded by walls, cellars, and bar counters made of ice.

    5. Ice Chapel

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    The Ice Chapel will be making its comeback to witness the celebration of love from January 19 to February 15, 2019. The whole structure is made of a single huge piece of ice, representing the undying love of the couple for each other. The interiors such as the crucifix, altar, and the benches are also made of ice. A free tour, which lasts for about 10 minutes, is conducted when there are no wedding ceremonies.

    6. Ice Hotel

    The Ice Hotel will open its doors once again from January 19 to February 28, 2019. Guests of Hoshino Resorts’ The Tower or Risonare Tomamu can have the unique experience of staying 1 night in this hotel and be surrounded by ice sculpted ceilings, walls, and furniture.
    Advanced booking is required for an overnight stay at the Ice Hotel. Furthermore, the accommodation is priced at 23,000 yen per person per night including breakfast. They also offer a free tour for guests who don’t have a reservation.

    7. Ice Shop

    Cap off your visit with some gift items at the Ice Shop, which is available from December 30, 2018 to March 14, 2019. These ice and snow-themed souvenirs range from mugs to gloves and outerwear to protect yourself from the cold.
    For only 500 yen as an admission fee, you get to experience a magical night to remember where almost everything is made of snow and ice. So plan your next winter vacation and head over to Ice Village at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu this December 2018!

    How to get there?

    The Ice Village can be accessed from Sapporo through the Dota Expressway (20 minutes), from Furano through the local road (70 minutes) and from Obohiro through the Dota Expressway (50 minutes).

    For an unique experience, the Ice Village in Hokkaido should be your primary destination this coming winter season in Japan.

    Ice Village Tomamu Website

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