Tuesday, September 20, 2016

:::SPECIAL::: # The Cold Never Bothered You Anyway? An ice village with an ice hotel and hot springs in Hokkaido Japan!!

A perfect place to spend a special time with your family and friends

Everyone can become a princess in the snow!!

If you are not afraid of coldness and want to take some new challenge, how about spending a night in an ice hotel where you can experience the ice hot spring too!!

Every year in Hokkaido, many visitors spend their winter vacation there to enjoy the snow and winter sports. Beside skiing and snowboarding, actually there are some other great places in Hokkaido where are special and amazing to visit.

For example, the famous wallpaper picture from Apple's MacBook which was taken in Biei Hokkaido!

Blue Pond (Aoi Ike)

Actually you can see different views of blue pond if you come to visit in different seasons. We recommend you to visit in winter because you can see the snow covered trees standing beautifully in the frozen pond. What can we say more? This is definitely one of the places that you should pay a visit in your life!

Blue Pond (Aoi Ike)
Address: Shirogane, Biei, Kamikawa-Gun, Hokkaido
Tel.: 0166-92-4321
Admission: Free
Map Code: 349 568 888
Access: 25-minute drive / by Dohoku Bus from JR Biei Station 
Homepage: http://www.biei-hokkaido.jp/en/search/sightseeing/viewspot/000035.html
(Please note that due to the Typhoon in August 2016, blue pond is currently closed. Please check out the official website for updates before you visit.)

Ice Village at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Picture credited to Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
At the snow park and resort, of course you can enjoy winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. However, you can try something even more special here!

Just about 90 minutes by train from New Chitose Airport, you can reach this snow park and resort. Since 2008, this resort builds an ice village every year here because the lowest temperature can get to minus 20 Celsius degrees!

This year, they will make Ice Dome hotel from a big piece of ice cube!

Picture credited to Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Picture credited to Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Inside the diameter 8.5 meters long, 3.5 meters tall ice dome, visitors can find an ice bed, ice sofa and table etc ice furniture in the room. Of course sleeping bags that can keep you warm (up to minus 30 Celsius degrees) are provided.

Picture credited to Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
This winter, the resort will build an outdoor ice hot springs which is called "Ice infinity"!! Are you dare to take off your clothes and get in this special ice hot spring?

Picture credited to Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
In order to keep you warm, the resort will provide white wine, hot apple juice, soup and other hot drinks to those who stay at the ice hotel.

Ice Hotel
Period: 14 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
Time: 23:00 - 08:00 (next day)
(17:00 - 22:00 is open to public for free)
Location: Ice Village of Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Room rate: 20,000 yen per person
(1 party of 2 persons per day, elementary school schools and above)
Reservation: Advanced online reservation is required (7 days before)
Homepage (Japanese): http://www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/topics/01/

Picture credited to Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Last winter, the resort built a special ice chapel which is just like the ice castle that the princess lives!! It was so amazing!!

We will let you explore this special white world by yourself!

If you want to read more about the winter fun in Hokkaido, you can check out our earlier sharing here:

#Travel♪ Hokkaido Road Trip - The Best Way to Enjoy Hokkaido w/ a NISSAN Rent a Car

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See you there! :)