Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan (Shikaribetsu-ko Kotan)
The lake is frozen over in winter and Igloo village is built on the lake. Would you like to be part of the village?
Lake Shikaribetsu located in Daisetsu National Park is frozen over in winter. Everything surrounding the lake is covered by the snow. One almost forgets that there is a lake. On the lake, a village (kotan) of igloos (Eskimo-style houses) is built. There is also an open-air bath, filled with hot spring water from Shikaribetsu Onsen (hot springs), on the frozen lake. Everyone can bathe together during the day, but the bathing hours for men and women are separate from the evening. One can relax and warm up while stargazing. Many hands-on experience events are also held, including practical ice glass making, snowmobiling, walking around the forest and sleeping overnight in a sleeping bag in the Ice Lodge, Igloo. One can fully enjoy winter.