Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-Air Bath on Frozen Lake (しかりべつ湖コタン氷上露天風呂)
This natural bath is found in Shikaribetsu-ko Kotan, a village of ice that appears for only 60 days atop the frozen surface of Lake Shikaribetsu, the highest lake in Hokkaido. The village is made completely of ice and snow, and that includes the baths and changing rooms. This might be the only place in the world to experience the exquisite contrast of soaking in hot water in a below-freezing room, and it's almost certainly the only place to enjoy an outdoor bath on top of a frozen lake. Shikaribetsu-ko Kotan is open most years for about two months, from late January. The village has become a symbol of Tokachi's winter, and features not only baths but a bar, a chapel, and lodges offering overnight stays.
Hokkaido Kato-gun Shikaoi Cho Kitaurimaku Shikaribetsuko (Obihiro / TokachiArea)
- Hokkaido Kato-gun Shikaoi Cho Kitaurimaku Shikaribetsuko [map]
- Open throughout the season
* [Open Period] Annual Late Jan.-Late Mar.
- Parking Lot
- Credit Card
- Not available
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.