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Introduction to winter in lake Akan
#1 Frozen Lake


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The autumn leaves are coming to an end, and snowbugs have begun to fly here in Hokkaido.

That winter is finally approaching.

Kamuy Lumina is also scheduled to end its business for this season on November 11th.

All the staff are looking forward to your visit so that you can enjoy this season's Kamuy Lumina until the very end.

Through next few posts, we'll take a closer look at Lake Akan's winter, where snow falls and the air freezes.

Frozen Lake Akan

From this time of the season, the water temperature of Lake Akan gradually decreases, and when it starts to snow, it gets even colder.

Then, when the extremely cold season arrives, Lake Akan, which has a circumference of 25.9 km, begins to freeze.

Last year, the area was completely frozen in mid-January, and activities on the ice started.

On the completely frozen lake, there are many fun things to do only in winter.

Many people visit Lake Akan to experience the icy weather and activities that can only be found here.

Fun on the Ice

"Iceland Akan" is held every winter at Lake Akan, where you can enjoy smelt fishing, snowmobiles/buggy rides, banana boats, ice scating and more.

Lake Akan is a place where everyone from children to adults can play to the fullest in winter.

▼Ice Fishing

Speaking of winter hre in lake Akan, smelt fishing comes first on the list!
On the frozen Lake Akan scenary is colorfully decorated with smelt fishing tents.

There is an area where you can set up your own tent, and an area where you can enjoy it even if you come empty-handed.

There are tents for large groups equipped with wood-burning stoves, and small tents for 2-3 people, so you can choose according to your preference.

And when you take the smelt you caught to the specified restraurant nearby, they'll fry it on the spot, so you can enjoy freshly caught and fried smelt!

You can enjoy it with your family and friends, or you can just sit quietly with the smelt on your own, each person has their own way of enjoying it.


There are also snowmobile trails on the ice, with different lengths to choose from depending on the weather.

You can't get enough of the exhilarating feeling of driving your own car and racing across the ice amidst the frosty scenery.

One of the privileges of frozen lakes is that you can enjoy the scenery from angles that are not available during the summer season.

▼Ice Skating

A natural skating rink that appears on the ice with Mt. Oakandake in the background.

You can rent skates, so you can enjoy the event even if you don't bring your own.

Unlike indoors, gliding on natural ice while feeling the winter air with your whole body is a special experience.

Please try skating at the rink surrounded by dramatic nature, which gives you a sense of freedom!

What did you think?

In winter, the scenery of Lake Akan changes completely, creating a completely white world.

Can't wait for the day when we can enjoy winter at Lake Akan to the fullest while enjoying activities on the ice in the clear air!

Kamuy Lumin Event Information

■Where can I buy tickets? How is the opening time?

Tickets are available at the official website, hotels around Lake Akan, "Kamuy Lumina" Ticket Booth, and designated travel agencies.

Fees: Adults (junior high school students and older) 3000 yen / 3500 yen
Child (elementary school student) 1500 yen / 1700 yen
*Preschool children or below are free of charge.

Official website (Ticket purchase page):

Starting time changes depending on the sunset time. So be sure to check when planning your trip!

Event times:

May 13 (Sat) - August 9 (Wed) 19:30 - 21:00 ( Last start at 21:00)

August 10 (Thursday) - August 31 (Thursday) 19:00 - 21:30

September 1 (Friday) - September 15 (Friday) 18:30 - 21:30

September 16 (Sat) - September 30 (Sat) 18:00 - 21:30

Oct. 1 (Sun) - Nov. 11 (Sat) 17:30 - 21:00 ( Last start at 21:00)

This special website will provide information not only about "Kamuy Lumina", but also sightseeing information about the town, Lake Akan Onsen, where this event is held. Please check out the latest and seasonal recommendations here.

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