Welcome to the winter wonderland and is time to play outside! (#3 Frozen Lake Akan)
Time flies and only two months left in this year!
The autumn leaves are withered and the Lake Akan Onsen area, where Kamuy Lumina is held, is one of the fastest areas in Japan to enter winter.
We will have a very cold and long winter from now on, but you can still experience a lot of outdoor activities here! Hokkaido may come to your mind as the best place for skiing and snowboarding, but in fact, there are a lot of different activities available in winter as there are in summer!
This week, we will introduce you to some of the must-do activities in Lake Akan and the surrounding area in winter!
Have some great fun experiences on the frozen Lake Akan!
From the beginning of the year, Lake Akan will begin to freeze over, allowing visitors to enjoy fun experiences on the frozen lake.
The most popular content is "Wakasagi (pond smelt) fishing.
Lake Akan in winter has one major feature.
That is the appearance of colorful tents popping up all over the lake!
These tents are actually tents for the wakasagi fishing experience.
The largest tents are equipped with a wood burning stove, so if you purchase firewood from the local staff, you can enjoy the fishing experience while keeping your body warm!
Lake Akan's wakasagi are smaller than those of other places and their surface is very clear.
If you pick one up, you can take a good look at their beautiful appearance!
And since the fishing rods are equipped with several hooks, you may get lucky and get a few fish, so be sure to give it a try!
You can have your catches and make wakasagi tempura at the nearby restaurant "Umi-hei"!
Thanks to the clean quality of the water, wakasagi is completely free of any cloying taste, and a little salt is enough to make it delicious!
If you have ever had this tempura, you will know that it is truly addictive!
In addition to the wakasagi fishing experience, other vehicle-based experiences such as snow buggy, banana boats, and snowmobiles are offered.
This is a different kind of fun from fishing, as you can enjoy an exhilarating ride while viewing the scenery around Lake Akan.
For those with children, we recommend the banana boat experience!
You can enjoy the exhilaration of riding in the extreme cold environment! Banana boats are considered a marine sport, but this is held on the frozen Lake Akan?
So, this would be also a marine sport as well, wouldn't it?
There is also a natural skating rink right next to the tent.
Of course, we also provide rental skate shoes, so we hope you will enjoy this as well!
A harsh and cold winter will come to Lake Akan after the new year, but daring to play outside will be a surprisingly fun and unforgettable experience.
And while enjoying the contents on the ice, be sure to enjoy the spectacular view of the snowy landscape of Mt. Oakan!
This week we have introduced some outdoor activities that can only be enjoyed in the extreme cold and heavy snowfall.
We hope you will find this information useful as the long winter season approaches in the Lake Akan area!
Kamuy Lumina 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)
Child (elementary school student)
*Preschool children or below are free of charge.
Official website (Ticket purchase page): https://webket.jp/pc/ticket/index?fc=52386&ac=9000
Starting time changes depending on the sunset time. So be sure to check when planning your trip!
May 13 (Sat) - August 9 (Wed) 19:30 - 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 (
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