Winter in Hokkaido: a beautiful hotel built entirely of ice.


The Japanese winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year, even though it can be bitterly cold. For a real winter wonderland, head to Hokkaido. Companies like Hoshino Resort Tomamu have built hotels made of enchanted ice to spend time in night.

The stunning ice of Hoshino Resort Tomamu hotel in Shimukappu Village will be available from January 20 to February 28. It is part of the region’s winter ice village. Shimukappu experiences freezing winter temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius, making it the perfect setting for a hotel made entirely of ice. Only one of the eight unique ice domes in Ice Village is available accommodation.

Ice hotels in Hokkaido in winter

The chamber, which has enough space for two people, is built inside the icehouse with a dome-shaped ceiling, walls and equipment made entirely of ice. Warm blankets and sleeping bags will keep you warm until dawn. These items will help keep you warm at night.

Even outdoor ice bath is available at Scan Portopia Yunosawa Onsen in Shimukappu Village. There you can relax and enjoy admiring the glorious winter sky.

Of course, a proper themed ice dinner is essential to complete your hotel experience. A three-course dinner is included in your stay and is served in the enchanting outdoor dining area with ice tables and chairs.

The ice village will also feature a full-fledged ice cream bar this year, with over 50 different types of ice cream drinks which will be delivered in ice-cold glasses.

In addition, the resort has partnered with convenience store chain Seicomart to create a unique ice cream conbini that sells frozen yogurt, wine, chips and other beverages.

Do you feel brave? If you want to cross the magnificent ice rink from the observation deck to the other side, you can sign up for the ice zip line (JPY 2,000 per person).

Ice Hotel at Hoshino Resort Tomamu will debut from January 20 to February 28, 2023. Additionally, each person will have to pay JPY 28,000 per night.

Source: End of Time

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