Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 8, 2012

Lake Shikaribetsu

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Ice Village

Today I got invited to go to Lake Shikaribetsu Ice Bar with the local crew. Lake Shikaribetsu is about a hundred kilometers south and east of Furano in Central Hokkaido. We travelled south towards Shintoku and then went east until Shikaoi and then went up the mountains into the National Park to the lake.

Tree skyline
Tree skyline

The lake is frozen over and they have built an Ice Bar and an igloo village out of blocks of snow and ice. This is Joni behind a big ice block.

Joni trapped in ice
Joni trapped in the ice

There was an almost stained glass effect in some walls where they made patterns out of sheets of ice. Here, Hiro is blacklit by one of these ice sculptured walls.

Ice Bar Hiro
Ice Bar Hiro

The igloos are out on the lake. There is also a hot spring there but no-one was game to give it a go.


Here is Gareth taking a photo out on the lake.

Photographer and Igloo
Photographer on the edge

The clouds were drifting in and out, partly obscuring the wooded hills behind the lake.

Lake Shikaribetsu
Lake Shikaribetsu

A light in the Ice Bar caught my eye on the way back.

Ice Bar Light
Ice bar light

On the way back I snapped some shots of the bush as we were going past.

Trees in Snow
A wintry landscape of a wooded slope

I quite liked the texture and contrast of these trees against the snow.

Winter Trees
Winter Trees

We stopped for lunch at Shikaoi and I snapped this portrait of Joni.


And this one of Yuki.


We stopped in at Sahoro Ski Resort and had a quick look at it from the bottom. It looks pretty good.


  1. Nice blog post about a fascinating place. Looks as if you had a wonderful time!

    Comment by Linda Rockwell — March 8, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

  2. Very cool! Great photos. Love the trees.

    Comment by Scott — March 8, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

  3. Burrrrrr…. wheres the frozen beer?

    Comment by Dawn — March 8, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  4. thanks linda, scott and Dawn.


    Comment by admin — March 9, 2012 @ 9:28 am

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