While winter can be freezing, it is also one of the most beautiful times of the year in Japan. And Hokkaido is the place to go for a true winter wonderland experience, with places like Hoshino Resort Tomamu opening dreamy ice hotels you can actually spend the night in.
The beautiful ice hotel at Hoshino Resort Tomamu will be open to guests from From January 20 to February 28 to Shimukappu Village, where the hotel is part of the area’s Winter Ice Village. At the start of the year, temperatures in Shimukappu can drop to -30 degrees Celsius, making it an ideal climate for a hotel made entirely of ice. The Ice Village is made up of eight special ice domes, but only one is open for overnight stays.
The room, which can accommodate up to two people, is built inside a seamless domed ice hut where the ceiling, walls and furniture are all made of ice. To keep you warm all night, sleeping bags and fluffy blankets will be provided to keep you snug until morning.
There’s even an outdoor ice bath at Scan Portopia Yunosawa Onsen in Shimukappu Village to soak in while admiring the mesmerizing winter sky.
Of course, your hotel experience wouldn’t be complete without an appropriately themed frozen dinner. The stay includes a three-course meal served in a magical outdoor dining area with mirrored tables and chairs.
Dinner begins with an appetizer of glazed vegetables with tomatoes, peppers and cauliflower served with a warm garlic dip. Your main course is an iceberg bouillabaisse covered in crushed ice, which melts as the soup is slowly heated at the table.
The dinner ends on a sweet note with a mixed fruit frozen dessert of strawberries, raspberries and kiwis, topped with mulled wine and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ice Hotel will be open until February 28 and costs ¥28,000 per person per night. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance. For more information visit the official website.
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