Events that you can experience the surrounding areas.
We introduce festivals and events unique to the area, which you can join with locals in both summer and winter.
Because the time schedule can be different depending on the year, please make sure to confirm the schedule before you participate!
Giant slides, snowmobiles, snowball fights and so on make for a festival filled with winter joys that local people look forward to as well.
Held on the first sunday of every February. This winter event is for adults, children and tourists to all join in and play in the snow. The night before starts the preparations, with ice candles lighting up. The entire town is plunged into a magical, otherworldly atmosphere. On the day, you can play with giant slides, snowmobile test drives, snowball fights, strikeout, kick bowling and other winter-only activities, as well as enjoy an idol group’s live show and other events. There’s also a limited supply of free hot chocolate. If you get hungry, head over to the food booth that sells light meals and local specialities. From gyoza, to shiruko, to oden and rice made with local signature mushrooms, there are lots of warm foods to pick from! The afternoon starts off a raffle with a chance for all sorts of impressive prizes!
Both kids and adults can be very satisfied with the snow festival. The beautiful fireworks that color the winter sky are breathtaking.
The winter big event of Tobetsu Town, "Asoyuki Square″, themed on interaction of parents and kids, is held in mid-February every year. It features events for kids such as experience events of snowmobiles and horse sledding, kid's fairs, and kid's rice cake making, etc. There is also a food section offering meals that use local ingredients. The place has a relaxing atmosphere where families can spend time comfortably. Kids are happy with playing the snow slide because there is no long queue unlike a snow festival in a big city. The experience of riding on a vehicle is also a very popular event, where you can enjoy a valuable experience. The even is cooperated by the Self-Defense Force, and held annually. The hight is beautiful fireworks that color the winter night sky. Usually fireworks remind us of summer, but fireworks look even more beautiful in winter because the air is clear. "Asoyuki Square″ is a popular event, where both kids and adults can enjoy. Please visit the event!
Enjoy cycling through the landscape of the countryside while collecting shrine red ink stamps of Ishikari Tobetsu.
Departure is from Tobetsu Shrine, which has an extensive land. The shrine's precinct is close to the park with rich greenery, and just walking along the approach makes you feel sacred. After visiting Shotoku Shrine, which is inside of the shrine's precinct, split into two courses with a guide and visit. The idyllic scenery rooted in the area, such as the abandoned station and the two-story wooden school building is also a highlight. After visiting the shrines in the town along the course, you will return to Tobetsu Shrine and receive a red ink stamp book. One of the attractions is that you can get red ink stamps, even if shrines you visit on the day are unmanned. After exercising pleasantly by cycling, have relaxing lunch at a popular restaurant in Tobetsu Town. We have selected popular restaurants that use local ingredients such as Japanese restaurants that are beloved by locals, soup curry restaurants that are soul foods in Hokkaido, and fashionable café restaurants. You can enjoy the nature and culture of Tobetsu Town.
The hot spring town and forest are colored by illuminations and projection mapping.
After 150 years since Jozankei hot springs opened in 1866, “Jozankei Nature Luminarie” was born in 2016. The event was created to enable people to enjoy the richness and charm of the nature on this land that we are proud of. The event that colors the hot spring town and forest with illuminations and projection mapping is produced by a Japan's leading creative company, “NAKED” which has worked on 3D projection mapping at Tokyo Station and such. You will be fascinated by the fantastic beauty of nature scenery such as the river of light, the suspension bridge colored with flowers, the bench surrounded by grains of light, and the trees and rocks that emerge brightly in the jet-black forest. The whole process that you can enjoy in about 20 minutes is free of charge! You can see stunning illuminations in various places such as footbath facilities in the hot spring town during this period. The night of Jozankei colored with mysterious lights. Why don't you relax in a yukata and enjoy the collaboration between the valley and the light?