Natural Ice Area to Open at KERA-IKE Ice Rink in Karuizawa Hoshino Forest Area

23.October.2019 | SPOT

The “Natural Ice” area is set to return to KERA-IKE Ice Rink, an outdoor ice skating area managed by Hoshino Resorts, again this winter, something made possible only by the cold winter weather and without cooling devices.

KERA-IKE Ice Rink is connected to the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary where countless wild birds and animals roam free. The ice rink opened for the winter season last Friday (October 18) and will run until March 8 next year.

 

The rink is formed of two areas: the “Man-made Area” which is made together with the cold air and the help of cooling devices, and the “Natural Area,” which appears only during the coldest time of winter and sees the water freeze up naturally, allowing people to skate across 1,080 square meters of land. This Natural Area will open on December 20 and run until February 20, 2020.

Stroll across the forest’s icy landscape

The freedom of skating across the natural ice is like taking a stroll through the forest. Enjoy skating around the little islands in the middle of the lake and finding the fallen leaves from the forest trees locked inside the ice.

Enjoy hot drinks with the sound of the wild birds as your soundtrack

Enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate at the neighbouring cafe. We recommend getting the Wild Bird Cafe Latte which comes with four different latte art designs of the wild birds you’ll often spot around the ice rink. The drink can be enjoyed in the cafe or can be taken out so you can enjoy sipping it on the benches on top of the ice.

 

Wild Bird Cafe Latte – ¥600 (Tax Included)

 Coffee/Hot Chocolate – ¥500 (Tax Included)

Couples can enjoy the “Starry Sky Nighter Skate” Valentine’s event

For Valentine’s season, the ice rink has a special event in store for couples: the first ever “Starry Sky Nighter Skate.” Not only do they get the luxury of skating after-hours, they can also bask under the radiance of Karuizawa’s incredible star-filled sky. There will also be a guide providing commentary on the stars. After the event, all lights will be turned off to allow everyone to enjoy the pure light of the stars.

There will also be hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows for the Valentine’s event.

 

Starry Sky Nighter Skate

Running: February 10, 2020 – February 16, 2020

Time: 17:30-19:00 (Reception open 17:00)

Price: ¥3,500 per person (Includes skating fee, skate rental fee, drink, binoculars, and consumption tax)

Age: 18+ years

Reservations: By 17:00 the same day by telephone or online. Reservations are mandatory.

Capacity: 20 per day (Must book for at least 2 people)

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