Year 2013: 26.01.2013 - 24.02.2013
Year 2014: 25.01.2014 - 02.03.2014
Sairinka is an exclusive event held annually during the winter season in Tokachigawa Onsen from late Jan onwards for about 1 month. In winter, snow covered Tokachigaoka Park (Hanack) is decorated with numerous conical features which come in various sizes, with the tallest one standing at 5.4 m. At night, these features, which are fitted with LED bulbs, lit up in different colours under the dark starry skies. Main highlight of this night event is to witness the colourful display and synchronisation of lights and music. See how the colour of the cones changes in accordance to the background music/sound effects, creating a magical and warm atmosphere in the dark, cold night.
Tip: As night time is extremely chilly (well below 0 degC) in winter, thick warm clothing is definitely a must to insulate yourself from the cold. Do look out for distribution of free warm milk/drinks to keep your body warm while staying outdoors in the night. Rest area and food/drink stalls are housed in tentages set up within the venue and these temporary indoor facilities are equipped with heaters as well.
Tokachigawa Onsen Tourist Association: http://www.tokachigawa.net/english/
Sairinka (in Japanese): http://www.tokachigawa.net/event/sairinka/index.html
Sairinka (Swan Festival) 彩凜華
Tokachigaoka Park 十勝之丘公園
Opening hours: 1900 - 2100 hrs
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Video: Showcasing a short segment of 2013's Sairinka lights display show.