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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hokkaido Winter 2013 北海道冬季之旅 - Sairinka (Swan Festival) 彩凜華

Visited 03.02.2013
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

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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.

6 comments:

  1. Hi hsuchia, u go to swan festival by walking ? Is there any transport is I were to stay in Ohibiro to go to swan festival? Kindly advice

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    1. Hi Shawn. I stayed in Tokachigawa Onsen and took the free shuttle service provided by the hotel to the event venue. Most hotels in Tokachigawa Onsen provide this service. If you are coming from Obihiro city, it takes about 20 minutes by taxi. There are local buses from Obihiro to Tokachigawa Onsen, but infrequent and the last bus is at ~1800 hrs. It will be better to stay in Tokachigawa Onsen if you plan to go Sairinka.

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  2. Hi Patrick, is ur name Patrick? :D
    OK,then might plan to stay in Tokachigawa...is Daiichi Hotel recommended?
    Kindly advice, thks

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    1. Hi Shawn! Yes, I'm Patrick, not sure how you found out :) Have heard good reviews of Daiichi Hotel so far. I did drop by Daiichi Hotel, which has a walkway linked to Sanyoan (the place I stayed in Tokachigawa Onsen). Nice environment and hotel rooms offer a good view of Tokachi River (which you can drop by in the morning). Quite a popular choice of hotel by tour groups. Another good hotel in the area is Kangetsuen. Hope this information helps!

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  3. Thks Patrick... possible for me to add u in FB? my name is shawn siew...profile pictures is Minion Captain America...can chat wit u more in Fb

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    1. Hi Shawn! Sure, I have sent a FB request. More than willing to share what I know about Hokkaido!

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