支笏湖氷濤まつり（Shikotsu-ko Hyouto festival ）
This is a representative winter festival in Hokkaido.
This festival is held at Lake Shikotsu near New Chitose airport.
The water of Lake Shikotsu is clearer than other lakes in Japan.
The statues of ice created over a period of about two months are made by spraying lake water onto frames using sprinklers for 24 hours.
They are lit up with colorful lights creating a mystical atmosphere.
I visited Houto festival in January.
Hyouto festival is being held annually from late January to mid-February.
It is so cold outside during winter season in Hokkaido.
However, if you have chance to come to Hokkaido in winter. You can not miss this festival. I am sure you are surprised by beautiful ice arts and romantic night illumination.