Arial Footage: Blue Pond, Seasonal Snow

At 4:30 pm, the grove that expands along the foot of Mount Tokachi-Dake (2077 meters high) is swathed in dusk. Flying a small drone above the pond, a portion of the surface below reflects the light and glimmers.

The Shirogane “Blue Pond” in northern Hokkaido’s Biei Town. This is a popular sightseeing spot where the water surface glimmers blue from the reflecting of light by water that contains aluminum. The beautiful illumination has been conducted every year since 2014 by an executive committee made up of constituents including the local town government out of the desire to, “Provide enjoyment for tourists,” who visit in the winter, when the blue pond surface freezes and is covered in snow.

When the illumination from the LED lights installed around the pond area shines on the bare winter trees, their shadows fall upon the snow, weaving a complex pattern. A magical scene expands through the darkness and visiting tourists can be heard saying, “How beautiful,” in awe.

The illumination is an approximately ten minute program, repeating from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. The ending time will not change, but the starting time will move ahead thirty minutes each month, changing to 5:30 pm in February, 6:00 in March, and 6:30 in April. The illumination will last until April 30.


the Shirogane "Blue Pond"