Illuminations that color the Akan lakeside forest begin

The ‘Ten-en-no-Mori’ illuminations that magically color the Akan lakeside forest

The Lake Akan illuminations ‘Ten-en-no-Mori’ (Heavenly Garden Forest) have begun at a special venue next to the lakeside parking lot in Akanko Onsen in the city of Kushiro in eastern Hokkaido. Approximately 30,000 LEDs and the like are set to music to create a magical spectacle amid the winter forest in Akan.

The event was first planned by the non-profit Akan Tourism Association & Community Development Organization in a bid to improve the appeal of the Lake Akan area in winter, and began on December 19. Jubilant tourists could be seen taking photographs as the changing lights and lasers, in pink, blue,
yellow and the like, colored the hot-spring resort and lakeside forest. “The colorful lights were so beautiful,” said a smiling woman from Nagoya, who visited the area on the 20th.

 A large cold-weather tent in which people can enjoy a bonfire is prepared at the venue, in which a café has been established where coffee and hot wine can be purchased.

 The lights are lit from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and the café opens from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekends (last order at 8:30 p.m. on both days). Admission to the illuminations is free, and they will continue until March 2.