Winter fireworks invigorate Toyako Onsen

Visitors watch as winter fireworks illuminate the hot-spring resort. February 4

From February 4, ‘Toyako Onsen Winter Fireworks 2022’ was held for a limited 10-day period in the hot-spring resort of Toyako Onsen in central Hokkaido, with a total of 250 fireworks lighting up the night sky. Firework displays in the hot-spring resort have a long history, after they began as a way of invigorating the area when it experienced a sharp drop in the number of tourists after the eruption of Mt. Usu. The Toyako Onsen Tourist Association held the event again this year to bring a little light relief to the hot-spring resort, where many hotels have closed due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The fireworks were set up on the lakeside pier and ignited at 8 p.m. on the 4th, lighting up the sky with large rings of red, green and the like.
The winter firework display at Toyako Onsen has been held for over 20 years to coincide with the Sapporo Snow Festival held in Sapporo. Along with the summer firework display, which began in 1982 in a bid to invigorate the resort devastated by the eruption of Mt. Usu in 1977, it has one of the resort’s most famous ways of expressing its vitality.
As of early February, five of the 18 accommodation facilities in the Toyako Onsen hot-spring resort were closed. Visitors to the resort are sparse, but a representative of the Toyako Onsen Tourist Association, which organized the event, said, “Some people come here just for the fireworks. We would like to continue the display even for those few visitors.”
The ‘Winter Fireworks’ were held until February 13. A video of the display can be seen on the YouTube video sharing site.


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