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Kasa seasonal natural outdoor ice rink | TOKIGAWA 2021

January 1, 2021 @ 08:00 - February 12, 2021 @ 17:00

Natural Outdoor ice rink

Natural Outdoor Ice Rink, Tokigawa 2021

This is the only natural outdoor ice rink I know of in Saitama. Local volunteers band together to turn the natural ice pool into a suitable skate rink. However, as it is natural ice extra precaution is advised. You can borrow skates, guards and helmets at the rink.

In 2020, the ice rink was not opened to the public due to damage from typhoon Hagibis in the Autumn of 2019. It is probably just as well too, as it was a warmer than normal winter and the chances are the ice never formed. Several other events in Saitama were cancelled in January 2020 due to the warmer than normal weather. Including the three icicles of Chichibu. 

The town of Tokigawa don’t release the expected opening date of the ice rink until very near the time. They have to watch the conditions and situation at the lake. There have been times the rink has opened as early as Christmas, but more often than not it is around the 1st of January. 

natural outdoor ice rink
Image from the official site

Tokigawa Natural Ice Rink Season and Hours

The earliest I remember the rink starting was Christmas eve 2017. At the time, the Tokigawa government wrote on their website : “A Christmas present from Russian Winter”「冬将軍からのクリスマスプレゼント」.

The rinks hours are from 9 am to 4 pm weekends and holidays only. The rink stays in business as long as the ice is frozen. It normally begins to thaw in early February.

Access: Bus from JR Hachiko Line Ogawamachi Station or Ogose Station to Shohoji 「正法寺」 . The rink is a five minute walk from the bus stop.

Free parking for up to 40 cars.

Address: Nishidaira, Tokigawa machi, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0364. Telephone: 0493-67-0853

Cost: 500 yen for high school students and adults, 200 yen for children. Skate rental is also 500 yen for high school students and adults, 200 yen for children.

Official website.

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First published in 2017 and updated or republished annually. 


January 1, 2021 @ 08:00
February 12, 2021 @ 17:00
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Kasa Skate Rink
Nishidaira, 3038番地
Tokigawa, Hiki-Gun, Saitama 〒355-0364 Japan
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