Hokkaido village tests ice carousel as tourist attraction

A village in Hokkaido, northern Japan, is hoping to attract tourists with its new ice carousel on a frozen dam lake.

About 20 people, including officials of the Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau and the local tourism industry, took part in a trial run of the carousel in Nakasatsunai.

A circular sheet of ice measuring about 10 meters in diameter was cut out with a chainsaw. The officials used their legs to rotate the block of ice.

People took photos of the scenic views from the carousel. Some of them lay down on the ice.

A bureau official says he hopes local residents and tourists can enjoy the lake in winter, and he wants to make it more attractive.

The bureau plans to continue studies to organize events for people to experience the ice carousel.