Ice dome accommodates guests in Hokkaido resort

A hotel room made of ice, including a bed, table and other furniture also made of ice, began accepting guests over the weekend at a resort in Hokkaido, northern Japan.

The "ice hotel" facility, housed inside a dome made of ice at the Alpha Resort Tomamu in the village of Shimukappu, accepts one pair or group per day during a month-long operation period through Feb. 15.

The winter temperature is as low as minus 18 C in the village and guests are supposed to sleep in sleeping bags inside the ice hotel room where the temperature is around minus 3 C.

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