There is a wonderful winter-only scenery that has been drawing attention in Chichibu, Saitama prefecture for several years. That is “Icicles”. It is an art of ice that can only be seen for two months in winter. It was also lighted up in the evening, and that fantastic space is also recommended for a couple’s date. Access is good about 2 hours from the city center.
It is frozen in the form of icicles with the water flowing through the mountain slopes and cliffs. It will gradually be completed from around December when Chichibu region is getting cold. Its beauty is called ice art and it is a topic on TV and SNS as a magnificent view of Chichibu tourism in winter.
In Chichibu, three icicles can be seen, “Ashigakubo ice pillar”, “Icicles of Misotsuchi” and “Onouchi Hyakkei ice pillar”. Because the way of making ice and the characteristics of location are different, there are ways to enjoy each.
“Icicles of Misotsuchi” is a giant natural ice pillar with water trickling from rocks made by freezing in the winter’s cold, height about 10 meters, width about 50 meters. It is not unusual for the Otaki area of Okuchichibu to have temperatures below freezing in the morning and evening, and the harsh coldness in winter creates this fantastic sight.
The best time to see is the mid-January to mid-February when the cold becomes hardest, and it will be lit up at night during this time. The ice pillar emerges in the night sky, and it also reflects on the clear stream, as if it were a dreamlike sight. The ice pillar is exactly the experience of a once-in-a-lifetime as the expression varies depending on the weather and time of the day.
The “Icicles of Misotsuchi” is one of Chichibu ‘s three largest icicles and is a huge natural icicles in the Arakawa riverbed of Otaki, Chichibu city, Saitama Prefecture. Of the icicles, the big ones are 10 meters tall and 50 meters wide, and there are natural icicles and artificially created icicles .
In the evening, the icicles are lighted up, it becomes a fantastic sight and it is crowded with many people. The “Otaki Ice Festival” is held every year from the beginning of January to the middle of February, and during a period serves as best time to see of icicles .
Chichibu has three places where you can see a huge Icicles, including the “Icicles of Misotsuchi”. They are called Chichibu Three Major Icicles.
Moreover, while watching the icicles, you can also enjoy Chichibu specialty products and special goods. Recommendations are “Amazake” (sweet mild sake) which the body gets warm in cold winter, and hot “Miso potato” fried.
Water drips from the top of the cliff and a cold ice cold in the winter forms a huge ice pillar. There are two kinds of Icicles of Misotsuchi: a natural ice column and an ice pillar created with human hands.
It is very beautiful unlike the atmosphere of daytime when it is lighted up. Each time the color of the light up changes, the atmosphere of the place changes and you can see the mysterious sight.
“icicles” shine and its appearance is reflected in the river. And they show a breathtaking appearance.
|Name:||Icicles of Misotsuchi|
|Address:||Otaki 4066 Chichibu, Saitama 369-1901 Japan|
|Access:||Chichibu Tetsudou-sen Line “Mitsumineguchi-eki Station” (20 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 494-55-0707 (Chichibu Tourism Association)|