TOPIC OF THE WEEK February 09. 2024~

Ashigakubo Icicles

arrowarrowA spectacle of ice you can encounter in the cold winter
The Ashigakubo icicles, usually held from early January to late February, create a fantastic ice world 30 meters high and 200 meters wide.
It is easily accessible: a 10-minute walk from Ashigakubo Station, and a train line runs right by the site, so it can be seen from the train window. On weekend nights the ice is lit up, and the colorful space is like a jewel box in the midst of nature.
In the winter of 2014, a new ice pillar spot appeared in Ashigakubo, Yokoze-cho, and is one of the three major ice pillar tours along Chichibu Road. The ice is made and operated by volunteer townspeople from early January to late February each year in the Hyonosawa district of Ashigakubo, Yokoze-cho, Chichibu-gun, Saitama Prefecture. These icicles were established in the Hyonosawa area as a new tourist attraction in Yokoze Town. Water from the stream is sprinkled to create large icicles more than 150 meters wide (*as of 2015) on the mountain surface. These icicles were initiated at the suggestion of local Yokoze townspeople. The public display of the icicles is the third in the Chichibu Road icicles, bringing together the "three major icicles of Chichibu".
Water pumped from the river is sprayed by hoses and sprinklers on the slopes of a 1,500-square-meter mountain forest to create the icicles. The icicles spread out over a distance of about 30 meters high and 125 meters wide, and the icicles are close enough to touch directly so that visitors can actually touch the icicles.
On weekend nights, they are illuminated in a variety of colors. Because it was built in a location where the Seibu Railway runs right next to it, visitors can see the icicles from the train windows. During this period, trains will run at slower speeds where the icicles can be seen, and some Laview limited express trains will make a temporary stop at Ashigakubo Station. *The ice pole viewing area may be closed without prior notice due to weather or ice conditions.

Ashigakubo Icicles
Date: to late February
Venue: Ashigakubo in Saitama Pref. (Seibu Chichibu Line)

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