The Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchi no tsurara)
The Misotsuchi Icicles are a gorgeous work of frozen art made possible by the harsh winters in the Oku-Chichibu area. Enjoy the magical atmosphere between mid-January and mid-February when the pillars of ice are illuminated.
Witness the icicles formed from spring water bubbling from the rocks. This otherworldly and completely natural formation has never been altered by human hands. The falls are ten meters tall and thirty meters wide!
This huge icicles were created by flowing water over the cliffs upstream from the natural waterfall site. A staggering 25 meters tall and 55 meters wide!
Open January 6, 2018 (Saturday) through February 18, 2018 (Sunday). Note that the site may close before the end date depending on the condition of the ice.
A small fee of \200 per person (guests age 12 and older) will be collected to help preserve and maintain the site.
From Seibu Chichibu Station on the Seibu Railway, take the Seibu Kanko Bus bound for "Mitsumine-Jinja" and get off at the "Misoba" bus stop.
Enter Start Place : SeibuChichibu
Enter Goal Place : Misoba
Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Seibu Ikebukuro Line (Express) from Ikebukuro to Seibu Chichibu (80 min.)
Tobu Tojo Line and Chichibu Railway
Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro to Yorii (80 min.)
JR Takasaki Line and Chichibu Railway
Takasaki Line from Ueno to Kumagaya (60 min.)
Steam Locomotive Paleo ExpressStops at Kumagaya, Takekawa, Yorii, Nagatoro, Minano, Chichibu, Ohanabatake, and Mitsumineguchi.
From Hanazono Interchange, take Chichibu Oukan Highway (Route 140) for Chichibu.
From the Sayama Hidaka Interchange, take Route 299 for Chichibu.
Just seeing the icicles is likely to chill you to your core, so head on over to Cafe Woodroof and its toasty wood-burning stove to warm up after you leave. The cafe offers unique foods from the Chichibu region, hot coffee, and amazake (sweet drink made from sake lees and sugar) as well.
Cafe menu / Local Food and Drink
We also have fresh coffee and other hot foods available.