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The Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchi no tsurara)

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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.
The Misotsuchi Icicles are located in the Arakawa Riverbed, just downstream from the Wood Roof Oku-Chikuba Auto Campground. There is a cafe and parking available. 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 delicious homestyle dishes from the Chichibu region as well.
There is also an icicles viewing platform (wooden deck) in the parking lot, so guests who may have trouble walking all the way down to the river can still enjoy the attraction.


About

Natural icicles

Natural waterfall

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!

Artificial icicles

Artificial waterfall

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!

Illumination

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Get lost in the magical sight of the illuminated icicles between mid-January and mid-February.


Seasonal hours

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.

Illumination: January 13 (Saturday) through February 12 (Monday)

Specialty products events: January 21 (Sunday) and January 28 (Sunday) 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Entry fee

A small fee of \200 per person (guests age 12 and older) will be collected to help preserve and maintain the site.

Parking fees

Passenger vehicles \500
Microbuses \1,000
Tour buses \2,000 (designated parking available)
Motorcycles \200

Access

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.

It takes 10 minutes on foot from the bus stop to Misotsuchi icicles.

Seibu BUS

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Enter Start Place : SeibuChichibu
Enter Goal Place : Misoba

Train

TRAIN:Getting to Chichibu

Seibu Ikebukuro Line

Seibu Ikebukuro Line (Express) from Ikebukuro to Seibu Chichibu (80 min.)
The Chichibu Red Arrow Express from Ikebukuro is a convenient, reserved-seat service.

Tobu Tojo Line and Chichibu Railway

Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro to Yorii (80 min.)
Change for Chichibu Railway (40 min.)

JR Takasaki Line and Chichibu Railway

Takasaki Line from Ueno to Kumagaya (60 min.)
Change for Chichibu Railway (70 min.)

Steam Locomotive Paleo Express

Stops at Kumagaya, Takekawa, Yorii, Nagatoro, Minano, Chichibu, Ohanabatake, and Mitsumineguchi.

Car

TRAIN:Getting to Chichibu

Kan-Etsu Expressway

From Hanazono Interchange, take Chichibu Oukan Highway (Route 140) for Chichibu.
50 min. from Hanazono IC to Chichibu city and 30 min. to Nagatoro.

Ken-O Expressway

From the Sayama Hidaka Interchange, take Route 299 for Chichibu.
65 min. from Sayama Hidaka IC to Chichibu city and 90 min. to Nagatoro.

Cafe Woodroof

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

1. Amazake  \200

1. Amazake \200

A sweet drink made from sake lees and sugar
Made with sake lees from locally-brewed Chichibu Nishiki sake
2. Matcha  \300

2. Matcha \300

Powdered green tea
3. Miso Konjac  \300

3. Miso Konjac \300

Traditional snack
Boiled konjac with sweet miso sauce
4. Miso potato  \400

4. Miso potato \400

Local traditional snack from Chichibu
fried potatoes with sweet miso sauce
5. Kenchin-jiru soup  \500

5. Kenchin-jiru soup \500

Miso soup with assorted vegetables
6. O-shiruko and matcha  \700

6. O-shiruko and matcha \700

Sweet red-bean soup with mochi rice cakes and powdered green tea
7. Maitake gohan with nameko-jiru soup  \800

7. Maitake gohan with nameko-jiru soup \800

Rice steamed with maitake mushrooms and miso soup with nameko mushrooms
8. Buta-miso-don and nameko-jiru soup  \1000

8. Buta-miso-don and nameko-jiru soup \1000

Miso-seasoned pork rice bowl and miso soup with nameko mushrooms

We also have fresh coffee and other hot foods available.