Nature’s Illumination: Chichibu’s Three major Icicles
The Chichibu region is an area where there is severe coldness.
However, winter is the only time you can see a superb view of the three major icicles in Chichibu.
In many snowy areas, icicles are covered with snow and can not be seen, but it is less likely to snow in Chichibu so you can enjoy the beautiful natural art. They are lit up at night, so please come and enjoy the illuminations.
■ Ashigakubo Icicles
These are icicles that you can walk to from the station.
10 minutes on foot from Ashigakubo Station on the Seibu Chichibu Line
55 minutes from Hanazono IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway (using toll roads
Official site http://www.yokoze.org/shisetsu/hyoutyuu/
■ Misotsuchi Icicles
Icicles that shine like a river
Address Misotsuchi no Tsurara (In the Woodruff Okuchichibu Auto Camp Grounds and on the river banks of the Arakwa River),Chichibu-shi
From Mitsumineguchi Station on the Chichibu Railway, take the Seibu Kanko Bus bound for “Chichibu-ko”
*You can get on and off this bus freely, so tell the driver you want to get off at the “Misotsuchi no Tsurara” tour spot
90 minutes from Hanazono IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway
Official site http://navi.city.chichibu.lg.jp/p_flower/1403/
■ Onouchi Icicles
You can see these icicles from a suspension bridge.
Address 996-1 Kawarasawa,Ogano-machi
From Seibu-Chichibu Station, take the bus bound for “Ogano”, then transfer at “Ogano-machi Yakuba” to the bus bound for “Sakamoto”, then 20 minutes on foot from “Onouchi Keikoku Iriguchi”.
From Hanazono IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway via National Route 140, take National Route 299 for 45 km toward Ogano (80 minutes)
Official site http://www.kanko-ogano.jp/archives/2791/