Ice Tillers in Yokoze
In the winter, Chichibu and Nagatoro have the kind of clear icy views you can only get in that season, and these views along with the attraction of spring’s arrival and the plum and wintersweet flowers that come with it, each offer their own enjoyment. The Ashigakubo ice pillars are close to the station, and their easy access makes them an appealing sightseeing spot. There are light-up events on the weekends, giving a romantic beauty unlike the sights in the afternoon. At Mt. Hodosan in Nagatoro, the time to see wintersweet flowers is from mid-January to mid-February, and from late February, the plum flowers are in bloom. Strawberry-picking is a recommended winter activity in the Chichibu area. By all means sample the sweet and fresh strawberries to your heart’s content. *The ice pillars are only available from early January to late February every year.
Where is it??
- Ashigakubo, Yokoze-machi Chichibu-gun, Saitama, 368-0071, Japan
- Web Site:
[Ashigakubo Ice Pillars] From Ikebukuro Station, Hanno Station is an approximately 45-minute ride by Limited Express on the Seibu Line, and from Hanno Station, Ashigakubo Station is an approximately 40-minute ride on the Seibu Line. The ice pillars are about a 10-minute walk from the station. [Nagatoro Mt. Hodosan] From Ikebukuro Station, Seibu-Chichibu Station is an approximately 1 hour and 20 minute ride by Limited Express on the Seibu Line limited, and from there, Ohanabatake Station is a 5-minute walk. From there, Nagatoro Station is an approximately 20-minute ride on the Chichibu Railway. Or from Ueno Station, Kumagaya Station is an approximately 1 hour and 5 minute ride on the JR Takasaki Line and from Kumagaya Station, Nagatoro Station is an approximately 50-minute ride on the Chichibu Railway. From Nagatoro Station, Mt. Hodosan is about 25 minutes total in walking and ropeway travel time.