You’ll forget how cold it is after just one look at the stunning scenery of the glistening Jewelry Ice!
From mid-January to late-February, beautiful naturally-formed ice sculptures known as ""Jewelry Ice"" can be seen piled up upon the Otsu Coast of Hokkaido's coastal town Toyokoro, which faces the Pacific Ocean. The so-called ""Jewelry Ice"" emerges when the ice that has formed on the surface of the Tokachi River is washed into the Pacific Ocean. The ice is molded into unique shapes by the powerful waves before washing up in great quantities upon the shore, where it glistens like a treasure trove in the sunlight. This oceanic treasure appears to change color depending on the time you visit. In a single day, you may see the ice light up in bright oranges, blues, and greys! Be sure to bring a camera to capture this work of art, forged by nature itself! The temperature can drop to below -20 degrees C, so be sure to bring warm clothing and prepare thoroughly for cold weather.
Access: Approximately 1 hour 30 mins from JR Obihiro Station by car. Bus tours from JR Obihiro Station run during the winter.