Winter Picturesque Views of Hokkaido! “Jewelry Ice”
An amazing photo arrived from my friend in the Tokachi District of Hokkaido!
It was of Hokkaido’s winter miracle scene, “jewelry ice.”
In recent years, its beauty has come to the attention of the world at large; many tourists are visiting Hokkaido to see this picturesque view.
What Is Jewelry Ice?
Jewelry ice is a midwinter-only natural phenomenon that can be seen at the Tokachi River, in Hokkaido’s Toyokoro Town. The clear ice, illuminated by the bright morning sun, shines like a jewel in the light.
The mouth of the Tokachi River freezes during winter, and then pieces of the ice break off and float into the ocean. After that, the ice drifts along in the ocean, and much of it finally ends up against sandy beaches, creating the beautiful phenomenon.
Additionally, each and every fragment of ice is unique, creating a breathtaking view that feels like the very essence of beautiful sights in Japan.
Photos were taken on February 2nd, 2017.
Basic information on Jewelry Ice
Otsu Beach, Toyokoro Town
- Best Time to See
- Mid-January through late February
- Otsu Motomachi, Toyokoro Town, Nakagawa District, Hokkaido
- 45 minutes by car from Tokachi-Obihiro Airport to Toyokoro Town