Winter Picturesque Views of Hokkaido! “Jewelry Ice”

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Written by  Soga Masayoshi

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.

Jewelry Ice

Additionally, each and every fragment of ice is unique, creating a breathtaking view that feels like the very essence of beautiful sights in Japan.

Jewelry Ice

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