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Ashigakubo Icicles 2019 | YOKOZE
January 5 @ 09:00 - February 24 @ 20:00￥300
The dates for viewing the Ashigakubo icicles in 2019 have been set. The Ashigakubo Icicles are in Yokoze town. They will be open to the public from January 5th to February 24th, between 9 am and 4 pm, except when there is night illumination and you can view until 8 pm:
The icicles will be lit up on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during that period, from about 4 pm to 8 pm. The icicles are absolutely stunning when they are lit up at night. The icicles were only discovered 4 years ago, but already they are attracting lots of visitors and lots of attention.
The cost for entering the area is 300 yen. Children under 12 years old can view for free.
Ashigakubo Icicles are just one of “three great icicles of Chichibu”. The other two are Misotsuchi and Onouchi Icicles. Misotsuchi are the only completely natural icicles of all three. Although all three are in the Chichibu area, they are very far apart. It takes about an hour to get from one to the other. But if you are travelling by car you can in theory visit all three icicles in the same day.
Ashigakubo Icicles Access
The location is easier to get to than the better known Misotsuchi Icicles in neighbouring Chichibu, as unlike Misotsuchi these icicles are located relatively close to a train station. The Ashigakubo station, which is on the Seibu Chichibu Line, is about a 15 minute walk from the icicles. Google MAP and contacts in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
Japan Travel have a detailed and enthusiastic report of an outing to the icicles (I have no affiliation to this website):
First published in January 2017, republished December 2017 and again November 2018.