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Ashigakubo Icicles CANCELLED 2020 | YOKOZE

January 5 @ 09:00 - January 29 @ 20:00

Ashigakubo Icicles cancelled 2020

Important update January 31st 2020: the Ashigakubo Icicles were cancelled, half way through their scheduled period, on Wednesday January 29th. Due to the warmer weather they completely melted and the town of Yokoze was forced to finish the event, and all related events, almost a month early. 

Is it true the Ashigakubo Icicles were cancelled for 2020?
The icicles were opened on January 5th, but due to the warmer than normal January weather, the icicle event was finished early. They cancelled the Ashigakubo icicles and closed the area to the public on Wednesday January 29th 2020. They were initially scheduled to run until February 24th. 

The dates for viewing the Ashigakubo icicles in 2020 have been set. The 2020 Ashigakubo Icicles will be open to the public from Sunday January 5th to bank holiday Monday February 24th. See first paragraph.

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. They say the best viewing of the light up is around 5.30 pm during January and after 6 pm in February. 


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

From the official site

NB The Ashigakubo Icicles finished on January 29th 2020, almost a month earlier than the planned date, due to the milder weather. 

The three great icicles of Chichibu

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.

Photo from the Yokoze Tourist page:

Japan Travel have a detailed and enthusiastic report of an outing to the icicles (I have no affiliation to this website When I first wrote about the icicles I had no affiliation, but I do write for Japan Travel now! The linked article was written before my time). 

First published in January 2017, republished December 2017, November 2018, October 2019.


Misotsuchi Icicles

The Otaki Ice festival in 2020・ Illuminated Misotsuchi Icicles

Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles

Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles in Ogano, 2020 | CHICHIBU


January 5 @ 09:00
January 29 @ 20:00
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