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The Otaki Ice festival in 2020・ Illuminated Misotsuchi Icicles
January 11, 2020 @ 08:00 - February 16, 2020 @ 21:00￥200
The Otaki Ice festival, illuminated Misotsuchi Icicles in 2020 – One of the most famous, and beautiful, winter scenes of Saitama is at the Otaki Ice Festival in Chichibu. The icicles of Misotsuchi are lit up at night. Each year for about a month you can enjoy this spectacular view in Chichibu, the mountainous area of Western Saitama.
Misotsuchi Icicles – The icicles are scheduled to open to the public from January 11th to February 16th 2020. During this period the icicles are accessible from 8 am to 5 pm daily, but during the light up the closing hours are extended (information in the next paragraph). Generally, on the last two Saturdays of January they also have a market during the day. The market days for 2020 have been confirmed as January 19th and again on the 26th.
Misotsuchi Icicles Light up – On weekdays the hours of the light up are from 5 pm to 7 pm. On weekends the icicles are lit up until 9 pm.
Cost – The entrance fee for 2020 is the same as previous years – 200 yen for adults or high school aged children. There is no charge for younger children.
Misotsuchi Icicles Access
47 kilometers from the Hanazono Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway. The parking costs have been confirmed as 500 yen for a car, 200 yen for a bike and 1000 yen for a bus.
From Chichibu Tetsudo Chichibu Main Line Mitsumineguchi station take a Seibu Kanko bus headed to Lake Chichibu 「秩父湖」 . As you get on the bus tell the driver you want to get off around Tsurara Kengaku Basho 「氷柱見学場所」. Its about a 25 minute ride from the station.
Misotsuchi Icicles access from Tokyo:
Take a limited express train from Ikebukuro to Seibu Chichibu station, from there its about a 3 minute walk to Chichibu railway Mitsumineguchi station from where you get the bus.
Other icicles that are illuminated in the area:
For even more events in Saitama please see the Saitama Events Calendar.
For more ideas of what you can do in Saitama in Winter:
First published in November 2016. Updated annually. Last update and republication: October 21st 2019.
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors.
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