– One of the most famous, and beautiful, winter scenes of Saitama is the icicles of Misotsuchi lit up at night. Each year for about a month you can enjoy this spectacular view in Chichibu, the mountainous area of Western Saitama.
Image from the official site
– The icicles are open to the public from January 5th 2019 to February 17th 2019. 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. However, this has not yet been confirmed for 2019.
Misotsuchi Icicles Light up
– This winter 2018/19 the dates for the light up
of the icicles have been set; January 12th to February 11th. 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.
From the Chichibu Tourism page
– The entrance fee for 2019 has not yet been confirmed, but in previous years it cost 200 yen for adults or high school aged children. There is no charge for younger children. 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:
Ashigakubo Icicles | YOKOZE
For even more events in Saitama please see the Saitama Events Calendar
For more ideas of what you can do in Saitama in Winter:
10 Winter Play Spots in Saitama, commutable from Tokyo