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Toyokoro town is famous for its “Japanese elm tree”. Did you know that there is a natural phenomenon that can only be seen in the winter in Toyokoro town? And the name of this phenomenon is “Jewelry Ice” At the mouth of the Tokachi River on the Otsu coast, a natural phenomenon occurs where the ice clusters that look just like gem stones appears on the sand hills every winter. These ice clusters have become the focus of photographers all over Japan after a person from the town coined the name “Jewelry Ice” in 2015.
The proper name for “Jewelry Ice” is actually Tokachi river ice. Although the mouth of the river freezes over in the winter, the ice breaks up and flows into the ocean. The ice then drifts in the surrounding seas and is beated on the sand hills when the see gets rough. As the ice is also swept by waves, the sharp edges are smoothed out like a pebble on a river bank.
Previously, visitors to see “Jewelry Ice” were people who wished to the ice at the time of dawn of the orange sun, people who wished to see the blue ice in the day time, people who wish to take photos and people in search of the ideal “Jewelry Ice”. However, now, “Jewelry Ice” is gaining more and more attention from photographers and tourists both in Japan and from overseas.
“When and where can I see “Jewelry Ice”?” Due to many inquiries made to Toyokoro town in regard to the time to see “Jewelry Ice”, information has been posted on the website from mid-January. Staff from the town walk with cameras approximately 20 kilometers to the coast to provide an explanation of the condition of the ice. For the “Jewelry Ice” period from mid-January to mid-February, people may not be able to take their eyes off the website for the Toyokoro town.