Hokkaido might be in the middle of winter right now, but that just makes it all the more perfect for you to catch this amazing phenomenon. The mouth of the Tokachi River freezes and breaks apart, causing ice chunks (now called Jewel Ice) to float and land ashore on Hokkaido’s beaches during late January to mid February.
This happens every year, but the occurrence has gone particularly viral on Instagram and Twitter this 2017. It might be a bit of a rush to try and get plane tickets to see it this year, but if you’re dead set on going, there are plenty of airline promotions running during this period, so hurry!
Don’t forget to snap a photo of the ice when the sun is setting – those warm rays reflecting off the ice make the sight super Instagram-worthy.
Date: January – mid-February, Every year
Jewel Ice Phenomenon: Tokachi River, Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan | Website
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