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Shirakawa Ice Pillars

Shirakawa Ice Pillars

The Shirakawa Ice Pillars is a natural phenomena that occurs every winter along one of the cliffs of Mt. Ontake. The water that naturally runs down the side of the mountain freezes over and by January, giant ice pillars up to 50 meters in height stretch across a length of 250 meters to form enormous pillars of ice.

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The sight is truly awe-inspiring. From January to mid-February, the ice pillars are illuminated at night creating a magical and mystical winter wonderland.

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Approximately 2 hours 50 minutes

Take the Nagano Dentetsu Railway Limited Express from Yudanaka Station to Nagano Station (approx. 50 min.),At Nagano Station change to the JR Limited Express Shinano to Kiso-Fukushima Station (approx. 90 min.),From Kiso-Fukushima Station you can take a taxi to the ice pillars (approx. 30 min.)

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