The cold never bothered me anyway…
Yes, You can say so, because you are in the perfect photogenic world. You will forget to be in under -15°C cold place. Why don’t you come here Toyokoro for seeing Jewelry ices.
In the winter, Toyokoro is the most famous town in Hokkaido year by year which is located in the east-south Hokkaido, south of Obihiro. It takes 3 hours and half or less than 4 hours by car from Sapporo by the expressway. From Obihiro, it is just 1 hour.
Only from the mid January to the end of February, Jewelry ices are to be seen. It is the coldest season in winter that makes Tokachi river frozen and ices are flowing into the sea, Pacific Ocean. Then ices are rushed back and washed by waves, so that some ices become ones like cristal which are named Jewelry Ice by local.
It is important for you to come here, Otsukaigan（大津海岸） before dawn. Because the sunrise should be needed for making a perfect photogenic world which gives ices more shining than you expected.
You will find many ices on the sand beech, Otsukaigan（大津海岸） just 100 meters from Jewelry House.
It would be better to find your favorite one before sunrise. The mouth of Tokachi river is approximately 600m from the start point. The sunrize come from the sea and you can take shots of ices with sunrize behind. That’s the big point for you to take nice photogenic photos. Sunrize give you miracle power for your important moment.
Here we go! Sunrize is coming.
See what a steam on the sea. We are almost in the same as freezing storage. It’s so cold!
Sunrize makes ices more cristal which is the most beautiful moment.
Let us find your own Jewelry Ices.
Don’t be too close to the waves as taking some shots. If you wore on the waves, you would be freezed in an instant.
In this time, I was taking a picture as laying. The wave was so big and long before I got away from there.
The closer to the mouth of river, the more ices you will find. I pointed out on Googlemaps below. 600-650 meters from Jewelry House.
Marine products are sold in Jewelry House and you take a rest with hot drinks.
We hope the weather is nice and a perfect sunrise when you visit.
- 3 hours 50 min by car (by the expressway) Take Do-oh express（道央自動車道） and Do-to（道東自動車道）
- 1 hour
- 1 hour 35 min
Attention: The parking place is amid in local residents. Please take care of their ordinary lives. They are not wakenning in the so early morning like you.
Temperature is usually -10°C and below. You have to wear on like a ski wear. Of course you need warm globes. If you don’t have any and take just one shot by your iPhone, your hand will be freezed.
If you didn’t have on adequate wear and equipments, you would suffer from frostbite on your face or hands. Take attention your clothes.
- Ski wear
- Kairo（カイロ）, heating pads make you happy.
- Wool cap or mask
- keep your camera warm in your pocket or hands