Thursday, February 16, 2012

Frozen Fukuroda No Taki

This year, winter has been particularly cold all over Japan. While the Sea of Japan coast has been inundated with unusually high snowfall, the other parts of Japan, especially Hokkaido and northern Honshu (Tohoku) has received higher than normal snow. 

Last weekend, we revisited Fukuroda no Taki, one of Japan's best three waterfalls.The falls are located near Daigo town in Ibaraki prefecture. Since I have written in more detail about this place in an earlier post, I will not go in to the details this time.

This is our third visit to the place, the earlier one's being in Summer and Autumn. The speciality about this waterfall is the view changes with season. 

This winter, the falls froze for the first time in 6 years. To highlight this spectacle, the falls are illuminated on weekend evenings between 5 pm and 7 pm during February. 
The week before our visit, the falls were reported by local newspapers to be fully frozen. 
Thanks to a few days of warm weather, we missed out this view by 3 days and only got to see the partially frozen waterfalls.  

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