Frozen Waterfalls Fascinate Drivers Along Oirase Gorge in Aomori Pref.; Warm Weather Delayed Icicle Formation

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Giant icicles hang from Makado Rock in Towada, Aomori Prefecture. They were formed by water that dripped between rocks and froze.

TOWADA, Aomori — Frozen waterfalls are at their peak along the Oirase Stream in Towada, Aomori Prefecture.

The stream, about 14 kilometers long, has many waterfalls and springs, and usually starts freezing around mid-December. Places of interest include Makado Rock, Kumoi Falls and Shiranuno Falls. At the sites, drivers stopped their cars to look at the huge pillars of ice where it seems like the entire stream has stopped flowing.

According to the Towada Oirase Tourism Organization, it took longer than a typical year for the icicles to grow due to the relatively warm weather. The fantastic scenery will be able to be seen until around the end of the month.