Warming yourself in the hot springs and feasting on local specialties is exceptionally enjoyable in winter.
November to January
This is a famous event in which the magnificent Fukuroda Falls are lit up. The sight of the waterfall illuminated in the darkness has a different allure, quite unlike the waterfall as seen during the day.
Hyobaku (Icefall) when the waterfall freezes
During the coldest winters, the waterfalls can freeze white. This phenomenon is called “Hyobaku” in Japanese.
Hyobaku can be seen in the coldest season, from late December to February. How much of them is frozen depends on the weather. In some cases, the waterfall freezes completely, and a few brave people try climbing up the ice wall.
It is very interesting to see how the water freezes in two jets in winter. The view from behind the waterfall is magical.
A waterfall located at the upper reach of Fukuroda Falls. It is along the Tsukioresan hiking trail; you can see it frozen white in winter.
Scenery unique to winter
Shiga in Kuji River
Shiga is a beautiful natural phenomenon that you can see only in the early morning in midwinter. Innumerable ice crystals are generated and flow down the river surface, making a unique sound. The sight of shimmering pieces of ice illuminated by the rising sun is very dramatic.
Warabocchi (haystacks) in the snow
Warabocchi is a traditional method of stacking rice straw. The sight of snow-capped haystacks lined up in the rice fields is a familiar scene in Daigo Town in winter.
Hot springs in Daigo Town
Daigo Town is also one of the most popular hot spring resorts in Ibaraki Prefecture. There are many hot spring inns, and there are also facilities where you can enjoy a day-trip hot spring bath.
Okukuji Shamo Nabe
Shamo is a kind of chicken that is raised in a free-range environment. Its firm meat and strong umami are attractive, and it is popular for its low-fat meat and healthy taste. You can enjoy the texture and rich flavor of the meat and the umami of the soup stock.
Konjac is one of the typical specialties of Daigo Town. Miso Dengaku, boiled konjac with plenty of sweet miso, is a perfect food for the cold season.