The Four Seasons of Mt. Gozaisho: Winter

Mt. Gozaisho and Yunoyama Onsen Hot Springs are among the areas that experience the heaviest snowfall in Mie. Take a ride up the mountain on a ropeway gondola and you will find the whole area transformed into a winter wonderland.
On the lower plains it is hard to imagine how cold it is at the summit, so please dress warmly. We offer a gondola ride at night only in winter. Enjoy the glittering night views that can rarely be seen. At the summit, you can also enjoy various winter sports such as skiing, sledding and snowshoeing in the Mie’s only ski resort.

What to See in Winter

Juhyou (ice coatings on trees) Beautiful creations of nature in a winter wonderland

Places you can see juhyo


  • First-order triangulation point

  • Boukodai (Lake-viewing) Lookout

  • Fujimi-iwa Observatory

※Please note that you may not be able to see juhyou due to weather conditions.

See the Map of Mt. Gozaisho’s Summit Park

Conditions when juhyou form

  1. Water vapor (humidity)
  2. Strong winds
  3. Temperatures at or below 0ºC or 32ºF (freezing point)

How are juhyou formed?

  1. Juhyou form from water vapor (humidity). They cannot form without moisture. That is why water vapor (humidity) listed in ➀ above is necessary.
  2. Juhyou is formed from water vapor (humidity) when it attaches to the tree. However, water vapor floating in the air does not usually attach to trees. That is why strong wind listed in ② above is necessary.
  3. Juhyou are ice made of frozen water vapor (humidity), so if the temperature is high, it naturally does not freeze. That is why temperatures below freezing point listed in ③ above are necessary to freeze water vapor (humidity) listed in ➀ attached to the trees by the wind listed in ②.

As explained above, when all the three conditions are met, wind helps water vapor (humidity) attach to the tree, where it freezes. As this process is repeated, the grains of ice become larger and larger. Then, they extend in the direction that the wind is blowing and grow even more.

Hyoubaku Beauty of manmade objects created with the help of nature

While Juhyou are beautiful creations of nature, hyoubaku are artificially created using nature’s help.
Hyoubaku are huge blocks of ice created by spraying water mist when the temperature at the summit of Mt. Gozaisho drops below freezing point (late December to late February). As the pictures above show, hyoubaku finally become huge ice objects of 10m (33ft) in height and 20m (66ft) in width.
Hyoubaku have been created as a feature of winter every year since 1981.
※Hyoubaku are blocks of ice, so they will melt as the temperature rises. Please note that you may not be able to see them, depending on the temperature.

Place where you can see hyoubaku

The observatory located to the east of Restaurant Azalea at the summit of Mt. Gozaisho

See the Map of Mt. Gozaisho’s Summit Park

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