The Icicles of Misotsuchi (三十槌の氷柱) at Chichibu, Saitama

Hello 皆さん!

Last weekend, I had a spontaneous adventure with Justin at Chichibu, a city located in Saitama prefecture. We went to see the beautiful Icicles of Misotsuchi! It was my first time to see icicles in real life. *_*

One of my 2016 goals is to explore the place I call "home" (for almost 5 years) here in Japan. I also want to introduce these places in Saitama through my photos & blog entries. Luckily, Justin and I have the same hobby / passion over Japan travel and taking photos (after all, he's a professional photographer.. and I'm the pretentious one, haha!).. so yay, I got to tag along with him this time! :)) We just talked about this maybe just 12 hours before the trip, haha! And based on his research, last weekend would be the last for the icicle viewing / "light up". I'm not so sure about this, though! ^^

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Overall, our journey was fun and a bit stressful at some point. :)) Stressful because I mainly just followed him & just contributed a little bit of my (poor) navigational skills, haha. I think that my role was to be the overly optimistic / annoying adventure travel partner. He is better at reading maps / figuring out where to head to.. while me on the other hand, quite the opposite, haha! I'm more of a "whatever goes" person :)))

Photo by JustinJapan.com

It's amazing how the Japanese would even think of installing "lights" for travelers here! Genius idea, right? :D

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Anyway, let me take you with us in our adventure with these photos & captions below! ;)

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Spotted a rare KitKat flavor (Japanese Sake, anyone?!) at a random food stall while waiting for our train.

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We actually didn't plan to ride a "limited express" train to Kumagaya. We took this train from Omiya station and we reached Kumagaya in 30 minutes! :)

We paid extra 500 JPY to save time.

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Finally, we're here!

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We rode the local Chichibu main line for Mitsumineguchi. It was an hour-long ride.

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While waiting for our train ~

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It actually felt like we were transported in another world. It reminded me of my train rides during my last Hokkaido trip! :)

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First time to see yellow Wintersweet blossoms!

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Spotted a real cute train! Hi, Hello Kitty and friends!

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YAAYY!

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I couldn't stop smiling that day! Last week was super stressful for me so this trip was such a BREATHER!! Phew

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We got reprimanded because of me =))

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Kawaii everywhere!

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We had a brief stop at a restaurant. It was the fastest 10 minutes of my life :)) I had to finish my katsudon in a span of 10 minutes so we could catch our bus!

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Thank you Obaa-chan & Ojii-chan for helping us out!

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Justin's

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Mineeee

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*runs* :))

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Made it!

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The bus ride was so refreshing and breathtaking!

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If only I could travel so often, I would! Someeedaaay, those days will happen! :D

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When we arrived at our stop, we actually didn't have any idea on how to go back to the station. :))

We intended to stay longer and wait for the "light up" but the bus schedule was only until 6PM or so. *_*

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Follow the leader lol

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OMG we're neaaaaarrrrr!

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FINALLY!!

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... and when we finally reached our destination, my camera ran out of battery. And the spare battery that I bought was the faulty one. ;_;

But, I was still being very positive and bubbly because I didn't want anything / anyone to rain on my parade that day :))

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Last photo with my camera huhu.

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Thank you trusty iPhone for taking nice photos too, hehe!

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Yaaay <3

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Cheeky travelers!

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We roamed around for a bit.

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Warm matcha latte = perfect!

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Hours later... *_*

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It was sooo beautiful!

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So surreal!

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Ahhh, lovely!

For more info about this place (access guide, tips, etc.), you may refer to this link instead! ^_^

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AND YAY RAINBOWW!!

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At this point, we still didn't know HOW to go back to the station. FORTUNATELYYY, Justin met fellow Filipinos while he was taking pictures (while I waited somewhere warm, haha)! We all went back together to the station by riding a taxi, thanks to our new friends!

We just realized that there were only 2 cabs available in the area.. and the taxi service was for reservation as well. It really felt like there was divine intervention that happened that day, haha! So lucky! :))

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.. and here's me, goofing around as always :)) And forcing him to take photos of me lololol

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And we had Coco Ichi for dinner! We were starving! Imagine, 8 hours of total commute that day? And we had to ride our bikes to get home too! What a day, hehe!

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Hope you enjoyed my story-telling, haha!!

I still have a lot of deadlines to finish so I better end this entry now.

Thanks for reading! ^_^

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