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One of the best things about living in Hokkaido is the endless number of outdoor activities.  One of the most famous for us Date city locals is the trek to the Nyoro Nyoro Ice Cave.  Every winter, as spring water drips off the icicles formed on the cave roof onto the floor, icicles grow from the floor up to towards their twins from the top.  Eventually, tops and bottoms will meet to form ice columns.  This spectacle attracts many hikers from around Hokkaido who brave the winter cold and trek about 40 minutes to the caves for the chance to see nature’s “glass” maker at work.  While most hikers visit the cave during the day, we recently took advantage of the near full moon for a nighttime trek to the cave.  The night’s veil gave this wondrous sight an added sense of mystery.

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