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This tour takes you to see the rare “juhyo,” as you ride in Wild Monster, a heated Snowcat bus.“Juhyo,” also known as “ice monsters,” are trees covered in ice and snow in the process of a phenomenon where mist and water vapors freeze directly onto deciduous trees. The formation of juhyo requires precise conditions, such as constant wind from a single direction, so they can only be seen in a few specific locations in Japan’s Tohoku region, including Zao.Zao is a popular tourist spot not just for its juhyo, but for skiing and hot springs as well.

Miyagi Zao Juhyo “Ice Monster” Tours

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This tour takes you to see the rare “juhyo,” as you ride in Wild Monster, a heated Snowcat bus.“Juhyo,” also known as “ice monsters,” are trees covered in ice and snow in the process of a phenomenon where mist and water vapors freeze directly onto deciduous trees. The formation of juhyo requires precise conditions, such as constant wind from a single direction, so they can only be seen in a few specific locations in Japan’s Tohoku region, including Zao.Zao is a popular tourist spot not just for its juhyo, but for skiing and hot springs as well.