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The Sun Pillar at Lake Mashu
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The sun pillar at Lake Mashu in Hokkaido is a special phenomenon that has a pillar of light that suddenly reaches for the sky. This rare event is an amazing view that makes people who watch feel as if angels or fairies were coming down to earth from the heavens.
Mashu Genya, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami, Hokkaido
Jan., Feb., Mar., Dec.
It may be seen at dawn when it is under -15 degrees Celsius, between December and March, from the "Daiichi Tenbodai" observatory deck. This extremely rare view may be seen only one or two times in one winter.
20 minutes by taxi from JR Mashu Station
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