A beautiful winter landscape of Zao’s Juhyo that can be seen at Zao Jizoyama in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture Japan.You can see Zao’s rime that looks like a snow monster when you climb the ropeway of Zao Onsen Ski Resort and get off at Jizo Sancho Station.
In this phenomenon, snow clouds that have received a lot of water vapor from the Sea of Japan become supercooled water drops that do not freeze even at 0 degrees or less, and flow to the Zao Mountains while mixing with snow.
The wind blowing at Zao Mountains at this time is a strong wind of 10-15m/s blowing from northwest to west.
This wind blows as a snowstorm to conifers such as Aomori pine, which grows in Zao, at temperatures between the average temperature minus 10 degrees and 15 degrees.
Zao’s Juhyo, also known as an ice monster, is formed by repeating this process over and over.
Yamagata Zao’s Juhyo Beautiful winter landscape in Japan
During the formation period around January and the peak period of February, there were many times when visibility was bad due to snowstorm, and it was not easy to look beautiful.However, in early March, I was able to see beautiful rime under the clear blue sky.
Some have begun to melt, but in March Zao’s rime begins to decline.
Zao’s juhyo light up
It was a snowstorm at night and I couldn’t see the rime light up in clear conditions.
Yamagata Zao’s juhyo light up
One year later, in February 2013, Zao’s rime light up was beautifully seen.
I was impressed by the fantastic scenery that I could visit and see at last.
Picture taken at: Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture Japan
Date: February 2012, March 2012, February 2013
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