The best view of the sea of clouds is from the center!
Since Chichibu is surrounded by mountains, it is an area where mist covers the entire city, a natural phenomenon called the sea of clouds, is likely to occur. The weather conditions are perfect in April and November, which increases the chance of the phenomenon occuring by 50%. Furthermore, you can enjoy the Chichibu sea of clouds at night, when it creates a rare view of the city being half covered by clouds. You can check the occurrence probability of the sea of clouds from the following site. (Japanese only)
■ Web Camera Site
You can check the Chichibu sea of clouds from this live camera.
■ Probability of occurrence
The following sites publish the occurrence probability of the sea of clouds by month.
However, it is difficult to go to the top of the mountain at night or early in the morning to enjoy the Chichibu sea of clouds, so we recommend you to stay at the following accommodation facilities and slowly take in the beautiful view.
1. Natural Farm City Noen Hotel
The sea of clouds can be seen from the bath in each room.
2. Mitsumine Shrine Kounkaku
Superb view of the sea of clouds from 1100m high.
3. Ikoinomura Heritage Minoyama
There is a hotel shuttle from the station to the hotel, as well as a sea of clouds tour.