サンピラー現象Sun Pillar

© Nayoro city

© Nayoro city

Nayoro in Hokkaido is a city where has a weather condition with the extreme temperature differences of 60 degree Celsius between summer and winter夏冬の寒暖差が60℃に及ぶ気象条件を有する北海道名寄市。氷点下で起こる幻想的な自然現象・サンピラー(太陽柱)が観測できることでも知られている、豊かな自然あふれる環境を持つ都市だ。



. With a rich natural environment, the city is also known for a natural phenomenon called sun pillar which happens with a temperature below zero.

Sun pillar is a natural phenomenon that looks like shining columns created by the reflection of sun light from diamond dust in the air. It can only be seen when the weather condition permits. Around places in Nayoro including Nayoro Piyashiri Ski known as one of the best quality of snow, you can often enjoy seeing it in the coldest season.

In the city of Nayoro, Nayoro City Astronomical Observatory “Kitasubaru” was opened in April 2010, and one of the biggest 1.6-meter telescope in the nation will be installed in the spring of 2011. It is expected to be a new front-line base for space observation.

Nayoro Piyashiri
Address: Nayoro, Hokkaido
Tel: 01654-3-2111 (Nayoro City)

Translation: Mariko Takei

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