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6 Things You Should Know About Japanese Snow

There are a few unique things about Japanese snow.

6 Cool Japanese Words for Snow

Japan has more than 100 ways to describe snow. Here are six of the most interesting varieties!

Explore Sapporo in the Snow

Sapporo is the fifth most populous city in Japan, yet most of the big tourist attractions can be reached on foot from Sapporo Station.

8 (+1) Insane Japanese Snowmen

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Bus Down the Three-Star Road

In the snow belt between Hokuriku and Gifu's Hida Mountain Range, take a bus tour down a road lined with three-star tourist spots listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

Japan's 8 Prefectures with the Most Snow

Find the top eight places to visit for snow!

8 Incredible Snow Scenes in Japan

Here's a selection of places that are beautiful in the warm weather, but in the winter, that beauty is multiplied!

Top 5 'Frozen' Bento

What better for snow season than a delightful bunch of bento based on Disney's "Frozen"?

Capturing Snow Monsters in Aomori

Imagine fir trees disguised as snowmen—a forest covered with powdery snow that envelops everything in sight.

The Real Wall-E of Snow Clearing

Thanks to this snow-eating robot, your days of shoveling snow may be over!

The 5 Best Ski & Snowboard Locations in Japan

Did your favorite Japanese ski or snowboard spot make it to the Top 5?

There's No Vegetable Like Snow Vegetables!

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "frozen vegetables," farmers in these prefectures have decided to harvest their crops a little differently.

Gunma Ski & Snowboard Guide

Gunma shares borders—and easy access—with Niigata to the north and Nagano to the west, opening up a range of ski and snowboard opportunities both inside and outside the prefecture.

GoPro Snowboarding Perfection in Niseko

Two snowboarding GoPro athletes explore the white wilds of winter in Niseko, Hokkaido.

The Snowscape of Daigo Temple

The hidden Daigo Temple is one site you won't want to miss—especially in winter when snow blankets the grounds!

Visit Elsa's Frozen Castle in Hokkaido

Even though this museum bears a striking resemblance to Elsa's crystal palace in the Disney movie "Frozen," it was actually built a little over a decade before the film premiered!

Yamagata Ski & Snowboard Guide

Snowboard through "ice monsters" in Yamagata!

Gifu Ski & Snowboard Guide

Gifu is packed with great snow and great culture!

Navigating the Sapporo Snow Festival

Featuring intricate snow and ice sculptures on a monumental scale—including pop culture icons and near-life-sized replicas of famous structures—the Sapporo Snow Festival draws over 2 million visitors each year.

6 Hokkaido Animals that Hide in Snow

These hidden winter animals are just too cute!

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