Winter Tips for Visiting Japan
While Japan is famous for its stunning cherry blossoms in spring, red leaves in the autumn and countless festivals in summer, Japan is also a veritable winter wonderland! Here are some tips for making the most of your time in Japan in its coldest season.
Photographs of Snow Covered Tokyo
Japanese photographer Yusuke Komatsu's "Snow in Tokyo" series shows the beauty of Japan's huge metropolis on the rare occasions it receives snowfall.
Hokkaido Feeling Record Cold -25° Temps
Inland areas of Hokkaido including Etanbetsu and Horokanai are setting record temperatures near -25°C, the coldest this year in all of Japan.
Top 4 Snow Festivals in Hokkaido 2020!
Check out our guide to Hokkaido’s biggest and best snow and ice festivals—perfect for making the most of the cold weather!
Kairo: Japan's Top Secret to Warmth in Winter
Here's our quick guide to the different heating pads you can purchase in Japan to keep your whole body warm.
Mount Fuji Shining Bright Like a Diamond
Fuji aficionados rushed to get their cameras set up to see the sun rising over Mount Fuji, creating a dazzling diamond-like form that appears around the Winter Solstice. Click through to check out the stellar video.
5 Hot Sake for Winter!
Japanese sake is the nation's favorite drink. As the chill of winter sets in, the temperature of the sake rises, which is the perfect way to stay warm!
The 70th Sapporo Snow Festival Kicks Off
The Sapporo Snow Festival is underway in Hokkaido, with more than 190 snow and ice sculptures on display around the city between February 4 to February 11.
Frozen Pants Stand on Their Own!
Hokkaido has 79 cm of snow on the ground and -30°C temperatures, cold enough to freeze clothing into stand-alone sculptures.
Use a Japanese 'Hottie' to Keep Warm in Winter
Survive the harsh Japanese winter by cuddling up in bed with this hot little number.
Preparing to Drive Around Snowy Areas in Japan
When traveling around snowy regions in Japan by car, you'd better prepare your vehicle in advance to survive scary road conditions and frosty weather. Check out our to-do list before departing for snow-covered lands such as Hokkaido, Tohoku and Hokuriku.
Diamond Dust Glitters in Fukushima
The shimmering, icy crystals known as "diamond dust" made a village in Fukushima Prefecture look like a fairytale come to life!
Snow Crab Fetches Record $46,000!
Meet one of the world's most expensive crabs! The first year's haul of this winter delicacy went for a record setting price.
Aomori's Stunning Winter "Cherry Blossoms"
These "cherry blossoms" at Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture are bringing some much needed warmth to Japan's wintery north.
Top 5 Winter Illuminations Outside of Tokyo!
As the year draws to a close, cities across Japan light up with some of the most spectacular winter illuminations. Here are a few of our favorite displays outside of Tokyo.
10 Best Ski Resorts In Japan For Beginners
Skiing and snowboarding are on many of our bucket-lists. Let's explore the top 10 Japan's top recommended ski resorts for beginners.
Tokyo's Top 5 Winter Illumination Events 2019!
Tokyo's winter illuminations are some of the highlights of the calendar year. People flock from far and wide to catch a glimpse of these dazzling visual displays! Here are 5 of our favorites!
Cheap Winter Escapes to 5 Warm Global Spots
Keep these five budget-friendly travel options in mind when you want to beat the bitter Japanese cold.
Flying the Nest Heads to Miyagi for Winter Fun
Stephen and Jess head to Miyagi for a winter wonderland full of powdery snow, winter sports and even a crafting experience.
Sake Brewing in Saku
Ever tried sake brewing? Learn how an ancient beverage can give you a glimpse into some of Japan's most enduring cultural traditions in the city of Saku, in Nagano.