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Japan's 8 Prefectures with the Most Snow

Find the top eight places to visit for snow!

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.

Iwate Ski & Snowboard Guide

There are 16 ski and snowboard resorts in Iwate Prefecture, most located on the western mountainous region near the border with Akita Prefecture.

Yamagata Ski & Snowboard Guide

Snowboard through "ice monsters" in Yamagata!

Nagano Ski & Snowboard Guide

Nagano is easily accessible from Tokyo, offering an incredible range of Olympic-level slopes!

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.

The Real Wall-E of Snow Clearing

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

The 5 Snowiest J-Pop Songs

Snow evokes a variety of emotions that artists have long sought to express in a number of ways—and J-pop artists are no exception!

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.

The 5 Best Ski & Snowboard Locations in Japan

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

Gifu Ski & Snowboard Guide

Gifu is packed with great snow and great culture!

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.

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!

6 Hokkaido Animals that Hide in Snow

These hidden winter animals are just too cute!

Hokkaido Ski & Snowboard Guide

Hokkaido is one of Japan's most famous winter regions!

6 Things You Should Know About Japanese Snow

There are a few unique things about Japanese snow.

Fukushima Ski & Snowboard Guide

Your guide to the top slopes in Fukushima!

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!

Niigata Ski & Snowboard Guide

Some of the best powder in Japan is only a day trip from Tokyo!

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