Each area of Japan has distinctive snow characteristics in winter. Snowfall in Japan gets heavier as you move north and toward the Sea of Japan; snow rarely falls on the Pacific coast. Snow quality changes from area to area based on water content and the time of year. Certain regions have expansive resorts that are ideal for extended stays, while resorts closer to Japan’s urban centers are very popular with snow daytrippers. Learn more about the individual traits of Japan’s snowy areas, and find out the skiing and snowboarding experiences special to each region.