Thrill seekers looking for speed on the slopes tend to be attracted to skiing and snowboarding, but for a slower-paced snow experience, consider snowshoeing. Japan’s famed powder snow opens up otherwise inaccessible terrain for exploration, and snowshoeing is your best choice for a journey through scenic and often undisturbed landscapes. Modern spiked snowshoes are a more common option at ski resorts across the country, but visitors can strap on a pair of traditional kanjiki snowshoes for a uniquely Japanese experience. Kanjiki snowshoes have been used since ancient times and their distinctive oval design crisscrossed with thick rope prevents snow travelers sinking into the snow.
If you are new to snowshoeing, hire a guide. While anybody can snowshoe without the need for practice, trekking with locals who know the landscape provides you with peace of mind, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna that you will encounter on your journey. Compared to other winter recreational activities, snowshoeing is enjoyable for all ages and fitness levels. The slow trek through the snow is more akin to a meditative retreat than a grueling hike.