Winter in Japan is a special season, as certain natural sites only reveal themselves once the temperature drops and snow starts to fall. The terrain and climate of each area lends itself to a range of natural phenomena including the world-renowned, towering “snow monsters” of Zao, the powerful natural force of the drift ice on the Sea of Okhotsk, and the vast white walls of the snow corridors. Discover Japan's varied snowy landscapes, from foothills to the peaks of the Japan Alps, for a winter adventure like no other.
Ryuhyo Drift Ice
Stretching all the way to Siberia, the Ryuhyo drift ice of the Okhotsk Sea grips Hokkaido's northern
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama)
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route rises through rugged terrain to the heart of Japan's Northern Alps.
Tokachi River Jewelry Ice
Each winter, part of Hokkaido's coast is covered in a natural phenomenon colloquially called jewelr"
Hakkoda Snow Monsters
During peak snow season, the Hakkoda Mountains are guarded by “snow monsters, towering pine trees"
No. 1 Tadami River Bridge
Take the JR Tadami Line for breathtaking views of rustic alpine scenery and charming local towns in
In the highlands of Nagano's Mt. Kirigamine, visitors can enter a crystalline wonderland of Japanese
Shirakawa Ice Pillars
The Kiso area of Nagano Prefecture is well-known for its beautiful forests and walking trails in war
Every winter, dramatic nighttime illuminations highlight Biei's Blue Pond, Aoiike in Japanese. The v
Shinhotaka Ropeway offers panoramic views of Japan’s Northern Alps, glistening with snow during wi
Lake Akan Frost Flowers
Frost flowers," uniquely shaped ice crystals, cover the surface of Hokkaido's Lake Akan and transfo"
Shirahige Falls is a spectacular waterfall situated 600 meters above sea level in the town of Biei,
Lake Mashu Muhyo
Hokkaido’s pristine Lake Mashu is known as one of the clearest lakes in the world, and it's at its
Todowara Frozen Horizon
Hokkaido’s Notsuke Peninsula is the largest sand peninsula in Japan and contains Todowara, a decay
Hachimantai Snow Walls
The high-altitude Hachimantai area is known for its scenic roads that wind through forests and wetla
Aomori's Oirase Gorge is most famous in summer for its lush green moss and wild ferns, but it's just
Mogami River Cruise
The quick-moving Mogami River runs the length of Yamagata Prefecture from north to south. The river,
Lake Tazawa, located in Akita Prefecture, is the deepest lake in Japan. Ringed by mountains and a sh
Lake Suwa Omiwatari
Lake Suwa, the largest lake in Nagano, freezes over entirely every winter. Some years, a jagged ridg
Oshino Hakkai is a series of eight ponds fed by Mt. Fuji’s underground reservoir. The clean, clear
Lake Kawaguchi and snow-covered Mt. Fuji are icons of Japan made even more beautiful each winter. Ex
Hoshitoge Terraced Rice Fields
Twenty minutes from the small town of Matsudai, the Hoshitoge Terraced Rice Fields undulate over a s
Shiroyone Senmaida in Ishikawa Prefecture is a series of terraced, rice cultivating hillsides that o