Cherry blossom tours helps you to visit best places in Japan. We are having a local tourist guide in Japan to guide our customers. He will take you to the best places. Snow season in Japan varies year to year accordingly.Some of the best towns to enjoy the snow in Japan include:
Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata – A hot spring town along the Ginzan River which conjures a magical mood in winter with its ryokan traditional wooden inns and gas lamp-lit streets.
Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture – Boasts a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine, as well as a number of onsen hot springs with supposed healing properties.
Nyuto Onsen, Akita – Located in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Nyuto Onsen offers a collection of natural hot springs and ancient wooden inns on the shores of the deepest lake in Japan.
Otaru, Hokkaido – This northern city, with its canal, brick buildings, and Victorian-style streetlights, has a distinctly European vibe, especially when covered by snow in the winter.
Ouchi Juku, Fukushima – A historic post town which has been restored to its original condition, full of ryokan inns where you can try the local delicacy: fish grilled on a sunken hearth.
Shirakawa-go, Gifu – A UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with historic thatched-roof farm houses, many of which now serve as tourist accommodation.
In addition to these snow-laden towns, there are also a huge number of world-class ski resorts in Japan where visitors can enjoy a wide range of winter sports. Japan Ski Season The typical Japan skiing season is mid-December through to early April, although there are some resorts with much longer seasons. The actual Japan ski season opening and closing times is dependent on snow conditions at each particular resort. The snow season in Japan is long and, in some places, begins as early as November and lasts into May, with the peak being in February.
Snow Festivals Winter festivals involving snow and ice are held in cities and towns across the snow-rich regions of Japan. They present a fun way to enjoy the season for tourists and a pleasant distraction from the inconveniences caused by the snow for the locals. Below are some of the more famous winter festivals:
Sapporo Snow Festival••
The Sapporo Snow Festival is held during one week every February in Hokkaido's capital Sapporo..
Otaru Snow Light Path•• This festival is held for ten days every February in Otaru, during which the city becomes decorated in lights and small snow statues.
Asahikawa Winter Festival•• The Asahikawa Winter Festival takes place over a week in early February, exhibiting the biggest snow sculpture in Japan.
Tokamachi Snow Festival•• The Tokamachi Snow Festival is held annually for three days surrounding the third Saturday of February in Tokamachi
Yokote Kamakura Festival•• The Yokote Kamakura Festival is held every year on February 15 and 16 in the city of Yokote in southeastern Akita Prefecture.
Winter Wonders The arrival of winter brings along with it several natural occurrences that create lasting impressions:
Jigokudani Monkey Park The snow monkeys are a troop of wild monkeys that bathe in the hot springs near Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen in Nagano Prefecture.
Ryuhyo (Drift Ice) The Sea of Okhotsk coast of Hokkaido is the northern hemisphere's southernmost region to see drifting ice.
Zao Snow Monsters The best place to see snow monsters is at Zao Onsen, a well known hot spring and ski resort in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Cranes in the Kushiro Marshlands Kushiro Shitsugen National Park in Hokkaido was created in 1987 in order to preserve the country's largest wetland and marsh habitat that supports the only known population of endangered Japanese cranes in the country..
Snow in Spring Visitors who arrive after winter but would still like to experience snow may consider these attractions:
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route•• With unbelievable amounts of snow, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route spans part of Toyama and Nagano prefectures.
Shin-Hotakas Ropeway Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, with its unique two-storied gondolas, whisks tourists up to an altitude of 2150 meters in the Northern Japan Alps.