There’s nothing like an onsen !
Ranked as the Trip Advisor’s 2013 winner, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (altitude 850 meters) in Nagano prefecture is one of the most popular tourist spots for foreigners. An interesting thing about this park is you can see monkeys taking a bath during winter time ! Those monkeys are barely seen except winter because they live in much mountainous area, but freezing temperature during wither pushes them to seek the hot onsen.
Have you ever seen snow walls ?
Tateyama Murododaira (2450 meters above sea level) is one of the most snowy area in the world. The place called “Otani” accumulates snowdrifts a lot, sometimes its height is over 20 meters. The 500 meters length Snow walls area is named “Yuki no Otani”, Snow in Otani.
Snow Walls Walk 2014 is available from April 16th to November 30th. For further information, visit the following web site.
Snow dresses mother nature up
They look like scary figures from Harry Potter, but it’s not that dangerous. These are called “Juhyou” (trees covered with hoarfrost). You can see these snow monsters in northern Japan during winter.
The Sapporo Snow Festival
The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the most popular winter events in Japan and featues huge snow statues. Originally, it started in 1950 with six snow statues built by local high school students, but it has developed into the one of the biggest winter events held in Japan. It attracts more than two million visitors from Japan and abroad every year and its number is increasing. For seven days in February, the Sapporo Snow Festival is a must see.
When it snows, it’s worth visiting again.
The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto is designated as one of the 17 World Cultural Heritage monuments by UNESCO. It’s top two stories covered with pure gold leaf. Vivid color contrast between gold and white, it looks different when it snows. Not only the Golden Pavilion, but also other temples and shrines in Kyoto are worth visiting again.
Meanwhile, in the Imperial palace
Located in the heart of Tokyo, the Imperial palace used to be called Edo castle for the Tokugawa shogunate. Usually, Tokyo doesn’t have snow a lot, but this year was exceptional.
As if flowers bloomed in snow
Young women wearing Kimono for a coming of age ceremony called Seijin-shiki in Japanese. Seijin means an adult, and Shiki means a ceremony. So, it’s a becoming adult age (20 years old) ceremony. It falls on the second Monday in January, but some local governments hold the ceremony during the summer.
Bye for now…
Listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Shirakawago is a historic village spread along the Sho river in deep mountains in Gifu Prefecture. These houses were used to use for sericulture in the past. Steep-pitched thatched roofs shed heavy snow in the region.
Snow is not only beautiful, but also brings us inspiration for beautiful architectures.