The Sapporo Snow Festival manages to successfully bring together traditional and popular forms of Japanese culture, whilst also promoting stronger ties between international communities, never losing sight of the local Sapporo community at its core.
February 7, 2018
Rob sat down with Taiken to tell us a bit about what life is like as a guide in one of the top winter destinations on the planet, and why you shouldn’t fear the bears.
January 19, 2018
Winter is upon us, and the distinct phenomenon of the juhyou or “snow monsters” of Mount Zao in Yamagata prefecture are not to be missed as one of Japan’s top winter wonders.
January 5, 2018
Suganuma is really a perfect place to escape from the humdrum of the city. More from the personal account of our Writer, Anissa who tasted grilled mochi, with the breath of fresh air from the mountains, and watched the picturesque beauty of snow covered houses.
March 4, 2017
Kyoto is known for its cold weather in winter. Most people prefer staying indoors in the comfort of the <i>kotatsu</i>, warming themselves. But when the snow falls, it's time to get out of your comfort zone and start to hunt for photo opportunities!
February 19, 2017
My recent trip to Sapporo in Hokkaido left me in a state of wondrous high, desperately trying to cling to any memory made from the trip. So here is my recommendation for five magical winter days in Sapporo.
February 1, 2017
I started running about five years ago and I try to run most days. I have a number of routes around Sapporo that take me along rivers, through mountains, past temples and along busy main roads. However, this is Hokkaido, and it snows from December to March.
March 11, 2016
Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, lies southwest off the coast of Kyushu prefecture. It’s classed as sub-tropical, which means hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters. Snow is pretty much the last thing you’d expect of such a region.
February 9, 2016
This is the most romantic place in Japan, I think. It is also declared as UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. Shirakawa Go is well known for their traditional farmhouses, which are more than 250 years old.
December 14, 2015
The annual Midsummer Snow Festival will be held in Rokkosan Country House for 49 days, from July 18th to August 31st, and on the weekends from September 5th to September 13th.
July 28, 2015
Ask most locals around Tokyo about Niigata Prefecture and most likely they'll recall it as a place where there's lots of snow, rice, and sake. True enough, those three things are what make Niigata famous.
May 29, 2015
While most avid skiers favour the popular ski slopes of Hakuba, Furano and Niseko, there are many smaller, just as cosy resorts where you can escape the crowds and indulge in onsen in your free time.
March 4, 2015
Winter, for the ones who live in the Pacific border of Japan, is mostly a dry season with predominant clear skies. Even in Kyoto, which is not actually located in the coast but a bit more into the mountains, snow is a very occasional event that takes place roughly three or four times during the season.
January 28, 2015
The small town of Tokamachi in Niigata prefecture sees up to 3 meters of snowfall each year. In the middle of an otherwise dark and gloomy winter, the Tokamachi Snow Festival gives locals as well as tourists a reason to celebrate as the streets are transformed into a buzzing festival.
January 17, 2015
The Sapporo Winter Festival is the biggest event in Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture. Last year, over 2.4 million people visited.
January 11, 2015