10 Best Places to Visit in Japan in Winter 2019
Most Beautiful Places in Japan in Winter 2019
1. Abashiri Drift Ice
Several kinds of spectacular winter phenomena and scenery can be captured in Hokkaido during winter, and the drift ice is one of them. The Sea of Okhotsk along Abashiri City, Hokkaido is known as the southernmost point see drifting sea ice just like in the Arctic.
2. Sapporo Snow Festival
Winter in Hokkaido is really cold, yet it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. The world’s famous Sapporo Snow Festival takes place in the capital city, Sapporo for 2 weeks and turns the whole city into the dreamy winter wonderland.
3. Kamakura Festival
Not only Sapporo Snow Festival, but several snow events are held in the northern park of Japan during winter. Kamakura is one of the traditional winter items in Japan which is a snow dome in various sizes. Yunishigawa Kamakura Festivals features countless small Kamakura domes lightened up fairily during the night.
4. Ginzan Onsen
Winter is arguably the best season for Onsen (hot spring bath), and the best way to enjoy it is to visit an authentic Onsen town, preferably in snow. Ginzan Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture is one of the most historical and picturesque Onsen towns in Japan.
Winter phenomena can be captured in Japan, not only in Hokkaido. Zao’s ice trees (Juhyo) is one of the most unique and spectacular snow arts made by nature. Hundreds of snow monsters covered the slope at Zao Ski Resort, and visitors can actually enjoy skiing and snowboarding by the trees.
6. The Icicles of Misotsuchi
Another winter phenomena in Japan, and this one is more accessible from Tokyo. The icicles of Misotsuchi is gigantic icicles created by flowing water over the cliffs upstream from the waterfall in Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture, which is located next to Tokyo. During the peak season, the special light-up event is held and lightens up the icicles mystically.
7. Jigokudani Monkey Park
Besides Mt Fuji and Cherry Blossoms, one of the most iconic and unique scenery of Japan is Snow Monkeys. The sight of wild monkey bathing in hot bath surrounded by white snow can be captured at Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture. The monkeys literally live around the park so you can meet them through the year, but the best season to visit is definitely winter.
8. Nabana no Sato
Numbers of illumination events are held across the country through winter, and it’s now a top tourist attraction in Japan. One of the most spectacular and popular winter illuminations is held at Nabana no Sato in Mie Prefecture. Approx 8 million LED lights are used to create the stunning arts of lights at the vast park including the famous the “Tunnel of Lights”.
Shirakawago Village is a charming and rustic traditional Japanese village located in the Central Japan. The village displays the beautiful scenery in each season collaborating with the surrounding nature. In winter, the whole village is covered in white and thick snow that creates a wonderful view. The special light-up events are held several times during winter.
10. Kifune Shrine
Kyoto is the top tourist destination in Japan through the year, and there are hundreds of historic sites to visit. Kifune Shrine is one of the best hidden gems in Kyoto. The shrine can be enjoyed all year around but winter could be the best time to visit. The light-up event is held at night during January and February only when it snows.
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