Did you know that Japan's actually the country with the most snowfall in the world?
We're going to list up some of the greatest spots to enjoy the magnificent Japanese snow for those who want to experience it, from the north all the way down to the south!
Aya: "Whoa! Where is this!? These snow walls are huge!! It's like they're closing in on me!"
Fairy: "This is the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Toyama prefecture! There's so much snowfall here that you get these massive walls of snow after the city finishes clearing the streets!"
Name: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Address: Ashikuraji, Tateyama, Nakaniikawa District, Toyama Prefecture
Fairy: "Next are the ice Monsters in Miyagi!"
Aya: "Gyah! What in the world are those!?"
Fairy: "They're a variety of frost-covered trees. They only look fluffy like this in very specific conditions, so it's a pretty rare sight for anyone to experience!"
Name: Zao Ropeway
Address: 229-3 Zaoonsen, Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture
Aya: "Wow! These buildings are so retro!"
Fairy: "These buildings were made in a traditional Japanese fashion known as Gasshouzukuri, which was a style of Japanese architecture from a long time ago. A very, very long time, but people still live here."
Aya: "It's nice to get to see a different sort of Japan from the usual cityscapes!"
Name: World Heritage Shirakawa Village
Address: 517 Hatotani, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Aya: "Check it out! There's so many characters all around us!"
Fairy: "This is the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido! Everything here's made of snow! They also hold an international snow sculpture competition, so you might find something from your home country in the snow!"
Name: Sapporo Snow Festival
Address: 885-1 Sakaemachi, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Aya: "Huh? This place feels kinda warm... wait, why are there monkeys in a hot spring!?"
Fairy: "This is the only place in the world where monkeys sit in hot springs. It's called the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Whaddaya think? They look so totally comfortable!"
Aya: "They certainly do! Relaxing just like little furry humans! Thanks for today, Mr. Fairy! I'll be able to plan my vacation super well now."
Name: Jigokudani Monkey Park
Address: 6845 Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun. Nagano Prefecture
A winter visit to Japan guarantees you get to experience the magnificence of nature. There's still a bunch of different places with great experiences to be had, but this is all we're going to show you today! Have a wonderful winter!