World Heritage Site Shiretoko (Sharicho, Hokkaido) in winter
In winter, drift ice washes ashore in many places along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk. World Natural Heritage Site Shiretoko Peninsula is one of them. Here you’ll also be able to experience walking on the drift ice.
“Hagori,” lotus leaf-shaped ice formations (Towada City, Aomori Prefecture)
With a bit of luck, if you head over lake Towada in February, when it’s often frozen, you may see strange ice formations in the shape of lotus leaves scattered all over the lake.
Location: Okuse, Towada City, Aomori Prefecture
Access: 65-min. bus ride from JR Hachinohe Station to Towada-shi Chuo or a 35 to 50-min. bus ride from JR Shichinohe Towada Station to Towada-shi Chuo. From Towada-shi Chuo, it’s a 55-min. bus ride to Yakeyama and a 40 to 51-min. taxi ride from Yakeyama
Ginzan Hot spring in winter (Obanazawa City, Yamagata Prefecture)
The hot-spring town of Ginzan is lined with historic buildings. At night, gas lamps are lit all over the town creating a beautiful atmosphere which is enriched by the snow piled up everywhere in winter.
Location: Ginzanshinhata, Oaza, Obanazawa City, Yamagata Prefecture
Access: From JR Oishida Station it’s a 15-min. bus ride to Obanazawa; from Obanazawa it’s a 41-min. bus ride to Ginzan Onsen.
Period: January to March
Aka Fuji (Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture / Hakone-machi, Kanagawa Prefecture and so on)
“Aka Fuji” (red Fuji) is the phenomenon that occurs when the early-morning or early-evening rays dye red the snow on top of Mount Fuji. The phenomenon is visible from many areas in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, western Kanagawa Prefecture and Yamanashi Prefecture. This particular photo of Mount Fuji was taken from Susono City in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Location: Vicinities of Mount Fuji
Period: From December to early March
Amanohashidate (Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture)
Amanohashidate, one of the representing Japan’s scenic spots. After a snow fall, the sandbar is dyed white, making the view truly spectacular.
Location: Monju, Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture
Access: Just outside Amanohashidate Station on Miyatoyo line of the Kyoto Tango Railway.
Time: January to February
Kazurabashi (Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture)
Stretching over the Iya Valley, this bridge is made with the Actinidia arguta vine. When covered by the winter snow, it looks like an ink-wash painting.
Location: 162-2, Zentoku, Nishi-Iyayamason, Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture
Access: Take a bus from JR Oboke Station to the Kazurabashi bus stop and walk for 6 minutes
Period: January to February