Enjoy Snowscapes in Japan

Greetings from Japan National Tourism Organization!

In Japan there are snow-viewing outdoor hot springs where you can enjoy hot spring waters whilst viewing snowy scenery.

This is a part of Japanese culture that can only be experienced in areas where snow fall is heavy. Enjoying snowy scenery whilst soaking in a warm hot spring is the best way to enjoy the Japanese winter.

Zao Hot Springs, Large Open-Air Bath (Dai-Rotenburo)

Snow Fun (Yukiasobi)

Snowball battles (Yukigassen) and snow huts (Kamakura) are typical ways that snow is enjoyed in Japan. A snow battle is an activity that friends can easily enjoy together in which a team is formed and snowballs are thrown at the opposing team.

In recent years, the rules of the snow battle have been codified further and it is starting to enjoy fame in different parts of the world as a winter sport. Snow huts are made by first hollowing out a mound of piled-up snow and then making a space and an entrance in it. One way to enjoy a snow hut is to put a kotatsu* inside it and eat baked rice cakes with your legs underneath the kotatsu. *Kotatsu: A traditional Japanese heating device

Silver thaw in Zao, Mistery of Nature

A mysterious silver thaw that extends to the silvery white field is an artistic wonder of nature which is called “Ice Monster” or “Snow Monster” made of snow

Ginkonyu Hot Springs

The place famous for a silver thaw, an Ice Monster is Zao mountain range in Tohoku region. As snow and drops of the cloud carried by the icy seasonal wind from Siberia continuously collide with the conifer, then they will be frozen hard. Then a lot of snows are taken into the spaces of icing up. With the repetition of this phenomenon, a silver thaw is gradually formed and grow up windward. The surface of the silver thaw made thus is called “Prawn’s Tail” for its shape. The wind howling through a forest with frozen ice trees blows disorderly to various directions, and “Prawn’s Tail” on the surface of a silver thaw changes its shape complicatedly, then forms a peculiar Ice Monster.

Why don’t you join us to see the beautiful silver thaw only available in the limited region winter?

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