Japan Winter Special 2016

Whether you’re wanting to snap photogenic scenery, ski in feather-light powder snow, munch on steamy oden and ramen, or just relax with the locals in an outdoor hot spring overlooking the snowy mountains; Japan is the perfect place to enjoy winter to its fullest.

WAttention brings you a selection of our best winter articles to help you plan your winter getaway in Japan.

Winter Sports

Ski in Japan: Resorts Near Tokyo

Here are our picks for slopes near Tokyo that will give you a satisfyingly ski-filled day trip and still leave you time to head back to Tokyo...

Onsen in Winter

Gora Hot Spring - Gora Tensui

Private-use hot springs: Yes; Rooms with open-air baths: Yes; Take a picturesque ride along the Hakone Tozan Railway to its final stop, Gora,...

Winter Washoku

A Taste Of Sh旬n: Anglerfish Hotpot

The ankou, or anglerfish, is one of those grotesque deep sea creatures (not unlike the hoya) that one wouldn't fathom putting in one's mouth. But the ankou is a winter delicacy that...

Winter Events & Traditions

Yokote Kamakura (Snow Huts)

Playing in snow huts is a popular pastime in winter for children living in the heavy snowfall areas. They make snow huts called "Kamakura " in which they play games and eat traditional delicacies...

Out and About

Abashiri Ice Breaker Cruise

Abashiri is a major tourist destination in winter. Its shores by the Okhotsk sea are the southernmost point where the ocean freezes....

Other Articles


Know Your Kimono (1): Different types of Kimono
Kimono literally means "something that is worn" - but there are many types of kimono worn on diff...
Flower Festival in Tachikawa's Showa Kinen Park
This year's Flower Festival in Tachikawa's Showa Kinen Park invites you to come and see hundreds ...
Picturesque Japan: Unkai Terrace
Heaven in Hokkaido Tokyo's towering skyscrapers - not to forget about the Tokyo Skytree - migh...