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


Cool Treks Around Tokyo (4): Oirase Keiryu in Aomori Prefecture
  The Oirase Stream trail, which runs for 14km from Nenokuchi at Lake Towada, is a su...
3 Lovely Lavender Spots Around Tokyo
Updated: 2016 Even if you're not headed to Hokkaido around July-August, there are plenty of pl...
Picturesque Japan: Unkai Terrace
Heaven in Hokkaido Tokyo's towering skyscrapers - not to forget about the Tokyo Skytree - migh...