7 Unique Features of Japanese Snow!

7 Unique Features of Japanese Snow!

Although it also snows in other countries, many foreigners come to Japan to spend and enjoy winter. Most of these visitors, of course, love to do snow-related activites and here are 7 unique reasins why many fall in love with the quality of the Japanese snow.



 

7 Unique Features of Japanese Snow!

 

1. Beautiful Snow Scene

Japan`s winter has always been adored by many people all over the world. In fact, CNN recognised Jigokudani Yaen-koen`s beauty in its November 2013 article for its “steaming hot springs, beautiful snow covered landscapes.” In the city of Sapporo Hokkaido, festivals are even held to promote the beautiful sceneries. The world famous Mount Fuji of Japan in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture is the prefect representation of the beautiful snow scene from the Japanese snow and this was proven when it was named a world heritage in June 26, 2013.

 

2. Enormous Amount of Snow

Japan is surprisingly considered to have an enormous amount of snow with the deepest snow accumulating in the Alps of Honshu island around the 2,000 – 6,000 level. “The Climate of Japan by E.Fukui p.171” measured that the average annual snowfall’s estimated range is 1200 – 1500. A snow depth of 465.4 was measured on Mt.Ibuki at 5,000 feet on Feb.14, 1927. These enormous amount of snow accumulates in Japan making Japanese snow extra special.

 

3. Heavy Snowfall

The heavy snowfall in Japan is one unique charactersitc of the Japanese snow. It is aswell an obvious reason for the enormous amount of snow accumulating in the country. In fact, Akita Tohoku Japan ranks 7 in the top 10 most snowiest cities in the world on March 2014 in an article of Michael Kuhne of Accuweather.com. Heavy snow fall excites winter sports fanatics but it is considered a cause of disaster and accident by some. There are always two sides to a coin but this however is for sure one reason why Japanese snow is treasured by many all over the world.

 

4. Snowfalls Even at High Temperature

Because of Japan`s geographical location, snow falls even when the temperature is high. When this happen, the road surface usually freezes and when the ice accumulates, it could really get slippery and dangerous. When walking on a snow covered road, it would be better to reduce the length of your steps and walk the entire sole of the foot. A simple spike which can be attached to the shoes is a very useful item that could be recommended. Another thing is that falling snow blocks could be really dangerous and so as much as possible, it would be advisable not to walk below edges of roofs during winter.

 

5. Hokkaido`s Powdered Snow

Japan`s Ski Resort Facilities rank 2 in the whole world. In Japan, Hokkaido ranks 1 in commanding the lead. Hokkaido`s snow is considered powdered and light. If you`re visiting Hokkaido for the winter sports, you would realise that the Japanese snow is of high quality because of its being slippery. The Niseko Grand Mountain Resort,; Hirafu and Rutsu Resort; and Kiroro Snow World are some of the recommended ski slopes. Enjoy ski and snowboarding in the grand scale Hokkaido.

 

6. Moistened Snow in the Northern Region

The Japanese snow in the northern region is moistened compared to the other snow in Hokkaido. The quality of snow in Nagano is also good too and this is one reason there are a lot of ski slopes in the said region. Their ski resorts are also popular in Japan. Some recommendations are Shiga Kogen Ski Resort, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and many more. The nearest ski slope from the center of the city is in Kanto Guna Prefecture which is Oze Iwakura Ski Resort also known as the the White Forest World of the four seasons.

 

7. Whiteness and Less Dirt

Because Japanese cars gas pollution regulations is very strict, the unpolluted air in Japan is well known all over the world. Because of this, the snow seldoms get dirty and their whitness is retained. Another thing is that waste management is good in the country that is why there are no garbage scattered on the streets and this is another reason why the snow is clean in the country. When a foreigner visits Japan and sees the snow, they often get surprised by how white the snow is.

 

Conclusion

So there you are. In the snow world, the vision becomes narrow during snow storm and this phenomenon causes traffic accidents. Wearing dark coloured clothes and conspicuous coloured clothings would is advisable because of the pure whiteness of the snow. Let us always think and imagine the what the driver sees whenever we are driving too or walking on the road. Another thing to be careful of is the frostbite especially if one is outside exposed to coldness for a long time. Using ear muffs and gloves are a sure additional protection.

 

7 Unique Features of Japanese Snow!

1. Beautiful Snow Scene
2. Enormous Amount of Snow
3. Heavy Snowfall
4. Snowfalls Even at High Temperature
5. Hokkaido`s Powdered Snow
6. Moistened Snow in the Northern Region
7. Whiteness and Less Dirt