Sakuraco Logo
snack box
about us
account menu button
Sakuraco Logoaccount menu button
snack box
about us
Top StoriesNewsFood & Drink
Top Stories
Food & Drink

Snow Monsters to Skiing, Hokkaido’s World-Famous Snow

Jenna Wilson

Jenna Wilson


Hokkaido is a top destination for avid skiers and snowboarders not just for the incredible number of slopes but also the snow. Due to perfect conditions, the snow is wonderfully fluffy and powdery, transforming the whole prefecture into a beautiful and magical winter wonderland every year. And even for people who don’t particularly enjoy snow sports, there are plenty of events and sights to see during wintertime.

How Much Snow?

Annually, the prefecture sees an average of over 15 meters (600 inches) of snow, with more than one third of that falling during the month of January. It’s common to have snowfall 6 days a week during this time, which is why it is also the most popular period for locals and tourists to hit the slopes.

Hokkaido has an annual snowfall of about 600 inches every year and this is most easily measured along the Kurobe Alpine Road and its infamous snow corridor.

Muhyo Terrace

Located in Tomamu, the 1088 meter high Cloud Walk offers an impressive view of the frozen landscape. Jutting out from the mountain, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the natural phenomenon called “rime” when the temperature is just right to freeze the water vapor into glittering frozen crystals on the trees and other objects outside. 

An example of the rime ice natural phenomenon at Lake Mashu.

Reaching the terrace simply involves a 13-minute gondola ride up and down, so for those without an aptitude for snow sports, there is no need to miss out on the beautiful winter views. For those desiring some more adventure, there are snowshoe tours available, allowing you to truly experience winter on the mountain. And for a limited time in the winter season, the Muhyo Terrace and Cloud Walk are illuminated at nighttime for a truly dazzling display straight out of a dream.

Niseko Ski Resort

Niseko is the most popular ski resort and offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Yotei.

The most popular resort on the island, Niseko United is actually home to 4 separate resorts and is famous for the long runs with endless powdered snow. In recent years, the resorts have been popularized by an increase in foreign tourists, mainly Australians, which has led to making the area more accessible in terms of language services.

One of the highlights of these resorts is the option to explore off trail skiing, which is relatively uncommon in Japan. The backcountry is accessible through special gates with guided and even helicopter tours being offered.

Discover Japan’s rich culture via its regional culinary traditions: Sakuraco sends traditional sweets & snacks from across Japan to your door.

sakuraco traditional japanese snack box

Snow Monsters

Along the slopes of the snowy mountains during the peak of winter, from Hokkaido all the way to Nagano, the tall pine and fir trees are covered in a layer of rime ice and completely buried with a thick coating of powdered snow. These now curiously shaped forms have been lovingly named “snow monsters” and have since become an attraction in and of themselves.

Skiers and snowboarders from all over the world come to Hokkaido for the powdered snow and the chance to go off trail.

Local guides lead snow tours through the forest to marvel at this wonderful display of nature, often ending the expedition with a well-deserved trip to the onsen (natural hot spring). Unfortunately, due to climate change, this natural process caused by the cold Siberian winds, high altitudes, and perfect amount of snow only occurs during an increasingly narrow window of opportunity.

A Land that Celebrates Snow

From snow sculptures, to snow sports, to simply marveling at the sights, Hokkaido is a beautiful winter paradise that truly embraces all the delights of a northern region. For those who truly cannot get enough of the coldest season of the year, this is certainly a destination not to be missed.

Are you always excited for the first snowfall of the year? Is winter your favorite season? Let us know in the comments below.

Enjoy new Japanese sweets, snacks & tea every month

Discover authentic flavors with Sakuraco

Enjoy new Japanese sweets, snacks & tea every month $32.50 USD

Get Sakuraco package

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

A moon rabbit against a red full moon.

Moon Rabbit: The Amazing Legend of the Season!

The moon rabbit is a beloved figure in Japanese folklore that has captivated people’s imaginations for centuries.

April 16, 2024

Sakuraco Family Favorites

Sakuraco May 2024 Booklet This year has been full of authentic flavors and delicious Japanese snacks and sweets. Therefore, this month, the Sakuraco Team has carefully hand-selected some of their favorites so far. Which did you receive?  Miso Peanut Tetra By Uchiyama Tozaburo Shoten (Niigata)Common Allergens: Peanuts, SoyMay Contain Traces Of: Wheat, Dairy, Egg, Shrimp,…

March 21, 2024
A luxury train ride in Japan.

Luxury Train Ride: Four Breathtaking Trips Across Japan!

Japan offers a unique way to explore its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage and exceptional service: the luxury train ride! Here are four fantastic train rides to enjoy across Japan! 

March 19, 2024
A torii gate in Hakone.

Hakone Shrine and Other Beautiful Love Shrines To See!

With their picturesque setting and cultural importance, love shrines like Hakone Shrine symbolize hope and devotion for those seeking romantic blessings in Japan.

January 26, 2024
Footer background patternFooter background pattern
Subscription & gifts
PricingUpcoming Month’s BoxPast Month’s Box
Today's Offer
Personal GiftCorporate Gift
Support & Information
FAQContact UsCompare to Bokksu

Be the first to know!

Join our newsletter and receive tasty news and deals

AnIchigo Logobrand.
Copyright © 2024 Sakuraco™. All Rights Reserved.

Accepted Payments

Visa payment availableMastercard payment availableAmerican Express payment availableDiscover payment availablePayPal payment available