Winter has definitely arrived in Japan, as temperatures across the city fell Wednesday and heavy snowfall occurred in Hokkaido.
The island's capital, Sapporo, had 44 centimetres of snow by 11am, making it the most amount the city has experienced at this time of year for 62 years.
That is according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, which is carefully monitoring conditions in Japan, where blasts of cold air have been felt.
Hokkaido is used to cold and snowy conditions, as it is Japan's northernmost island and sees plenty of prevailing winds from Russia.
So wintry is this part of Japan in fact, it has become famous as something of a wonderland at this time of year and is celebrated through a series of festivals.
Around two million people are expected to descend on Hokkaido for the Sapporo Snow Festival, which will run from February 5th to 11th next year.
This is a far cry from its humble origins in 1950, but the annual event is now a spectacle many people wish to see and something to add to an itinerary for anyone travelling in Japan in early 2016.
It is held across three sites in Sapporo, with the most famous one being Odori Park, which becomes an incredible gallery of sculptures made out of compacted snow.
source by insidejapantours