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Go by the Shinkansen! Snow Resorts in Japan

During the winter, Japan is covered in silvery snow as far as the eye can see, creating vast and spectacular landscapes. Depending on the region of Japan you’re visiting, you can enjoy snow-related activities for as long as late November through early May.

Strange Festival – Takada Straw Bag Pulling

Every year the Straw Bag Pulling is held on the second Saturday of January in Aizuminato Town of Fukushima Prefecture. In this festival, a large number of men dressed only in loincloths are split into two teams – red and white – and pull on a giant bale of straw like a game of tug-of-war.