Winter in the mountains in Japan

Almost every winter it snows in Tokyo at least a couple of days, leaving some parks and temples unrecognizable. However the most beautiful winters in Japan are not in Tokyo but in the interior of the country, which is totally covered in white creating an idyllic atmosphere that makes you forget that you are in one of the most populated countries in the world. Any season is great to visit Japan, it all depends on how you want to enjoy it: hot or cold; green, white, pink or even yellow
I took these pictures in Gunma, Tochigi and Yamanashi prefectures two weeks ago:

雪灯篭
Tourou covered in snow.

Snow in Japan

Snow in Japan

Japanese winter

Japanese winter

Japan winter

Japanese winter

Snow in Japanese mountains

Snow in Japan

Snow in mountains in Japan

Snow in Japan

Japan winter far from the coast

Japan winter far from the coast

Japan winter far from the coast

Japan winter far from the coast

Japan winter far from the coast

Japan winter far from the coast

Japan snow

6 Comments
  • Matt Gantner

    January 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Lovely photography. When I was a child I lived in Detroit, Michigan but right beside a quiet woods that were wedged between two large neighborhoods. It snowed a great deal and my brother and I would go outside for hours at a time. Some of these scenes struck that childhood memory in me despite being worlds apart.

    Thanks for posting.

  • Merve

    January 25, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Wow… Oddly my favorite is the third one, no competition. There is something about that pic that reminds me of home back in Turkey. It brings up emotions I can’t even put into words.

  • randomguy

    January 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    what are these bear looking figures? what do they call them?

  • nige

    January 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    stunning pics!

  • kirai

    February 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    @randomguy they are tanuki: http://www.kirainet.com/english/tanuki/

  • thesoulofjapan

    September 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Stumble across your blog from Travel Off The Cuff site. Lovely pics indeed.