This article has been reposted with permission from snow brains
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan, 2014
“Most people never realize that Japan is actually the snowiest place in the world.” – Brandon Presser, Lonely Planet
Japan is the snowiest place on Earth. It’s also one of the most fun places to visit on Earth. We know for certain that Hakuba, Japan saw 600″ (15.24 Meters) of snow in town in only 10 weeks in 2015. We can’t even begin to image how much fell 6,000 feet above town in the high mountains…
If you haven’t been to Japan yet, it’s time to go.
Japan gets the most snow in January and February and it’s simply non-stop…
C’mon, it’s the snowiest place on Earth, why wouldn’t you wanna go?
“In the mountains of northern Japan, there is a place called Sukio-Onsen. In a typical year, you’ll see 50-60 feet of snow, some years 70-80 feet (20-25 meters) of snow. I’m talking snow that’s 10-15 above your head.” – Nick Wiltgen, Weather Channel meteorologist
“The mountains of Japan are so snowy because they are susceptible to a cold Siberian wind that slams into the mountains of Japan, forces the air to rise, and that wrings out tremendous amounts of snowfall. It’s like our lake effect snow in the US, but on a much bigger scale.” – Nick Wiltgen, Weather Channel meteorologist
“Few people know it as the snowiest place on Earth. But that’s exactly what Sukayu Onsen, Japan is: 40-foot snow canyons, blinding blizzards, and the northernmost primates, Japanese snow monkeys.” – Nick Wiltgen, Weather Channel meteorologist
Go to Japan, ski deep pow, eat great food, poke monkeys in hot springs with sticks, rip sick terrain, and get blown away by amazing culture.