is for fuyu, or the Japanese word for Winter. While autumn is my favorite season for its cool temperatures and fiery colors, winter in Japan is easily one of the most beautiful times to be here. Especially in Kyoto and Hokkaido, the snow is thick, powdery, and pristine. Japan’s placement on the Ring of Fire ensures that there is also enough thermal activity going on to melt the snow before it turns into black ice, meaning we either have lots of beautiful snow absolutely everywhere, or clean roads to drive on.
Basically, there is very little to dislike about the snow here. Kyoto doesn’t get snow too often (once every five years, roughly), but when it does, it positively dumps. And it’s gorgeous. Of course, Kyoto has nothing on Hokkaido, which hosts an internationally known festival every year, aptly called the “Snow Festival”, or Yuki Matsuri. My trip there remains one of my favorite memories of my time in Japan.
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