In One of the Snowiest Country in the World, Japan

Did you know that Japan is one of the Snowiest Country in the World?

One of the popular sightseeing sites around Nagoya are Takayama and Shirakawago.
Especially, in winter, Shirakawago is full of visitors to see the fantastic view of the old houses in deep snow. The lighting-up in the night snow is also well-known.

shirakawago snow

By the way, these steep roof of the houses in Shirakawago are to bear the heavy snowfall.

Did you know that Japan is one of the snowiest country in the world?

Russia or Northern Europe seems to have a lot of snow, but there, it doesn’t snow as much as in Japan. In fact, compared to 50cm-2m snowfall in the Nordic countries, in Japan, the annual snow depth records 3 to 11m! (in some regions)

Also, one says that the greatest snow depths ever measured on earth are in this region.
And for cities with a population of over 100,000, one website said that the best 3 snowiest cities are all in Japan!

With this snow, a roadside tour at the Snow Wall, Yuki-no-Otani Snow Canyon in the Japanese Alps is very popular for foreign people, too.
©2016 Toyama Prefectural Tourism Association

The northern Japan is snowy because, in the winter, cold air from Siberia spills over the Sea of Japan, picking up moisture. And these cold north to northwest winds strike on the Japanese Alps and on the northwestern coast, wringing out very heavy snow.
cold air brings heavy snowfall to Japan map 大雪をもたらす季節風図

Many foreigners say “Unbelievable!” to live in such snowy place, with snowfalls of 7-10m, but since there aren’t so much place for people to live in Japan, Japanese have spent with wisdom to live with heavy snow.
For example, how to build a firm house, how to preserve foods throughout the winter, how to protect trees, and so on…

And also, the meltwater of the snow is an essential water for rice producing.

So, the snowy winter is one of the important season for Japan.

2016-02-10 | Posted in Gallery, Gifu, Other topics of JapanNo Comments » 

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