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snow in japan

Snow in japan

Hi. I will be traveling to Japan from 10 Dec till Christmas eve and are planning to purchase the 14 days pass. I intend to go hokkaido for the snow but was told there won't be snow there early Dec. Can you recommend a place where there's possibility of snow? Do I have to buy separate pass to hokkaido, tokyo or just the nationwide pass will do. Thanks


Hi there,

While I am not a snow expert you can find snow at places such as the Japanese Alps, Nagano perfecture or in Tohoku. A complete list of snow resort can be found over at

The JR Pass is valid in Hokkaido as well as all JR lines nationwide. Here's a full map:

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