Japan is well-known for its unique snowfall. Prevailing winds from the originating from Siberia generate consistent mid-winter snowfall along the entire west coast of Hokkaido and most of Japan’s main island Honshu.
The Hakuba Valley is the westernmost part of the Nagano Prefecture on Honshu, and the small Hakuba Cortina area closest to the west coast has the snowiest reputation in the valley.