Experience Winter Wonderland In These Destinations | CoolJapan

Experiencing snow is on everyone’s bucket list here in the tropics. After all, living in a region where it’s perpetually sunny all-year-long has never given us a chance to witness pure white snowflakes gently settling on the ground. Luckily, we don’t have to fly so far away to enjoy the winter wonderland we all aspire to see. Ahead, we list down winter destinations in Asia where you can experience a snowy vacay like no other.

Hokkaido, Japan

Those looking for winter destinations in Asia mostly look towards Japan. And while the Land of the Rising Sun sure does have a ton snowy sites, Sapporo still remains, by far, one of the most popular in the country. Nestled in Japan’s northernmost prefecture, the city boasts of numerous ski resorts nearby. Experts and beginners looking to leisurely try winter sports are all welcome. But if outdoor activities are not your thing, take a relaxing dip in warm onsen resorts instead. If you don’t think you can visit the city by the end of the year, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the wintry season’s best with their annual Snow Festival that’s usually held in February.

Jeju Island, South Korea

Snow-covered trees in Mount Hallasan, Jeju Island, one of the best winter destinations in Asia

Jeju might be a more popular site to visit during the warmer months, but the island mesmerising on a different level when witnessed during winter. Once the white snow settles on the southernmost island of South Korea, you’ll find that all your expectations for a winter wonderland will be met. Nature lovers, in particular, can also spend a day trekking the snow-capped Mount Hallasan. Got you itching to go? Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing sightseeing trip in Jeju during winter with our recommended itinerary

Hehuanshan, Taiwan

Though it can be cold in Taiwan during the winter season, snow isn’t really a regular occurrence on most parts of the country. But unbeknownst to many, you can still experience the full beauty of winter if you don’t mind going for a hike up north. For one, snow is relatively common on the peaks of Hehuanshan during the winter months. Located within Taroko National Park, the mountain is a popular hike for locals and tourists looking to witness the breath-taking scenery covered in silver snow. 

Harbin, China

A giant ice sculpture in Harbin International Ice Festival

Dubbed as the “Ice City”, Harbin is quickly rising to be one of the most popular winter destinations in Asia, thanks to their Harbin International Ice Festival. Usually held throughout January and February, the world’s largest snow festival features spectacular ice sculptures that are literally larger than life. Aside from that, you can enjoy fun winter experiences like dog sledding, sleigh rides, and so much more. Though before you go, learn to properly layer your winter clothes and brace yourselves as the temperature in this city can go as low as -38 degrees celsius. 

Sa Pa, Vietnam

Snow in a tropical country? Quite unbelievable, isn’t it? But it’s true. Northern parts of Vietnam have also been blessed with getting a great snowy experience this time of year. One of the best places to catch it is in the town of Sa Pa, whose verdant rice terraces become an enchanting landscape lined with white snow during winter. Plan your visit from late December to January to increase chances of witnessing a frost-covered scenery. You won’t find winter activities such as skiing and such here, but learning more about the diverse cultures of the minorities living in the area makes for an especially unforgettable trip. 

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