Beat the Heat: 4 Snowy Japan Destinations for the Summer

Go off the beaten path by heading to a winter wonderland this summer. On your next Japan trip, escape the scorching heat and humidity and instead, go on these interesting tours and sights!

Mt Fuji

Snowy Japan Tours in the Summer: Mt. Fuji
Snowy Japan Tours: Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is a year-round beauty and always a must-see on any Japan trip. But a day tour to see the picturesque mountain is also a great way to beat the summer heat. Just the sight of Lake Kawaguchiko is sure to cool your senses, and the famous Ice and Wind Caves are so cold that the ice formations have become their own tourist sight. You can book this day tour over here with KKday

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Snowy Japan Tours in the Summer: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Snowy Japan Tours: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

This is one of Japan’s most popular ‘summer’ destinations. Beginning May, bus tours take steep mountain roads and climb Mount Norikura, where travelers can see stunning snow white mountains and mountain valleys. But the highlight sight are the Snow Walls; stretching about 10 meters high, the snow seems to blend in with the white clouds. If you look close enough, you can find the names of tourists over the years who’ve carved their names into the walls.  Book this limited, seasonal attraction ahead with KKday!

Zao Mountains

Snowy Japan Tours in the Summer: Zao Mountains
Snowy Japan Tours in the Summer: Snow Monsters of the Zao Mountains

For some unique sight seeing this summer, head over to the Zao Mountains. This complex of volcanic mountains is cold and snow year-round, creating large ‘Snow Monsters’—large snow and ice formations that look like strange creatures. Be sure to check them out in between all the skiing and snowboarding.

Shinhotaka Ropeway

Snowy Japan Tours in the Summer: Shinhotaka Ropeway
Snowy Japan Tours: Shinhotaka Ropeway

Summer time has a way of bringing out your daring and adventurous side. So if you’re up for a more thrilling snowy experience, take the Shinhotaka Ropeway. Here you’ll climb a steep 800 meters up to the Hotake Mountain Ranges, in a double decker gondola car. The 6-minute ride cuts through clouds and gives you a stunning, panoramic view of the forested mountains.