2013 last official. A snowfield in Hokkaido.
© Okada Mitsushi / amanaimages
Hokkaido is Japan's second largest island.
Hokkaido has relatively cool summers and icy/snowy winters.
In winter, the generally high quality of powder snow and numerous mountains in Hokkaido make it a popular region for snow sports. The snowfall usually commences in earnest in November and ski resorts usually operate between December and April. Hokkaido celebrates its winter weather at the Sapporo Snow Festival. - in: wikipedia