Where to Go in Winter
Mild weather and clear water make for thrilling outdoor adventures all winter long.
Winter weather isn’t just for skiing, sledding, snowboarding—it can also be for taking long, relaxing dips in steaming hot pools surrounded by wondrous snow-covered scenery.
Skiers and snowboarders flock to this Japanese winter wonderland for its piles of snow, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit the northernmost island prefecture—here’s how to spend your trip there whether you’re hitting the slopes or not.
Whether it’s a sunny escape from cold climes, the thrill of the slopes, or the lure of the deal that causes your winter travel itch, rest assured that the season puts forth the perfect remedy—at some exceptional values, to boot, if you know where to look.
When the piles of sparkling snow have turned into dirty slush, it’s time to throw a pair of sunglasses and a few bathing suits into a carry-on and head to one of these six peaceful places.