Winter in Japan is so much more than just the Sapporo Snow Festival (but check that out, too).
Go back in time in Gifu.
Up north in Hokkaido, the cities of Asahikawa, Nayoro and Shibetsu await ski and snowboarding enthusiasts in winter, as well as nature lovers and foodies throughout the year.
A tiny hot spring town with lots of history and manga connections.
Hokkaidō's principal airport, and the entry point for many a ski and snowboard holiday.