Why not upload your winter wonderland photos from Hokkaido to your SNS?

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In cooperation with major electronics retailer Yamada Denki, we've used this media to keep you in the loop with the latest info on events and must-see spots. Today, we'd like to introduce you to one of their products which is sure to make your stay in Japan that much easier: the highly affordable, prepaid YAMADA SIM card. Use it to upload your photos to your SNS as you take them. ‘Tis the season for sharing photos of magical snowy scenes with your friends and family; and SNS are the way to do it!

Japan’s climate varies greatly from north to south, but snow can generally be enjoyed in the northern regions from December through part of March each year. It must be said that Hokkaido, the northernmost region of the country, is particularly phenomenal during the winter months. It’s a real-life winter wonderland! Today we’d like to introduce to you our top 3 recommendations of must-see winter spots around Hokkaido.

Recommended Spot #1: Otaru Snow Light Path

The Otaru Canal and the streets that line it twinkle with the glow of candles every February during this delightful event. The canal is a beautiful spot any time of the year, but if you ever get a chance to visit it during this period, you’ll be glad you did.

Otaru Snow Light Path
Otaru Snow Light Path

Basic information on [Otaru Snow Light Path]

Event Period
February, 3 (Fri.) to 12 (Sun.), 2017
5-min walk from Otaru Station which is a 30-min train ride from Sapporo Station

Recommended Spot #2: Drift Ice on the Sea of Okhotsk

The drifting white ice that covers the Sea of Okhotsk each March is quite a magical sight. Drift ice-watching tours are extremely popular, with special sightseeing boats heading out from many coastal cities, such as Shiretoko, Abashiri, etc. The experience is exhilarating; the boats speed along, smashing chunks of ice as they go! We recommend taking a photo of the breath-taking ice-lined horizon.

Drift Ice on the Sea of Okhotsk
Drift Ice on the Sea of Okhotsk

Basic information on [Drift Ice on the Sea of Okhotsk]

Viewing Period
January to March of every year
The eastern coast of Hokkaido, such as Shiretoko, Abashiri, etc.
For visitors from overseas we suggest visiting by guided tour

Recommended Spot #3: Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Ice Village

This resort, situated in the middle of the spacious prefecture of Hokkaido, creates an annual ice village made of snow and ice that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen! The scenery is so magical it’s like stepping into a fairytale. And there’s no shortage of things to see and do: ice skating, an ice bar, a special ice hotel that only takes 1 group per night, and much more!

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Ice Village
Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Ice Village

Basic information on [Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Ice Village]

Period of Operation
October, 2016-March, 2017

Share your awe with family and friends back home by uploading your winter wonderland photos to your Facebook, Twitter, or other SNS. Doing so in real time is bound to give your loved ones the feeling of being a part of your journey. All you need is an internet-capable device such as a smartphone or tablet!

In conclusion, we'd like to provide you with details on the YAMADA SIM card. With this affordable prepaid SIM card in hand, you'll be able to upload your fireworks photos right away!

Overview of [YAMADA SIM]

We recommend the low-cost YAMADA SIM card especially designed for price-sensitive travelers who want Internet access throughout their stay in Japan. This card is offered by major electronic retailer "Yamada Denki". Fast data connectivity is available simply by inserting this exclusive SIM card into compatible devices. (Customers are advised that even though Internet accessible areas are available through Japan's largest communication providers, coverage in tourist spots are subject to the network ranges available).


There are different types of plans based on the duration of their usage, with the 7-day plan (1,800 yen before tax), 15-day plan (2,800 yen before tax) and the 30-day plan (3,500 yen before tax). For each plan, high-speed data is available at a maximum speed of 225Mbps, up to 200MB per day (*).

* If the amount of high-speed data used in a single day exceeds 200MB, the data speed will be restricted to 200Kbps until 23:59 of that day. This restriction will be released on the following day.

These SIM cards can be purchased at the LABI1 Japan Flagship Store Ikebukuro and Ikebukuro Mobile Dream Building as well as in YAMADA Denki stores nationwide.

[YAMADA Denki LABI1 Japan Flagship Store Ikebukuro]

1-5-7 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo(JR Ikebukuro Station, across from East exit)

[YAMADA Denki Ikebukuro Mobile Dream Building]

1-41-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (JR Ikebukuro Station, immediate left from East exit)