Introducing Hand-picked Spots Featuring Beautiful Winter Scenery! Upload Photos on SNS with Cheap Prepaid SIM Cards

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Winter is cold, and snow can be seen, but there are many places in Japan offering poignant and picturesque scenery only at this time of year. Here, I'd like to tell you about 3 beautiful winter scenery spots, carefully chosen from all around Japan!
This article will also introduce a convenient and cheap prepaid SIM card you can use to upload Japan's beautiful winter scenery in real time!

※Details on the cheap prepaid SIM card “YAMADA New Mobile” are available at the end of the article.

The Top 3 Hand-picked Spots for Beautiful Winter Scenery

Recommendation (1): The Blue Pond of Hokkaido

At Shirogane Blue Pond in Biei, a town in Hokkaido, there is an amazing pond where the surface of the ice appears to be blue. In winter, stands of leafless Japanese larch trees surrounding the pond create a fantastic atmosphere.
Only during autumn and winter, the Blue Pond is illuminated. A different beauty from that of daytime can be seen here!

The winter scenery of the Blue Pond is wrapped in mysterious beauty
The winter scenery of the Blue Pond is wrapped in mysterious beauty

Basic information on Blue Pond

Shirogane, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
About 20 minutes by Dohoku Bus from JR Biei Station
0166-92-4378 (Biei Tourism Association)
11/1/18-4/30/19; from sunset to 9:00 pm (scheduled)

Recommendation (2) Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata-ken

Ginzan Onsen is a popular hot spring resort preserving a nostalgic townscape. It served as the backdrop for "Oshin", the world-famous Japanese drama. This hot spring town is especially photogenic when the snow falls at night!
Warming your feet in Warashiyu, a free foot bath in the hot spring town, while enjoying the winter scenery is also recommended!

Basic information on Ginzan Onsen

Obanazawa City, Yamagata
About 40 minutes by bus from Oishida Station

Recommendation (3) Kegon Falls, Tochigi-ken

Boasting a straight cliff drop of 97 meters, Kegon Falls are renowned as one of the three greatest waterfalls throughout Japan.
Kegon Falls feature different charms in every season. A particularly beautiful time of year is from January through February, when the small, narrow waterfalls, called Juunitaki, freeze up, decorating the whole waterfalls in blue ice.
Take an elevator (paid) to the waterfall observation deck, where you can feel the full force of the plunge pool up close!

Kegon Falls
Kegon Falls

Basic information on Kegon Falls

Chugushi, Nikko City, Tochigi
About 40 minutes by Tobu Bus from Tobu Nikko Station
Business Hours
December-February: from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
March-November: from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
*Note: Based on weather and climate conditions, the above times may change.
Round-trip by elevator: Adults (over 12 years old): ¥550; Elementary school students (6-12 years old): ¥330

Details on Cheap Prepaid SIM Card “YAMADA New Mobile”

“YAMADA New Mobile” is a convenient and cheap prepaid SIM card for when you’re traveling.
This SIM card is offered by major electronic retailer “YAMADA Denki.”

YAMADA New Mobile
YAMADA New Mobile

Perfect for Short-Term Use!

YAMADA New Mobile

Period of Usability
7 days from start of data use
Data Capacity
4,000 yen (tax excl.)
SIM Size
Multi size

Where to Purchase Cheap Prepaid SIM “YAMADA New Mobile”

This SIM card can be purchased at YAMADA Denki stores across Japan.
※Some locations may not sell this product.

【YAMADA Denki LABI1 Japan Flagship Store Ikebukuro】

1-5-7 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo(JR Ikebukuro Station, across from East exit)
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

【YAMADA Denki Outlet Reuse & TAX FREE House】

1-41-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (JR Ikebukuro Station, immediate left from East exit)
10:00 am - 10:00 pm