As seasons go, Japan will always be associated with the cherry blossom of spring, however travelling just a couple of months earlier will reveal many incredible sights that can only be witnessed in winter. Japan’s mountains experience months of snowfall, and the nearby cities have come to celebrate this by creating beautiful statues from the snow and ice. We see both the pretty Otaru Snow Light Path Festival and the unbelievable Sapporo Snow Festival, where incredibly detailed snow sculptures can reach 25m in length. Another undoubted highlight is watching snow monkeys keeping warm in the hot springs of their natural habitat, Jigokudani. Combine this with days in Japan’s modern capital Tokyo, and the old capital of Kyoto, full of beautiful temples and traditional arts, plus journeys on the bullet train, for an unmissable winter experience.