★Otaru Yukikaki Snow Shoveling Championship (Feb. 21)
That's right, you read correctly, it's a snow shoveling championship in Otaru, Hokkaido, which is called "yukikaki" locally! This unique event includes a morning of helping out elderly local residents by shoveling the snow from in front of their houses, which also serves as practice for the snow shoveling competition in the afternoon, followed by the snowman building competition! Held on Feb. 21, the championship is a great opportunity to play in the snow while interacting with the locals and helping out the community. Don't miss it!
Enter the World Sports Yukikaki Championship!
★Experience the Hot Springs of Gero Onsen
Gero Onsen is a quaint, scenic mountain town in Gifu Prefecture (near Hida Takayama), but what you may not know is that it is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resort towns. It makes the perfect getaway for a day or two of peace and quiet, and the soothing hot springs will melt away your fatigue!
Find out more about historic hot spring town Gero Onsen!