Photo taken on Nov. 7, 2022, which is ritto, or beginning of winter in the lunar calendar, shows swans flying over Lake Hyo in Agano, Niigata Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. The lake is now home to more than 6,000 migrating swans that started arriving from Siberia in early October.
Children warm themselves with charcoal braziers inside snow huts in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Feb. 14, 2017, during a photo event before the two-day Yokote Kamakura Festival, which has a history of about 450 years, begins the following day. The festival features a number of igloo-like snow huts built in locations across the city. (Kyodo)
A horse-drawn carriage takes a bride and groom 12 kilometers in a wedding parade in Ugo, a heavy snowfall area in Akita Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Jan. 25, 2020. (Kyodo)
Visitors walk through the Kaminarimon gate at Sensoji Temple, a tourist spot in Tokyo's Asakusa district, on Nov. 24, 2014, amid snow. Snow fell in Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan, the first snow accumulation in the capital in November since 1875 when the government started collecting statistics. (Kyodo)
Photo taken Dec. 18, 2021, from a Kyodo News helicopter shows Kinkaku-ji temple, or the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto, Japan, covered with snow for the first time this winter.
Japanese monkeys look relaxed as they soak in a hot spring at the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden in Hakodate in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Jan. 14, 2022.
YAMAGATA, Japan - Tourists ski past soft rime ''Ice Monsters'' created by snow and ice covering coniferous trees, at Zao Onsen Ski Resort in Yamagata, northern Japan, on Feb. 8, 2010. (Kyodo)
People enjoy skiing among so-called "Ice Monsters" at Zao hot spring ski resort in Yamagata, northeastern Japan, on Feb. 21, 2015. Ice Monsters are formed by ice and snow coating pine trees, and are now in the last stage of their best time to view. (Kyodo)
Ice deposits on pine trees are seen at Zao hot spring and ski resort in Yamagata, northeastern Japan, on Feb. 3, 2016. (Kyodo)
SAPPORO, Japan - People in Sapporo, the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island, have been making 10,000 small snowmen in the city to resister an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. Organizers have been calling on Sapporo residents and visitors to the city's Snow Festival to take part in making the snowmen from Jan. 26 to Feb. 12.
SAPPORO, Japan - Photo shows a 3-meter-tall snow statue of Hatsune Miku, a girl idol character for singing software, at Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido on Feb. 6, 2012. The statue collapsed due to warmer weather the following day, injuring a passer-by. (Kyodo)
Winter illuminations are pictured at the Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex on Dec. 6, 2021.
A 20-meter-tall Christmas tree is lit up in front of red brick warehouses in the Hokkaido city of Hakodate, northern Japan, on Dec. 1, 2021.
Giant panda Saihin is pictured on artificial snow shaped like a Christmas tree on Dec. 25, 2021, at the Adventure World amusement park in the Wakayama Prefecture town of Shirahama, western Japan.
Tourists stroll around snow-covered gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture, a registered UNESCO World Heritage site, lit up on Jan. 21, 2018, during an illumination event. (Kyodo)