With temperatures dipping to below zero degrees Celsius, Kyoto experienced its coldest days yet this past weekend. And while it snows occasionally in Japan’s most beautiful of cities, rarely does it stick.
Locals and visitors were in for a spectacular treat this weekend, as the low temperatures allowed for a heavier snowfall that blanketed the city’s world famous monuments. With one of the largest collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, Kyoto’s magical intrigue was only further enhanced by the white powder.
Visitors filled the streets of Gion, Kyoto’s historic geisha quarter, basking in the flakes as they trickled down. The Golden Pavilion, one of the country’s most iconic buildings, shimmers in the snow, its golden exterior popping against the powdery ice crystals blanketing its surroundings.
Given the unusual nature of the event, the web is filled with photographs commemorating the occasion. Here are some favorites that make us want to curl up with a hot bowl of ramen and then bundle up to go out and enjoy Kyoto.
Take a look at some spectacular photographs of Kyoto covered in snow.
The bamboo forest of Arashiyama takes on a spectral effect.
The Kifune Jinja Shinto shrine opened its doors for a free event, lighting up the space for visitors.
Kiyomizu-dera drew large crowds anxious to see it covered in snow.