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Tuesday, 3rd December 2013
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First snowfall in Osaka in 24 years

Osaka has this weekend experienced its largest snowfall in 24 years, with a chill setting in across the nation as meteorologists blamed a cold air mass that does not usually set in until late December.

Far from being snow big deal for the city, only scant scatters of a few flakes are generally reported across the metropolis for this time of year.

Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) pointed out that much of the country has been plunged into chilly temperatures, with readings as low as 0.9 degrees recorded in Nagoya, 0.3 degrees in Okayama, 1.9 degrees in Kochi, 5.8 degrees in Fukuoka and 7 degrees in Tokyo.

The readings were taken last Friday (November 29th) at 6am and were confirmed to be the coldest for this year's season in many of the cities.

Earlier in the month, it was reported that a cold air mass was responsible for drastically falling temperatures in the Kanto area, with the mercury falling particularly low in Hokkaido where the average for January was reported. 

The JMA had suggested that the chilly weather would likely last until November 14th, although it seems the cold air mass has made a dramatic return with plunging temperatures across the entire country.

Snow is hardly unusual in many areas of Japan, with a number of the mountains even boasting top ski resorts such as Niseko.

Those wishing to enjoy a more traditional Japanese activity might like to try onsen, or communal bathing, in one of the resorts that offer such a service. Spring bathing is particularly popular in the snowy mountains at this time of year. 

Those holidaying in Japan are advised to research the weather at any time of year thoroughly before packing, as the country's large north-south extension means that patterns differ dramatically depending upon where and when you travel.

Written by Susan Ballion

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