One dead as heavy snow and record cold hit Japan

Vacationers revelled in wintry scenes throughout Japan on Wednesday, as a lot of the nation was blanketed by snow in a chilly snap that has killed not less than one particular person and disrupted journey.

“These temperatures are among the coldest we’ve seen in a decade,” Japan Meteorological Company official Takafumi Umeda informed AFP.

Report lows had been logged in a number of places, together with one space of southern Kumamoto, the place the mercury hit -9 levels Celsius (16 levels Fahrenheit), the coldest logged there since 1977 when that statement website started conserving monitor.

Flights cancelled attributable to snow storm

High authorities spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno stated one particular person had died within the chilly snap, whereas meteorologists warned of blizzards, excessive waves and visitors snarl-ups attributable to icy roads.

Authorities had been additionally investigating whether or not two different deaths had been associated to the freezing climate throughout a lot of the archipelago, Matsuno informed reporters.

A whole bunch of flights had been cancelled because of the snowstorm, whereas delays and cancellations disrupted each native trains and long-distance Shinkansen providers. Autos on main roads in a number of places had been left stranded, native media stated.

On the seventh-century Zenkoji Temple within the mountainous area of Nagano, north of Tokyo, a cold calm descended with bushes, old style lamp posts and the place of worship itself coated in layers of powdery snow.

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Guests included some who had been there for snowboarding however had been pressured off the slopes by blizzard circumstances.

“I got here to ski, however the snow was extremely heavy so I minimize my plan brief and as a substitute determined to do a little bit of sightseeing,” 30-year-old Akiko Sotobori informed AFP.

“The blizzard (on the ski resort) was such that I couldn’t see something three metres (10 ft) forward.”

Tokyo spared

There have been picturesque scenes within the former capital, vacationer favorite Kyoto, the place the shining partitions of the well-known Golden Pavilion contrasted with the momentary bright-white brilliance of its tiered roofs.

The nation’s Sea of Japan coast was hit hardest by the in a single day blizzard, with Tokyo and its surrounding areas spared the snow however seeing unseasonably low temperatures.

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