Chaos in the Capital: Photos of Record Snowfall in Tokyo
Nevin Thompson, 25 Jan 18
       

Captions: “Live from Shibuya Station”, record-breaking snowfall. 23 centimeters expected to fall in Tokyo Metropolitan area. Screencap from ANN YouTube channel.

At least one foot (30 centimeters) of snow accumulated in the Tokyo region over the weekend and into Monday, January 22. This is the most significant snowfall in Tokyo since 2014. Although this rare weather event shut down transportation networks, it also provided terrific photo opportunities for the nine million residents of Japan's capital region.


A record-breaking amount of snow has fallen in Tokyo.


The Asakusa neighborhood on the east side of Tokyo, a tourist area home to the famous Senso-ji Temple, offered some particularly spectacular snapshots.


When it snows out Asakusa becomes just like a painting. \(^o^)/  #snow #asakusa #asakua_temple


On the other side of the city, one Twitter user snapped a surreal scene in Shinjuku:

Even Godzilla made an appearance:


[…] I love snow, it makes me smile. While I wasn't able to make a snowman, here's a snow-Godzilla. It's going to be slippery tomorrow, so watch out!


For Tokyo residents who are not used to the snow, the weather was mainly a pain. The heaviest snows fell on Monday evening at rush hour.

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