Snow Falls in Tokyo for First Time in 54 Years in the Month of November (Download PDF)

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The Japanese capital of Tokyo hit by November snow for the first time in 54 years. This led to slowing of rush hour trains and people came up with heavy coats and boots in a city.An unusually cold air mass brought wet snow to Japan’s capital. Above-freezing temperatures kept the snow from sticking in most places, though it did accumulate on sidewalks and cars in Tokyo’s far western suburbs.

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Image of Snow Falls in Tokyo

Image of Snow falls in Tokyo

  • Meteorologists forecast up to 2 centimeters (1 inch) would fall, and more in the mountains northwest of Tokyo.
  • The snow caused minor train delays during the morning commute.
  • The last time it snowed in central Tokyo in November was 1962.
  • The earliest time that snow had accumulated on the ground in the winter season was on Dec. 6, 1987
  • Japanese culture is especially sensitive to the changing seasons. Haiku, for instance, must include words that denote spring, summer, fall or winter.

More About Tokyo

  • Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital is a mix of ultramodern and the traditional setup, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples.
  • Famous for Meiji Shinto Shrine and its towering gate and surrounding woods

- Published/Last Modified on: November 25, 2016

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