Awone Shirakami Jyuniko Resort is a nature lover's resort. Being steps away from Juniko Lakes, the area is known for its mystic and rugged beauty. During the winter months the travel season may be slow, but there are still many unique activities to indulge in, such as awesome snow trekking and of course this article's theme: an igloo experience.
For those of you that don't know, an igloo is a shelter made of snow that was originally created by the Inuit people of the US, Canada, and Greenland. Generally, snow is compacted or cut into large bricks. The bricks are stacked up then in to create a dome shape. These are not to be confused with kamakura, which are made by piling up snow, compacting it, then hollowing it out.
Making an igloo takes a lot of work, but it is very rewarding. And to make one in Japan with good friends or family only makes it feel more special. Do take advantage of it if you stop by the resort.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin's over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.