you might be disappointed, but doesn't snow that much, especially in Osaka. This year, we had only two or three days, when it snowed. And this is already quite much. The snow didn't last long and was not enough to play around.
Tokyo isn't much better as far as I know. If it snows it doesn't last long. If you go a little bit outside of Osaka (northern part), you might catch a bit snow, for example in Kyoto and surroundings. But even then you might be a bit disappointed.
When does it snow in Osaka/Tokyo... it's difficult to say... in the end of December or in January/February are the best chances to catch some snowflakes.
All is not lost, however. A short train ride away, using the Shinkansen, you can arrive in the winter wonderland of Yuzawa, which even features a seasonal rail station adjacent to the ski slopes.
You can find heavy snow west of the Japan Alps on the Sea of Japan side and Hokkaido. November may be a little early, but certainly December is ok.
snowjapan.com is a very comprehensive web site on everything snow in Japan.Edited: 1:25 am, March 10, 2011
Thank you JapaneseGuestHouse and Yamanote !
Yuzawa sounds like a lovely suggestion. Do you know if I may get lucky and see some snow and maybe even take a few lessons end Nov ?
That may be unlikely, the ski areas didn't open until into December this year.
Thank you, blutek
Looks like I should schedule later dates.
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