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Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji temple gets season's first snowy frosting amid Japan-wide cold snap

KYOTO -- Kinkaku-ji temple here, one of the ancient Japanese capital's most famed landmarks, got its first blanket of snow this season on Dec. 17 as a winter weather system brought low temperatures to many spots around the country.

    According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the lowest temperatures of the morning in major cities in the Kinki region in western Japan, were minus 1 degree Celsius in Nara, 0 C in Otsu, 0.2 C in Kyoto, 1 C in Kobe and 1.3 C in Osaka, respectively.

    Kinkaku-ji temple's Golden Pavilion is seen covered with snow from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in Kyoto's Kita Ward, on the morning of Dec. 17, 2020. (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura)

    Heavy snow in many areas caused roads to be cut, some by fallen trees. A total of 82 households were isolated in the towns of Shinonsen and Kami, Hyogo Prefecture, while 26 cut off in the towns of Wakasa and Yazu, Tottori Prefecture. According to Kansai Electric Power Co., about 5,300 houses in Kami and some 1,800 houses in Shinonsen were without power as of 10:00 a.m.

    According to the Osaka District Meteorological Observatory, the winter pressure system will weaken by Dec. 18, but there is a heavy snowfall risk in the mountainous areas of northern Kinki region.

    (Japanese original by Yuta Kumamoto, Osaka City News Department, and Tatsuo Murase, Toyooka Bureau)

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