The season's first snow fell in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on Nov. 18, a full 26 days later than in an average year and 46 days later than last year.
It was cold and wintry across Japan.
In central Tokyo, strong northwesterly winds reached up to 53.6 kph, signaling the start of winter, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The cold blast of air came 23 days later than last year.
According to the agency, the first snow in Asahikawa was the latest on record since observation started in 1888. The previous record was set Nov. 13, 1927.
In Sapporo, the first snow was the latest since Nov. 20, 1890.
In Abashiri, Hokkaido, it was the latest snowfall on record, on a par with Nov. 18, 1933.