Places Near The Philippines Where You Can Experience Snow For The Holidays

While a normal and regular phenomenon for the rest of the world, snow in the Philippines is pretty much unheard of. Many Filipinos long for the chance to be able to experience a winter wonderland and frolic in ice at least once in their lives!

But if you think you’d have to spend time and a fortune traveling halfway across the world just to see snow firsthand, you don’t actually need to look very far for snowy destinations. So if you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, we put together just some of the nearby places in Asia you can jet off to for the holidays.

Seoul, South Korea

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The bright and busy South Korean capital not only has a host of attractions (not to mention, a whole K-Pop scene!) to showcase tourists. During the last quarter of the year, Seoul gets covered in a blanket of snow, with the whole city coming to life with twinkling Christmas lights and decorated Christmas trees. Go oppa-watching as well for a perfect Yuletide holiday!

Jeju Island, South Korea

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The famous Jeju Island in South Korea deserves a separate mention on this list, as Jeju Island allows visa-free entry to Filipinos for 30 days! The stunning island may be known for its beaches, but head up north to the mountains and experience the wintertime activity of sledding like the locals!

Hokkaido, Japan

Make like Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff and go skiing in Hokkaido! This northernmost part of Japan really transforms into a winter wonderland and February is the best time to go for the annual Snow Festival in its capital, Sapporo, where you can see beautiful ice sculptures and taste snow-inspired treats. Check out When In Manila Mae’s first-timers guide to the Sapporo Snow Festival here.

Harbin, China

Meanwhile, China has its own Ice Festival, held in Harbin, also dubbed as the Ice City. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival also has its own stunning ice figures to show off, made even more dazzling with multi-colored lights.

Lhasa, Tibet

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Meanwhile, the highland city of Lhasa, Tibet is also home to beautiful snowy landscapes in the winter. With a smaller crowd and cheap hotel accommodations, this could be a good option for backpackers and budget travelers. Don’t miss out on the Tibetan New Year, which takes place in February.


Taiwan is perhaps the nearest destination to experience winter. While it doesn’t snow in most parts of Taiwan, its northern areas such as Hehuanshan, Guanshan, Xueshan and the Yangmingshan National Park does have snowfall, which can make for a breathtaking sight. Also, Taiwan now allows visa-free entry for Filipinos, so all the more reason to plan a quick trip!

Planning a snow-filled holiday soon? Check out this guide on packing for the winter season!

What other places have we missed? Share your thoughts with us!


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