Winter gives the wonders of Japan a special kind of magic. It transforms onsens into paradises, cuisine into heart-warming fuel, and Japan's beautiful sceneries into ethereal dreamscapes.

Japan's wintertime beauty has inspired countless haikus, some of which became revered literature.

Wait, what is a haiku?

Consisting of only 3 lines, the haiku is the world's shortest form of poetry. The first and last lines feature 5 syllables, while the second line features 7.

Many Japanese poets see the haiku as the perfect way to distil the beauty of the four seasons. Here's a winter haiku by famous poet Matsuo Basho (1644 - 1694), translated into English:

Now’s your chance to experience these haiku-inspiring winter sceneries – with our Winter in Haiku Quiz Contest! Our contest winner will enjoy a free trip for 2 to wintertime Japan — including a pair of domestic tickets!

A free trip for 2 to Japan


(2 tickets to Tokyo + 2 domestic tickets within Japan)

Find out more

All you need to do is guess the right attraction to each of our 3 winter haikus and submit all 3 attractions in your Winter Wanderlist with an interesting caption!

The contest runs from 18 September to 30 September, so start guessing now!


  • Guess the attraction from each Haiku

    Create your Winter Wanderlist on Contest page

  • Create a Wanderlist and name it 'Winter Wanderlist'

    Search for the 3 correct attractions using the haiku’s keywords

  • Add the 3 correct attractions

    Save the 3 correct attractions to your Winter Wanderlist

  • Submit and share your Wanderlist

    Caption, submit, and share your Wanderlist

JAL is holding a haiku contest too – for kids! The 15th World Children’s Haiku Contest starts 1 October 2017. Time for your kids to unleash their poetic chops! To learn more about submission guidelines, visit

Congratulations to Christian Immanuel, the winner of our very first Winter in Haiku Quiz Contest!

Hoshino Resorts


3D2N Stay for 2 Adults at Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone worth about ¥120,000 (S$1,400)

Christian Immanuel

Winning Caption

Looking at the snow
Steaming bowl of hot oden
Blissful scenery

The contest runs from 18 September to 30 September 2017.
This contest is open to all residents of Singapore, except employees and immediate families of the Organizer, its affiliates, subsidiaries, suppliers, advertising and media agencies associated with this campaign. Corporations or other entities are also not eligible to participate in this contest.
1. Sign up for an account on JAPAN by Japan.
2. Create a Winter Wanderlist on the Contest page ( and save three attractions from the website into your Winter Wanderlist.
3. Describe the most exciting thing you want to do in wintertime Japan in the caption of your Wanderlist.
4. Submit your Winter Wanderlist on the Contest page and share it on your Facebook profile.
Yes, you can only create and submit ONE Winter Wanderlist for the contest.
You will not be able to edit your Winter Wanderlist once it has been submitted. However, you are allowed to add or remove any attractions from your Winter Wanderlist before submission. Simply click the 'Edit' button to make the changes.
You can view your Winter Wanderlist by visiting your profile page on the website. Access your profile by clicking your name on the top right corner of the navigation bar. The Winter Wanderlist that has been created or submitted will be indicated by a Winter in Haiku logo.
Not sharing your Winter Wanderlist on your Facebook profile will result in an unsuccessful submission and therefore considered an invalid entry for the contest. Please ensure that you share on your Facebook profile with the Public privacy setting.
The contest prize is a pair (2) of Japan Airlines Economy Class (S-Class) return tickets to Japan (TOKYO + *1 more city) *You can choose any city to which JAL has a direct domestic flight from Narita or Haneda.

Terms and Conditions:
  • Valid for travel on Japan Airlines only
  • Non-endorsable, non-transferable and non-refundable
  • Ticket cannot be exchanged for cash or other destination.
  • Travel date to depart Singapore by 28th Feb 2018.
  • No name/ flight/ date change allowed once ticket is issued.
  • Neither JAL mileage accrual nor upgrading using mileage points will be applicable.
  • Flight reservation is subject to seat availability at time of booking (Applicable booking class: S-Class)
  • All flights must be confirmed at time of ticketing. No waiting list is permitted.
  • Flight reservation must be made at least 3 weeks before the departure date.
Congratulations, we’ll be flying you to Japan! You must collect your prize within 2 weeks from the winner announcement date on 4 October 2017. The Prize is also only valid for travel till the end of February 2018. You will be responsible for arranging or liaising with JAL for the booking of flights. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on your flight. Please view Terms & Conditions for more details.
At the end of the contest, the contestant with the most interesting Winter Wanderlist caption – who has also submitted his/her Winter Wanderlist with all 3 answers correct AND shared his/her Winter Wanderlist on his/her Facebook profile – will be chosen as the winner. The winning caption will be selected based on creativity and originality.
The contest winner will be announced on the website ( and on the Facebook page ( on 4 October 2017. The winner will also be separately notified through email.
Our staff will get in touch with you. The prize must be claimed within 2 weeks from 4 October 2017, or it will otherwise be forfeited.

For Full Contest Terms and Conditions, click here.