Heavy snowfall and high winds are wreaking havoc in northern and western Japan.
Weather warnings for the area are in effect.
In Hokkaido and other regions, up to 90 centimeters of snow have fallen over the past 24 hours. A low-pressure system has stalled near the northern island and could bring more heavy snowfall.
One man in Sapporo died after being buried in snow. He had gone outside to clean snow off his roof.
Meteorologists are warning people to proceed with caution around the coast. They say the public should be on alert for crashing waves. The rough seas caused damage to some coastal areas of Hokkaido.
In southwestern part of Japan, strong winds caused a ferry to lose control and slam into a wharf.
33 passengers and crew were on board, but Coast Guard officials say no one was hurt.
Source and image: NHK