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Mount Hakkoda in Aomori Prefecture was capped with snow Sunday for the first time this year as temperatures around Japan fell to levels usually seen in mid-October, the Meteorological Agency said.

Snow was also seen covering the peak of Mount Iwaki in Aomori, as well as on Mount Iwate in neighboring Iwate Prefecture, eight to 11 days earlier than average.

The village of Takinoue, Hokkaido, had the honor as the coldest place in Japan on Sunday, where the temperature was minus 1.1 as of 5 a.m., 2 to 3 degrees below average.

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