Originally, the country was a small, but peaceful place. However, it was taken over by a tyrant, Dotō Kazahana, after he and his mercenaries killed his older brother and predecessor, Sōsetsu Kazahana. As the name of the country suggests, the climate is rather cold with winter covering the land in snow and ice year round. The landscape is dominated by snowy mountains with tall glaciers making parts of the coastline inaccessible from the sea.
At the end of the movie, Koyuki explains that with further research and improvements to the heat generator, the Land of Snow can become the Land of Spring (春の国, Haru no Kuni). When the tyrant Dotō was defeated by Naruto Uzumaki, Dotō's niece and Sōsetsu's daughter, Koyuki Kazahana, the princess who escaped ten years ago from her uncle's grasp, assumed her birthright as the country's new daimyō.
Main article: Yukigakure Yukigakure (雪隠れの里, Yukigakure no Sato, Literally meaning: Village Hidden Among Snow) is located in the Land of Snow. Its ninja apparently specialise in manipulating pre-existing ice, typically in the forms of various animals.
Main article: Kazahana Castle
The Kazahana Castle (風花城, Kazahana-jō, Literally meaning: Snowflake Castle) was a beautiful Japanese-style castle, located in the mountains of the Land of Snow, and belonged to the late daimyō, Sōsetsu Kazahana, who lived in it with his daughter, Koyuki.
The Land of Snow possesses an unusually advanced level of technology when compared to other countries in the Naruto world. Things such as railroads, airships, snow mobiles, power generators and volley guns are commonplace here, though the latter fired salvos of kunai instead of bullets. Additionally, their ninja wear special Chakra Armour that makes them virtually immune to ninjutsu and genjutsu. However, this technological superiority is assumingly rather new, as a group of army soldiers were shown to be conventionally armed, similar to Samurai and Ashigaru of feudal Japan.