Name Translation: "First Snow"
Ship's captain: Lieutenant Commander Kamiura Junnari  (prev. C.O. HOKAZE). Assigned to Desdiv 11 (HATSUYUKI, SHIRAYUKI, FUBUKI), Desron 3, First Fleet. Flagship of Comdesdiv 11, Captain Shoji Kiichiro .
20-26 November 1941:
Desdiv 11 steamed with Desron 3 from Kure to Samah (Hainan).
4 December 1941-30 January 1942:
Desdiv 11 escorted KUMANO, SUZUYA, MOGAMI and MIKUMA out of Samah and Camranh Bay in support of Malaya, British Borneo and Anambas Islands invasion operations; also briefly escorted troop convoys during this period.
Desdiv 11 with Bangka-Palembang invasion forces; took part in attacks on Allied shipping fleeing from Singapore: assisted in sinking or capture of at least two vessels.
Desdiv 11 with Western Java invasion force.
28 February-1 March: Battle of Sunda Strait
Desdiv 11 assisted in sinking of HMAS PERTH and USS HOUSTON (CA-30).
Escorted Admiral Ozawa's cover force for Northern Sumatra invasions.
Desdiv 11 escorted Admiral Ozawa's cover force for Andaman Islands invasion; then patrol/escort duties out of Port Blair during Japanese raids into Indian Ocean.
Desdiv 11 steamed from Singapore via Camranh Bay to Kure, then docked for maintenance.
Lieutenant Commander Kamiura (to C.O. SAWAKAZE) relieved by Lieutenant Commander Yamaguchi Tatsuya  (prev. C.O. HAKAZE).
4-5 June: Battle of Midway
Desdiv 11 escorted Admiral Yamamoto's Main Body.
30 June-2 July:
Desdiv 11 escorted troop convoy from Kure to Amami-O-Shima, then antisubmarine patrolling there.
Desdiv 11 steamed from Amami-O-Shima via Mako, Singapore and Sabang to Mergui (Burma) for Indian Ocean raiding operations, aborted due to Guadalcanal.
Desdiv 11 steamed from Mergui via Makassar to Davao.
Desdiv 11 escorted troop convoy from Davao to Truk.
Desdiv 11 steamed from Truk to Rabaul.
Desdiv 11 escorted transport SADO MARU from Rabaul to Shortlands, then troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal: with YUDACHI and MURAKUMO (and a second section of URANAMI, SHIKINAMI and ARIAKE) landed about 1,000 soldiers of Ichiki and Aoba Detachments at Taivu. Assisted in sinking USS GREGORY (APD-3) and USS LITTLE (APD-4).
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal.
Attack mission to Guadalcanal.
Out of Shortlands to assist torpedoed transport SHIROGANE MARU.
Troop transport run to Guadalcanal. Minor damage: in air attack due to near-miss, rudder jammed; detached to Shortlands for repairs.
Transport run to Rendova.
11-12 October: Battle of Cape Esperance
Assisted sinking FURUTAKA and rescued 518 survivors.
Escorted damaged AOBA to Truk.
Steamed from Truk to Shortlands.
26 October: Battle of Santa Cruz
On alert in Shortlands-area.
31 October-3 November:
Escorted KINUGASA and SENDAI as cover for troop transport runs to Guadalcanal.
Escorted SENDAI from Shortlands to Truk; also carried Guadalcanal evacuees.
12-15 November: Naval Battles for Guadalcanal
Initially escorted Admiral Kurita's Support Force, then joined Admiral Kondo's Emergency Bombardment Force. With NAGARA in assault on enemy destroyers, assisted in sinking USS BENHAM (DD-397), USS WALKE (DD-416), and USS PRESTON (DD-379) and damaging USS GWIN (DD-433); then to Truk on 18 November.
29 November-4 December:
Aircrew transport run from Truk to Shortlands and Rabaul and back.
With YUKIKAZE, escorted HIYO from Truk to Kure, then docked for repairs.
While at Kure, twin 13mm machine guns added on bandstand forward of bridge.
8-15 January 1943:
Escorted troop convoy (2nd section of HEI No. 1: YASUKUNI MARU, HAKOZAKI MARU, and ARATAMA MARU, lifting elements of 20th Division) from Pusan to Palau.
Continued escort of same convoy from Palau to Wewak and back.
Steamed from Palau via Wewak to Truk.
31 January-9 February:
Escorted fleet patrolling out of Truk north of the Solomons to cover the Guadalcanal evacuation.
Escorted CHOGEI from Truk to Rabaul.
Escorted repair ship YAMASHIMO MARU from Rabaul to Kavieng. Minor damage: clipped reef at Kavieng, then back to Rabaul on 21 February for repairs.
Desron 3 reassigned to Eighth Fleet.
Out of Mowe (near Kavieng) to meet destroyers returning from Battle of Bismarck Sea; exchanged fuel for survivors, then to Rabaul.
Escorted convoys from Rabaul via Truk to Kure, then docked for repairs.
21 March-25 April:
At Kure for maintenance and repairs.
Escorted TAIYO from Yokosuka via Manila and Surabaya to Singapore, then back via Mako to Sasebo.
Lieutenant Commander Yamaguchi relieved by Lieutenant Commander Sugihara Yoshiro  (prev. C.O. SATSUKI).
31 May-7 June:
Escorted convoy from Sasebo to Truk.
Steamed from Truk to Rabaul.
Transport run from Rabaul via Shortlands to Rekata.
Transport run from Shortlands to Buka.
Rendova bombardment mission, aborted due to weather.
Rendova bombardment mission.
5-6 July: Battle of Kula Gulf
Troop transport run to Kolombangara. Engaged U.S. cruiser-destroyer group. Minor damage: due to three dud shell hits; went to manual steering, six dead.
Escorted CHOKAI from Shortlands to Rabaul, then repairs.
Troop transport run from Rabaul to Shortlands. Sunk: in U.S. air raid on Shortlands while unloading passengers alongside pier at Kahili (06-50 S, 155-47 E); bomb exploded after magazine, sinking ship in shallow water; 120 dead (including 38 passengers) and 36 wounded; Lieutenant Commander Sugihara (to C.O. SAMIDARE) among survivors.
5 October 1943:
Removed from Navy List.