These lantern tend to be ornamental only, and are often associated with water. They are placed near ponds and can be placed at the water's edge or on a flat stone directly in the water. In the winter snow will accumulate on the roof, hence the name.
The one I purchased has four legs and is made of granite. Most of my other stone lanterns are more of a pink granite, so this bright white granite lantern should add some variety.
I don't have a pond or water feature, so I am placing it in the stroll garden near the dwarf maple I planted last year. Perhaps the large gravel area at the end could be considered a "water" feature.
I'm not sure if I will keep it in this location long term. I have to wait and see how the plants in this area do. I plan to transplant some more lilies later in the month to just behind the lantern along the fence. I also have a small grass plant to transplant.
More importantly, I am worried about the maple. I have begun to call him "sicky" due to how poorly he has been doing. When I first planted him he was full of leaves.
In the meantime, I am hoping the Yukimi-dōrō will add some interest to a sickly plant.