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The frenetic, fashionable Shibuya

Tokyo Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Nursing a warm latte, the famous Shibuya scramble crossing sprawls beneath me. My eyes wander over brightly coloured billboards, trucks that blare out J-pop tunes, and young pretty things immaculately dressed, sharing the streets with salarymen and the eccentric. I’m in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most… Read More

Sumo wrestling in Ryogoku

Tokyo Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

There are many sumo stables in Tokyo’s Ryogoku district, but only a small handful offer access to tourists. Even then, their requirements are so strict that you really must be part of a guided tour - a traditional Japan bucket list essential. Kasugano Beya, near Ryogoku Station, is perhaps the … Read More

Connecting with Japan’s cultural heritage

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Experienced traveler and blogger Kim-Ling tells us that visiting World Heritage sites while overseas will allow you to form your own connection to a country. It also enables you to gain a greater understanding of its culture and history. ‘From the Zen Japanese gardens, located in busy cities, to… Read More

Theme park hopping in Japan

Kyoto Entertainment GJ Editor GJ Editor

Leah, her two children and partner visited Japan for the very first time over Easter break 2017. During their holiday they visited Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. And in each city, they visited one theme park: Tokyo DisneySea, Universal Studios Japan and Toei Studio Park ‘Before heading to a travel dest… Read More

Snowed under in Hokkaido ; OTARU

Hokkaido Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

A seafood lover's paradise near Sapporo, steeped in historic charm   A VISIT to Otaru is a trip back in time to nineteenth-century Japan. Beautifully maintained European heritage buildings constructed during this era still line its picturesque canal district, and on the inside, yield m… Read More

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Nagano Tours & Activities GJ Editor GJ Editor

WORLD CLASS   Niseko Grand Hirafu is the biggest resort in Niseko, with the lion's share of terrain on the 1,308-metre Mount Niseko Annupuri. It has 30 diverse courses, including 9 of more than a kilometre, and a 5.6-kilometre long cruiser. Tree runs, fresh powder and panoramic views… Read More

Steep and deep days in Yamagata

Yamagata Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

A scenic 'hot spring kingdom' filled with natural and cultural highlights   Yamagata Prefecture is one of Japan’s heaviest snowfall areas, making it a naturally blessed snow holiday destination just 2.5 hours north of Tokyo by bullet train. Some 160,000 hectares of the prefecture is na… Read More

FIVE BIG YEARS

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Highlights from a century of skiing in Japan   1911  THE BIRTH OF SKIING IN JAPAN A demonstration of skiing down Mt Kanaya, Niigata Prefecture, by visiting Austro-Hungarian army officer Theodor von Lerch in 1911 is credited as the birth of the sport in Japan. For many locals of Japan's snow… Read More

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Ski Resort

Nagano Tours & Activities GJ Editor GJ Editor

BUILT TO SATISFY Secluded amidst the rugged mountains in the north of the Hakuba Valley lies Hakuba Norikura Onsen Ski Resort. Known as Hakuba Norikura, this resort is popular for its wide variety of courses, excellent powder and relaxed local atmosphere. With a range of facilities, accommodatio… Read More

DAY ONE: NATURAL IMMERSION

Kanagawa Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Owakudani geothermal area, Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi and Tonosawa hot springs     At 1,050 metres above sea level, the Owakudani geothermal area offers one of Hakone's best views of Mount Fuji. This valley steams and hisses with vapour coming straight through the earth's crust, and… Read More

TWO DAYS IN HOT SPRING HEAVEN, HAKONE

Kanagawa Hot Springs GJ Editor GJ Editor

With spectacular views of Mount Fuji and abundant natural hot springs, Hakone is a rewarding short trip close to Tokyo     Hakone has long been a favourite getaway spot for Tokyoites. An historic hot spring town located some 80 kilometres away from the city in Kanagawa Prefect… Read More

DAY TWO: HISTORY, CULTURE AND ART

Kanagawa Historic Sites GJ Editor GJ Editor

Hakone Sekisho checkpoint, Hakone Shrine, and the Hakone Open-Air Museum     As the tenth post town on the old Tōkaidō highway from Tokyo, Hakone was strategically important to the samurai government of Japan's Edo era (1603-1867). Its Hakone Sekisho building served as a checkp… Read More

Travel Japan like a pro!

Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

What you need to turn a good trip into a great one So, can you save money on riding the shinkansen, and free up some more for exploring Japan's never-ending maze of awesomeness? Do you know where to drop your suitcase so you're not heaving it along with you? Here we introduce why Japan is not just… Read More

Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Yamagata Tours & Activities GJ Editor GJ Editor

SNOW MONSTER COUNTRY Zao Onsen Ski Resort is one of Japan's vintage snow resorts, famous for its combination of rare scenery, abundant hot springs and amazing powder snow. It was established in 1925, soon after the birth of skiing in Japan, and now covers an area of more than 300 hectares in… Read More

SHIBU ONSEN

Nagano Basics GJ Editor GJ Editor

The neighbouring town to the snow monkey park, full of charm and tradition SHIBU Onsen is a quaint hot spring town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing traditions and architecture of years passed, still standing tall and proud. The town's original spring-head w… Read More