In the days before refrigeration, soy sauce, salt, vinegar and wasabi weren't just optional extras with sushi; they were essential ingredients used to preserve the texture of fish, and keep bacteria from rapidly invading. The creative use of these ingredients established a numbe… Read More
Essential highlights of Japan now and then
The towering skyscrapers and ornate temple pagodas that symbolise Tokyo and Kyoto today are also an expression of the rich culture and history of Japan. Each city is a fascinating journey between modernity and tradition, and must be experienced on any tri… Read More
Maiko are the apprentice geisha of Kyoto, which remains a bastion of this antique entertainment culture in Japan today. Although they may come from any part of Japan to study the geisha arts, once they become maiko, all speak in the Kyoto dialect. Maiko live, study and work in the Gion… Read More
Osaka is Japan’s western capital, and the underdog of Japanese travel destinations. Pioneers and built Osaka on innovative ideas; they were the ones who brought us instant noodles, and sushi train.
An air of nostalgia complement the city’s modern, trail-blazing energy, which is just what makes… Read More
Osaka’s mecca of street food Kuromon Ichib
Known as one of Osaka’s largest food markets, Kuromon Ichiba is a must-visit spot for a tasty feed. Locals come to this 114 year-old market for their daily shop, some socialising, and of course delicious street food.
The market spreads out in all f… Read More
Loud and proud nightlife hub Dotonbori
Dotonbori prides itself as the most popular entertainment district in Osaka; Encompassing both sides of the Dotonbori canal, the area is home to many of Osaka’s signature nightlife destinations.
The best way to begin your adventure there is with a walk… Read More
Everywhere you go in Japan there’s a different kind of local Japanese food, and the Mount Fuji and Fujikawaguchiko area is the same. Blessed by bountiful nature and the spring water of Mount Fuji, the farm produce grown here is fresh and juicy.
There are many little veggie patches along the lake… Read More
Lake Kawaguchiko is famous as a hot spring area; it has many well-established lakeside inns with restaurants and outdoor baths with views of Mount Fuji, and there are many family-run bed and breakfasts in town.
In recent years, with a further increase in the number of overseas visitors, basic ac… Read More
Mount Fuji, or Fujisan as it’s called in Japanese, has long been an influential presence in Japanese art. The work of countless Japanese artists captures this majestic icon, and an all-time classic is Katsushika Hokusai's ‘Koshu Misaka Suimen' ( Surface of the Water, Misaka, Kai Province). This pie… Read More
Exploring Japan's iconic peak and local lakeside hot spring town
The instantly recognisable Mount Fuji presides over the Fuji Five Lakes area; step into its historic hot spring base town of Fujikawaguchiko in Yamanashi, and discover the many ways to enjoy this World Heritagelisted attraction.
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EXPERIENCE THE WARM HOSPITALITY AND VAST SCALE OF JAPAN’S UNFORGETTABLE NORTHEASTERN SNOW COUNTRY
Metres upon metres of fluffy ‘aspirin powder’ snow, ‘hitō’ hidden hot springs, and surreal snow monsters are just some of the amazing winter highlights of the Appi, Hachimantai and Hakkoda ski … Read More
The hotels of the Hachimantai resort area lie at the foot of the rugged Mt Iwate (2,038 m), and are a haven for nature lovers throughout the seasons. This complex volcano is one of Japan's 100 famous mountains, and one of the many in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, which encompasses a vast area o… Read More
Morioka Grand Hotel Annex offers convenient access to and from Appi, as well as the heart of Morioka, an historic castle town. The hotel's sharp Western-style single, twin and double rooms all come with Wi-Fi and LAN connections; their selection of four types of pillows for guests shows that this i… Read More
HOTEL APPI GRAND
With ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes, fine-dining restaurants and hot spring baths, Hotel APPI Grand provides its guests with luxury and convenience.
The hotel is a creation of pioneering Japanese designer Yusaku Kamekura, and with an eye-catching lemon-coloured exterior, is… Read More
APPI / HACHIMANTAI SKI AREA 2016-17 - Rural Town Bar & Hot Spring Version
A DEEPER LOOK AT MATSUKAWA ONSEN
The Matsukawa Onsen hot spring inn community is an excellent choice for experiencing Hachimantai's hitō hot springs in winter. Hitō means a hidden or secret hot spr… Read More
APPI / HACHIMANTAI SKI AREA 2016-17 - Skiing & Snowboarding Version
Real Japanese deep powder riding on a vast scale
Appi brings a European-style resort ambience to a beautiful natural area of Towada-Hachimantai National Park in Iwate Prefecture.The resort is famous … Read More
HACHIMANTAI-APPI SNOW FESTIVAL
Shovel by shovel, scrape by scrape, snow sculptures take shape for the Hachimantai-Appi Snow Festival in mid-February. The festival program features mid-winter fun for all ages with a night-time sculpture light-up, fireworks at both APPI and Hachimantai's Panoram… Read More
APPI / HACHIMANTAI SKI AREA 2016-17
A deep powder experience for riders of all levels
Enjoying the exceptional quality powder snow that is a signature of resorts in Iwate, Hachimantai Resort lies between the 2,038-metre Mt Iwate, and the volcanic plateau of Hachimantai.
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SNOWSHOE NATURE TRAIL & WINTER MOUNTAIN TREKKING
The snowshoe nature trail allows participants to step off the fast lane, stop and admire the beauty that surrounds them. The forest behind Hotel APPI Grand is host to all kinds of flora, fauna and fluffy snow to play with. Explore yourself o… Read More