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Extreme Fukushima

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Fukushima Prefecture is located at the bottom of the northern Tohoku region, and it is the third largest prefecture in Japan. Running long from east to west, Fukushima is split north to south by the Abukuma Highlands and Ou Mountain Range, separating it into the three main regions of Aizu, Nakadori… Read More

The Incredible Train Rides of Japan

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We all know that Japan is very capable of going beyond our expectations of converting something into more unique and extraordinary. The Robot Restaurant, vending machines, digital art museums and Pachinko... and train rides! While Japan is famously known for its efficient and extensive railway netw… Read More

ZAO ONSEN

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This traditional ski resort reigns supreme in Japan The historic hot spring town of Zao Onsen lies within the Zao Mountain Range, an impressive cluster of stratovolcanoes 40 minutes from Yamagata City. Legend has it that a wounded warrior stumbled upon the first spring-head in the area after a b… Read More

Sangoro Onsen Lodge

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Sangoro Onsen Lodge was made for those who believe in ‘more the merrier’! Sangoro Onsen Lodge in Zao Onsen, Yamagata, provides the dream accommodation for large groups travelling with 16 or more people. This is a fully self-contained apartment block with 4 bedrooms, 16 futons (sleeps up to 25 pe… Read More

MARUMORI

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Marumori town A wholesome country town watched over by Nekogami (Cat God) Abundant in nature and vibrant with creative people who have a love for traditional values and innovating a lifestyle of wellness for everyone. It is a truly unique town where approximately 80 stone monuments of cats d… Read More

Oohira Hotel

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With three types of private open air hot spring baths, Jyurouzin, Ebisuten and Daikokuten on offer 24 hours a day freely, you can rest assured that you’ll get to relax to the max after hitting the slopes at Oohira Hotel. Oohira Hotel offers both Western and Japanese style rooms (no smoking is al… Read More

Steep and deep days in Yamagata

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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

Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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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

Geto Kogen Ski Resort

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KING OF SNOW Situated in a beautiful highland area of Iwate Prefecture, a little over three hours north of Tokyo, Geto Kogen Ski Resort is known as the 'King of Snow' for good reason: the snow pack here can reach an enormous four metres. Open from early December to early May, the resort has… Read More

Yamagata Snow Festival

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Located just 2.5 hours north of Tokyo is Yamagata Prefecture - the powder rich and culturally rich ‘hot spring kingdom’ of the Tohoku area. Yamagata is known to be one of Japan’s heaviest snowfall areas, which attracts many during snow season every year, but it is also known well for the strong pr… Read More

Steep and deep days in Yamagata

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  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

Charming winter journeys in Yamagata

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Mogami Yamagata’s scenic Mogami region, named for the 224 kilometre-long river which flows through it, is more than three-quarters covered in mountainous forest. Much of the forest is ancient, some of the trees millennium-old giants measuring three metres or more around the base of their trunks. … Read More