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Powder bliss in Nagano-Niigata ; OMACHI

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Enjoy the finer things in a hot spring town on Hakuba’s doorstep   Just 40 minutes from Hakuba, Omachi is local to the ski resorts of Kashimayari Sports Village and Jiigatake. Its hot spring area of Omachi Onsenkyō is set in deep forest, and skiers and snowboarders overnight here from … Read More

Snowed under in Hokkaido ; TOKACHIDAKE

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For hungry riders on a raw powder diet   TOKACHIDAKE is nature in the Hokkaido Powder Belt 'as is'. There are no lifts, no groomed runs, and no crowds; just pure powder to be enjoyed. The area consists of Tokachidake, a 2,077-metre volcano, and Tokachidake Onsen, a hot spring village d… Read More

Snowed under in Hokkaido ; FURANO

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> Full-service outdoor playground > Lower humidity means even drier powder snow > Authentic local culture and hospitality   Winter guests visit the city of Furano for skiing and snowboarding both locally, and nearby at backcountry spots and other resorts around the Hok… Read More

WHEN THE SNOW MELTS

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Japan is stunning to visit at any time of year   Feast your eyes upon four of Japan's great seasonal activities and destinations in this feature. Although they showcase some of its quintessential natural and cultural heritage, these highlights can easily remain hidden behind the deep powde… Read More

TOGURA-KAMIYAMADA ONSEN

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Welcoming hot spring town with retro charm Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen carved itself a place on Japan's hot spring destination map just over 120 years ago in 1893. Times were tough, and to revive the local economy, the head of the town implemented a plan to dig for hot springs. Since the waters began… Read More

NAGANO CITY Powder bliss in Nagano-Niigata

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NAGANO CITY -> Convenient winter holiday base 79 minutes from Tokyo -> Close to the Hakuba Valley, Nozawa Onsen and the snow monkeys -> Local attractions include Zenkō-ji temple, a National Treasure of Japan Nagano City is more than a famous gateway for pilgrims to Zenkō-ji, its icon… Read More

STAY IN THE HOSHINO RESORTS IN HOKKAIDO

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Stay in Tomamu and Asahikawa,  and enjoy the best of Central Hokkaido! Great snow holiday areas in their own right, Tomamu and Asahikawa are also convenient bases for visiting Furano, Sahoro and Kamui, and enjoying the best of the Central Hokkaido region. This area is famous for even drier, fin… Read More

STAY IN THE HOSHINO RESORTS IN HOKKAIDO

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Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/en/ 079-2204 Nakatomamu, Shimukappu-mura, Yufutsu-gun 2+81-167-58-1111 Days 9:00-16:00, Nights 16:00-18:00, 16:00-19:00 (Fri-Sun, Holiday) Travelling times to Hoshino Resorts New Chitose Airport: 1 hr 30 min (car), Asahikawa Airport: 3 hrs (car) … Read More

Relax into Island Time at Ishigakijima

Okinawa Discover Ashleigh Dollin

“We live on different time here, Island Time... you can enjoy and relax” said the receptionist checking me into the hotel. Soon I became acutely aware of the flow of Island Time, my shoulders relaxed as the stresses of daily life left my body. The pace is leisurely at Ishigakijima it almost feels … Read More

The charms of Yamagata’s hot spring inns

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Lounging around in a comfy yukata kimono, eating delicious gourmet cuisine, ready to slide into a hot spring at a moment’s notice – there’s nothing quite like the luxury of a hot spring inn, or 'onsen ryokan'. Yamagata Prefecture is rich in historic hot spring inn communities, some hidden away in r… Read More

Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

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www.nozawaski.com/winter/en/index.php  |  Toyosato 7653, Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun  |  2+81-269-85-3166  |  Days 8:40-17:20, Nights 16:30-20:00  |  Travelling times to Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort Tokyo: 2 hrs 25 min (train), Osaka: 4 hrs 30 min (train)   QUALITY AND QUANTITY Nozaw… Read More

15 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO

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Welcome to Tokyo, the only place in the world that you can eat Michelin-starred food for under $10, sleep in a capsule, or watch live baseball at 4am in the morning. It is without a doubt one of the busiest, craziest, more bizarre cities on the planet! The list of things you can do here is lite… Read More

YOMASE ONSEN

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Meditate on the Zenkōji Plain from an amazing hot spring Yomase Onsen is a small hot spring oasis with incredible views from Kita Shiga Kogen's 1,352-metre Mt Kosha. With snowflakes melting on them as they fall, skiers and snowboarders soak in its famous Tōmi-no-yu outdoor baths (rotenburo) du… Read More

SHIBU ONSEN

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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-h… Read More

TOGURA-KAMIYAMADA ONSEN

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Welcoming hot spring town with retro charm Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen carved itself a place on Japan's hot spring destination map just over 120 years ago in 1893. Times were tough, and to revive the local economy, the head of the town implemented a plan to dig for hot springs. Since the waters beg… Read More

ASAHIKAWA

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Where the polar bears play, and the skiers stay Mid-winter in Asahikawa, Hokkaido's second-largest city, is a time of diamond dust sparkling in the morning sun, and giant snow sculptures lighting up the night with luminescent colour. The city's average daytime temperature during February is… Read More

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

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www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/en/  |  079-2204 Nakatomamu, Shimukappu-mura, Yufutsu-gun  |  2+81-167-58-1111  |  Days 9:00-16:00, Nights 16:00-18:00 (Mon-Thu), 16:00-19:00 (Fri-Sun, Holiday)  |  Travelling times to Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU New Chitose Airport: 1 hr 30 min (car), Asahikawa Airport: 3 h… Read More

SAPPORO

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Home of Hokkaido's larger-than-life snow festival The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is one of the biggest highlights of the winter season in Japan. Hundreds of ice sculptures and statues take over Sapporo's Odori Park, and Tsudome and Susukino areas for the festival every Februa… Read More

SIDETRACKED IN ISHIKAWA

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The bullet train journey from Tokyo through the Japan Alps to Ishikawa Prefecture is like being fast-forwarded through a Japanese winter hall of fame; a snow resort from the Nagano Winter Olympics here, a hot spring retreat that inspired a Nobel Prize-winning novel there. The pot of gold at the end… Read More

TOKYO STYLE

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Edomae sushi 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