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Nagano Discover G'Day Japan!

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


Nagano Discover G'Day Japan!

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


Hokkaido Food and Drink G'Day Japan!

The beautiful heart of frontier Japan Quintessentially still a country town, Furano has Eden-like qualities that have long attracted nature-lovers, artists, photographers and film crews. Its seasons are similar to Northern Europe, with heavy snows blanketing the landscape in winter, and mil… Read More


Hokkaido Food and Drink G'Day Japan!

Fall in love with Hokkaido's historic port A fishing port close to Sapporo, Hokkaido's capital, Otaru grew with the development of the island's rail network to inland coal fields during the nineteenth century. Beautifully maintained European heritage buildings constructed during this era still… Read More


Ishikawa Culture G'Day Japan!

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 Discover G'Day Japan!

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

Bright and innovative by night…

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

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


Iwate Basics G'Day Japan!

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

Weird Japanese Food: Umeboshi

Food and Drink Alison Muir Alison Muir

In the popular Studio Ghibli animated film ‘Grave of the Fireflies’, the boy, Seita, forages in the rubble of a bombed city. He uncovers an undamaged supply cache, and retrieves several packages. One of these items is a large glass jar full of round, red morsels. On his way home, he opens the jar a… Read More

Weird Japanese Food: Natto

Food and Drink Alison Muir Alison Muir

One food item that’s practically guaranteed to get you all the elbow space you could possibly desire is the Japanese food known as ‘natto’. This dish is made from fermented soybeans, and opinion on it is fairly divisive even within Japan. Although it is a popular food for many reasons, it stinks to… Read More

Eating until you’re stuffed in Japan

Food and Drink Alison Muir Alison Muir

If you’d love to go to Japan, but you’re the kind of person who goes out for sushi and ends up with a pile of plates that kind of vaguely resembles a Japanese-style Leaning Tower of Pisa, do not despair. Japan will not starve you. In fact, if you haven’t managed to gain about five kilos from your t… Read More