History flows through the hot springs of Yudanaka Onsen
From the moment you step off the train at Yudanaka Station, you are already fully immersed in the hot spring town of Yudanaka Onsen. Even the station has its own hot spring facilities for day-trippers, and just outside, one of the town's … Read More
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.
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Romantic hot spring town on the doorstep of the snow country
Echigo-Yuzawa inspired the Nobel Prize-winning novel 'Snow Country', and has created a dream-like legacy of romance in the white winters of the north-eastern Japanese countryside.
Snow Country was born from the pen of Yasunari Kawabat… Read More
Pioneering powder resort with historic hot springs
Nozawa Onsen has depth as a snow holiday destination in more ways than one. The first things that come to mind for skiers and snowboarders are
its average 12-metre snowfall every year, and snow pack exceeding five metres in the highest sectio… Read More
Steaming mineral-rich pools of health and happiness are found everywhere in Yamagata, from the prefecture's coastline to its mountainous interior. Its hot spring bathing culture dates back over 1,900 years, when a wounded warrior is said to have stumbled upon one of its most legendary spring-he… Read More
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
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
Enjoy the finer things in a hot spring town on Hakuba’s doorstep
Traditional hot spring inns with revitalising baths; glassy lakes reflecting the jagged lines of snow-capped mountains. These are the classic hallmarks of a secluded Japanese alpine retreat, and Omachi has them in abundance.
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Hot spring heaven around the corner from Niseko
Niseko still has a few secrets up its sleeve, and one of these is Niseko-cho, or the Niseko town district.
Covered by forests and rivers, it is an abundant farming area known for melons, asparagus and tomatoes; eateries in town serve farm prod… 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
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
HOTEL MONT BLANC HAKUBA GROUP HOTELS
Hotel Mont Blanc Hakuba and Hotel Sejour Mint are two different hotels, but they both belong to the same group. So if you can't find reservation at one, you'll be able easily secure a spot at the other.
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Steaming mineral-rich pools of health and happiness are found everywhere in Yamagata from the coastline to its mountainous interior, and can be enjoyed quickly on a day trip or slowly and decadently on a hot spring holiday.
For visitors on a snow holiday, local hot spring (onsen) villages are … Read More
Discovering an ancient healing retreat
When Hanroku Takahashi descended into a valley in Echigo-Yuzawa some 900 years ago, a hot spring bath was the last thing he had in mind.
The local warrior had fallen ill on a journey through what was then a wilderness area, and was trying to catch medicina… Read More
“A truly natural ski resort, open for all”
Surrounded by a vast panoramic view, the Kumanoyu Ski Area is located in the Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park. The national park has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, ensuring the protection by the local environment.
From the 2015-20… Read More
An extended stay in Omachi often happens naturally when day visitors fall in love with its charming hot spring inns, restaurants and izakaya bars...
HOT SPRING INNS & HOTELS
With its long history, traditional architecture is one of Omachi's trademarks, and inn rooms with slidi… Read More
One of Omachi's biggest strengths as a snow holiday destination is its variety of attractions, which can be mixed and matched for a great day out...
KASHIMAYARI SPORTS VILLAGE & JIIGATAKE SKI RESORT
Omachi's two main snow resorts, Kashimayari and Jiigatake offer enough variety, and … Read More
A naturally blessed town surrounded by agricultural lands and hot springs,
including the renowned Konbu Onsen
It’s no secret that Australians love Niseko and its deep, fine powder but Niseko has a few lesser known secrets up its sleeve. Niseko Town, or Niseko Cho in Japanese is quietly tucked… Read More
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Shibu Onsen is a small, hot-spring district town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of stream, revealing traditions and architecture of years passed still standing tall and proud.
This town was discovered 1,300 years ago by a … Read More