“…excellent powder and a relaxed local atmosphere…”
Secluded amidst rugged alpine scenery in the north of the Hakuba Valley away from the hustle and bustle of the main resort area, Hakuba Norikura Ski Resort, or Hakunori for short, is popular for its wide variety of courses, excellent powd… Read More
“Get your share of the biggest powder dumps in Hakuba!”
Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort boasts a gigantic natural bowl, which enjoys Hakuba’s biggest powder dumps each season. Just add its liberal off-piste policy, and you have a serving of powder heaven complete with tree runs on the side! Cortina… Read More
“…an uninterrupted panorama of the Northern Alps…”
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is hidden behind a highway and a gondola station, leading some to assume that it's small potatoes. However that preconception is soon dispelled as they arrive at the centre of a 360º panorama that take in the Northe… Read More
“…the highest terrain park in the Hakuba Valley…”
Tsugaike Kogen is one of the Hakuba Valley's biggest resorts, and transforms from a highland oasis of colour in the off-season to a powder paradise in winter.
The twelve courses within its 155 hectares are connected by 27 l… Read More
“…one of the Hakuba Valley’s pioneering ski resorts…”
Happo-One is one of the Hakuba Valley's pioneering ski resorts, with roots stretching back to the 1920s. Today it remains at the forefront of the development of snow sports in Japan, and with plenty of excellent-quality powder, is one o… Read More
“Non-stop fun at one of Hakuba's youngest resorts”
A distincitvely Gen Y resort in comparison to the many baby boomers in the Hakuba Valley, Hakuba 47 was born in 1990 but has since risen to prominence as one of the valley’s premier all-season resorts. Its winter scenery is nothing short o… Read More
“…incredible views of the the Japanese Alps…”
Hakuba Goryu has an ideal balance of courses, from those that will see you instinctively asking yourself whether your life insurance policy is up to date before you drop in, to mellow kids parks, and everything in between.
Starting from the to… Read More
Gold medal-winning powder
The Hakuba Valley is where it all went down during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics; medals were hotly contested, but at the end of the day, everyone that experienced the kiss of its powder and the excitement of its curves was a winner. And it was all just another chap… 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
An ancient bathhouse and four sublime hot spring inns in a secluded coastal retreat
Just an hour from Kanazawa by train, Wakura Onsen is an idyllic hot spring village overlooking the Sea of Japan from the sheltered eastern side of the Noto Peninsula. It was developed by the local Maeda clan fo… Read More
From to craft to cars, Kaga has a range of attractions ideally suited to family groups
Okashi-jo Kagahan & Nippon Origami Museum
Okashi-jo Kagahan is one of the Kaga area's most well-established traditional sweet makers, and with more than 300 types to choose from under the one ro… Read More
Stay in Kanazawa to dig deeper and experience Ishikawa's diverse regional culture
Visit the Kaga area from Kanazawa for a full-bodied mix of local culture, hot springs and mountain scenery. Centred on the city of Kaga, an hour to the south of Kanazawa by train, it has six ma… Read More
Kanazawa's cultural riches make the city an incredibly rewarding day trip from Nagano or Tokyo
Early: Hirokoji & Myoryuji Temple
Now that the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train has put Kanazawa just over an hour from Nagano, and only two and a half from Tokyo, Kanazawa's special castle town… Read More
From one of Japan's most beautiful gardens to modern art
Morning: Kanazawa Station, Omi-cho Market
Even before setting foot in Kanazawa's cultural heritage area, gold leaf greets visitors to the city with a shine on the bullet train platforms of Kanazawa Station. First priority? Fresh… Read More
Kenrokuen Garden, Myoryuji Temple, Kanazawa Station & Omi-cho Market
Featuring an inspiring series of landscapes imbued with deep philosophy and spirituality, Kenrokuen Garden is an iconic part of Kanazawa's cultural heritage, and one of Japan's three most beautif… Read More
Connect with the city's living cultural heritage
Try a hands-on creative workshop in Kanazawa for a more intimate insight into the city's cultural riches, and find out why it has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art.
http://www.kanazawa-kankoukyoukai.or.jp/feature/taiken-prog… Read More
Castle town charm, and gastronomic delight
Kanazawa was founded amidst the storm of famine, rebellion and civil war that raged during sixteenth-century Japan, and richly matured as a castle town to become one of the most influential cities in the country.
A patchwork of gently undulating plat… Read More
Japan's bullet train now gets you to one of the country's most culturally rich gems in record time
Ishikawa Prefecture offers a kaleidoscope of colour and flavour throughout the four seasons, showcased beautifully in its capital city of Kanazawa. A historic centre of gold leaf produc… Read More
The neighbouring town to snow monkey park, full of charm and traditions
Shibu Onsen is a small, hot-spring district town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing traditions and architecture of years passed, still standing tall and proud.
This town was… Read More