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Tokyo’s whackiest hotels!

Tokyo Basics Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Japan has this special power of going the extra mile in anything they set out to do. This includes their commitment and love for the more whacky and kooky side of Japanese culture. From theme parks to themed restaurants and food, to Hello Kitty trains and Anime themed planes, the whacky and kooky m… Read More

TOKYO TOWER VS TOKYO SKYTREE

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Tokyo city is full of towering buildings, but did you know there are two rivalling towers there? Image via Klook Both Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree are free standing broadcasting towers. They are both quite tall and visitors can take a long elevator ride up to look over Tokyo city, but that's as … Read More

Sumo: Japan’s biggest national sport!

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Sumo is a national sport of Japan; a form of wrestling that has over a thousand years of history! Image via Robb Report Even after all of these years, it’s much loved by the Japanese people, and it’s a mainstream sport that can be watched freely on television. Viewing sumo at a tournament is on… Read More

Where unreal is the new real. . .

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Universal Studios Japan® in Osaka has gone beyond over the top for its fifteenth anniversary. Unveiling not only new Wand Magic area sand a stunning night show at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,it has also created the world's largest Minion Park.Visitors to Wand Magic at the Wizarding Wor… Read More

RYOKAN

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Ryokan Gojyuan: a little bit of Japan in Balmain Experience an authentic ryokan, complete with a Japanese garden Soak for hours in the aromatic hinoki bath to music of your choice Savour a classic ichijū-sansai breakfast overlooking the koi pond   In Sydney's inner west subur… Read More

Powder bliss in Nagano ; MYOKO

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> 14 metres of amazing powder a season > Five different types of hot spring water > Fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan   Myoko is a vintage Japanese alpine retreat, comprised of nine different slopes and seven hot spring villages. The area is situated in the heavy snowfal… Read More

Naeba Ski Resort

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CLOSER THAN YOU THINK From its 1,789-metre summit over 889 metres of vertical, Naeba Ski Resort has a total of 22 courses. It is also connected to Kagura Ski Resort next door by the 5,481-metre Dragondola, overwhelmingly Japan's longest. Standout amenities include the 1,224-room Naeba Prince… Read More

Kagura Ski Resort

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TOP SHELF Consisting of the Kagura, Tashiro and Mitsumata areas, Kagura Ski Resort is known for its high-quality powder, snow parks, exciting backcountry courses and lengthy tree runs from its 1,845-metre summit. This 23-course ski field is open from late November to late May, and its Powder… Read More

Powder bliss in Nagano ; NOZAWA ONSEN

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> Deep powder resort with a vast slope area > Grand samurai-era bathhouses and inns > Traditional hot spring healing destination 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 avera… Read More

Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

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QUALITY AND QUANTITY Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort redefines the meaning of 'powder dump'. Fine, dry powder cascades down on the resort during a long season from December to May, and the snow pack reaches depths of over five metres around its 1,650-metre summit, Mt Kenashi. There are ungroomed burns … Read More

Madarao Mountain Resort

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UTOPIAN POWDER RESORT Madarao Mountain Resort is loved by many, thanks to its amazing variety of 'Madapow'-laden slopes. A 1,382-metre mountain accessible in under 2.5 hours from Tokyo via bullet train to Iiyama Station and shuttle bus, it features 30 separate courses. Some 60% of these are … Read More

Tangram Madarao Tokyu Resort

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ONE-STOP POWDER SHOP Tangram Madarao Tokyu Resort has refined every element required for a great holiday for guests of all ages, and with two hotels right next to the ski fields, it’s the ultimate one-stop powder shop. Tangram Ski Circus, the north-facing ski field at the resort, is covered … Read More

Okushiga Kogen Ski Resort

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GREAT COURSE VARIETY Okushiga Kogen Ski Resort has nine courses with a good spread of terrain for all riders, a High Cascade terrain park and a kids park - as well as acres upon acres of backcountry skiing. The resort was exclusive to skiers until recently; now both skiers and boarders can e… Read More

Powder bliss in Nagano ; IIYAMA

Nagano Tours & Activities GJ Editor GJ Editor

Welcome to the ‘little Kyoto' of Japan's snow country THE city of Iiyama lies at the northernmost tip of Nagano, one of Japan’s snowiest prefectures. The Iiyama Valley is at its centre, and the gorgeous landscapes of Madarao Kogen and the heart-shaped Hokuryuko Lake surround the city. Often… Read More

Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort

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SHIGA KOGEN'S BIGGEST Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort is the largest of the interconnected resorts in the Shiga Kogen area, and was the stage of the first ever Olympic snowboarding race at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. This very race track is now its Olympic Course - a 650-metre speed run wit… Read More

Higashi Tateyama Ski Resort

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QUALITY FROM THE TOP DOWN From the summit of the Higashi Tateyama Ski Resort, the Northern Japanese Alps dominate the horizon. The scale of this view is as breathtaking as the runs that fly down the mountain, and it's an absolute must-try for skiers and snowboarders in the Shiga Kogen resort… Read More

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