Winter in Japan is like a fairytale with snow-covered slopes and while you won't see flowering cherry blossoms, there are plenty of other winter treasures to discover in Japan's four islands - Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. Don't worry, you'll find plenty of things to do in Japan in...
Honjin Hiranoya takes my breath away the moment I step into the wide-open expanse of the fresh smelling tatami reception area. This is no ordinary ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel) but a luxury destination in its own right. The only problem being the competitor for the travellers’ attention are the wonderful...
Japan is a country where ancient meets modern. Shinto shrines dating back hundreds of years are now dwarfed by skyscrapers. In these Japan tourist spots and other places, the contrasts are obvious. After first visiting Japan during the hanami (cherry blossom) season, I knew I had to return to see...
Want to see snow in Japan? Planning a skiing or snowboarding trip? Hakuba Ski Resort is one of Japan's best winter resorts and if you want to know where to stay in Hakuba, check out these cool Hakuba hotels.Winter in Japan is a picturesque white wonderland but if you're...
One of the best Japanese experiences is to visit a Japanese bath house. Westerners can feel very lost in Japan, more than anything because we cannot read kanji. A Japanese bath can be tricky but I have plenty of help while trying to determine which out of three pumps,...
If you're planning a trip to Japan to see the snow monkeys, you're probably picturing them in winter. Seeing those blessed little Japanese snow monkeys sitting in hot springs keeping their nether regions warm with ice and snow around them is very cute. But what you may not realise is you...
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