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Visiting Yamanashi Prefecture lets you take a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and indulge in the tranquility of nature. If you're thinking about visiting Mt.Fuji and would like to see the surrounding Hakone area, the Mt.Fuji and Hakone 1-Day tour could be just what you've been looking for.

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As Japan heads into the depths of winter, one can almost hear the collective sound of aspiring skiers and snowboarders preparing themselves for the slopes that have become a staple of Japan's snow season. Although the tried and true favorites of Niseko and Hakuba enough are highly recommended, rooms in the area do fill up faster than an ice cream can melt during summer in Australia. However, Niseko and Hakuba are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the range of other amazing ski and snowboarding slopes Japan has to offer. Let's take a look!

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by Brian - JAPANiCAN.com Staff
This past month, I was invited to go check out a ryokan in Hakone called Hakone Kowakudani Onsen Mizunoto. The "Hakone" part of their name is obvious, and the "Kowakudani Onsen" part refers to the ryokan's specific location in within Hakone, as well as the hot spring spas it offers its guests. The final part of the name, "Mizunoto", is really the kernel, not just of the name but of the concept of this ryokan itself. Literally meaning "the sound(s) of water", the name itself invokes a naturally tranquil and refreshing image. Upon my arrival (and stay), I was pleasantly surprised to discover the scope to which Mizunoto incorporates this concept both inside and out.
[ Hakone, Onsen (Hot Springs), Ryokan | published 2010.11.24 | PermaLink ]

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