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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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Experience the beauty of Yamanashi Prefecture which is home to Mt.Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes. Surprisingly, this region of un-spoilt natural beauty is only approximately 2 hours away by bus from Tokyo Station, making it extremely accessible for guests coming from the city of Tokyo. Due to its spectacular tourist sites, Yamanashi is a popular location that includes lakeside hotels, outdoor recreational activities such as camping, excursion boats and many other events to make for a fun-packed vacation. The most popular of the five lakes is Lake Kawaguchi which has a variety of hotels overlooking the lake itself and with its close proximity to Mt. Fuji is the ideal location to unwind. It would be no exaggeration to say that whatever season you visit, Yamanashi's abundant nature and changing seasonal landscape makes for a trip unique every time.

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Experience the exquisite rich-white scenery of winter in Sapporo and at night be amazed as your surroundings transform into a world of magic with the vibrant colorful lights of Sapporo White Illumination. This illumination is the first illumination event to have started in Japan, dating back to 1981. It hosts 520,000 light bulbs that transform Sapporo into a beautiful scene of vibrant colors. The illuminations at Odori Park center on Christmas and cosmic themes that sparkle as works of art in the night sky

[ Events, Experience, Festival, Hokkaido, Nature, Winter | published 2016.10.12 | PermaLink ]

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Satoyama Cylcing

Most people stroll through the historic district of Hida-Takayama, and go as far as the world heritage site at Shirakawago before heading home. Why not add a special experience to this typical route? Something to definitely check out is the Hida-Satoyama Cycling tour, which takes you through an area called Hida-Furukawa, where beautiful satoyama scenery still survives, and offers opportunities to interact with the locals.

[ Experience, Nature | published 2015.08.22 | PermaLink ]

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Take a look at our photo gallery of a day of cycling in Hida-Furukawa, organised by Satoyama Cycling!

[ Entertainment, Nature, Sports | published 2013.04.17 | PermaLink ]

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