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The Seven Waterfalls of Yude
Trekking off the beaten path in Southern Kumamoto
Minamata's mountainside onsen resort, Yunotsuru, is surrounded by hiking trails that give nature enthusiasts a chance to see up to seven waterfalls before they head back for a relaxing bath.

Bathing at Tarutama Onsen
Hot spring baths on the slopes of Mt Aso
For a soak in the wilds of the Mt Aso region, try bathing at Tarutama Onsen.

Iwate's Best Kept Secret: Ski Areas
Hachimantai and Shimokura ski hills
Iwate's best kept secret: Hachimantai and Shimokura ski resorts.

Yunokawa Onsen
Beautiful private baths in rural Kumamoto
Yunokawa Onsen offers ten private onsen suites in a rural setting on the outskirts of Yamaga town in northern Kumamoto Prefecture.

Ringo Onsen
The hot spring with floating apples
The Ringo Onsen (りんご温泉) is a hot spring attraction in Asahi Town, Yamagata Prefecture. It features an indoor and outdoor hot spring with apples floating in the water. There is also a restaurant onsite.

Gassho Folk Village of Gero Onsen
A miniature Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture
Gero Onsen's Gassho Folk Village is like visiting Shirakawa-go in miniature, with thatched roof homes relocated from the well-known UNESCO Heritage Site

Canyoning on the Namekawa
Autumn leaves and a scene from an adventure movie
Canyoning - hiking, repelling, swimming and sliding down waterfalls and mountain rivers

Hotel Ayabe Hot Springs
It is a fine line between pleasure and pain
Wellbeing is not a new idea, it is as old as time itself. The highlight at Ayabe is the outdoor baths. With a modern infinity like edge, it looks something straight from a resort. The clean lines and minimalist monochrome decor invites you to sink into a state of deep relaxation. The view beyond the green hedge is of green valleys and mountains in the horizon, and if you are here in winter, the steam rising from the hot springs, combined with the snow topped mountains and a dusting of snow in the township makes for a magical sight.

The dawn of Japan’s contact with the western world
What makes Hirado so interesting is not just its historic ties with the west, but its well preserved old streets and general feel of ancient Japan. The city is for the most part located on an island of the same name and was not even connected to the mainland until a bridge was built in 1977 connecting it to Kyushu island.

Day-trips from Tokyo: Karuizawa
Everything you need to know about this resort town
Karuizawa is a tranquil resort town an hour by train from Tokyo, a good place for a fun day-trip or relaxing two- or three-day break