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Yoyogi Park
A fun place for everybody in the heart of Tokyo
Throwing a frisbee, flying a kite or playing badminton in the open in the middle of Tokyo? Yes, this sounds like a typical weekend in Yoyogi Park (Yoyogi Koen).

Shinrin Park
The definitive public park
Massive, diverse, and rife with gorgeous scenery, Shinrin Koen is the definitive public park.

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Taneyamagahara in Iwate
A plateau where you can meet "Matasaburo of the Wind"
At Tanayamagahara in Iwate Prefecture, you can take in Miyazawa Kenji's "Landscape of Ihatov", a plateau designated as a national spot of beauty. There you might meet "Matasaburo of the Wind". 

Cycling from Kyoto to Nara
Following the ancient route between two old capitals
Cycling from Kyoto to Nara in early September offers great countryside and river views. The best route follows the road beside Keihan Nara Line.

The Sumo’s Apprentice
Venture inside the hidden world of Sumo
A great alternative to paying huge prices to see Sumo Wrestling tournaments in Japan is to join a tour to visit one of the many Sumo schools. You'll see a different side of the sport and gain a close insight into the real life of the Sumo.

Cycle Trip from Kyoto to Shigaraki
See Shiga Prefecture's beautiful countryside by bicycle
Cycling from Kyoto through the countryside of Shiga Prefecture to Shigaraki, the tanuki statue town.

Destination Uji
Cycling from Otsu to Uji along Seta and Uji Rivers
Cycling from Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture to Uji along the Seta and Uji Rivers.

A Lot of Fun at Niko Niko Park
An adventurous place with ample play equipment
Outdoor playground Niko Niko Park is a lot of fun! Colorful Rhody horses are waiting to be mounted; there are climbing towers, a trampoline, sandpit, and the seesaw and glider equipment, while the more adventurous kids can slide, climb and crawl their heart out at the man-made obstacle mountain.

Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area
Japan's highest quality snow
Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area, fluffy Colorado-quality snow at the host resort of 1998 Nagano Olympics

Rock Craft
Tochigi's famed climbing gym
Rock Craft is located in Oyama, Tochigi prefecture's second biggest city. It is a famous rock climbing gym that has hosted climbing legends such as Yuji Hirayama and Chris Sharma.

Charmant Hiuchi Snow Resort
The best powder on Honshu?
Charmant Hiuchi Snow Resort: a small mountain with big powder from first run till last. Remote enough to keep away the crowds

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