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Day-trips from Tokyo: Karuizawa
Everything you need to know about this resort town
Toto, we're not in Tokyo any more: the main road north from Karuizawa station
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

Cavorting at Kyotango
A day trip of kayaking and swimming from Kyoto
The glimmering cerulean sea framed by dramatic wooded cliffs makes your heart sing.
The north shore of Kyoto prefecture revolves around Wakasa Bay, looking like a shining pearl necklace that stretches beyond the horizon from Hyogo to Fukui. This realm is blessed with pristine beaches and majestic peninsulas, whose forested hills kiss the sea. You can go swimming, surfing, fishing, or kayaking, in any combination you please. In Maizuru as well as Kyotango, you may come across kayakers doing a bit of squid or sea bream fishing on the side. Keep an eye for the sea eagles as they know where the richest fishing spots are.

The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival
A glorious exhibition of drunken insanity
The pyre up in flames after the men charged with defending it have fled.
The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival, an outrageous combination of flames, kindling and tons of sake is held every year on January 15th in Nozawa Onsen, a hot spring resort and ski village in northern Nagano Prefecture.

Climbing Mount Ontake - 2
Finding peace, spirituality and the odd hardship
Two snow covered 'Toris' leading up to the peak of 'Ken-ga-mine'
Climbing Mount Ontake during the snowy season. It is a beautiful, holy mountain. Part 2.

Climbing Mount Ontake - 1
Finding peace, spirituality and the odd hardship
Buddhist like monument with view of 'Kiso-goma-Dake' Mountain in background
A hike through snow covered peaks on Mount Ontake, a very holy mountain. Part 1

Finding Shirakami Sanchi
Be consumed by an ancient wilderness
On top of the world at Mount Komagatake, part of the Shirakami Sanchi
The steep mountains and remote forests have sheltered this paradise from mankind, and like nature's amphitheater, you can see the drama of nature play out its next act. Come face to face with the Japanese Black Bear or the Golden Eagle for the first time.

Zao Sumikawa Snow Park
Snow monsters over snowboarding
DROP THE BEAR! This is the only sign at the top of the mountain. The Japanese warns this is an uncompacted snow area, so it will be challenging--even without bears.
Zao Sumikawa is a popular snow park for snowboarders and tourists who want to see the famous Zao snow monsters.

Journey to Semboku
The north star of Japan
Old black houses and Alpine scenery makes a magical mix in the Semboku countryside
Semboku is one of the most beautiful parts of Akita Prefecture. With mountains and lakes, onsen hot springs and snow festivals, there is something for everyone, especially if you like nature and the traditions of old Japan.

Sora x Niwa Ice Skating in Ginza
Japan’s 1st rooftop rink located at Matsuya Dept Store
Enjoy ice skating at Sora x Niwa x Ice Park located on the rooftop of Matsuya Department Store in Ginza
Enjoy ice skating at Japan's first rooftop rink located at Matsuya Department Store in Ginza.

Miyagi's Annual Snowball Tournament
90 snowballs, 7 team members, 3 minutes. Are you ready?
Blue team rushes to position after the starting whistle. 
Miyagi hosts an annual snowball tournament in Kami Town. Winners of the event advance to either the national tournament in Nagano or the international competition in Sapporo. 

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