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.
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.
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.
Miyagi Zao Eboshi is one of four resorts on the East side of the Zao volcanoes in Miyagi. Eboshi boasts a 4,300 meter ski run and is a great mountain for beginner to intermediate snowboarders and skiers.