5 Must-Visit Ski Resorts To Visit Outside of Hokkaido: Exploring Japan's Best Slopes

5 Must-Visit Ski Resorts To Visit Outside of Hokkaido: Exploring Japan's Best Slopes

Have you ever gone skiing or snowboarding in Japan? In Japan, although skiing as a means of transportation had been around for centuries in communities living in high snowfall areas, it is said that modern skiing was first introduced to Japan in 1911, when a military major from the Austro-Hungarian army, Major Theodor Edler von Lerch came to Niigata Prefecture to teach mountain warfare and skiing to the Japanese army. It was also in this year that Japan's first private ski resort, Goshiki Onsen Ski Resort in Yamagata Prefecture, was opened. 

As of 2023, it is estimated that Japan has close to 500 ski resorts. Going for a skiing or snowboarding holiday in Japan is beloved not just by locals, but international tourists as well, mainly for the excellent powder snow conditions, which has been termed “Japow”, short for “Japan powder snow”.

 

Niseko, Home to the Best Japow

Ski resort in Niseko with a snowy Mount Yotei in the background
View of Mount Yotei from the slopes of Niseko | Photo by photoAC

As Japan’s northernmost region, Hokkaido (北海道 Hokkaidō) is often the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a winter holiday in Japan, with Niseko (ニセコ) being at the top of the list. With legendary, consistently high-quality powder snow and an extensive ski area, Niseko attracts winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world who seek a memorable and unparalleled Japow experience. 

Other than its exceptional snow, Niseko also boasts a vibrant après-ski scene, numerous restaurants and bars, relaxing hot springs, a lively atmosphere, and beautiful views of Mount Yotei (羊蹄山), also known as the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido. With a foreigner-friendly environment―many menus and services are available in foreign languages―Niseko has branded itself as a destination that is welcoming to an international audience.

Not just limited to Hokkaido, many parts of Japan are also renowned for their excellent skiing opportunities, with numerous world-class ski resorts scattered across the country, where you can enjoy high-quality powder snow, modern facilities, amazing scenery, and a fun and fantastic time. Curious to find out more? Starting from the north and heading southwards, here are five ski resorts to visit that are not in Hokkaido:

 

① Appi Kogen | Iwate Prefecture

Ski slopes on Appi Kogen
Appi Kogen is one the largest ski resorts in the Tohoku Region | Photo by 岩手観光協会

 First up is Appi Kogen (安比高原 Appi Kōgen), located in the snow-rich Iwate Prefecture (岩手県), one of the northernmost prefectures on mainland Japan. Home to a wide range of slopes, including long, groomed runs and challenging off-piste areas, Appi Kogen is of the Tohoku Region’s representative ski resorts, and also offers a variety of accommodations, restaurants, and other modern facilities.

 

Skiers at a snowy Appi Kogen
Appi Kogen offers 21 courses for skiers of varying levels | Photo by 岩手観光協会

Due to its high elevation and northern geographical location, Appi Kogen receives significant snowfall, resulting in beautiful powder snow and good skiing conditions. The resort caters to both avid skiing enthusiasts and families looking to start skiing. Other winter activities you can try out here include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snow-rafting, and more.

Appi Kogen’s winter season usually lasts from early December to early May, but may change depending on snow conditions.

 

Appi Kogen (安比高原)
Winter Season: Early December to early May (Depending on snow conditions)
Access: Appi Kogen is a 60-minute bus ride from JR Morioka Station (盛岡駅), which is approximately a 2-hour-10-minute ride on the Tohoku Shinkansen or Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo Station (東京駅).

 

② Zao Onsen Ski Resort | Yamagata Prefecture

Zao Onsen ski resort and snow monsters
Snow monsters line the slopes of Zao Ski Resort | Photo by 山形県庁

Next up, also in the Tohoku Region, is Zao Onsen Ski Resort (蔵王スキー場) in Yamagata Prefecture (山形県). This resort offers a very special and mystical winter landscape for skiers and visitors: the stunning snow monsters (樹氷 juhyō). 

 

Snow monsters at nightSnow monsters illuminated at night | Photo by 山形県庁

Snow monsters are frozen trees covered in heavy layers of snow and frost, and are a spectacular sight to behold. The largest and most well-formed snow monsters are best seen between early to mid-February, and in the evenings, some areas even illuminate the snow monsters, creating a unique experience.


Skiers at Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Fantastic views at Zao Onsen Ski Resort | Photo by 山形県庁

Zao Onsen Ski Resort is a great choice if you’re looking for a blend of traditional Japanese culture, modern skiing amenities, and amazing scenery. As you might have guessed from its name, Zao Onsen Ski Resort is located in a hot spring area, with therapeutic hot springs abundantly available. After a long, tiring day of hitting the slopes, you can relax and unwind at a hot spring, and enjoy fantastic meals and hospitality at a Japanese-style inn (旅館 ryokan).

Zao Onsen Ski Resort’s winter season usually lasts from mid-December to early May, but may change depending on snow conditions.

 

Zao Onsen Ski Resort (蔵王温泉スキー場)
Winter Season: Mid-December to early May (Depending on snow conditions)
Access: Zao Onsen Ski Resort is a 40-minute bus ride from JR Yamagata Station (山形駅), which is approximately a 2-hour-45-minute ride on the Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo Station.

 

③ GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort | Niigata Prefecture

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata
GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is just a short ride away from Tokyo | Photo by GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort

 Moving over to Niigata Prefecture (新潟県), next up is the only ski resort in the world directly connected to its own bullet train (shinkansen) station: GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort (ガーラ湯沢). Located less than 75 minutes by the fastest direct bullet train from Tokyo, this resort is a convenient winter getaway from the capital, and offers 16 courses of varying levels of difficulties.

With such great accessibility, GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is the perfect day trip if you’re looking to try out skiing and snowboarding for a few hours. The resort also offers a huge variety of rental gear and equipment, so you can come empty-handed without having to worry about bringing along extra clothes. Every year, GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort has new models of skis and snowboards for rental, and customers can rest assured that all equipment is in good condition.

 

Snow much fun in GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort
Having “snow” much fun at GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort | Photo by GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort

Foreign language ski lessons like English and Chinese are available, and for those who just want to enjoy the snow, GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort also offers an assortment of fun snow activities such as sledding, snowmobile sleigh tours, snowshoe tours, moon biking, a snow enjoyment area, and more. 

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort’s winter season usually lasts from mid-December to early May, but may change depending on snow conditions.

 

Snow Country Niigata
Yuzawa Town | Photo by photoAC

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is located in Yuzawa Town, and the nearby Echigo Yuzawa is home to delicious sake (酒), relaxing hot springs, and beautiful snowy mountain views.

For information more about winter activities at GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort and Echigo Yuzawa, check out this virtual tour hosted by JAPAN RAIL CAFE from last season.

 

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort (ガーラ湯沢)
Winter Season: Mid-December to early May (Depending on snow conditions)
Access: JR GALA Yuzawa Station (ガーラ湯沢駅) is approximately a 75-minute ride on the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo Station. 


 

④ Shiga Kogen | Nagano Prefecture

Slopes and chairlifts at Shiga Kogen Ski ResortShiga Kogen is Japan’s largest ski resort area | Photo by Meg1977 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Nestled in the heart of the mountainous Nagano Prefecture’s Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, Shiga Kogen (志賀高原) is the largest ski resort area in Japan, made up of a vast network of interconnected ski resorts offering over 40 lifts and around 80 courses. The resort hosted several events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and comprises an expansive network of slopes catering to various skill levels, with diverse terrain ranging from groomed slopes to challenging backcountry areas. 

 

Panoramic view of the alps surrounding Shiga Kogen
Enjoy panoramic views from high above | Photo by photoAC

Shiga Kogen is also Japan’s highest elevation ski resort, with a peak elevation of 2,307m. The area receives high snowfall, and the high elevation contributes to excellent powder snow. With picturesque alpine scenery, diverse terrain, and incredible snow conditions, Shiga Kogen is popular amongst both international and domestic winter sports enthusiasts. Other than skiing and snowboarding, visitors can also enjoy panoramic snowy views from the viewing terrace, go sledding, go on a snow monster tour, and more.

Shiga Kogen’s winter season usually lasts from mid-November to early May, but may change depending on snow conditions.

 

Shiga Kogen (志賀高原)
Winter Season: Mid-November to early May (Depending on snow conditions)
Access: Shiga Kogen is a 70-minute bus ride from JR Nagano Station (長野駅), which is approximately a 90-minute ride on the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station.

 

Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani
Take a side trip to see the snow monkeys | Photo by Carissa Loh

For visitors to Shiga Kogen, a popular side trip is to see the snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑 Jigokudani Yaen Kо̄en). Located at an altitude of 850m, this is one of the few places in the world where you get up close to can see wild snow monkeys soaking in natural hot springs. It’s just a 20-minute express bus ride from Shiga Kogen to the Snow Monkey Park bus stop, where visitors will have to make a 35-minute walk through the forest to reach the actual park.

For information more about winter activities at Shiga Kogen, check out this virtual tour from last season.

 

⑤ Dynaland | Gifu Prefecture

Panoramic views and slopes of Dynaland
Dynaland offers a family-friendly environment | Photo by Alpsdake (
CC BY-SA 4.0)

Heading over to Central Japan’s Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県), we have Dynaland (ダイナランド). Although not as well-known internationally as some of the other resorts in this article, Dynaland stands out for its welcoming and family-friendly environment, with various slopes suitable for beginners. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Dynaland also offers activities such as snowshoeing and sledding, as well as snow play areas for children and families, so everyone can enjoy the snow. 

 

Dynaland in Gifu
Enjoy a relaxing winter getaway at Dynaland | Photo by fesek (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Whether you’re looking to introduce your children to the joy of skiing, or seeking a relaxing winter getaway, Dynaland’s combination of family-friendly amenities and diverse activities make it a compelling choice for families travelling to the Central Japan region.

Dynaland’s winter season usually lasts from mid-December to early April, but may change depending on snow conditions.


Dynaland (ダイナランド)
Winter Season: Mid-December to early April (Depending on snow conditions)
Access: Dynaland is a shuttle bus ride from Hirugano Kogen Bus Stop. Hirugano Kogen Bus Stop is a 1-hour-40-minute bus ride from JR Nagoya Station (名古屋駅), which is approximately a 1-hour-40-minute ride on the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station.

 

Bonus: HAKUBA VALLEY | Nagano Prefecture

Hakuba Valley is surrounded by some of Japan's tallest peaks
Hakuba is home to some of Japan’s highest peaks | Photo by photoAC

We end off with a bonus sixth resort: HAKUBA VALLEY in Nagano Prefecture. Located at the foot of some of Japan’s tallest mountains, HAKUBA VALLEY consists of 10 resorts, and is commonly referred to as just Hakuba (白馬). Well-renowned as a premier winter destination due to its beautiful powder snow, Hakuba saw a massive surge in popularity as a winter destination for foreigners after hosting several events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

This region is very easily accessible, with direct buses from Shinjuku and Narita Airport during the winter season. Hakuba sees numerous international visitors, and many businesses in the area cater to English speakers. The international atmosphere, along with English-speaking staff and signage, makes it easy for foreign visitors to navigate and enjoy their time in Hakuba. 

 

Panoramic view of Hakuba ValleyPhoto by photoAC

HAKUBA VALLEY is also well-known for its varied terrain that caters to all levels of expertise. From gentle slopes for beginners, to challenging backcountry skiing and off-piste adventures for advanced skiers, Hakuba is sure to ensure a diverse and exciting experience!

HAKUBA VALLEY’s winter season usually lasts from early December to early May, but may change depending on snow conditions.

 

HAKUBA VALLEY (白馬)
Winter Season: Early December to early May (Depending on snow conditions)
Access: Hakuba is a 60-minute bus ride from JR Nagano Station (長野駅), which is approximately a 90-minute ride on the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station.


Winter delicacies with JAPAN RAIL CLUB's "Merry Citrus" December Box!

Presenting JAPAN RAIL CLUB's Merry Citrus Omiyage Snack Box in December!

Now that you've got the lowdown on Japan's ski scene beyond Niseko, it's time to bundle up and hit the slopes for a winter adventure in Japan! Speaking of bundle, here’s a wintery selection of citrus and seafood snacks that will surely remind you of winter in Japan. 

JAPAN RAIL CLUB is proud to present a box of citrus wonders in December’s Omiyage Snack Box: Merry Citrus! Immerse yourself in the thrill of the slopes, then refresh your senses with the vibrant flavors of winter citruses like yuzu and mikan. Exclusively available in the month of December, gift your loved ones with the tantalising flavours of Japan’s winter with JAPAN RAIL CLUB’s Snack Subscription Plan—use promo code CITRUSOFF12 to unlock your subscription at a limited time only! Have a zesty ski season!

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Carissa Loh

Having visited all 47 prefectures of Japan, Carissa's next goal in life is to ride all of Japan's sightseeing trains and climb all its 100 Famous Mountains. Sounds like a dream? Check back in 50 years.

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Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji...

This May, JAPAN RAIL CLUB celebrates the joy that matcha brings to our lives with...

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點
Sue Lynn

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點

在日本眾多節慶與珍貴傳統之中,有一個特別關於自然崇敬的慶典——綠之日。這個國定假日訂於每年五月四日,見證了日本與自然的深厚連結,也提醒人們欣賞這個70%都是山區的島國上,那些美麗的綠色景觀。

Carissa Loh Culture

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點

在日本眾多節慶與珍貴傳統之中,有一個特別關於自然崇敬的慶典——綠之日。這個國定假日訂於每年五月四日,見證了日本與自然的深厚連結,也提醒人們欣賞這個70%都是山區的島國上,那些美麗的綠色景觀。

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Explore During Japan's Shinryoku Season
Sue Lynn

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for nature―Midori-no-Hi (みどりの日 Greenery Day). Observed annually on 4 May, this national holiday is a testament...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for...

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
Sue Lynn

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top producer of agricultural products and seafood: the vast lands covering Japan’s second largest island and...

Wendy Ng

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top...

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of Japan
Sue Lynn

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes but even amongst these, there are three locations that rise above the others and are...

Dawn Sim Nature

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes...

Japan celebrates Golden Week between April 29 to May 5
Sue Lynn

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of Japan's most prominent and bustling holiday periods, usually spans from late April to early May...

Dawn Sim Culture

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of...

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉
Sue Lynn

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Carissa Loh Nature

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Than Sakura
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with spring than the beloved cherry blossom (桜 sakura). However, other than these pretty, pink blossoms,...

Carissa Loh Nature

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with...

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in April and May
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of a new beginning in many Japanese literature. | Photo by Dawn Sim   A symbol...

Dawn Sim Spring

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other than the mesmerising cherry blossoms painting the landscape, spring is the best season to experience...

Wendy Ng Food

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festivals in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing with it beautiful flowers, comfortable temperatures, and a time of celebration. While most travellers head...

Carissa Loh Festival

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing...

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in Japan
Sue Lynn

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich history and enduring cultural heritage, is particularly famous for its magnificent Japanese castles (お城 oshiro)....

Carissa Loh Culture

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich...

Sakura Karinto and Marui Suzuki
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions of celebrating this season is to enjoy “ohanami” (お花見)! Ohanami means “flower-viewing”, and this is...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions...

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the start of springtime in Japan. Spring is the prettiest and most enjoyable season with radiant...

Wendy Ng Spring

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the...

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of Shochu Distilleries in Miyazaki
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese drink more shochu than sake. Considered to be Japan's national spirit, Shochu is gaining great...

Wendy Ng

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese...

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultural Icons
Sue Lynn

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition, Tohoku (東北), the northeastern part of Japan comprising of six prefectures – Aomori (青森), Akita...

Dawn Sim Culture

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition,...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you can unearth more culinary treasures spread throughout the country if you venture into the less...

Wendy Ng Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you...

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo for Ohanami
Sue Lynn

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you have witnessed the enchanting sight of cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) in full bloom. A cherry...

Carissa Loh Culture

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from Tohoku
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six prefectures, and is a treasure trove of beautiful nature and fascinating history. It’s a wonderful...

Carissa Loh Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six...

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souvenir & Gift-Giving Culture
Sue Lynn

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably seen the colourful and beautifully packaged boxes of local confectionery filling the gift shops along...

Carissa Loh Culture

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably...

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers from Akita by Kanaeya
Sue Lynn

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as an example, a prefecture where lush landscapes meet premium rice fields. Renowned for its exceptional...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as...

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from Takachiho (Winner of JR East Omiyage Grand Prix 2023 - Koshin’etsu Area Prize)
Sue Lynn

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the perfect souvenir or omiyage (お土産) to bring home for your loved ones and colleagues. While...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the...

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival Celebrating Girls’ Day
Sue Lynn

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the Hina Matsuri | ©photoAC Have you ever heard of Japan’s Hina Matsuri (雛祭)? Otherwise known...

Dawn Sim Culture

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the...

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Through The Eyes of Japanese Writers
Sue Lynn

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of literary giants and look no further than Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島), which lies just about 1-2...

Dawn Sim Travel

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of...

Mount Fuji with tea plantation in the foreground
Sue Lynn

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is Japan’s highest mountain, and has become a symbol of the country, recognised worldwide for its...

Carissa Loh Travel

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is...

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in Japan to Meet Feline Friends
Sue Lynn

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have noticed how beloved cats are over there. Think maneki-neko (招き猫) cat figurines that beckon luck,...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have...

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s Day in Japan
Sue Lynn

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day is universally celebrated across the globe where presents like chocolates, candies, and flowers are gifted...

Wendy Ng Culture

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day...

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the Izu Peninsula
Sue Lynn

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your loved one, but where to start? Here are our top five picks for romantic dating...

Carissa Loh Travel

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your...

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo”, Cafes, and the Railway Museum
Sue Lynn

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is the gateway to the neighbouring Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県). It is also a stop on more...

JAPANKURU Travel

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is...

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi by Kameya Foods
Sue Lynn

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi b...

Are you familiar with wasabi (わさび)? Made from the Wasabia japonica plant, wasabi or the Japanese horseradish is a unique spice native to Japan and is a staple in Japanese...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

February Maker’s Story: Shizuoka-grown Wasabi b...

Are you familiar with wasabi (わさび)? Made from the Wasabia japonica plant, wasabi or the...

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan and Must-do Activities
Sue Lynn

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan a...

Winter season in Japan boasts some of its most amazing and picturesque sceneries, especially in regions lying alongside the Sea of Japan (日本海), otherwise known as Yukiguni (雪国), or Snow...

Dawn Sim Festival

Winter Wonderland: 7 Snowiest Cities in Japan a...

Winter season in Japan boasts some of its most amazing and picturesque sceneries, especially in...