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Thinking of skiing somewhere a little different in Japan? Get Appi!

The Appi Kogen Ski Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in Japan, operated by Iwate Hotel & Resort Appi and is located near the northern end of Honshu, Japan’s main island. From Tokyo the easiest way to travel to Appi is via Bullet Train (just over 2 hours) to Morioka Station and then a short bus ride directly [...]

Momiji – new boutique accommodation in Hakuba

A homey ,boutique lodge retreat for those seeking a unique experience for their Hakuba ski holiday, Momiji is set in the Northeast end of Hakuba Valley right beside the slopes of Hakuba Norikura resort. Newly open for the 2017-2018 season, Momiji offers quality accommodation in the growing Tsugaike, Norikura and Cortina resort regions of Hakuba. Set in pristine woodland, [...]

Sumo Wrestling – Morning Training Watch Tour

Fancy a chance to watch some of the "biggest" athletes in Japan work hard in training? Starting early in the morning, wearing barely nothing-  even during the Japanese winter-  sumo training adheres to the path of "budo" martial arts and ancient traditional Japanese customs. Deeply rooted in Japan's native religion - Shinto - members of the sumo stable "sumo-beya" [...]

New service in Japan helps tourists lose the luggage

Tie-up frees up foreign travelers to enjoy the sights -- and the spending.. Foreign travelers trailing large suitcases at tourist spots are a familiar sight in Japan, but they could ease up if a planned joint new service by JTB, Panasonic and Yamato Holdings takes off. The January launch of the Luggage-Free Travel service, which brings together leading players in [...]