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Promoting the Healing Power of Nature

The Kaminoyama Onsen Kurort project is a wellness and leisure spot in Yamagata Prefecture that focuses on medical science-based healthy outdoor walks and invigorating visitors through local culinary and hot spring resources.

Top 6 'Hanami' Spots in Shikoku

While Shikoku might be a bit off the grid when it comes to mass tourism, this island region is full of hidden natural gems—including gorgeous cherry trees!

The Ultimate Group Tent

Enjoy your own personal space or chat it up in the communal meeting room in this outdoor tent!

6 Great Nature Hikes Close to the Shinkansen

Blaze the trails on these six hikes that are only a hop, skip and a jump away from the bullet train.

Full List: Japan’s UNESCO Shrines & Temples!

Japan is home to thousands of historic shrines and temples, and a good few of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A visit to just one can give insight into Japanese culture.

Conservation of an Icon

Mount Fuji is recognized as both a World Heritage Site and a three-star Michelin spot. But how do you protect a natural site from the erosive forces of its own popularity?

Day Trip to Hirayu Onsen

Follow a couple on a day trip to Hirayu Onsen in Gifu Prefecture!

There's a Touching Story Behind These Flowers

The background story of the man who planted these pink flowers in Miyazaki Prefecture is just as beautiful as the flowers themselves.

Japan's Top 5 'Hanami' Hikes

Japanese culture is deeply tied to nature, and there's no better time to appreciate the Japanese wilderness than cherry blossom season.

6 Awesome Things to See & Do in Chichibu

Chichibu is located in western Saitama, just 90 minutes from central Tokyo. A popular tourist destination full of temples and shrines, it's known as a spot for delicious food and sightseeing.

3 Magical Ghibli Hikes

Hayao Miyazaki’s animation has touched the hearts of old and young time and time again. The films produced by his incomparable Studio Ghibli often depict beautiful countryside scenes, some of which were inspired by real hills and mountains in Japan.

Wonders of Japan: Activities Amidst Nature

Experience a variety of sports activities carried out amidst nature.

Hike the 'Road to Laputa'

High atop Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture lies a hidden, winding path that leads you to a picture-perfect Ghibli-like view.

4 Day Trip Destinations to Escape from Tokyo!

Tokyo is definitely one of the most exciting and interesting cities in Japan, but there are so many other places that are definitely worth visiting!

Japan's 4 Most Notable Volcanoes

Because of its location on the Ring of Fire, Japan has more than 100 volcanoes—making it a top destination for those interested in these powerful symbols of danger and beauty.

Rivers & Shaved Ice in Nagatoro, Saitama

Nagatoro in Saitama Prefecture is a lovely place surrounded by the nature of the Chichibuchi region. The natural scenery of mountains and rivers is beautiful, and the somehow wistful site of the mountain villages is relaxing.

Hike the Yoro Valley

Chiba Prefecture's Yoro Valley (or Yoro Keikoku) offers rivers, waterfalls, seasonal vistas and even a black-water onsen!

Take a Breakneck Video Tour of Japan!

Filmed during a three-week railway journey through Japan, this stupendously edited collection of memories reminds us of what can be so fascinating about this island nation.

Japanese Castles — A Backpacker’s Guide

Check out an interview with Julien Mentzer as he discusses how his book, 'Japanese Castles – A Backpacker’s Guide,' can help you discover all the castle treasures of Japan.

A Visual Love Letter to Japan

There are Japan videos, and then there are things like this. Set to Yuzo Koshiro's sweeping "Cerulean Woodlands," this 10-minute piece of art is truly a love letter to Japan.

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