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Japan's 7 Best Spring Ski Locations

Japan gets so much snow that some of its biggest resorts offer skiing into the second week of May—and there's even one that goes into July!

4 Premium Packaged Plants

This great selection highlights the Japanese art of packaged food, where almost anything can find itself inside a plastic wrapper!

Ginormous Anime Snow Sculptures

It seems the 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival has some larger-than-life anime characters in store!

7 Sweet Reasons to Visit Snowy Hokkaido

Here are seven snacks to whet your appetite and encourage you to break out your snow boots.

Find Food Heaven in Hokkaido

Please, please eat something before watching this video about what to eat in Hokkaido. You've been warned.

Flowers & Festivals in Hokkaido

How about strolling in endless fields of lavender, sunflowers and wheat to experience the natural wonders of the great island of Hokkaido?

Wonders of Japan: Hospitality

Experience the welcoming culture of hospitality that is the pride of Japan.

The Shinkansen Network in Japan

A visit to Japan is incomplete without some travel on the Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet train network. With a new line connecting Hokkaido, there isn’t a better time to see all of Japan in the blink of an eye!

Ski with Sakura in Sapporo

The end of April sees all but the nation's northernmost cherry blossoms fall to the ground. But on the island of Hokkaido, the annual wave of pink and white is only about to begin.

Wonders of Japan: Industrial Heritage

Get to know modern community development while viewing heritage sites from Japan's industrial revolution.

The Train that Wouldn't Quit in 2015

This small train station in Hokkaido has kept open for one high school girl until she graduates at the end of March 2016.

Regional Station Souvenirs You Can't Miss!

Don't let these yummy station souvenirs pass you by on your next Shinkansen ride!

6 Beautiful Japanese Glasses

Often utilizing vivid colors, these blown glass glasses are wonderful examples of a traditional Japanese technique.

Dive Into Ainu Culture

Discover the culture and traditions of the Ainu as we take an in-depth look into one of Japan's largest indigenous populations.

Ekiben: Symbols of Colorful Local Culture

There was a time in Japanese history when each domain acted practically as its own country. So it's hardly surprising that each area developed its own culture and customs, giving a distinctive flavor and flair to each region.

Wonders of Japan: Activities Amidst Nature

Experience a variety of sports activities carried out amidst nature.

5 Winter Day Trips from Sapporo

Sapporo is an ideal base from which to explore other areas of vast Hokkaido! From penguins to icebreakers, and ice sculptures to festivals, Hokkaido has so much to see and experience.

Top 9 Sakura Spots in Tohoku & Hokkaido

Since northern Japan gets its cherry blossoms later than the rest of the country, even if you've missed the first round of 'sakura' to the south, you can often catch late blooms in Tohoku and Hokkaido as late as the end of April or even early May.

Thomas the Tank Engine Takes Japan

It may come as a bit of a surprise, but Thomas the Tank Engine is one of Japan's best-loved children's characters. In fact, the country boasts multiple theme parks and working trains dedicated to Thomas and his friends.

Ride 10 Gorgeous Steam Locomotives in Japan

Japan is famous for its modern trains, but it's also a great lover of traditional steam engines.

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