All About Japan

9 Best Backcountry Ski Spots in Japan

When you get tired of the pistes, there's always plenty of powder off the back—or further up! From Nagano to Hokkaido, here are the nine best backcountry ski spots in the country.

House of Light is an Absolute Delight

With an “outside-in” room and a bath lit by fiber optics, this incredible complex, designed by internationally renowned artist James Turrell, is one of Japan’s most unique places to stay.

Shoryudo — Rising Dragon of Japan

Have you ever made soy sauce by hand? Neither had Rachel! Follow her journey through the 'Rising Dragon' of Japan, a route that travels through Shizuoka, Aichi, Ishikawa, Gifu and Nagano Prefectures.

Japan's 8 Prefectures with the Most Snow

Find the top eight places to visit for snow!

The 11 Spookiest Spots in Japan

Whether they’re haunted, abandoned or just plain old creepy, these spots will definitely show you a chilly side of Japan you may never yet have known.

5 Unbelievable Hiking Spots in the Japan Alps

The Japan Alps in the north-central parts of Honshu offer some of the most exhilarating wilderness outings in the country. You won't believe what you can see.

8 Incredible Snow Scenes in Japan

Here's a selection of places that are beautiful in the warm weather, but in the winter, that beauty is multiplied!

The Top 11 Hot Spring Hot Spots in Japan!

Before modern medicine was invented, onsen (hot springs) were revered as sacred places blessed with magical healing properties. During the Edo Period, sick patients would soak in the onsen for weeks to leave the pools feeling healthy and refreshed!

3 Cool Countryside Day Trips from Tokyo

We all need a break from the city sometimes. Experience the other side of Japan with these three day trips to the countryside right outside Tokyo.

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 Cool Things You Probably Missed on SnowJapan

As with any big site, there are many great parts of SnowJapan that get overlooked, even by frequent users. Here are four things you probably didn't know you could do!

Amazing Japan in 20 Time-Lapse Videos at Night

Japan always looks gorgeous, day or night, and we present to you 20 incredible videos across the nation that show how it looks when the sun goes down, from the countryside to mountains and even major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

Top 10 Historical Hotels & 'Ryokan' Inns

Stay at an accommodation that once served Japanese feudal lords or one that has been around since the Edo Period!

3-Day Unlimited Pass for Tokyo & East Japan

Planning to be in Japan in late July? JR East is offering a cheap three-day pass covering Tokyo and northeastern Japan for a limited time!

Gourmet Meals on Wheels

Kill two birds with one stone by riding on this bus that takes you sightseeing around Niigata while dining on the prefecture's local cuisine.

Niigata Ski & Snowboard Guide

Some of the best powder in Japan is only a day trip from Tokyo!

The Top 5 Fall Color Spots in Koshinetsu

Easily accessible from Tokyo by bullet train, Koshinetsu is fantastic for a fall getaway.

Shoryudo: Knockout Destinations

From ropeways and waterfalls to castles and historic gardens, the 'Rising Dragon Road' through central Japan does everything to catch your eye!

6 Foreigners Making Waves in the Countryside

Most of the subjects of this story didn't see themselves where they are now—but all of them found something incredible in the Japanese countryside, leading each to develop a unique and indelible bond to the local community.

5 Unique Hot Springs Around Japan

Beyond enjoying the healing benefits of hot spring water, there are many unique hot springs in Japan offering wacky experiences for extraordinary travel memories!

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