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.
Ginormous Anime Snow Sculptures
It seems the 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival has some larger-than-life anime characters in store!
Calvin & Hobbes Snowman Bento
Wanna bury a snowman?
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.
Yamagata: Rivers of Ice & Snowy Onsen
Established in the 1400s as a silver mine, Ginzan Onsen reached its height in the 1600s. After the silver was gone, the population thinned, but the hot springs were still known as a place for therapeutic bathing.
Lesser Known But No Less Beautiful
No matter what the season, the stunning Bijinyashi Forest certainly lives up to its name: 'beautiful woods!'
Explore Sapporo in the Snow
Sapporo is the fifth most populous city in Japan, yet most of the big tourist attractions can be reached on foot from Sapporo Station.
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.
The Ise-Shima G7 Summit Regions
10 cities around the country were selected to host ministerial meetings surrounding the 2016 G7 Summit in Ise-Shima. From education to IT and agriculture, each was selected for a very specific reason!
Enjoy Winter to its Fullest at Mukaitaki Inn
Savor the fantastic sight of candles in the snow, the natural springs flowing through the baths, and the delicate local cuisine of Aizu.
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!
The Wonderful Seasons & Colors of Japan
Encounter the beautiful colors of nature nurtured by the four seasons.
Wonders of Japan: Activities Amidst Nature
Experience a variety of sports activities carried out amidst nature.
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.
Magical Photos of Ginzan Onsen in the Snow
Ginzan Onsen is an achingly photogenic hot spring town in the Yamagata region of northern Japan. And it looks even better in the snow!
Gorgeous 3-D Sculpted Ice Cubes
Suntory has created the most amazing and intricate addition to your glass of whisky.
Akita Nairiku Line: Winter Wonderland by Rail
Through the heavy Akita snowfall, a train with one or two cars makes its way across bridges that span deep valleys and through tunnels that burrow into the heart of the mountains of the region.
4 Ways to Hit the Snow from Tokyo
Just because you'll rarely see flakes in Japan's biggest city doesn't mean you can't reach them when needed. Here are four great ways to meet all your skiing and snowboarding needs right from the bright lights of the metropolis!
How Akita Warms the Winter
See life in Akita through the eyes of elementary school students as this snowbound town prepares for its winter balloon festival. If you've ever lived in small-town Japan, we challenge you not to cry.
Behold the Magic of Snow Sakura!
In a sort of seasonal limbo where it's not quite winter or spring, this prefecture got to experience the best of both seasons.