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Hokkaido Receives Largest Snowfall This Winter

The capital of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido receives the largest amount of snowfall this winter.

Diamond Dust Glitters in Fukushima

The shimmering, icy crystals known as "diamond dust" made a village in Fukushima Prefecture look like a fairytale come to life!

See 1000-Year-Old Bonsai at Omiya Art Museum

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum features over 70 different exquisitely cultivated bonsai plants on display every season. From forests to dragons, each masterpiece is sculpted to perfection to embody different meanings the same as traditional paintings.

Meguro's One-of-a-Kind Parasitological Museum

Check out over 60,000 different species of parasites at this one-of-a-kind parasite museum in Tokyo's Meguro neighborhood.

Mount Fuji Sports First Snow Cap of the Season

An essential part of the transition from summer in Japan, Mount Fuji has finally donned its iconic snow cap.

Snow Crab Fetches Record $46,000!

Meet one of the world's most expensive crabs! The first year's haul of this winter delicacy went for a record setting price.

Snow Falls West of Tokyo

Some parts of Japan's Kanto and Koshin regions, west of Tokyo, were hit with over 30 cm of snow this past week!

Get Artsy at This Gorgeous Art Retreat Garden

Found at the foot of the Nasu Mountains just north of Tokyo is Art Biotop, an art retreat offering classes in pottery and glass-blowing along with spa treatments. But a major highlight is the water garden created by master architect Junya Ishigami.

Visit One of the World's Biggest Aquariums

Japan's largest world-class aquarium is home to thousands of species as well as a few of the world's largest aquarium guests.

Discover an Alpine Land of Natural Beauty

Home of the northern Japanese Alps, Chubusangaku National Park is a fantastic destination for lovers of the outdoors!

Explore an Ancient Land of Volcanic Power

Experience the sacred lands that birthed Japan, whose living legacy lingers in legend in Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park!

Waste Oil Helps Illuminate Tokyo in Winter

Vibrant lights are illuminating Tokyo this winter, and some of them are actually powered by oil that would otherwise have been discarded!

An Incredible World in Miniature

A short journey from Kumamoto or Oita prefectures will bring travelers to Aso-Kuju National Park, a beautiful area that is one of the first official national parks in Japan.

Coastal Culture & Living History

A secluded paradise of maritime folklore, history, and adventure awaits just three hours by train from Tokyo Station (or just an hour and a half from Nagoya Station): Ise-Shima National Park.

Takeda Castle Floating in the Sky

Thanks to a natural phenomenon, the ruins of Takeda Castle (in Hyogo Prefecture) often appear to be floating in the sky!

Japan’s Ocean Paradise

From diving, snorkeling and whale-watching to hiking and visiting historic sites, the Kerama Islands of Kerama-Shoto National Park really offer something for everyone.

Mount Fuji Shining Bright Like a Diamond

Fuji aficionados rushed to get their cameras set up to see the sun rising over Mount Fuji, creating a dazzling diamond-like form that appears around the Winter Solstice. Click through to check out the stellar video.

Designer Apples Fetch $2,300!

It's common knowledge that fruit is more expensive in Japan. Three of producer Chisato Iwasaki’s designed apples went for $2,300 at auction in Aomori Prefecture.

Hokkaido Feeling Record Cold -25° Temps

Inland areas of Hokkaido including Etanbetsu and Horokanai are setting record temperatures near -25°C, the coldest this year in all of Japan.

Early Morning Fog Catches Tokyo Skytree Shadow

The cool, early morning weather sometimes sees Tokyo shrouded in dense fog. One such morning in late October saw Skytree's shadow dancing in the fog!

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