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Relax in a Hot Spring Above the Clouds at this Onsen Retreat in Nagano

Have you ever heard of the onsen (温泉; hot spring) in the clouds? Takamine Onsen (高峰温泉) is 2000 meters above sea level and offers a vast view of the surrounding nature while allowing you to soak in its blissful hot spring water from the Asama Mountains (浅間山). Though located in a rural area where everyday…

10 Exciting Outdoor Activities for Adventure Seekers in the Kansai Area

Are you a nature lover, outdoors enthusiast, or adventure seeker? When we go on vacation, we sometimes look for very different things. Some people are happy relaxing at the poolside reading a book; others prefer to check out local sights or shop until they drop in a city. However, some like to experience an exciting…

Camp in Style at This New Glamping Facility near Narita International Airport

“Glamping” is a luxury camping style where comfortable and luxurious services are provided in a natural environment. Its popularity is spreading across the world, including Japan. Recently, a new camping facility called THE FARM CAMP 「Villa」 (ザファームキャンプ 「ヴィラ」) opened near Narita International Airport (成田国際空港), which is the perfect location as it gives access to a…

Stay Active While Sightseeing with These 3 Recommended Cycling Tours in Tokyo!

Tokyo’s (東京) transportation system is highly advanced. It has a fast, clean, and efficient railway system. Because of this, people often travel by train than by car. To get to the station from their house, however, many Japanese people prefer to ride their bicycles. Others choose to ride bikes solely for the fact that it…

Experience Being a Ninja for a Day at Chibikko Ninja Village in Nagano!

Ever dreamed of fulfilling your Hokage fantasies and finally becoming a Naruto in the making? If yes, then now is your chance! In a small village in northern Nagano (長野) Prefecture, stands a unique theme park that will satisfy your ninja yearnings in a very fun and playful way! Chibikko Ninja Village (Kids’ Ninja Village-チビッ子忍者村),…

Enjoy the Great Outdoors of Japan by Staying at the Ebino Camp Village

One of the most challenging things about living in a foreign country is adapting to a new climate if it varies greatly to that of your home country. As both the temperature and weather conditions in the UK are consistently middling, I had never experienced weather of any real extremes before moving to Asia. While…

Visit the Enchanting “Juniko” – The Twelve Lakes of Aomori!

Have you ever traveled to the beautiful prefecture of Aomori in Japan? If you haven’t, you should try visiting a popular tourist destination called “Juniko” which is also known as the “Twelve Lakes.” It is located in Fukaura town which stands as a collective term for 33 lakes and ponds in the area. It is…

Hesitant to Go Full-On Camping? Here are 5 “Glampsites” in Japan instead!

Have you ever heard of the term “glamping?” Apparently, it is a new trend that is taking the world by storm including Japan. The word “glamping” is basically a combination of the words glamorous and camping, so glamping is the term used for a glamorous camping trip. When glamping, there is no need for you…

The Crazy X: a Smart Camping Solution from Japan

Are you tired of living in the big city and do you feel like escaping from the urban world, away from the hustle and bustle of honking cars and the long commute? Then take a day off and head into the mountains where you can go hiking in the beautiful nature of Japan with your…

Explore Kawazu Seven Waterfalls and Enjoy the Beauty of Nature!

Do you love exploring waterfalls, mountains, and forests? Then visit Kawazu town which is located in Izu-hanto (Izu Peninsula) in the Shizuoka prefecture. Kawazu Nanadaru is a great place to refresh and relax. Yes, as the name suggests (nana is seven in Japanese) there are seven waterfalls hidden inside the forest within a 1.5 km…
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