Take a Hike On Mount Shirouma, One of the Most Popular Climbs in Japan!

At the top of most Japanese hikers’ ‘must-climb’ list is Mt. Shirouma, the highest peak in the Hakuba section of the Kita Alps. The mountain lies in Nagano Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture. Being the 26th tallest mountain in Japan, Mt. Shirouma stands at a respectable height of 2,932 meters. Its beautiful landscape with natural surroundings…

Come See the Mountainside Adventure of the Onbashira Festival in Nagano!

Do you want to participate in one of the most dangerous festivals in the world? Do you want to see brave men ride a giant log speedily down a mountain? Then, take a look at the adrenaline-filled Onbashira festival! Suwa Grand Shrine View this post on Instagram A post shared by 榊原豊彦 (@mariavoice7.hiko) on Apr…

A Brief Intro to Japan’s Legendary Drop of Whisky that’s Worth Every Penny!

Are you a connoisseur of whisky from all around the world? Would you like to learn more about one of Japan’s most intriguing liquors? Let’s take a closer look at why Karuizawa whisky is legendary in Japan and why it is rare and considered priceless. What is Karuizawa whisky? View this post on Instagram A…

Stay and Relax at the Most Beautiful Resort in Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a resort town that is popular with many tourists for its serene neighborhoods and lush green nature. This place has many nice hotels and resorts, and if you are looking for that romantic and luxurious edge, Hoshinoya Karuizawa is the best option. It has very stylish and advanced facilities that will make your…

Kids Toy Museums and More at the Fairy Tale ’Forest Of Muse’ in Karuizawa

Usually, museums are intended for educational or aesthetic purposes and targeted at adults or older children. Furthermore, there are not a lot of museums out there for kids. However, the ‘Forest Of Muse’ in Karuizawa is a fairy-tale land for kids with cool pictures and toys. It is basically a very large area with two…

See Classic Stories in a Beautiful Forest Setting at Karuizawa Picture Book Museum

Karuizawa is located at the foot of a mountain with a very cool summer climate perfect for relaxation. It has lush natural surroundings with abundant forests and gardens. Nestled in this area is the Karuizawa Picture Book Museum. It was built by A.C. Shaw, a Scottish missionary. Let’s get to know a little bit about…

Try Fresh Bread in a Great Atmosphere at Sawamura in Karuizawa!

During the winter season, all of the tourists who were visiting Karuizawa in the summer order to avoid the heat and humidity of other parts of Japan vacated the area and now a slow calm atmosphere settles into Karuizawa and Sawamura. The Bakery & Restaurant Sawamura offers a warm, calming environment for anyone who visits…

Niino no Yuki Matsuri: A Celebration of Local Folklore in Nagano

Snow festivals are common in Japan in winter. Each region celebrates them in their own way, with most involving snow sculptures. However, a unique snow festival with more of a focus on folklore happens every year during January 14th and 15th, in Niino, a village in the Shimoina district of Nagano prefecture. Let’s have a…