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Winter Wonderland in Nagano, Japan!

Lots of people talk about Japan and how it has very distinct seasons, and this is fairly true! Spring is refreshing, and beautiful cherry blossom trees line every street. Summer is sweltering, and filled with beach parties and beer gardens. Autumn (Fall) brings beautiful red leaves and cooler weather, and then Winter can sometimes bring…

Top 5 Incredible Animal Attractions in Japan!

Before I came to Japan, I had no idea just how many of my day trips would be filled with amazing animal attractions! Whatever animals you love, you can find them here in Japan! So here are my top 5 (of many!) animal attractions in Japan! 1. Cat Cafes Author’s photo Arguably the most famous…

Have a pleasant time in Nagano: hot springs, Japanese archery and snow monkeys!

If you’re looking for a great mountain getaway in Japan with mountains, snow, monkeys and hot springs, you should try heading to Uotoshi ryokan in Nagano. I stayed there during December and it was a great winter experience! Location Author’s photo Getting to the Ryokan from the train station only took about 10 minutes, even…

Snow Monkeys Bathing in Hot Springs? See Them Only in Nagano, Japan!

To those who love monkeys, did you know there is a really interesting place famous for its monkeys in Japan? It’s called JIGOKUDANI YAEN-KOEN. What is so interesting about it? The monkeys soak in hot springs! JIGOKUDANI YAEN-KOEN tabizine.jp/ JIGOKUDANI YAEN-KOEN is located in Nagano prefecture and you can see the bathing snow monkeys there.…

Seasonal Japanese attractions, Winter

Winter in Japan is ‘proper’ winter, with temperatures dropping below zero degrees and snowfall across most of Northern Japan, even in Tokyo. Winter can truly bring out the beauty of the Japanese landscape, with snow peaked mountains and snow covered fields. Winter Illuminations dualmoon.hatenablog.com/ Winter illuminations are a great draw in Japan, one such festival…

5 Treasures inside Nagano Prefecture

“The roof of Japan” that’s what people said. Located in central Japan, and surrounded by 3000 meters tall mountains, Nagano is not an ordinary place in Japan. So what else that make it beautiful? Not only because of many ski resorts that makes it special, but there are a lot of majestic things of Japan…

Onsens: a national pastime

Onsens are Japanese hot springs for bathing. Bathing in onsens in Japan apparently started as a Buddhist ritual performed by monks. Onsens still remain extremely popular in Japan, which is remarkable considering it is a culture started some 3000 years ago. Yet, its lasting popularity is easily understandable for anyone who has treated herself to…