Enjoy a super cheap trip to Honshu this winter

Guest post by John Blagys (Hakuba.com) Japan is a powder paradise and while the resorts in Hokkaido may have caught the world’s eye, you don’t have to leave Honshu to chase your powder dreams. Here are 4 resorts that you can visit on the Super Cheap and all easily accessible from Tokyo. The Hakuba Valley,Continue reading “Enjoy a super cheap trip to Honshu this winter”

Super Cheap Japan Guide to Japan’s Best Resorts

Niseko The most popular resort among western visitors, Niseko sits 100km southwest of Sapporo and boasts some of the best powder skiing in Japan. The area has 5 interconnected resorts with corresponding villages of the same names: Niseko Hirafu, Niseko Village, Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Hanazono, and Niseko Moiwa. Grand Hirafu Grand Hirafu is the largestContinue reading “Super Cheap Japan Guide to Japan’s Best Resorts”

A Super Cheap Japan Guide to Skiing Hakuba

A post by John Blagys: The premiere skiing destination in Honshu, Hakuba has been quickly developing into one of the most popular ski resorts in all of Asia. Hakuba gained national recognition after hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics, and the growth has continued since. In fact, this year we anticipate 200,000 foreign stays in Hakuba.Continue reading “A Super Cheap Japan Guide to Skiing Hakuba”

Snowy Buddhist mountain town – Koyasan Day 1

Koyasan is a secluded town south of Osaka, full of temples for people to stay in and view. I went here last week and had one of my holidays in Japan. This UNESCO World Heritage site is so stunning in the winter.  Day 2 report can be found here.  Here are some highlights from my trip:Continue reading “Snowy Buddhist mountain town – Koyasan Day 1”

Hakuba: Stunning budget friendly slopes

Hakuba, a large village in Nagano prefecture, has a wide selection of ski slopes and resorts, plus hotels and hostels for all kinds of budgets. The season usually continues until early May, so visitors can come here during Golden Week and enjoy cherry blossoms at the same time as enjoying the slopes. Hakuba is oneContinue reading “Hakuba: Stunning budget friendly slopes”

The best hot spring in Japan? Nyuto Onsen, Akita

Tsuru-No-Yu Hot Spring (鶴の湯温泉) is the most famous hot spring in Nyuto Onsen, and one of the most iconic in the whole of Japan. It takes a few bus trips, or a hike to get here, but it’s totally worth the wait. Tsuru-No-Yu Hot Spring is filled with very silky, almost milk-like water that is saidContinue reading “The best hot spring in Japan? Nyuto Onsen, Akita”

Cheap snowboarding and amazing mountains – Hakuba report

If you want to experience snowboarding or skiing on the cheap in Japan, Hakuba is the best place to go.  We recently went there, and enjoyed not just hitting the slopes but also checking out the town. Arrived to see this Japanese graveyard totally covered in snow.  Tried to walk through, but it was impossible!Continue reading “Cheap snowboarding and amazing mountains – Hakuba report”

Monkey Hot Spring! Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan

The monkey hot spring in Yudanaka, Nagano has to be one of my highlights in Japan.  The area is full of countless monkeys jumping about, and of course enjoying hot springs!  Here are some photos from my trip. The entrance is pretty easy to find!  It’s a nice easy walk along the stream from here.Continue reading “Monkey Hot Spring! Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan”

Beautiful temples in snowy mountains – Koyasan Day 2

After our first day in Koyasan, I we went to the west side to see the famous Buddhist temples and pilgrimage trails that have made this place a UNESCO World Heritage site. Day 1 report can be found here. This is Daimon, at the entrance to Koyasan’s west side. After Daimon, we went on aContinue reading “Beautiful temples in snowy mountains – Koyasan Day 2”