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Hakuba chain of mountains of snow and a pink one cherry tree = shutterstock

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Shining Spring and Distant Snow Scene: From 10 beautiful pictures!

Japan is now in the spring season. Cherry blossoms bloom in many places in Tokyo, Kyoto, etc. I will introduce you this beautiful Japanese spring with 10 photos. Even though spring has come, the distant mountains are still full of white snow. Please enjoy the scenery where spring and winter coexist. White Mount Fuji and Shining Trees Mount Fuji and Cherry Blossom in full bloom as seen from Lake Tanuki, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan = AdobeStock Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms.The shooting location is Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi prefecture Japan = shutterstock Mount Fuji is still in the midst of winter. Meanwhile, spring came around Mount Fuji, so you can enjoy the wonderful contrast of winter and spring.   Pink moss field and Mt. Fuji with clear blue sky = shutterstock Around Mt. Fuji, after the cherry blossoms have fallen, the flowers of Moss Phlox will begin to bloom from the middle of April.   Fresh green tea fields with snow-capped Mount Fuji = shutterstock On the south side of Mt. Fuji, there are many tea plantations. In these fields, the fresh greens are very beautiful in spring.   Mountainous area of Honshu Hakuba chain of mountains of snow and a pink one cherry tree = shutterstock In the mountainous region of Honshu, you can now enjoy the wonderful contrast between winter and spring. The above photo was taken at Hakuba Village in Nagano Prefecture. In Hakuba, high mountains around 3000 meters above sea level are connected. In these mountains, many tourists enjoy skiing and ...

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How to book and buy tickets and tours in Japan! Sumo, Baseball, Concert, activities...

If you do not participate in a tour that acts with a big group and you travel freely with friends or family in Japan, how do you book and purchase tickets for sports competitions and concerts . Or how do you apply for tours such as activities? There are booking sites for tickets and tours in Japan, but most of them are written in Japanese. So, on this page, I would like to introduce you how to book various tickets and tours for your travel to Japan. You had better reserve popular tickets and tours before coming to Japan In Onuma Park, you can snowmobile and trek on the lake which froze in the winter Major reservation sites not supporting English In Japan, we reserve ticket booking sites such as "Lawson Ticket" "Ticket Pia" when reserving a ticket such as a concert. We can receive reservation tickets at nearby convenience store. These services are very useful. However, most of the ticket reservation sites currently do not correspond to English, Chinese, etc. In order to use these sites, Japanese ability is required. There are many reservation sites for tours such as mountain climbing in Japan, but many of these are only compatible with Japanese as well. You may face a Japanese barrier. If you are browsing various reservation sites in Japan before you go to Japan and you can not make a reservation by yourself, it is better to book early in the following way. Popular concerts, sports competitions, activity tours are highly likely to be ...

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New Chitose Airport! Access to Sapporo, Niseko, Furano etc.

New Chitose Airport is the biggest airport in Hokkaido. It is approximately 40 minutes by JR express train from Sapporo city center. This airport has international terminals and domestic terminals. If you travel around Sapporo, Niseko, Otaru etc in Hokkaido, you should use New Chitose Airport. On this page, I will introduce details of New Chitose Airport. I introduce the outline of New Chitose Airport first, after that, I will explain individually what many guests from abroad want to know. Summary Maintenance workers who waved to ANA's plane at New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido = shutterstock Click to display Google Maps on a separate page New Chitose Airport has international terminals in addition to domestic flights. Since there is JR New Chitose Airport station in the airport, it is good access to Sapporo. There are counters of rental car companies in the airport. They have a reception desk at the counter and a free bus to the parking lot. If you go to Minami Chitose Station which is one station ahead from JR New Chitose Airport station you can also ride on the JR express train going to Kushiro, Obihiro etc. Access To Sapporo Station 40 minutes by JR express train To Niseko 2 hours by car, 2 hours 30 minutes - 3 hours 30 minutes by bus (depending on ski resort) International flights At New Chitose Airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports. Bangkok (DON MUEANG), HANGZHOU, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, NANJING, Manila, Cheongju, Vladivostok, Y - SAKHALINSK, BUSAN, SEOUL, Daegu, BEIJING, Tianjin, SHANGHAI, ...

Maple leaves in Japan

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Seasons of Japan! Culture nurtured in the change of the four seasons

There is a clear seasonal change in Japan. Summer is very hot, but the heat does not last forever. The temperature gradually declines and the leaves of trees turn red and yellow. Eventually a tough winter will come. People withstand the cold and wait for warm spring to come. This seasonal change has had a big impact on the lives and culture of the Japanese people. The situation varies depending on the area. On this page, I will introduce the outline of the four seasons and living in Japan. About seasonal change in Japan Mt Fuji with snow in winter at lake Kawaguchiko Japan -Shutterstock There is less traffic at the spots, giving individuals who brave the cold a personal encounter of the famous websites of Japan. In Japan, January - following the New Year's vacation - marks a time to hit the skiing slopes. Feb marks the beginning of season in Japan. Aboveground, on the northern and central islands of Japan, Feb is the coldest month of Japan. March is to visit Japan, thanks to heating temperatures and the beginning of the blossom season that is anticipated. By month areas of Japan will begin to see blooms signaling hanami's celebration. This is a very festive and cheerful moment to be in Japan and a terrific way to encounter one of that the country's most social traditions. April's rising temperatures also increase the end of Japan's skiing season. If you are looking to observe the beauty of flowers, but cannot make it to Japan throughout ...

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How to enjoy Japanese Spring! cherry blossoms, Nemophila etc.

If you are traveling Japan in spring (March, April, May), what can you enjoy? On this page, I would like to introduce what kind of things are popular in the spring of Japan travel. In spring, you can watch a lot of flowers such as cherry blossoms in Japan. The Japanese archipelago is very long in the north and south, so the times when flowers bloom are quite different in the south and the north. I recommend you to check the itinerary to find out where the flowers are blooming when you travel. Recommended for traveling in Japan in December, January, February I gathered articles for each month on Japanese spring. If you want to know such details, please look at the slide below and click the month you are planning to visit. If you want to know what kind of clothes the Japanese are wearing in spring, I also wrote articles that introduced it, so visit the page if you do not mind.   On this page, I would like to specifically tell you what you can enjoy when you come to Japan in spring. "HANAMI"  Enjoy watching cherry blossoms Cherry blossom petals falling down on the streaming water. Hirosaki Castle, Japan = Shutterstock Tokyo Crowd enjoying Cherry blossoms festival in Ueno Park = Shutterstock For the trip to Japan in the spring, I would like to recommend a cherry blossom first. The Japanese like cherry blossoms. We plant a lot of cherry blossom trees, and when cherry blossoms bloom, we all enjoy watching ...

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Winter Wear in Japan! What should you wear?

When traveling Japan in winter, what kind of clothes should you wear? If you do not experience a cold winter in your home country, you may wonder what you should wear. On this page, I will introduce you helpful information about clothes when you travel in Japan in winter. I also prepared photographs of winter clothes below. If you are going to Hokkaido, please refer to the following article. You better wear a coat or jumper in winter In general, Japanese living in Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku are wearing coats or jumpers from December until late February. Meanwhile, when we are in a warm building, we take off our coat and are wearing a jacket such as a sweater on our shirt. Japanese living in Hokkaido will wear coats or jumpers by November. In December they are wearing a slightly thicker coat than Japanese people like Honshu. When it is cold, such as in the evening, they wear a woolen cap or wear gloves to keep it cold. On the other hand, in Okinawa, there are a lot of people who do not wear coats even in winter. Every year, the Japanese archipelago will be quite similar in temperature everywhere (hot everywhere!), But in winter the temperature will vary considerably depending on the location. In winter, I recommend that you prepare the most suitable clothes according to the place you go.   Examples of clothes to wear in Japanese winter Below are the photographs of winter in Japan. I guess these are mainly photographs taken in Honshu, ...

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Nagasaki, Japan, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings. = Shutterstock

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December in Japan! How to enjoy the early winter

In December, Japan gets cold all at once. At this time of year, Japanese cities are beautifully colored by Christmas illumination each year. There are few Christians in Japan, but Japanese love the event, so enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. If you visit Japan in December, you can enjoy such beautiful illumination. Of course, snow begins to fall in some areas, so you can go see the snow scene. Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in December If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in December, please click the image of the slider below and go to see more information.   illumination Huis Ten Bosch = Shutterstock In major Japanese cities, Christmas illuminations are beautiful in December. Many street trees have a lonesome atmosphere as the leaves are scattered. Illumination changes such a lonely atmosphere and makes our hearts bright. Christmas songs can be heard around the city. It may be strange from the people of the Christian country, but for Japanese people, Christmas is an important time. Japanese people give presents each other at their families and have a good time. Lovers spend a special time at a beautiful restaurant colored with Christmas illumination. The above picture shows the illumination held in December every year at Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Kyushu. Every year, Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka have similarly beautiful illumination prepared. Please take a look at these Christmas illuminations by all means. When Christmas is over, people in Japan will be busy preparing for the New ...

SideArm or sow Festival, Yokote, Akita, Japan = Adobe Stock

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February in Japan! How to enjoy the beautiful winter world

February is the coldest time in Japan. Except for a limited area such as Okinawa, you need a coat or jumper when walking in the city. At this time, ski resorts are in the best condition. In snowy areas, you can see the beautiful snow scene like that on the guide book. In addition to these things, there is another fun thing when you travel in February. Winter festivals are held in various parts of Japan. On this page, I will introduce mainly the representative winter festival. Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in February If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in February, please click the image of the slider below and go to see more information.   Representative winter festival held every February Well then, I will introduce the representative winter festivals I would like to recommend to you. Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival First of all, let me introduce it from the famous festival held every year in Yokote, Akita Prefecture in northern Honshu. In mid-February every year, locals hold the "Yokote Kanakurasa Festival" as seen in the top photo. "Kamakura" is a small dome made of snow. Since there are a lot of snow every year in Yokote City, people harden the snow and cut through it to make "Kamakura". During this festival period, in Yokote City, "Kamakura" with a height of 3 meters or so is made in total of 100 pieces. As can be seen in the picture below, small "Kamakura" are also made a lot. In Kamakura local people welcome you ...

The Wakakusa Yamayaki is an annual Festival held in Nara City at the end of January every year. Wakakusa is a mountain near Nara Park. = Adobe Stock

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January in Japan! Let's enjoy Japan's winter best!

In January, many Japanese take a New Year holidays in early. Temple and shrines are crowded at this time, so please be careful. In January, snow begins falling down not only in Hokkaido but also in the Japan Sea side of Honshu and mountainous areas in earnest. If you go to such an area, you will be able to enjoy the snow scene in Japan. After the latter half of January, some temples and shrines have the usual winter festival. It is also recommended to see such festivals. Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in January If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in January, please click the image of the slider below and go to see more information.   Temple and shrines are very crowded in early January In early January, the New Year events are held every year in Japan. People are going to visit a temple or a shrine to pray that they can spend the year well. If it is a big temple or shrine, millions of people come to visit every year during the New Year period. If you go to such a temple or shrine at this time, you will be surprised that there are too many people. Instead, if you do not care about congestion, you can observe the sight of the Japanese walking towards the main shrine of temples and shrines in orderly rows.   Go for a real snow scene In January, not only in Hokkaido, but also in areas in the Japan Sea ...

How to enjoy Japanese Winter

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How to enjoy Japanese Winter! Ski Resort, Festivals, Drift Ice etc.

If you are traveling in Japan in the winter, what type of trip is best? If you have never experienced a cold winter, I would recommend Hokkaido first. Next, I recommend the Tohoku region and some Chubu regions. On the other hand, in urban areas such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, you will be able to enjoy sightseeing trips as well as other seasons without suffering from snow. On this page, I will introduce the tourist spots I recommend especially in winter. Enjoy Japan in December, January, February I gathered articles for each month on Japanese winter. If you want to know such details, please look at the slide below and click the month you are planning to visit. If you want to know what kind of clothes the Japanese are wearing in winter, I also wrote articles that introduced it, so visit the page if you do not mind.   From here on, I will introduce the tourist spots you would like to recommend when traveling Japan in winter. I added a lot of videos and images on this page, so if you do not mind, please look at them and enjoy the atmosphere of winter in Japan.   Snowy mountain: Experience skiing and snow boating   trees covered with hoar frost, Zao, Yamagata Prefecture Nishiho Sanso around the dawn of winter, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan = Adobe Stock First of all as a winter destination, I recommend mountain areas such as Hokkaido, Tohoku region, and Chubu region. For example, it is as ...

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