I started running about five years ago and I try to run most days. I have a number of routes around Sapporo that take me along rivers, through mountains, past temples and along busy main roads. However, this is Hokkaido, and it snows from December to March.
March 11, 2016
Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, lies southwest off the coast of Kyushu prefecture. It’s classed as sub-tropical, which means hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters. Snow is pretty much the last thing you’d expect of such a region.
February 9, 2016
This is the most romantic place in Japan, I think. It is also declared as UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. Shirakawa Go is well known for their traditional farmhouses, which are more than 250 years old.
December 14, 2015
Ask most locals around Tokyo about Niigata Prefecture and most likely they'll recall it as a place where there's lots of snow, rice, and sake. True enough, those three things are what make Niigata famous.
May 29, 2015
While most avid skiers favour the popular ski slopes of Hakuba, Furano and Niseko, there are many smaller, just as cosy resorts where you can escape the crowds and indulge in onsen in your free time.
March 4, 2015
Winter, for the ones who live in the Pacific border of Japan, is mostly a dry season with predominant clear skies. Even in Kyoto, which is not actually located in the coast but a bit more into the mountains, snow is a very occasional event that takes place roughly three or four times during the season.
January 28, 2015
The small town of Tokamachi in Niigata prefecture sees up to 3 meters of snowfall each year. In the middle of an otherwise dark and gloomy winter, the Tokamachi Snow Festival gives locals as well as tourists a reason to celebrate as the streets are transformed into a buzzing festival.
January 17, 2015
The Sapporo Winter Festival is the biggest event in Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture. Last year, over 2.4 million people visited.
January 11, 2015
Sapporo, the famous snowy city and also an illumination hot spot of Hokkaido Prefecture, the fantastic collaboration of snow with sparkling light attracts tourists, both from home and abroad.
December 17, 2014
Ginzan Onsen is a hot spring village named after “Nobesawa Silver Mine” that prospered at the beginning of the Edo era.
November 28, 2014
Ski resorts at Nagano prefecture with their convenient locations provide good accessibility from Kanto and Chukyo areas.
November 21, 2014