Tokyo’s largest spa, Yu, recently opened at Four Season Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so featuring six treatment rooms, two couples rooms and a spacious VIP spa suite incorporating European and Asian influences. Lush outdoor gardens and natural light create a serene sanctuary perfect for relaxing or quiet reflection if you need a break from the frantic pace of the city. Website: www.fourseasons.com/tokyo. Fujikyu Highlands in Yamanashi has two outdoor ice skating rinks with a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji. In December and January the rinks are open all night on Saturdays. Regular hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Fri and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays. Tel: (0555)23-2111. Seibu Yuenchi outdoor skating rink is located on the grounds of a sprawling amusement park, skating starts on Dec. 23 – Mar. 5. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and just a five-minute walk from Seibu-en Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Tel: (0429)22-1371. Looking for something different this winter?
JW Mariott Hotel Seoul is offering an Escape Ski Package in Korea that includes luxury accommodation, a sumptuous breakfast and complimentary souvenir gifts. Guests can book a trip to Yongpyong Ski Resort at a special discounted price for accommodation, lift tickets and gear rental. For more info contact email@example.com or visit www.marriott.com/seljw. If you want to explore the backcountry this season it's time to sign up for a recreational avalanche course. Two-day courses teach you the basics of safe travel in the backcountry, so you can recognize avalanche terrain, as well as learn proper self-rescue and group management techniques. Evergreen Outdoor Center will be holding RAC courses in English Jan. 7 & 8 and Mar. 4 & 5 in Hakuba (Nagano). Advanced RAC courses are also available. For more info, contact Dave Enright at Evergreen Outdoor Center, Tel. (0261) 72-5150 or visit www.evergreen-outdoors.com.
Get out of Roppongi this New Year’s Eve for an experience you won’t forget! Japan Adventures will have their 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Hike to Hinodeyama to view the first sunrise of the year over Tokyo. For more info contact Brad Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.japan-adventures.com.