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      • Eating Wild in Japan

        Eating Wild in Japan

        Winifred Bird's latest book is an introduction to the world of sansai (mountain vegetables) and foraging in Japan.
        Niseko flying Hokkaido

        Bird’s Eye View of Hokkaido

        Get a bird's eye view of Hokkaido with Ben Kerr, a Niseko-based pilot.

        Northern Tohoku’s Top 5 Spring Hikes

        Chase the cherry blossoms north and enjoy five of Tohoku’s best hikes this spring.

        Spring Escapes: Outdoor Activities in Japan

        Check out these spring escapes this season and enjoy outdoor activities throughout Japan.

        Haga Farm Spring Glamping in Tochigi

        Haga Farm and Glamping in Tochigi opened in August 2020, and it has quickly become a popular escape for Tokyoites.
    • Summer
      • Washi Papermaking Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

        Following the Paper Trail in Kochi

        Discover the traditional art of washi papermaking in Kochi with artist Rogier Uitenboogaart.
        Climbing Mt. Fuji Outdoor Japan

        Peaking in 2021: Climbing Mt. Fuji

        Thinking of climbing Mt. Fuji this summer? We talk to Mt. Fuji guides on best practices for scaling Japan's highest mountain.

        Japan Camping Guide

        Check out our picks all the way from Hokkaido to the Okinawa Islands and then plot your perfect Japan camping adventure.
        Japan's Digital Nomads Van Life in Japan

        Japan’s Digital Nomads

        Adventure couple Ruth Aisling and Bappa Shota explores Japan by van.
        Iriomote Yamaneko Outdoor Japan

        Iriomote’s Endangered Wildcats

        Iriomote Island, one of Japan's last untouched wild places, is home to the endangered yamaneko wildcat.
    • Autumn
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        Beyond the Brand: Pow Bar

        An interview with Megumi Scott, the founder of Niseko brand Pow Bar.
        Churamura Okinawa Sea Turtle Marine Conservation

        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
        Kawazu

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
    • Winter
      • Early Bird 2021-22 Japan Ski

        Early Bird Ski Deals for 2021-2022

        Don't miss out on these early bird season pass and lift package deals for Japan's ski resorts.

        Pacific Solo

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      • Churamura Okinawa Sea Turtle Marine Conservation

        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
        Kawazu

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
        Kaiyu Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

        Snorkeling, Surfing and Sustainability in Koch...

        Enjoy the clear waters of Kochi by snorkeling and surfing while staying at a refurbished hotel committed to sustainability.
        Outdoor Japan Shimoda

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        Iriomote Activity Guide

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        Niseko flying Hokkaido

        Bird’s Eye View of Hokkai...

        Get a bird's eye view of Hokkaido with Ben Kerr, a Niseko-based pilot.

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        Check out these spring escapes this season and enjoy outdoor activities throughout Japan.
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        Shikoku Road Trip: Kochi ...

        Mountainous forests and coastal towns dominate most of the prefecture, where visitors will find enterprising locals and nature guides working to revitalize their communities. Shikoku’s winding roads are best explored by car.
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      • Matagi Akita Tohoku Sustainable Living

        Tracking Akita’s Matagi Hunters

        Akita in the northern Tohoku region is home to the Matagi, hunters who follow an ancient and sustainable way of hunting, foraging and life.
        Early Bird 2021-22 Japan Ski

        Early Bird Ski Deals for 2021-2022

        Don't miss out on these early bird season pass and lift package deals for Japan's ski resorts.
    • Travel
      • Churamura Okinawa Sea Turtle Marine Conservation

        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
        Kawazu

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
        Matagi Akita Tohoku Sustainable Living

        Tracking Akita’s Matagi Hunters

        Akita in the northern Tohoku region is home to the Matagi, hunters who follow an ancient and sustainable way of hunting, foraging and life.
        Washi Papermaking Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

        Following the Paper Trail in Kochi

        Discover the traditional art of washi papermaking in Kochi with artist Rogier Uitenboogaart.
        Kaiyu Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

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        Enjoy the clear waters of Kochi by snorkeling and surfing while staying at a refurbished hotel committed to sustainability.
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        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
        Kawazu

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
        Matagi Akita Tohoku Sustainable Living

        Tracking Akita’s Matagi Hunters

        Akita in the northern Tohoku region is home to the Matagi, hunters who follow an ancient and sustainable way of hunting, foraging and life.
        Washi Papermaking Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

        Following the Paper Trail in Kochi

        Discover the traditional art of washi papermaking in Kochi with artist Rogier Uitenboogaart.
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        Enjoy the clear waters of Kochi by snorkeling and surfing while staying at a refurbished hotel committed to sustainability.
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      • Yuji Hirayama Urban Base Camp

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        One of Japan's top rock climbers Yuji Hirayama has opened Urban Base Camp, a new bouldering gym in the heart of Tokyo.
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        2021 Summer Music Festivals in Japan

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        2021 Fireworks Festivals in Japan

        Enjoy these fireworks festivals held throughout Japan this summer and autumn.
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        2021 Summer Festivals in Japan

        Enjoy these traditional matsuri festivals throughout Japan this summer.

The Air Up There: Heliskiing in Honshu

Heli-skiing operations are few and far between in Japan, and they certainly don’t come cheap. However, nothing can replace the euphoric feeling of flying over snow-covered trees straight to the mountaintop—and then getting fresh tracks all the way down! Here’s the short-list of operators in Honshu.

Kusatsu Snow & Spa Resort(草津国際スキー場)
Place: Keats, Gunma / 群馬県草津
Fee: ¥5,500〜¥7,000(Guided/ガイド付)
Trail Length:NA Level Required:Beginner to intermediate/初中級者向け
Date: Late January to early March(1月下旬〜3月上旬)
Capacity:5 people(minimum 3)
Contact:Japan Air Craft Service(ジャパンエアクラフトサービス)
Tel: (0279) 88-4991 Web: www.kusatsu-kokusai.com(English & Japanese)

Aizu Kohgen Takatsue Skiing Ground(会津高原たかつえスキー場)
Place: Aizu, Fukushima / 福島県会津
Fee: ¥4,500(Lift-ticket purchase required; Guided/リフト券持参者 ガイド付)
Level Required:Beginner to intermediate /初中級者向け
Date: Late December to mid January(12月下旬〜1月中旬)
Contact:Tel. (0241) 78-2241 Web: www.takatsue.jp(Japanese)

Sugadaira Kogen Skiing Ground(菅平高原スキー場)
Place: Sugadaira, Nagano / 長野県
Fee: ¥0,000(Guided/ガイド付)
Level Required:Beginner to intermediate/初中級者向け
Date: Late December to March 31st(12月下旬〜3月31日)
Capacity:0 people(minimum 0)
Contact:Sugadaira Tourism Board(菅平高原観光協会)
Tel: (0268) 74-2003 Web: www.sugadaira.com(Japanese)

Tsugaike Kogen Skiing Ground(栂池高原スキー場)
Place: Hakuba, Nagano / 長野県白馬
Fee: ¥9,500(※リフト券料金は含まず Unguided/ガイドなし)
Trail Length:10 – 14km  Level Required:Beginner to intermediate/初中級者向け
Date: Mid March to early April, late April to early May(3月中旬〜4月上旬、4月下旬〜5月上旬)
Capacity:400 people
Contact:Tsugaike Kogen Tourism Board(栂池高原観光協会)
Tel: (0261) 83-2515 Web: www.tsugaike.gr.jp(Japanese)
Accommodation: Petit Hotel Shanze, Tel: (0261)83-2421

Kagura Skiing Ground(かぐらスキー場)
Place: Yuzawa, Niigata / 新潟県湯沢
Fee: 0,000(Guided/ガイド付)
Level Required:Beginner to intermediate/初中級者向け
Date: Apr. 8-9(4月8日・9日)
Contact:Kagura Mitsumata Tourism Board(かぐら・みつまた観光協会)
Tel: (025) 788-9006 Web: www.kagura-mitsumata.ne.jp(Japanese)
Accommodation: White Horse Inn Kagura, Tel: (0257)88-9121

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