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Visiting Hokkaido: Fun for all ages at the snowy mountains of Hoshino Resort Tomamu!

Sapporo / Chitose Hotels

Hoshino Resort Tomamu, a residential complex resort located in the mountains of central Hokkaido, is equipped with facilities that are operated by Hoshino Resort, a highly popular hotel and resort chain in Japan. Here, people of all ages can enjoy a wide variety of experiences in addition to the powdered snow unique to Hokkaido. This region of Hokkaido has some of the largest slopes around. While guests can certainly enjoy the outdoors, Hoshino Resort Tomamu also offers a variety of activities that can be enjoyed inside too! They even have a wave pool where waves are created at an indoor beach. Here the temperature is always kept at summery heat, giving an unbelievable mysterious experience while at the foot of the snow-covered slope!

Visiting Japan? Catch Early-blooming Cherry Blossoms Just South of Tokyo – Until Early March!

Kanagawa Suburbs Other Nature

Seeing cherry blossoms in Japan isn't limited just to April! Actually you can also catch these gorgeous flowers slightly earlier—from February to March—if you know where to go. Just around an hour south of central Tokyo is the coastal town of Miurakaigan, where a special variety of these cherry trees, called kawazu-zakura, can be found. The Keikyu Line, which provides access from Haneda Airport to the Tokyo and Yokohama areas, is holding a special present campaign for international visitors to Japan. Come see the beautiful kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms that bloom in the Miura area, bring home a special gift! It’s a perfect way to experience Japan and make a wonderful memory.

[MOVIE]Shodo Calligraphy: What would you write for luck in the New Year?

Odaiba Traditional Paintings

Art Materials Lab PIGMENT really is a place that impresses as soon as you set foot inside: the building is spacious, with a comfy atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re at home. This gorgeous art supply store is located on Tennozu Isle, a small island in Tokyo Bay that hosts plenty of art shows and performances. The store features around 200 antique ink sticks, 50 kinds of animal glues, and around 4,500 colors of different pigments: with this, you are sure to find a color that you will like! But what makes the store different are the regularly organized workshops. Held by art school professors or painting tool manufacturers, you can discover Japanese painting techniques, carving signature stamps, or even oil painting. For me, it would be Japanese calligraphy, also known as shodo.

Tokyo’s Secret Coin Locker Spots: Big Enough for Suitcases!

Shinjuku Other Sightseeing

Coin lockers can be found all around Tokyo. It’s not the number of lockers that tends to pose a problem for travelers – it’s the size. Small coin lockers are the most abundant, while medium- and large-size lockers are less numerous and thus also less vacant. This is especially true for coin lockers in busy places, but you still don’t want to drag around your suitcase all over Tokyo, do you? Let’s take a closer look at the coin lockers of Tokyo’s stations, their sizes, and the many secret storage spots that are just perfect for tourists!

Hokkaido Sightseeing: Enjoy an elegant holiday at the soothing Daisetsu Mori-no Garden!

Asahikawa Other Sightseeing

If you visit Daisetsuzan or Sounkyo Onsen in Hokkaido, the Daisetsu Mori-no Garden is a spot you will definitely want to add to your sightseeing itinerary. In this sculpted flower garden with a view of the Daisetsu Mountain Range, you’ll enjoy spending a relaxing time in the soothing embrace of nature. There is a restaurant and café in the park that are owned by master French chef Kiyomi Mikuni, where you can also savor an elegant lunch and exquisite sweets made with the finest Hokkaido ingredients.

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