Sapporo / Hakodate / Asahikawa / Obihiro / Kushiro / Rishiri / Okushiri / Abashiri
Japan’s northernmost island and an outdoor lover’s paradise
Kakunodate / Tazawa / Nyuto Onsen
Relax among mountains and lakes in summer, or be dazzled by the winter snow while enjoying unique, northern cuisine.
Morioka / Hiraizumi / Tono
Stunning in all four seasons, Iwate is full of opportunities to enjoy great food and festivals, as well as magnificent scenery.
Yamagata Prefecture / Fukushima Prefecture / Aomori Prefecture
Sceneries, history, cuisine, skiing and hiking... enjoy a trip that will rejuvenate your soul.
Sado-ga-shima / Naeba / Myoko Kogen / Echigo-yuzawa-Onsen
The land of snow, hot springs and fine sake
Narita / Tokyo Disneyland
The gateway to Japan. Packed with great spots for sightseeing where are easily accessible from the capital.
Shinjuku / Akihabara / Asakusa
Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis
Nagoya / Inuyama / Seto / Nishio /
Toyota / Tokoname / Himaka Island /
Toyokawa / Okazaki
The center of Japanese technology that has prospered as a manufacturing base since ancient times.
Kii Peninsula / Ise
Most sacred shrine, Excellent pearls, and Samurai theme park. Touch the tradition and history.
Arashiyama / Gion / Kurama
The traditional and cultural heart of Japan
Umeda / Namba / Shin-Sekai
One of Japan’s major cities and home of good eating
Fukui / Katsuyama / Obama / Tsuruga / Awara
Sample seafood delicacies such as Echizen crab and puffer fish, as you soak yourself in the history of Fukui’s many heritage sites.
Kobe / Toyooka / Himeji / Kinosaki
Enjoy tradition, modernity, sightseeing spots and culinary delights
Shimane Prefecture / Tottori Prefecture
Iya Valley / Tsurugi-san
Hidden springs and fantastic scenery amid pristine natural surroundings.
Shimanto City / Ashizuri-misaki
Combining unspoiled natural beauty with a tropical climate
Miyajima / Iwakuni / Tomo-no-ura / Onomichi
Steeped in history and a symbol of peace the world over
Uwajima / Matsuyama / Ishizuchi-san
Fresh fruit and fish. Tour some of the castle, explore the history.
Fukuoka / Dazaifu
Many sights to see and delicious cuisine. Fukuoka leaves you satisfied every time.
Karatsu / Imari / Arita
Experience breath-taking natural scenery and traditional crafts. A trip with delighting surprises around every corner.
Kumamoto / Aso-san / Kurokawa-Onsen
Surround yourself with nature and taste gourmet flavors you will find nowhere else.
Kirisima-Yaku National Park / Satsuma Peninsula / Amami Islands
The home of historic heroes and a living volcanic landscape. Toast with delicious shochu and sample the unique Kagoshima cuisine.
Osumi Island / Miyako Island / Yaeyama Islands
Japan’s tropical side offering a unique culture and history
Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Hagi / Shimonoseki / Mine / Ube / Hofu / Yanai
Westernmost end of Japan's main island, Honshu. Walk through the history with great food, sake and lots of superb views.
Oita / Beppu / Yufu / Nakatsu / Saiki / Kunisaki / Taketa / Hita
A treasure trove of hot springs and full of charm of gourmet food, history, and nature
Aomori / Sai-mura / Hirosaki / Mutsu / Hachinohe / Oma-cho / Goshogawara / Nishimeya-mura / Misawa
Unimaginable beautiful landscapes of the sea, mountains and lakes.
When visitors travel to the northern island of Hokkaido in winter, they mostly go skiing or enjoy such popular attractions as the Sapporo Snow Festival and penguin walk at Asahiyama Zoo. But I like going to Shiretoko National Park. There, the experience of walking on drift ice is astounding. In winter, the Sea of Okhotsk freezes over, and the drift ice reaches northern Hokkaido, where it remains from mid-January until early March. The coastal waters become a vast white field of ice.
When I was there, I walked on the drift ice for about 90 minutes, wearing a protective dry suit and accompanied by a professional guide. It felt like I was at the North Pole. The sunset on the ice field was ethereal and magnificent.
The tour gives you the chance to learn about the Sea of Okhotsk and the natural environment of Shiretoko, with its virgin forests and diversity of protected wildlife. It all makes for a wonderful experience that is possible only in Shiretoko. But going there once is not enough: I hope to visit again.
Name: Ussanee Aiemjan (Bat)
ADDRESS: 187-8 Utoro-Nishi, Shari, Shari, Hokkaido
TEL: +81-152-22-5522 (advance reservation)
HOURS: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
ACCESS: 2 hours by bus from Memanbetsu Airport.
A region of verdant nature, dynamic festivals and spiritual sites
An Island Paradise Like None Other:OKINAWA
Great journey to a true winter wonderland
Discover San'In Shimane and Tottori
Deep journey that touches Japanese myths
Discover the Richness of Japan in Tajima
Immerse Yourself in History and Culture.
Welcome to Okinawa, the Paradise of Japan!
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