urashin dining room
Accommodation Koshinetsu | Nagano Sponsored

Staying with Locals at Minshuku, Surrounded by Snow in the Uonuma Countryside

Sponsored by UONUMA City Tourist Association   Uonuma is a small city in Niigata prefecture. The area is known for the heavy snowfall during winter. This area is excellent for skiing and snowboarding. The ski-resort Suhara is a 5-minute walk from Urashin Minshuku and several courses…
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Accommodation Sponsored Tokai | Nagoya

Izu Peninsula: My Night in a Ryokan of Kumomi Onsen, a Fishing Village

Sponsored by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association Kumomi Onsen Kumomi Onsen (雲見温泉) is located on the west coast of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. It is a very little town, know for its excellent hot springs (hence the word “onsen,” which means “hot spring,” in its name),…
crane bird watching in Izumi
Accommodation Kyushu | Fukuoka Sightseeing Sponsored

Izumi, a Cranes’ Paradise: Observation Center and Ryokan

Sponsored by Izumi City   Cranes (Tsuru in Japanese) are migratory birds that play a very important in the Japanese culture. They are often represented in old paintings, symbolizing fulfillment and hope. Unlike many other birds, cranes are much more difficult to observe. In fact, many…