‘MUST VISIT’ LIST: JAPAN EDITION
Just five hours from Tokyo by bullet train, Hakuba is a popular choice for Aussies for its convenience. But there are heaps of other reasons to visit Hakuba. There is a huge variety when it comes to ski slopes, some of them notoriously steep, making it a firm favourite for avid skiers. The village experience is more traditional, with authentic Japanese restaurants and onsen, as well as shopping and bars. Take a day off from skiing to visit the Jigokudani snow monkey park! Yuzawa The closest ski field to Tokyo (just two hours by train), Yuzawa is also one of the largest ski areas. There are approximately 20 resorts in and near Yuzawa, making it an ideal destination for skiers of all ages and experience levels. And if you’re a fan of sake (Japanese rice wine), check out the sake museum at the EchigoYuzawa station before hitting the sake bath next door. Nozawa Onsen Located at the bottom of Mt. Kenashi-yama (or ‘Mt No-hair), Nozawa Onsen is beautiful all year round. As its name would suggest, Nozawa Onsen is one of Japan’s most famous onsen towns and features many public hot springs (13 to be exact). If you visit in January, don’t miss the Dosojin Festival – one of the three greatest fire festivals in Japan.