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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.

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