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GRAN CAMPING PALM GARDEN MAISHIMA by WBF

Top Four Recommended Glamping Facilities in Kansai

As activities enjoyed in nature and isolation from densely populated cities are gaining the spotlight, “glamping,” a type of glamorous, resort-style c…

Iriomote Island

Feel Iriomote Island: the privilege to explore a Natural World Heritage Site

writerEric van Rijn My name is Eric van Rijn, originally from the Netherlands. Now based in Ishigaki, Okinawa, I provide consulting services and run a…

Shiga Biwako Hakodateyama

A Photogenic Stroll through Western Shiga

writerCheesie Originally from Malaysia, she has visited all 47 prefectures of Japan and has been introducing the various regional charms of Japan to t…

Shiga Maibara Samegai-juku

A Historical Walk Down Northeastern Shiga

writerCheesie Originally from Malaysia, she has visited all 47 prefectures of Japan and has been introducing the various regional charms of Japan to t…

Shikisai no Oka

Hokkaido’s Biei: Five Amazing Spots to Visit

In the center of Hokkaido lies Biei; an expansive natural area full of rolling hills and wide fields. Here, we share our recommendations for beautiful…

Nasu onsen Nasu Kogen Plateau resort

Nasu Onsen: still cool in summer! Onsen on the plateau

Nasu Onsen refers to several onsen areas located in the resorts on the Nasu Kogen Plateau in Tochigi Prefecture collectively. Opened over 1,300 years …

Hanamaki Onsen-kyo

Hanamaki Onsen-kyo: A dozen hot springs in a town of flowers

In the western part of Iwate Prefecture’s Hanamaki City, centered along the Dai-gawa and Toyosawa-gawa rivers flowing through the mountains, is the ho…

Kaike onsen

Kaike Onsen: unwind on an exquisite coastline of white sand and blue pine trees

In northwestern Tottori Prefecture, Yonago City is home to one of the most popular hot spring areas in the San-in region, Kaike Onsen which overlooks …

Ibusuki Onsen

Ibusuki Onsen: Warm up your body and soul with a steam sand bath and onsen with a gorgeous view

Ibusuki Onsen used to be called “Yuhosuki,” represented by Chinese letters that mean an accommodation with abundant hot water. During the Edo period (…

Yufuin Onsen

Yufuin Onsen: hot springs cradled in Mount Yufu-dake amid the beauty of nature

Yufu-dake in northeastern Oita Prefecture has been revered as a divine mountain from time immemorial, appearing in the oldest surviving poetry collect…

hakone onsen

Hakone Onsen: One of the most popular onsen in Japan with great access from Tokyo

Hakone has great access from Tokyo, only about one and a half hours by train, providing a perfect place not only for overnight stays but also for quic…

togatta onsen kokeshi doll

Togatta Onsen: An onsen town preserving the tradition of cute kokeshi dolls

At the foot of Mount Zao on the border between Miyagi Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture, Togatta Onsen is located in the plateau area at 330 meters o…

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Tokyo Walk: Recommended spots and delicious dishes in Kichijoji

Located in Musashino City, the western part of Tokyo, Kichijoji can be accessed by train from Shinjuku in about 15 minutes. With a big park, departmen…

Unzen onsen: feel the heat from “hell”

Located in Nagasaki Prefecture on Kyushu Island, Unzen has been widely known as an onsen site, as the name “Unzen” is said to come from the sound of “…

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Yamanaka Onsen: Onsen in a valley with a history and traditional culture of 1,300 years

Yamanaka Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture has a long history: it is said that the famous Buddhist priest, Gyoki, discovered the onsen about 1,300 years ag…

Kirishima Onsen: Hot Springs and Delicious Food from the Mountain

Located almost in the center of Kagoshima Prefecture, Kirishima City has for background magnificent Mount Kirishima, the main peak of which, Takachiho…

yudanaka shibu onsen

Yudanaka Shibu Onsen: A scenic onsen town loved by a prominent haiku poet

Located in Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai County, Nagano Prefecture, the Yudanaka Shibu Onsen Town which opened more than 1,350 years ago, has many Japan…

sukayu onsen

Sukayu Onsen: The historic “fountain of healing above the clouds”

Sukayu is located 925 meters above sea level atop the refreshing highlands of the western base of Mount Odake, the main peak of the Hakkoda Mountains …

Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen: Be moved by this hot spring village in the mountains

Nestled in the middle of Japan in Gifu Prefecture’s Hida River basin, is Gero Onsen, one of the three great springs of the nation. Adored by people fo…

Iya Shin-iya Onsen

Iya / Shin-Iya Onsen: bathe in a canyon amid nature’s splendor

Iya Valley is in the mountainous center of Shikoku near the border between western Tokushima and Kochi prefectures. Cliffs from dozens meters up to se…

Unazuki onsen Kurobe Kyokoku Gorge torocco train

Unazuki Onsen: One of the best onsen areas in the Hokuriku region, at a beautiful gorge

Along the Kurobe-gawa River which flows between the Tateyama Mountains and Ushirotateyama Mountains in Toyama Prefecture, there is large valley, Kurob…

Tokachi onsen Tokachi Ranch

Tokachigawa Onsen: An Onsen Village featuring “moor hot springs” rare in Japan

A 20-minute bus ride from eastern Hokkaido’s Obihiro City is Tokachigawa Onsen. It is located in Otofuke Town in the middle of the Tokachi Plain. Open…

Niseko Onsen

Niseko Onsen: Onsen town with many things to enjoy, from onsen to various activities

Known as a great place for skiing and snowboarding, Niseko Town is one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Hokkaido. The powder snow in this area makes …

Shima onsen

Shima Onsen: Recharge with the power of nature at this secluded hot spring resort

In northwestern Gunma Prefecture near its border with Niigata Prefecture is Shima Onsen, located on the eastern side of Joshin’etsukogen National Park…

Okuhida onsengo sinnhotaka onsen

Okuhida Onsengo: Onsen paradise in the Hida Mountains, rich in abundant hot spring water

Okuhida Onsengo (Okuhida Onsen Village) in Gifu Prefecture is an onsen paradise surrounded by the Hida Mountains, which are called “the roof of Japan.…

Nanki Shirahama Onsen

Nanki Shirahama Onsen: 15 springs! Hot springs and sightseeing abound. This Japanese beach resort has it all!

Nanki Shirahama Onsen is one of the most prominent hot spring resorts in the the Kinan region of southern Wakayama Prefecture. From resort hotels to r…

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Yunokawa Onsen: coastal onsen resort with great night view

Stretching along the coastline, Yunokawa Onsen is about 5 minutes by car from Hakodate Airport. The town is Yunokawa Onsen and it is one of the three …