ITE – The Lesser Visited Places in Japan

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As iterated from the previous post, I went to an International Travel Expo in Hong Kong just one week ago.  Took a lot of pamphlets and brochures, and wanted to share some resources that I got.

 

Niigata in Japan (70 minutes from Tokyo)

50 years ago Niigata was an important trade hub with the highest levels of culture and the largest population in Japan.  The resonance of Jomon era pottery from 5000 years ago and modern day art.

Accommodations – Akakura Onsen Ski Resort, Akakura Kanko Resort Ski, Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort, Sekionsen Ski Resort, Lotte Arai Resort, Qupidvalley Ski Resort, Charmant Hiuchi Ski Resort, Naeba Ski Resort, Kagura Ski Resort, Kandatsu Kogen Ski Resort, Iwappara Ski Resort, Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort, Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort, NASPA Ski Garden, Okutadami Maruyama Ski Resort, New Greenpia Tsunan Ski Resort

Hot Springs – Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area: Naeba Ski Resort, GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort, Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort etc. also Myokokogen area: Akakura Onsen Ski Resort, Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort, Seki Onsen Ski Resort

Local cuisine of Niigata – Snow Crab, Sweet shrimp, rich miso flavor ramen, soy with pork back-fat ramen, soy with ginger ramen, soy sauce flavor ramen, curry ramen, Niigata wagyu beef, Angler fish, Echigohime strawberries, Hegisoba noodles, Ponshu-kan: The Echigo Sake Museum

Myoko – Naena-Taki Waterfall, Myoko Happiness Illumination, Mt. Myoko from Imori Ike, Sekiyama Shrine, Sasagamine, Mt. Hiuchi from Koyaike, Myoko Ski Resorts, Myoko Onsens.  Local foods – Rice, Sasazushi, Kanzuri, Sake, Yuki Sake Bar.

 

Nekoma (good for skiing)

(Accommodation) Hoshinoresorts Nekoma Snow Park & Resort

 

Hokkaido (good for skiing)

(Accommodation) Hoshimo Resorts Tomamu – every room in hotel is a suite of 100 metre squares or more and has an air bubble bath with a view and a sauna

Otaru – many music box places

http://www.otaru-orgel.co.jp/english/e_index.html

 

Aomoriya

(Accommodation) Hoshimo Resorts Aomoriya – http://noresoreaomoriya.jp/en

Outdoor Hot Spring, Hot Spring Surrounded by Frozen Waterfall

 

Tohoku

(Accommodation) Hoshino Resorts Nekoma Snow Park & Resort (https://www.nekoma.co.jp/en/) / Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai Snow Park & Resort

(Accommodation) Hoshino Resorts Bandaisan Onsen Hotel (http://www.bandaisan.co.jp/en)

 

Tomamu

(Accommodation) Hoshino Resorts TOMATU

 

Asahikawa

(Accommodation) Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa

 

Matsue (access from Hiroshima)

(Accommodation) Matsue Urban Hotel Cubic Room

(Dining) Isemiya dining and drinking district

(Activities) Matsue Castle Area, Horikawa Sightseeing Boat, Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, Adachi Museum of Art

 

Gunma

2 hours from Tokyo.  Paradise of outdoor activities.

  • Rafting – Tone River (Minakami, Shibukawa)
  • Canyoning – Tone River (Minakami, Katashina)
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Sugenuma, Lake Shimako, Lake Naramatako, Lake Dogenko
  • Bungee Jumping – Suwakyo Gorge, Sarugakyo
  • Hiking – Mt. Tanigawadake Ichinokurasawa, Oze, Lake Nozoriko, Chatsubomigoke Park, Lake Harunako, Kakumanbuchi, Yoshigadaira Wetlands
  • Night Contents – Star Gazing at Mt. Tanigawadake, Glamping at Shima Onsen, Shikishima Park Rose Garden, Sainokawara Park in Kusatsu Onsen, Ikaho Onsen Kajikabashi Bridge
  • Hands-On Experiences – Daruma Painting, Kokeshi Doll Painting
  • Canoeing – Lake Shimako
  • Onsens – Minakami 18 Onsen Areas, Ikaho Onsen, Shima ONsen, Kusatsu Onsen
  • Local foods – Sake, Sukiyaki, Okkirikomi Noodles, Yakimanju, Mizusawa Udon
  • Ski/Snowing – Manza Onsen Ski Area, Karuizawa Snow Park
  • Maebashi Area – Akagi-yama First Ski Park (smelt fishing available)
  • Agatsuma Area – Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort, White World Oze Iwakura, Katashina Kogen Ski Area, Snow Park Oze Tokura
  • Katashina Area – Marunuma Kogen Ski Area, Ogna Hotaka Ski Area,
  • Tambara, Kawaba Area – Tambara Ski Park, Kawaba Ski Resort, Minakami Kogen Ski Resort, Fujiwara Snow & Spa Resorts, Akasawa Snow Park, White Valley Ski Area, Minakami Hodaigi Ski Area, Okutone Snow Park
  • Minakami Area – Norn Minakami Ski Resort, Tanigawadake Tenjidaira Ski Area
  • (Accommodation) Kusatsu Onsen

Kagama

Sado

ECHIGO-Michi – sado, kaetsu, chuetsu, joetsu (all nature / fish / sightseeing / shrines stuff)

Nikko – areas to visit – Nikko, Okunikko, Kinugawa / Kawaji, Yunishikawa / Kawamata / Okukinu, Imaichi, Ashio

Himeji City – also has Himeji Central Park

Saga

 

Ehime

(Accommodation) https://www.hotel-ajour.jp/en/

(Accommodation) Okudogo Ichiyu No Mori – https://www.okudogo.co.jp/

(Activity) Self biking route – http://www.pref.ehime.jp or https://ehime-cycling.jp

Districts to visit – Dogo, Matsuyama, Uchiko, Shimanami

Matsuyama – www.city.matsuyama.ehime.jp

 

Aomori

(Accommodation) Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel

(Accommodation) Hoshino Resorts Kai Tsugaru

 

Tochigi

Purple falling petals, Pink flowers, Festivals, Relaxation

 

Hyogo

Kansai Japan Hyogo

Hyogo Golden Route – http://www.travelhyogo.org.t.aas.hp.transer.com

Kinosaki – http://www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/global/index.html

 

Okayama

(Accommodation) Kurashiki Seaside Hotel

(Accommodation) Washu Blue Resort – Kasago

(Activities) https://www.okayama-japan.jp/tw

Setouchi

 

Ibaraki

Oarai – Oaraiisosaki Shrine, Kamiiso Torii Gate, night view from Marine Tower, Sunset of Hinuma, Oarai Isosaki Shrine, Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, Kamiiso Torii, Monument of Onuki Seaside, Stone monument of Crimson Twilight at Iwafune, Museum of the Dawning of Modern Japan, Gannyuji Temple, Oarai Waku-Waku Science Museum, Yukkura Kenkou-Kan Health & Welfare Center, Oarai Marine Tower, Oarai Museum, Oarai Maritime Museum, Oarai Sun Beach Swimming REsort, Oarai Bathing Beach.  Foods – bream and plum fish ball hotpot, surf cram and local fish shabushabu, “white waves” hotpot with young sardine, angler hotpot

Sakura Map – Ottonuma Park (in Tsuchiura), Sakon’s Cherry (in Mito), Sanuma Sun Beach (in Shimotsuma), Akogigaura Park (in Tokai), Kashima Shiroyama Park (in Kashima), Soto-ono Weeping Cherry (in Daigo), Shizumine Furusato Park (in Naka), Sakasai Castle Ruins (in Bando), Fukuoka Weir (in Tsukubamirai), Isobe Sakuragawa Park (in Sakuragawa), Hitachi Fudoki no Oka (in Ishioka), Heiwa Street (in Hitachi), Kitayama Park (in Kasama), Ibaraki Flower Park (in Ishioka)

Flowers in Ibaraki – Plum blossoms (Ume), Sunflower, Hydrangea, Iris, Poppy, Colored leaves of Kochia, Kochia, Chrysanthemum, Autumn Foliage, Peony, Tulip, Narcissus, Rose, Japanese Wisteria, Nemophila (remember to check seasons, but most are around April to July)

 

Hiroshima

http://tw.visithiroshima.net

 

Japan

 

 

Kaiei Ryokans – https://www.kaiei-ryokans.com

Zai Chuan

Wonderland Japan WAttention at wattention.com

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