Hokkaido & Tohoku regions
Furano, Asahikawa, TomamuThis area is home to Asahiyama Zoo, which has earned a high profile for innovative ways of exhibiting animals that bring out their natural movements, as well as Furano, which found fame as the setting of the TV drama Kita-no-Kuni Kara ("From the North Land”). The area is known for excellent local cuisine, including Asahikawa ramen, Furano curry omelet, and many other local dishes.
Kanto & Koshin’etsu regions
Karuizawa, SugadairaIn Karuizawa, which has some of Japan's top villa-style resorts, you can enjoy plenty of shopping, as outlet stores are situated right next to the shinkansen bullet train station. Catering to the villa patrons, there are many fashionable cafés and famous restaurants here, where gourmets go to dine.
Kusatsu, ManzaThe famous hot springs of Kusatsu—the water is extremely hot, although some develop a preference for it!—and the magnificent views of the hot springs of Manza, located 1,800 meters above sea level, have both won many Japanese fans. Particularly in Kusatsu, you can find photogenic scenes such as facilities irrigating hot spring water and traditional Japanese hot spring districts.
Shiga, Nozawa Onsen, Madarao, Iizuna積雪量が豊富で、雪質には定評がある。「スノーモンキー」で有名な地獄谷野猿公苑もこのエリア。暮らしに温泉が溶け込んでいる「野沢温泉」では、冬になると街中の温泉で野沢菜を洗う独特の風景が見られる。
Tateshina, YatsugatakeThis area is famous for its high rate of clear weather days and beautiful starry night skies. Tateshina is home to many popular restaurants that use locally-sourced vegetables, which grow in abundance with intense flavor due to the severe temperature differences and low humidity throughout the year.
Yuzawa, Naeba, MuikamachiThis snow area is easily accessible from Tokyo via the shinkansen bullet train. The renowned Koshihikari variety of rice from Minami-Uonuma is harvested in this area—perfect for those keen to dine on delicious Japanese food.
HakubaA famous Japanese snow resort where people come from all over the world to ski and snowboard, with Australians in the lead by numbers. There are plenty of bars and clubs here, and the excellent night-life is one reason for its popularity.
List of recommended ski resorts
Hakuba Valley Hakuba Happo-One Winter Resort
Naeba Ski Resort
Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu
Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort
List of recommended areas
Sapporo, Niseko, Kiroro
Yuzawa, Naeba, Muikamachi
Shiga, Nozawa Onsen, Madarao, Iizuna
List of recommended prefectures