Art

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Terrace of Frost Tree

Terrace of Frost Tree

The tourist bureau in Zao, Yamagata Prefecture, may be one of the only groups eager to see the arrival of cold weather since one of its main draws are juhyō (trees coated with thick snow). Go further north to Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Shimukappu, ...

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Daffodil Festival

Daffodil Festival

The rugged Cape Tsumekizaki in Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture, contrasts well with a lighthouse, a cobalt blue sea and, in winter, carpets of daffodils. Visitors can nab a great set of photos when the area blooms with around 3 million bulbs from early January until the ...

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Winter Night Tour — Stars by Naked —

Winter Night Tour — Stars by Naked —

Achi, Nagano Prefecture, offers a nice escape from the frantic pace of many large cities and, for stargazers, is a must-visit destination as it was named the place with the best view of a night sky in a 2006 Environment Ministry survey. The village ski ...

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The 74th Plum Festival

The 74th Plum Festival

The people at the Atami Plum Garden in Shizuoka Prefecture take meticulous care of their garden's 59 species of ume (plum) trees, which number in the hundreds. So why not celebrate their efforts? A two-month festival plans to do just that. The trees bloom at ...