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 resort, Heavens Sonohara, is currently joining forces with the digital art group Naked Inc. to provide an even more stellar viewing experience at space colony-esque structures on its premises that include a planetarium dome, an area equipped with telescopes and some projection mapping. (Yuki Yamauchi)