JAPAN SHOWCASE | A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities

JAPAN SHOWCASE

A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities

  • Aomori Airport’s Snow Removal Team: “White Impulse”

    Aomori Prefecture

    Aomori Airport’s Snow Removal Team: “White Impulse”


    When we arrive at Aomori Airport’s terminal building to meet with the airport director, the board hanging behind the information counters near the first floor entrance shows numerous flights have been canceled. With the entire surrounding area covered in white and snow falling steadily everywhere,…

  • Walking among the snow monsters of the Hakkoda mountains

    Aomori Prefecture

    Walking among the snow monsters of the Hakkoda mountains


    The cable car rumbles ominously as it carries us from the station in Towada-HachimantaiNational Park up to the peak of Mount Tamoyachi, in the northern Hakkoda mountain range. The dozens of goggled skiers and snowboarders filling the floating glass chamber hardly seem to hear it,…

  • Walking in the steps of samurai

    Great Tamba area

    Walking in the steps of samurai


    There is no embellished castle tower to keep watch over Sasayama, a city ringed by the mountains of central Hyogo Prefecture. Only thick stone walls mark the site where an early 17th-century fortress stood. Even in those days, the castle keep was a relatively unimpressive…

  • Sightseeing off the beaten track in rural Kyoto

    Great Tamba area

    Sightseeing off the beaten track in rural Kyoto


    Mere minutes after the Sagano Scenic Railway train leaves its terminus in the popular suburb of Arashiyama just outside Kyoto, civilization abruptly falls away. Behind us lies a metropolis of at least a million people; out the windows, the only signs of life are a…

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