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8 Winter Towns in Japan that Feel Like the North Pole

Christmas markets, buckets of snow and Arctic-like ice floes are on our wish list to Santa for winter experiences in Japan.

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Best Hidden Spots for a Winter Trip in Japan

The winter season is upon us, and it's time for illuminations and snowy scenery. Here's where you can avoid the crowds.

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A Survival Guide to Japan’s Winter Monsters

Guaranteed to chill your blood more than the cold weather, let’s look at Japan’s wicked side of winter.

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: How to Use the Heating Function on your Air Conditioner in Japan

Stay cozy all throughout winter in Japan with this quick guide

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Chasing the Gods’ Crossing On Lake Suwa in Nagano

Crackling ice forms this natural phenomenon over the lake that inspired the 2016 anime “Your Name” (“Kimi no Na Wa”). Will this elusive anomaly make an appearance this year?

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Ultimate Guide to Winter Illuminations in Japan’s 47 Prefectures 2019-20

Here’s your chance to enjoy some festive Christmas cheer—the Japanese way!

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9 Great Snow Festivals to See in Japan

There’s snow place like Japan when it comes to winter festivals.

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Guide to Skiing and Snowboarding in Japan

Shred world-class powder in the Japanese mountains. Japow!

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Yudanaka: The Heavenly Onsen Town Next to Hell Valley

Close to the Snow Monkey Park, foreigner-friendly Yudanaka Onsen in Nagano makes for a great day or overnight hot spring trip.

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Staying Positive: 6 Tips for Beating the Winter Blues in Japan

A long Japanese winter isn’t just about keeping warm — it’s about your mental health, too.

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Weathering a Cold Japanese Winter for New ALTs

Five tips to keep safe and warm during the coldest time of the year.

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Cold Comforts: From OTC Japanese Drugs to Home Remedies for Flu Season

Over the years in Japan, I have discovered a range of both folk and modern remedies here to keep colds in check.

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