The main building at Dōgo Onsen, Dōgo Onsen Honkan, was constructed in 1894, and designated as an important cultural site in 1994.
Combine the best of Osaka on this half-day walking tour in the afternoon. With your expert and friendly guide, explore Osaka Castle — the city’s best-known sight that is especially popular during cherry blossom season.
Take a walk on the wild side with an evening tour through Shinjuku, Tokyo’s famous entertainment district, and get a local's look into the best shopping and night life.
With Niseko just around the corner, many alpine enthusiasts aren't too keen on spending any more time in Sapporo than they have to.
Just 200km north of Tokyo, GALA Yuzawa's claim to fame is its own shinkansen (bullet train) stop, right at the base of the mountain. It is entirely possible to wake up early in the morning in Tokyo, hit the slopes after breakfast and be home for dinner and a movie.
Naeba is an impressive resort, with 20 courses fairly evenly divided among skill levels. The longest run (4km) starts at the top of the mountain and winds through birch forests and mogul fields prior to dropping a full kilometre.
Host of the downhill races at the 1998 Winter Olympics, Happō-One is one of Japan's best ski areas, with superb mountain views and beginner, intermediate and advanced runs catering to skiers and snowboarders.
Enjoy an afternoon visit to Nara, whose combined historic monuments make the ancient city a UNESCO World Heritage site. This imperial capital from the 8th century is full of cultural treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples. Ride the JR rail from Osaka to Kyoto, where you’ll transfer by comfortable coach to Nara.
Just west of Yamaguchi city is the 800-year-old Yuda Onsen. The area is covered in a rash of hotels and bathing facilities, mostly along a busy main road, which isn't really a place for tottering between baths in your yukata .
The Hells, though mildly interesting, shouldn't distract you from the real hot springs. Scattered around the town are eight onsen areas. Onsen enthusiasts spend their time in Beppu moving from one bath to another - experts consider at least three baths a day de rigueur . Costs range from around ¥100 to around ¥1000, though many (and two of the best) are free.
Akita's largest winter-sports destination, Tazawako Sukī-jō is just a little more than a three-hour shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo. The powder accumulates here over 13 runs that wind down Akita Komaga-take and overlook the nearby shores of Tazawa-ko Trails are evenly divided between beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Lying between two Prince hotels, this world-class winter-sports resort has hosted numerous FIS World Ski and Snowboarding events, yet remains relatively undiscovered by foreign visitors compared to Niseko.
Compared with other ski mountains across Tōhoku and Hokkaidō, Tamoyachi-dake is fairly modest in scope. The plus side is that you can expect frozen fir trees, piles of wet snow and scant to no crowds. There are just two official runs from the top of the Hakkōda Ropeway, both winding intermediate trails.
Built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Sapporo Dome was tested early, hosting the hotly contested England vs Argentina match. This intriguing stadium, with a fixed roof, is interesting in that it switches surfaces depending on the sport being played. Sapporo is home to baseball's Hokkaidō Nippon Ham Fighters (www.fighters.co.jp), who play on an artificial surface.