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Dining/Drinking

The finer points of Japanese sake

Hideaki Fukada Sake Sommelier Toriciya, Cammeray Instead of poring over a selection of reds and whites to go with the tuna and white fish on your next sushi extravaganza, you can count on a Japanese sake to move with the flavours as you do. Its versatility is evident in the range of tones which can [...]

JAPANESE RESTAURANT GUIDE – Sydney

View Sydney Japanese Restaurant Guide in a larger map Kushiyaki – Bar & Grill Regent Place, 501 George St, Sydney Phone: (02) 9267-7775 www.azuma.com.au Tue-Sat 12:00-14:30, 18:00-22:00 Closed Sun & Mon Licensed only Along with an interesting menu of grilled skewers, this Japanese Bar & Grill offers a menu of traditional and innovative Japanese cuisine [...]

Kontatsu Australia

Kontatsu Australia was established in Sydney on 8 August 2008 with a mission to bring the culture of Japanese sake Down Under, a product of sophisticated techniques passed down through an unbroken line of Japanese brewers for generations… Kontatsu Australia has overcome a series of difficult challenges in developing the market for sake in Sydney, [...]

Culture

Downtown Matsumoto

One of the best ways to experience Matsumoto is on foot. From wide boulevards to narrow alleys, the many contrasts of traditional and contemporary Matsumoto can be enjoyed by strolling through its streets. The area around Nakamachi is a must for the itinerary, famous for rows of traditional buildings with a stylish latticed plaster, known [...]

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle is one of four castles designated as National Treasures of Japan, and has the oldest remaining donjon in the country. Construction began in 1592 on this elegant black and white structure, with three turrets. Inside the castle are steep stairs and low ceilings, leading past displays of armor and rifles from Japan’s Warring [...]

Noritake Australia

Enjoy Your Sake with Authentic Tableware from Noritake Australia Look no further than Noritake Australia for elegant, well-designed tableware. Owned and operated by Noritake Japan, which was originally founded in 1904, Noritake is a highly respected company in over 100 countries. Chinaware produced by Miyama, a winner of five Good Design Awards based in Gifu, [...]

Outdoor

TOHOKU FOUR SEASONS

Tohoku is the place to experience the Japan you saw at the movies – ancient temples veiled in enchanting forests, castles and mountains, all in vivid technicolour throughout the four seasons. The Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture is one of the first parts of Tohoku that bring a samurai epic to mind, with attractions like [...]

Alts Bandai Snow Park & Resort

Alts Bandai Snow Park and Resort may be one of Japan’s major international competition venues, but all skiers have something to enjoy thanks to its diverse layout. Cruisers will want to check out the long runs of the Active Zone, some of which are open for night skiing until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The [...]

Zao Hot Springs

The sprawling clusters of forest on the slopes at Zao Hot Springs are covered in layer upon layer of hoar frost and snow, earning them the affectionate nickname of Ice Monsters. They form an ultimate obstacle course down the mountain, and weaving in and out of the twisted shapes, while rocking back on big powder [...]

Nature

SHIGA KOGEN

Slice your way through the powder of this expansive institution… Shiga Kogen comprises of 21 interconnected ski areas across altitudes of 1,400m to 2,300m, amidst the peaks of Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in Nagano Prefecture. About 80 kilometres of groomed runs, stretching for up to 6 kilometres, make it Japan’s biggest ski resort. Seventy percent [...]

Utsukushigahara Kogen (Plateau)

On the eastern edge of Matsumoto City lies Utsukushigahara Kogen. From here you can begin a short refreshing walk or a long adventure. Not far from the parking lot here is a peaceful meadow with grazing cows and lovely wild flowers, along with an old bell tower once used by those lost in the fog. [...]

Natural SpringWater – Matsumoto

Natural Springwater Matsumoto is a town with an abundance of quality natural springs. The water of Genchi Wel l has received special acclaim as the best natural spring water in town and has been in use since the Edo Period for drinking and sake production. Draw some of this unique Japanese water from the spring [...]

Transport

Furano Transport

Central Hokkaido is wild and untamed, dominated by the 2,000m peaks of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group. A backcountry ski trip is the only real way to gain a true appreciation for just how fine, light and dry the powder is in these mountains, and why experienced skiers rate it as some of the best in [...]

Niseko Transport

Tourist Information JR Niseko Station Tourist Information Centre 20136-44-2468 Hours: 7:10-17:10 Mon-Sun Machi-no-Eki Plat Information Centre (3min from JR Kutchan Station) 20136-23-0222 Hours: 10:00-19:00 Tue-Sun www.kutchan-town-st.com (Japanese) Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza 77-10 Aza Motomachi, Niseko (Accessible by road only) 20136-43-2051 Hours: 9:00-18:00 Mon-Sun www.niseko-ta.jp/en View The only MAP you need in JAPAN <G’day Japan> in [...]

Getting to Yamagata

  People have always said that Yamagata Prefecture looks just like a smiling face on the map of Japan, and now Kitekero-kun is here to personify it! This friendly little chap is the mascot for the Yamagata Destination Campaign, a joint project of the Prefecture and the East Japan Railway Company to showcase the beauty and hospitality of Yamagata [...]

Entertainment

Nozawa Onsen

A cloud of steam perpetually hangs over Nozawa Onsen, a friendly hot spring village of about 5,000 people in the Northern Japanese Alps. Legends surround the discovery of the springs at Nozawa, with one attributing it to Buddhist monk Gyoki, when he visited the area during the 8th century Nara Period. Others say ascetic mountain [...]

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival

Part wrestling match, and part religious ceremony, this rather loose festival will have you enraptured by the welcoming spirit of villagers in Nozawa Onsen! The Dosojin Fire Festival, held in Nozawa Onsen on January 15 every year, is fanatical enough to award it the distinction of being one of Japan’s top three fire festivals, and [...]

Konbu Onsen

As i ts powder snow has risen to fame, the resort areas of Niseko have acquired an at times hectic buzz that can make it easy to forget you’re supposed to be on a holiday. Peace and quiet, fine dining and drinking, and rejuvenating hot springs are deceptively close though, in the village of Konbu [...]

Fashion/Trends

Your one-stop shop for quality rentals

Atomic and Salomon Station   A wide range of quality rental skis, boards, clothing and accessories are available from the Atomic & Salomon Stations in both Prince Hotels, Furano Ropeway Station and the Kitanomine Gondola Station – you won’t need to bring a thing with you to enjoy the powder in Furano! Drop in and [...]

Rhythm Snowsports

  Conditions in Niseko are unlike anywhere else in the world. The resort has an average annual snowfall of 18 meters and most of that falls as perfect powder. A ski holiday in Niseko is a unique experience so it’s important that you and your family or friends are equipped with the most suitable gear [...]

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is a 634m free-standing digital broadcasting tower in the heart of downtown Tokyo, and was recognized as the world’s tallest on 17 November 2011 by the Guinness World Records Company. The Skytree was officially declared open on 22 May 2012, much to the delight of ticket holders waiting to visit the Tokyo Skytree [...]

So Cool So Japan

Anime

©My Neighbor Totoro@1988 Nibariki-G Anime is Japanese animation, traditionally based on stories from manga comics. It first caught the public eye during the 1960s through the work of creator Osamu Tezuka, who is revered as the godfather of modern anime, and now has a passionate fan base throughout Asia, Europe, North America and Australia, where [...]

The Bullet Train

©Japan Convention Services, Inc./©JNTO The bullet train, or shinkansen in Japanese, covers over 2,500 kilometres across the Japanese islands of Honshu and Kyushu, and its Tokaido Line, which links Tokyo and Osaka, is the busiest high speed rail network in the world with 151 million passengers annually. The Tokaido Shinkansen was completed in 1964, in [...]

Mount Fuji

©Akira Okada/©JNTO Climbing the 3,776m Mt Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak, is a rite of passage for many, undertaken during the summer months of July and August. The sunrise above clouds from the summit is breathtaking, and a truly memorable way to experience Japan. In order to time this perfectly, climbers begin with an early evening [...]