Top 5 Reasons To Visit The Amazing Lake Aoki

The heart-shaped Lake Aoki or “blue tree” lake on the south end of the Hakuba Valley is one of the cleanest lakes in all of Japan. The clear blue water is fed by natural springs, rain, and snow-melt coming down from Japan’s northern alps. Thousands of pictures have been taken of the incredible reflection of the Japanese Alps on the surface of the mirror-like lake. Spring is a fantastic time to visit with abundant cherry blossom trees ringing the lake creating a pink reflection...


Top 5 Health Benefits of a Japanese Onsen

Japanese people rave about them and travelers find them nerve-wracking. Getting naked in an onsen may not be for everyone, but did you know they are great for your health. The top 5 health benefits of a Japanese bath and why you should be stripping down to get into an onsen.   July 8th, 2020 | by Mike Humphrey Hakuba is an outdoor playground with mountains, rivers,


Iwatake Day Hike

Found on the south side of the Iwatake ski resort this is a moderately difficult hike.  Families with enough stamina to hike for 2 - 3 hours up hill, will enjoy the shaded trails and beautiful views of the valley this hike has to offer.   June 30th, 2020 | by Mike Humphrey For anyone looking for an enjoyable, moderately difficult hike out of the direct sun, this is for you.  As one of the lower hikes in the valley hiking

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