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Weekend Trips

Karuizawa, Nagano 2014

We spent a long weekend in Karuizawa last month and were surprised to see many store closures at the Karuizawa Prince Outlet as there were undergoing renewal (the stores that were closed should be reopened and in a new location by the first weekend of July). We were also disappointed to see …

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Hakone – The Perfect Family Weekend Getaway

Hakone is a beautiful, mountainous area popular for it`s natural onsens, hiking and views. Only 90 min from Shinjuku, it`s a perfect long weekend getaway. Directions: Take the Romance Car from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station. Things to do: The Hakone Open Air Museum: A perfect place to spend the day enjoying …

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Karuizawa Playground, Nagano-ken

On our last visit we found an amazing playground park in Karuizawa, Nagano. Located a short drive from the popular Tsuruya Supermarket lies Yukawa Furusato Park (湯川ふるさと公園). It`s a large and clean park that all families can enjoy, dog-friendly too! Families can be seen walking their dogs, picnicking on the …

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Snowboarding / Skiing

My son is still too young to take up snowboarding, but I thought I`d share a few snowboarding skiing resorts around Japan to take your little ones to. Canyons, Minakami Website: www.canyons.jp Evergreen, Hakuba Website: www.evergreen-hakuba.com Nozawa Onsen, Nagano Website: www.nozawaski.com/winter/en/index.php Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort Website: www.jkokusai.co.jp/pdf/eng.pdf Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort, Niigata Website: www.visitishiuchi.com Kids` …

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Karuizawa, Nagano-ken

Karuizawa is a mountain resort in Nagano just a 1 hr Shinkansen ride from Tokyo. Japanese flock to this location all year round. It`s a popular tourist-vacation spot in the summer because it`s quite cool providing a pleasant escape from Tokyo`s heat and humidity. Various outdoor activities in summer include tennis, hiking, …

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White Beach Hotel Shimoda, Shizuoka-ken

White Beach Hotel in Shimoda is less than a 2 hour Shinkansen train ride from Tokyo and is right across the street from beautiful Ohama beach (Kisami beach). The hotel is owned and run by Americans so everything is in English, it has super-friendly staff, is family-friendly and attracts a …

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