Nyūtō Onsen and the 7 Unique Ryokans Deep in the Mountain


Nyūtō Onsen (乳頭温泉郷) is a rural hot spring resort in Akita prefecture (秋田県) that consists of six ryokans and one hotel, each having its own history, style and, spring quality. Listed as one of the 100 Japan Hidden Scenic Spots (日本の秘境100選), the resort is quietly nestled deep in the mountain at the base of Mt. Nyūtō.

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Mt. Osore – Welcome To The World After Death


Have you ever wondered what the world would look like after you die? Well, we have. According to Japanese folk tales, those who died will pass a bridge to cross the Sanzunokawa river. It has been said that the river divides our world from another world.

As we all need to cross that river one day, why not start preparing ourselves in the meantime by visiting Mt. Osore (恐山) to get an idea of what heaven and hell might look like (albeit the real ones will be millions of times better or worse depends on where you ended up going). It might even inspire you to do more good deeds!

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Hakkoda Ropeway to Yakeyama, the Prelude to Oirase Gorge


While you might know of or have been to the beautiful Oirase Gorge, but did you know that there are other scenic spots in the area such as Hakkoda Ropeway (八甲田ロープウェー) or Tsuta-Numa Pond (蔦沼)? Read on to find out more!

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Oirase Gorge – Discover the Most Picturesque Place in Japan

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The 14 km Oirase Gorge (奥入瀬渓流) in Aomori prefecture is known as one of Japan’s most scenic spots. No matter which season you visit Oirase Gorge, you will definitely be amazed by its beauty.

Apart from the walking tracks that are artificial, the whole Gorge remains its original form. The virgin forest, the rocks (big and small) covered by various moss, multiple meandering streams flowing on the riverbank, and not to mention the waterfall here and there, all will make you want to stay there forever!

And the best thing about this Gorge is that there aren’t too many bugs!!! Don’t we all hate being stung by those mosquitos…(´▽`*).

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Trek the Spectacular V-Shaped Kurobe Gorge


Kurobe Gorge (Kurobe Kyōkoku – 黒部峡谷) is one of Japan’s top 100 hidden scenic spots and is located in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps. It is the No.1 V-shaped Gorge in Japan! With its almost vertical cliffs and virgin forests plus the hot springs in the area, it is one of the most popular places for Japanese seeking relaxation amidst nature.

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