Welcome to Spring, full of impressive snowfields and flower gardens!

You can enjoy spring skiing up until the beginning May

Were you thinking that you can only ski in Winter in Japan? There are ski resorts that are open until early May in Hokkaido, the Tohoku region and even in Nagano, which is easily accessible from Tokyo. Take note however, as some ski resorts are only open on weekends and holidays.

Appi Kogen Ski Resort (Iwate Prefecture)

Appi Kogen Ski Resort

Last business day (currently scheduled): May 6, 2015

Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort (Gunma Prefecture)

Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort

Last business day (currently scheduled): May 6, 2015

Access: Take a local bus from JR Numata Station to “Kamata” bus stop (1 hour), change buses and get off at “Marunuma Kogen Ski-Jo” bus stop. (25 min)

Ichinose Family Ski Resort (Nagano Prefecture)

Ichinose Family Ski Resort

Last business day: May 6, 2015

Access: 1 hour and 30 min by the Shiga Kogen Express Bus from JR Nagano Station, or 1 hour by a local bus from JR Yudanaka Station. Get off at “Ichinose Ski-Jo” bus stop.

Another fun activity in this season is visiting the “Snow Wall”. The massive amount of snow that has piled up during the Winter is removed from part of the road and you can walk along a path enclosed by walls of snow.

Yuki-no-Otani walk in Tateyama (Toyama Prefecture)

Yuki-no-Otani walk in Tateyama

Dates (currently scheduled): April 16 – June 22 10:00 am (9:30 am on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) – 3:15 pm (Last admission 3:00 pm)

Corridor of Snow in Norikura Kogen (Nagano Prefecture)

Corridor of Snow in Norikura Kogen

Open period: Late April – late June (After late May for access to the deepest part of the snow wall.)

Access: Take a local bus from Shin-Shimashima Station on the Matsumoto Dentetsu line, change to the Haruyama Bus at “Norikura Kogen Kanko Center-Mae” bus stop and get off at either “Kuraigahara Sanso-Mae” bus stop or, from late May, at “Daisekkei Katano Koyaguchi” bus stop.

The best season for flowers has arrived!

In addition to the famous cherry blossoms, you can also enjoy the beauty of Japanese iris, rape blossoms and azalea in Spring. There are many spots famous for these flowers across Japan and we will introduce some of the ones that we think you should visit.

Cherry blossoms in Hirosaki Park (Aomori Prefecture)

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Rape blossoms at Mother Farm (Chiba Prefecture)

Mother Farm

Flowering season: Mid-February – mid-April

Flowers of Sakura City

Sakura City Tulip Festa

Dates: Early April – late April (April 4 – April 26 in 2015)

Azalea of Mifuneyama Rakuen (Saga Prefecture)

Mifuneyama Rakuen

Flowering season: Early April – early May

Japanese iris of Yamato Chuo Park (Saga Prefecture)

Yamato Chuo Park Hanashobuen

Flowering season: Late May – mid-June (Open only during the flowering season of the iris)