Summer Festivals

Japan has many fantastic festivals throughout every season of the year but the biggest of the summer festivals take some beating. If you’re lucky enough to be in Eastern Japan during early August, you have some of the very best to choose from including the crazy Nebuta Festival in Aomori and the colourful Tanabata Festival in Sendai. Here is a selection of the best, make sure you don’t miss out!

This calendar will help you plan where to go to get your fill of fun festivities!

Check out the JR East summer festivals page for links to more information on each event and how to get there.

Plus it’s now only 2 weeks until the 49th annual Kutchan Potato Festival! More details on that one nearer the time…

Super Snow

Good times and powder turns in this film covering the unbelievable 2010/11 season in Niseko. Watching it is giving us withdrawal symptoms from lack of snow… Who needs Summer??

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Travel Safety and Support for Japan

The events of March 11th and current travel restrictions

On March 11th a magnitude 9 earthquake shook the north east coast of Honshu resulting in a devastating tsunami which caused around 28,000 deaths. The earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear incident in Fukushima which, although very serious, has not caused any deaths to date. It is now illegal to enter a 20km evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant, and as a precautionary measure, the UK government advise British citizens to remain outside a 60km radius. Travel to the north east coast of Honshu which was directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami is also advised against.

How this affects Japanese ski resorts

The ski resort of Niseko lies more than 600km from the Fukushima facility on the northern island of Hokkaido and was not directly affected by the earthquake, tsunami or the disruption caused at the nuclear plant.

The ski resorts of Hakuba and Myoko lie just under 400km south west of the Fukushima facility, and were also not directly affected.

The UK government did not, at any time, advise against travel to these Japanese ski resorts because of their distance from the affected areas.

How this affects Tokyo

The city of Tokyo lies more than 200km from the Fukushima plant. The UK government advised against all but essential travel to Tokyo until April 7th because of the general disruption to services following the earthquake and tsunami (Sir John Beddington, Gov’t Chief Scientific Advisor). Since April 7th the UK goverment has lifted all advice against travel to Tokyo.

Goverments worldwide including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany and China, as well as organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the United Nations also do not advise against visiting Tokyo.

Support for Japan

Governments, businesses, charities and organisations worldwide are calling for international support. The tourist industry is just one part of the Japanese economy to have been financially affected by the tragic events of March 11th, threatening countless people’s livelihoods. By travelling to Japan this year, you will be supporting local people and helping Japan to recover from the economic effects of this disaster.

Our thoughts are with all those who have lost their homes, their lives and their loved ones in this tragedy, and to the Japanese people whose strength and spirit knows no limits.

7 Days

7 days, that’s how much longer our Niseko Early Bird campaign is running for! Get in touch with us by the 29th July to find out about the fantastic deals still available on lots of unbeatable Niseko accommodation and flight inclusive packages from the UK.

Modern, luxurious apartments

Spacious living areas

Warm alpine styling

Fully furnished boutique interiors

Stunning views

Unbeatable locations

We still have some accommodation available at a 20% discount and our Niseko Powder Packages are currently 10% cheaper than usual.  But only for one more week!

http://japanskiexperience.com

Kutchan Field of Flowers

If you’re in the Niseko area at this time of year, it’s always worth heading to nearby Kutchan and paying a visit to Mr. Mishima’s garden. Open to the public to wander around, this year part of the garden has been sculpted to look like neighbouring Mt. Yotei.

For more beautiful photos and write-up by GCP go straight to studio343.