It was just last summer when I first had the chance to visit Japan.
Toyama Prefecture in Japan has verdant mountains, picturesque beaches, fine historical sites and World Cultural Heritage Gokayama villages. The best way to explore it is on a bicycle and this post shares what to see & do on the cycling routes, plus restaurants and accommodation in Toyama Prefecture.
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This isolated mountain village showcases unique and stunning traditional architecture.
Nestled in the Japanese alps is this picture-perfect town Shirakawa-go that looks like Narnia in real life.
It was coming on winter in Los Angeles, and I was missing snow. Boston-born, I missed snow’s ozone aroma (snow does have a smell, you know). I missed its soft crunch under my feet. And coincidentally, I was also missing Japan, a land that has fascinated me ever since third grade when, for a show-and-tell project, at the suggestion of Mrs. Reggolino, who also had a Japan thing going on, I built a traditional Japanese home out of balsa wood and paper, complete with shoji screens (yes, I was a precocious child). Some places I visit only once and see no need to return. Others, such as Japan, I have visited multiple times. I love the food and culture but mostly I love the people and the respect they show each another and to visitors.
Read more from source: The Japanese Alps in winter offer snow, sake … and monkeys in hot springs
From a World Heritage-listed alpine town a few hours from Osaka, to Nagano’s Olympic ski slopes, to picturesque northern Hokkaido, a winter getaway will reward visitors keen for white landscapes before spring does its thing
By mid-March, most of Japan’s snowy landscapes begin to recede and fade as spring kicks in but there are pockets where you can still find snow until April, and even May. Here are five locations across Japan offering a last glimpse of winter’s white blanket.
Unesco World Heritage-listed Shirakawa-go is an alpine town famous for houses built with distinctive thatched ‘Gassho-zukuri’ roofs, literally meaning ‘hands in prayers’ – named after their steep structure. These sturdy houses have withstood the test of winters and heavy snow, some for over 250 years, and are popular as minshuku, or Japanese bed and breakfasts, throughout the seasons.
Although spring brings warmth, Shirakawa-go usually has snowy terrain until early May.