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Reintroducing Japan: Adventuring and exploring sustainably

Japan is full of possibilities for sustainable ways travelers can explore the country. With JNTO’s recently launched brochure on Sustainable Travel Experiences in Japan, travelers can plan their upcoming journey with 50 experiences in traditional arts, cuisine, outdoor activities and more.

New York, US – As Japan begins to reopen to tourists, more and more travelers are looking for destinations to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy cities, and to reconnect with nature. From kayaking on crystal lakes to excursions in the rural countryside, Japan is full of possibilities for sustainable ways travelers can explore the country. With JNTO’s recently launched brochure on Sustainable Travel Experiences in Japan, travelers can plan their upcoming journey with 50 experiences in traditional arts, cuisine, outdoor activities and more. 

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Kayaking on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido

Within Hokkaido’s Shikotsu-Toya National Park, travelers can find Lake Shikotsu Caldera, a lake formed over 40,000 years ago after an enormous volcanic eruption. The lake is one of Japan’s great natural wonders, with the clearest lake water in Japan surrounded by views of snow-capped mountains. There is no better way to enjoy this stunning location than by kayak. Without the noise of a boat engine, travelers can explore the lake at their own pace, in keeping with the serenity of the environment.

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Learning about Satoyama culture at Mount Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture

A UNESCO Global Geopark, travelers can reconnect with nature through Satoyama culture around the base of the active volcano Mount Aso. Satoyama culture is structured around the coexistence of humans with nature and the environment. Despite its roots beginning to disappear due to population decline in local rural villages, it is still an interwoven part of Japanese culture with scholars even linking Satoyama to the scenery, story and aesthetics of the Studio Ghibli animated feature My Neighbor Totoro. At the base of Mount Aso, travelers can tour the dynamic surrounding landscapes, indulge in the local cuisine, and learn about authentic Satoyama culture.

    
A rural retreat in a historic farmhouse in the mountains, Nagano Prefecture

For travelers looking to truly get away and experience daily life in rural Japan, Yamaura Stay in Chino, Nagano is just the place to go. Yamura Stay is home to four century-old farmhouses that retain all the beauty of traditional architecture while offering all the modern comforts. Sweeping views of the surrounding lush rice paddies and the Yatsugatake Mountains envelop each home. Travelers can connect with local farmers and producers to learn how to make local dishes, make miso and discover the nostalgic beauty of traditional street art and antique earthen warehouses on a village walking tour. Above all, the locals will teach guests about the ways in which sustainability and conservation are integral to their very way of life.
 

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