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Visit these Snow Resorts with the Economical JR Pass! Also Introducing Enjoyable Travel Plans (The Second Part)

Winter has finally arrived! Along with the economical JR Pass, I'd like to introduce snow resorts where visitors can have fun skiing and snowboarding! I'd also like to suggest some local places where you can enjoy relaxing your mind and body.
This second post includes information on how to use the convenient JR Pass to get from Tokyo to Nagano or Niigata as well as the areas surrounding the Kanto plain!

Nozawa Onsen’s Dosojin Matsuri (Fire Festival)

Nozawa Onsen Village in Nagano Prefecture is famous for its hot springs and ski resorts. The area’s “Dosojin Matsuri” (“Fire Festival”) is one of Japan’s three great fire festivals, and it is an important Intangible Cultural Property of the country.
The festival’s main event sees the villagers trying to set fire to a giant shrine, 10 meters tall and 8 meters wide, while the yakudoshi (unlucky age) men of 25 and 42 years battle to prevent the fire.
The scene almost appears like a life-or-death battle, with men fighting each other tooth and nail with lit torches and pine branches.

Visit these Snow Resorts with the Economical JR Pass! Also Introducing Enjoyable Travel Plans (The First Part)

Winter has finally arrived! So along with the economical JR Pass, we'd like to introduce some snow resorts where you can enjoy winter sports like skiing and snowboarding! We will also suggest some ways to relax your mind and body while having fun in these locations. The first part of this post features information on recommended spots in the Tohoku area that you can get to from Tokyo on the JR Pass!