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Inside Hoshinoya Tokyo, past Hinoki Kogei’s woven bamboo shoe lockers, through the futuristic zen reception area- awash in the glow of backlit washi paper-after you’ve accepted your green tea and settled into your room- a minimalist melange of tatami matting, shoji sliding doors, sleek bentwood...

Japan during the summer months is hot. Brutally hot. That's one of the reasons we decided to visit Niseko in the  northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. The other reasons? Recreation and food. Many know Niseko for its super powdery snow, a gift from cold fronts from Siberia.  Like...