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Let's travel to Iwate

Iwate is located in the Tohoku region in the northeast of the country’s main island and it takes two hours and a little more from Tokyo to its prefectoral capital, Morioka City by Tohoku Shinansen bullet train. You can visit more popular places in the prefecture from other stations of Shinkansen such as Chusonji Temple, a component of the World Heritage “Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land”. The east coast of Iwate is a part of the Sanriku Fukko National Park that stretches out along the Pacific Ocean. Sanriku Railway runs along the coast line and stops at Kamaishi City, the host town of the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Myako City, a main fishing port where you can enjoy local seafood and scenic spots like Jodogahama Beach.

History Gorge Temple Ocean Beach Train

Aomori trip

Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on the main island of Honshu but it takes about only three hours from Tokyo to Aomori City. The northern towns inherit traditional local culture such as Nebuta summer festival. You can experience the vibrant atmosphere of the festival all thought the year at Nebuta Museum WA RASSE near Aomori Station. Aomori Museum of Art and the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins are located in the walkable distance. The archaeological site is one of the 17 components of the UNESCO’S World Heritage Site “Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan“ designated by UNESCO in 2021 as the sites contain ruins from the prehistoric Jomon Period (14,000 - 300 BCE).

Eat Market Culture Museum Ruins History Onsen

Journey through Japan

Not far from Tokyo, there are a lot of attractive destinations where you can feel unique atmosphere that you can't feel in other areas. One of the options is "Northward Golden Route" which includes Saitama, Gunma and Niigata Prefectures. There are both Shinkansen Line and expressways between these three prefectures from Tokyo and each prefecture. The video shows unique attractions in the three prefectures.

Shrine Outdoor Activity Onsen Culture History View

Journey through Niigata

Only 70 minutes from Tokyo, after passing through a long tunnel, you will find another side of Japan different from Tokyo and Kyoto. Niigata Prefecture used to be a wealthy region that boosted its population to the largest number in Japan about 150 years ago. Due to the development of the national transportation networks, the economic center of the country shifted to the Pacific Coast side, leaving the region on the Sea of Japan side behind. However, the original culture, traditions, and sceneries preserved in the opposite side of Japan can be found in Niigata.

Museum History Culture Onsen Ryokan Sushi Gorge Observatory

Journey through Gunma

Gunma is a mountainous prefecture in the center of Japan, two hours from Tokyo by car. In this short 4-minute video, you can see Gunma's natural blessings such as kayaking at Akaya Lake, Fukiware no Taki Falls and Kusatsu Onsen. You can feel the nature through the whole body through such activities and warm your heart by many kinds of onsen. Experience the deep emotions in Gunma that can't feel in big cities.

Kayaking Outdoor Onsen Lake Falls Craft Nature

Journey through Saitama

Saitama Prefecture is located just north of Tokyo, and has a well-developed transportation network including railways and expressways, making for convenient access from neighboring prefectures and international airports. The prefecture is blessed with a variety of sightseeing resources represented by "Little Edo" Kawagoe which retains its appearance from the Edo Era (17-19th century) and the greenery of Chichibu and Nagatoro, as well as other food, drinks, anime spots, nature, industries, history, traditional culture, sports, and various experiences. In addition, international events were held all around the prefecture, such as the World Bonsai Convention in 2017, the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021 (soccer, basketball, golf, and shooting).

History Shrine Drink Beer Outdoor Activity View

Nature, History, Culture and Life in Shizuoka

Shizuoka Prefecture located between Tokyo and Nagoya is famous as the home of iconic Mount Fuji. Not only the highest mountain in Japan, but a lot of onsen resorts such as Shuzenji Onsen in the Izu Peninsula attract the visitors from Tokyo and surrounding areas. Shizuoka is top in the number of catches of tuna from many fishing ports along the Pacific Coast such as Yaizu. Note that getting around multiple places in the video need a couple of days, staying at Shuzeji Onsen and Sumatakyo Onsen.

Onsen Train Bridge Port Castle History

【JAPAN TRAVEL NAGANO】Travel in the Countryside of Nagano(長野の旅)Part1

Nagano, the prefecture hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1998 is popular with the ski resorts such as Nozawa and Hakuba among domestic and international visitors. Meanwhile, there are a lot of places worth visiting during other seasons. Historical landmarks such as Zenkoji Temple and Togakushi Shrine as well as old villages of Tsumago and Narai that used to be post towns centuries ago are popular destinations.

History Shrine Temple Street

Fukuyama City

Fukuyama City is located at the eastern end of Hiroshima Prefecture. Fukuyama Castle and Fukuyama Museum of Art stand in the park next to Fukuyama Station of the JR San-yo Shinkansen Line. Tomonoura is the picturesque port town along the coastline in the Seto Inland Sea National Park. The town flourished centuries ago when many merchants' boats sailing the Seto Inland Sea docked at the port. Myoo-in Temple is designated a national treasure popular with the five-tiered pagoda and the main hall. Its details feature a mixture of Chinese Buddhist and Zen style architecture.

Museum Castle Temple Shrine Port

Best things in Gunma

Gunma is a landlocked prefecture located over 100 km north of Tokyo. Kusatsu Onsen is one of the most famous onsens in Japan which offers various kinds of onsen inns, public bath houses and attractions such as Yumomi Show at Netsunoyu, cooling down the hot spring water in the traditional way adding no cold water. Tomioka Silk Mill was the first silk mill in Japan built in 1872 that developed the spinning industry during the Meiji Period. It was designated the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014. You can access most of the popular places in Gunma from Tokyo by the Shinkansen bullet trains and local buses.

Onsen Temple World heritage History Temple Craft

Shiga Tourist Attractions

Shiga Prefecture located next to Kyoto is famous with Hieizan Enryakuji Shrine, Hikone Castle and Lake Biwa which is the largest lake in Japan. More historical sites such as gen-ji Temple, Aga Shrine and Hino Castle Ruin are accesable from Omihachiman Station just about one-hour train ride from Osaka. Cosmos at Noda-cho is expected to bloom from late Sep. to late Oct.

Castle Moat Shrine Temple Flower History View

Around the Airport in Narita

Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture is one of the two major gateways to Tokyo from overseas along with Haneda Airport. Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita City is one of the popular Buddhist temples in Japan where about 3 million people visit in three days for the first prayer worship of the year. Strolling Omotesando Street leading up to the temple is a fun browsing many traditional shops and restaurants along the street. There are more historical towns and landmarks located in the surrounding Cities such as Sakae, Sakura, Katori and Shibayama.

Museum Temple History

Kiyosato, Yamanashi

The Kiyosato Highlands in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture is located at the southern foot of the Yatsugatake mountains on the border between Nagano Prefecture. The resort town is popular for its old-fashioned atmosphere and beautiful views, especially famous for the Seisen-ryo Farm with its creamy ice cream. In several-minute ride from Kiyosato Station, JR Koumi Line passes the highest point of any JR line in the country. The view of the sunflowers in Akeno are observed between mid. Jul. and late Aug. Some others tourist attractions in the region are available during the limited period of the year. *The Yatsugatake Western Ranch suspended operation as of Apr. 2018.

Observatory Lift Railway Flowers Mountain View Nature

Uncovered Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is located on the westernmost of the Honshu main island of Japan, bordering Hiroshima on the east and Fukuoka is in Kyushu on the west. The major cities of the prefectures are connected by the Shikansen bullet train. One of the Yamaguchi's major attractions is the five-arched Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni City. Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park consists of Akiyoshidai Plateau, a 130 square kilometer area of karst topography with over 400 limestone caves including Akiyoshido Cave which is Japan’s longest limestone cave.

Bridge Plateau Cave Castle Onsen History

Things to do near Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and "Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration" is designated UNESCO's World Heritage Cultural Sites in 2013, which consists of 25 sites such as Lake Kawaguchiko, Oshino Hakkai Ponds, Kawaguchi Asama Shrine and the mountain itself. You can find some of the best views of Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Boat, Tenku-no Torii, Fujiyosida City and Oshino Hakkai Ponds.

Shrine Lake Boat Pond Mountain Nature

Nara Day Trip

Nara was Japan's first permanent capital in the 8th century before moving to Kyoto. Eight sites including Japan's oldest and largest temples in Nara such as Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine were designated as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" by UNESCO. The location of the city is within one-hour train ride from Osaka and Kyoto and Nara attracts visitors with its full chest of historic treasures.

History Culture Temple Park Deer. garden Shrine

Rural Japan, Niigata

Niigata is located along the Sea of Japan on Japan’s main island. Echigo-yuzawa is known as popular ski resorts as well as the gateway to Kiyotsukyo Gorge which is recently popular as one of the most grammable spots in Niigata Prefecture. Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata City is known for the history that once flourished by its gold mine as well as the unique culture such tub-bort ride.

Gorge tunnel Art Garden Sake Island History Boat

Spring in Kyoto

Kyoto has been one of the most popular destinations that used to be packed with the visitors from all across the nation and the world called as "over tourism". As you can see in the video shot in 2021, the city is less crowded since 2020 and the tourist attractions are ready for the visitors taking safety majors during the pandemic. Now you would be able to experience the original serine atmosphere at popular landmarks such as Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Arashiyama.

Temple Shrine History Eat Walk

Hakone Day Trip

Hakone is a popular onsen hot spring resort where you can reach from Tokyo within two hours by train. After the suspension due to the massive typhoon in Oct. 2019, the Hakone Tozan Railways resumed operation in Jul. 2020 which connects Hakone Yumoto, the gateway of Hakone and Hakone Cable Car at Gora Station. The destination is still popular among domestic visitors despite of the pandemic since 2020 with a lot of attractions such museums, parks, shrines and a magnificent view from the Hakone Pirate Ship on Lake Ashi.

Park Shrine Museum Lake Ship

Osaka Major Cities

Osaka is the second largest city in Japan that attracts international visitors to popular towns such as Dotonbori and Shinsekai. The video shows how local people are living ordinary lives dealing with COVID-19 wearing masks in major towns in Osaka during the state of emergency which was lifted as of June 21, 2021.

Street Shopping Observatory Amusement park

Tokyo before Olympic Games

Tokyo is the hosting city of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to July 2021. The video shows how local people are living ordinary lives dealing with COVID-19 wearing masks in major towns in Tokyo during the state of emergency which was lifted as of June 21, 2021.

Street Shopping Park

Yamaguchi Tourism

Yamaguchi is located on the westernmost of the Honshu main island of Japan, bordering Hiroshima on the east and Fukuoka is in Kyushu on the west. The major cities of the prefectures are connected by the Shikansen bullet train. One of the Yamaguchi's major attractions is the five-arched Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni City. Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park consists of Akiyoshidai Plateau, a 130 square kilometer area of karst topography with over 400 limestone caves including Akiyoshido Cave which is Japan’s longest limestone cave.

Bridge Shrine Plateau Cave Temple History

Okayama, Onomichi, Kurashiki

Okayama Prefecture is bordering Hiroshima Prefecture on the west. Okayama City, the prefectural capital is famous with Oakayama Castle with its notable black exterior and Korakuen Garden, one of Japan's three outstanding gardens along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa City and Kairakuen in Mito City. Kurashiki is a historic merchant town that is famous for its canals running through the old quarter with unchanged atmosphere from centuries ago.

Castle Garden Park observatory Canal History Street

Kagoshima City

Kagoshima city in Kagoshima Prefecture is the southernmost major city of Kyushu Island in Japan. Sakurajima is the symbol of Kagoshima. The volcano smokes constantly and minor eruptions often take place. You can observe it from multiple places in the city such as Shiroyama Observatory and Sengan-en Garden, a Japanese style landscape garden along the coast north of downtown Kagoshima. You can also reach Sakurajima by ferry in 15 minute and experience outdoor activities like sea kayaking.

Observatory Ferry Volcano Aquarium Garden View

Best places in Saga, Japan

Saga is located in the north west of Kyushu Island, next to Fukuoka Prefecture. Yutoku Inari Shrine is one of the three most famous shrines dedicated to Inari along with Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto and Toyokawa Inari Shrine in Aichi Prefecture. Its main hall stands on tall wooden beams 18 meters above the valley floor. Ouo Shrine Torii Gate is another popular spot with mysterious atmosphere. A couple of red torii gates in the sea almost soak in the high-tide water while you can walk around the gates at the low tide.

Onsen Shrine Park Flower History View

Nagasaki Vacation

Nagasaki played a very important role as the only port that permitted foreign trade from mid. 17th to 19th Century during the national isolation policy by the government. Many of the influences from international culture from the countries such as the Netherlands and Portugal can still be seen in the town. Nagasaki is also known as the atomic bombing after Hiroshima in World War II. You can visit memorial places in town that remind the tragedy.

Park Museum Island Street Eat History View

Central Kochi

Kochi is located on the southern coast of Shikoku Island in Japan. Kochi Castle is the only castle in Japan whose original building is preserved as it was built 400 years ago. On the hilltop in the eastside of the town, stand Godaisan Observatory and Chikurinji Temple, one of the 88 temples along the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Kochi is known as the home of Sakamoto Ryoma who played a important role in the Meiji Restoration in the 19th Century. His statue is located at the Katsurahama Beach that faces the Pacific Ocean in the south of the city.

Castle Market Temple Observatory Eat View

Stunning Views in Shiga

Shiga Prefecture is next to Kyoto and easily accessible by trains from Osaka as well. Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan is located in the center of the Prefecture and many popular places are located around the lake. One of them is Shirahige Shrine popular with its Torii gate standing in the lake water. Located in Kyoto's eastern mountain range on Mount Hieizan, Enryakuji Temple has been the headquarters of the Tendai sect and one of the most significant monasteries in Japanese history since founded in 788. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

Castle Lake Shrine Temple History View

Saitama City

Saitama City is the center of Saitama Prefecture located just north of Tokyo. Omiya Station is about 30-minute ride from central Tokyo that several Shinkansen Lines stop at where is next to the Railway Museum. There are more museums in the city such as Bonsai Art Museum and Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum which display traditional items such as bonsai trees and Japanese dolls collections which are getting more popular among international tourists. Minuma Tambo is a green park covering a vast area of some 1,260 ha that is popular among the locals with its beautiful landscapes and the history.

Shrine Temple Bonsai Museum Train Railway Park Visit

Kitakata, Home of Sake and Ramen

Kitakata City is located 220 km north from Tokyo. The town is famous with traditional kura (storehouses) constructed centuries ago as the storages for sake, miso soy source or lacquer ware. Some of which are currently operated as sake breweries, shops or museums. There are over 100 ramen noodle restaurants known as Kitakata Ramen.

Ramen Sake Shrine Eat Drink Experience

Unforgettable Mie

Mie prefecture is located in the center of the Japanese archipelago. Ise Jingu, the most sacred grand shrine in Japan attracts millions of visitors throughout the year. Metoiwa, the couple rocks rise up by the shore along the main approach to Futami Okitama Shrine, a torii gate that greets the sunrise. Iga deep in the hills in the west of the Prefecture, is the origins of ninja in Iga. Akame 48 Waterfalls is one of the waterfalls that are traditionally considered the top 48 waterfall areas in Japan.

Shrine History View Waterfalls Ninja Observatory

Aomori, Japan

Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on the main island of Honshu, Japan that shows beautiful landscapes in four distinct seasons. Hirosaki Park is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. In fall, hiking among the waterfalls and autumn foliage at Oirase Gorge in Towada-Hachimantai National Park is popular. In winter, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Hakkoda Mountains and onsen hot spring at Sukayu Onsen.

Park Castle Onsen Mountain Snow Nature Eat

Weekend in Saitama

Saitama Prefecture is located just north of Tokyo. Kawagoe is popular because of its traditional architecture and old-fashioned streets and shops, known as “Little Edo” named after the former name of Tokyo during the Edo Period (1603-1867). Nagatoro is another popular destination in Saitama for Nagatoro River Cruise surrounded by natural landscape which is within 2-hour train ride from Tokyo.

Temple River Street View

Tokyo to Chichibu and Kawagoe

Saitama Prefecture is located just north of Tokyo. Kawagoe is a popular town because of its traditional architecture and old-fashioned streets and shops, known as “Little Edo” named after the former name of Tokyo during the Edo Period (1603-1867). Nagatoro is another popular destination in Saitama for Chichibu Shrine and Hodosan Shrine which is within 2-hour train ride from Tokyo.

Shrine History View

Ehime Travel Vlog

Ehime Prefecture is in the northwest of Shikoku island. The prefectural capital is Matsuyama known for Matsuyama Castle. Four of its eight strategic gates are designated national cultural treasures. Dogo Onsen Honkan bathhouse was built in 1894 and has been the main attraction of Dogo Onsen which is known as the oldest onsen hot spring resort in Japan. Imabari City is famous as the producer of high quality towels and is located at the southern end of the Shimanami Kaido bridge system that links Shikoku with Honshu Island which is popular for a spectacular bike ride.

Castle Onsen View History

Many Wonders of Toyama

The Great Buddha of Takaoka, Gokayama, Kurobe Dam, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Kurobe Gorge

Buddhist statue Village Dam Mountain River View History

Virtual Mt. Fuji Climbing Tour

The official climbing season of Mt. Fuji is usually from July 1st to early September. While the climbing routes are closed due to the pandemic in 2020, a mountain hut guide, Kenji started his virtual climbing tour to the summit of Mt. Fuji. Over a hundred enthusiastic guests from overseas participated in the 90-minute online tour.

World heritage Nature View Play Mountain

Shimane’s Beautiful Scenery

Shimane Prefecture is located in the northern region of Western Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine is famous as the place where myriads of Japanese gods gather to hold annual meetings. The Adachi Museum of Art with the majestic Japanese gardens is a Michelin Guide 3 stars winner. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Ruins is the World Heritage Site designated in 2007. Matsue Castle is one of 12 castles in Japan with extant original donjons. Lake Shinji is popular with the beautiful sunset.

View Traditional performing art Shrine World heritage Castle Museum

Iya Valley and Wonders, Tokushima

Tokushima Prefecture is one of the four prefectures of Japan's Shikoku Island. Surrounded by mountains, the Iya Valley and Oboke region seems a world away from modern Japanese cities. This remote area has spectacular scenery with steep gorges and is famous for its Kazurabashi Bridges made from vines. Near Okobe Gorge, you can take in the landscape from a boat or from the quiet of an onsen bath. Time seems to have stopped here - Ochiai Village has preserved its traditional old farmhouses. To see more historic Japanese architecture, take a walk through the Udatsu Townscape of Wakimachi in Mima.

Nature History View Scenery Mountains Onsen

Scenery in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Prefecture is part of Kyushu Island in southern Japan. It is known for its stunning scenery, beautiful coastline, and good surfing. Many of Miyazaki’s scenic spots are linked to Japanese history and mythology. The Mimitsu Historical District is lined with historic buildings from when this was a busy port trading with Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto. Near the dramatic Takachiho Gorge is Amano Iwato Shrine. According to legend, the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu hid in a cave here. Another place surrounded by legends is Aoshima Island. Visit at low tide to see its unique rock formations called the devil’s washboard.

Nature View History Architecture Shrine

Must-visit destinations, Niigata

Niigata is one of the prefectures on Japan’s main island that are located along the Sea of Japan. Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata City, is known for its music festival and has a Taiko Centre where you can learn all about Japanese drumming. Explore Niigata’s coast or go hiking and skiing in the mountains - the region around Minamiuonuma is one of the world’s heaviest snowfall areas. And try the local cuisine. In Japan, Niigata Prefecture is known for its high-quality rice and sake. You can taste some of the leading local brands at the Ponshukan Sake Museum.

Niigata Sado island Taiko Japanese culture History Sake

Highlands in Nagano

Nagano Prefecture is located in the center of Japan’s main island. It has highlands and mountains with stunning scenery and excellent hiking. Kamikochi is one popular resort in the Northern Japan Alps with beautiful landscape. Take a walk along the river from Taisho Pond to Kappa Bridge or venture further up into the mountains. Away from the big cities, Nagano’s highlands like the Utsukushigahara plateau have stunning night skies. And Achi Village in Southern Nagano is known as the best place in the country for stargazing. For history, visit Matsumoto Castle in Matsumoto City, the oldest existing castle in Japan.

Nature Hiking History Views Mountains Stargazing

Sapporo Maruyama Zoo

Sapporo Maruyama Zoo is located in the expansive Maruyama Park in Hokkaido’s capital Sapporo. Although the zoo is located in the city, it is close to nature. Maruyama Wild Forest, part of Maruyama Park, is a designated wildlife sanctuary. Inside the zoo you can see animals from around the world, but also species from Japan’s northernmost region of Hokkaido such as bears, deer, and squirrels. Maruyama Zoo was opened in 1951 as the first zoo in Hokkaido and now houses over 170 animal species. Easy access makes this a good place to visit with small children.

Hokkaido Zoo Animals Fun Travel with children

North American beaver, Toba Aquarium

Toba Aquarium is located in Toba City on the coast of Mie Prefecture near Ise City. Toba faces Ise Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The area is part of the Ise-Shima National Park and known for oysters and pearl farming. In the Toba Aquarium you can see a great variety of sea and river creatures from Japan all around the world. Themed zones focus on different sections of aquatic life, including life in the waters near Ise Bay and Japanese rivers. Other areas take you to coral reefs and marine mammals. The dugong Serena is a highlight of the aquarium.

Aquarium Travel with children Fun

Journey to Iwate

Iwate is the second-largest prefecture in Japan, located in the Tohoku region in the northeast of the country’s main island. Iwate is known for its stunning landscapes from mountains and valleys to a spectacular coastline. Take a masterclass in Japanese culture and folk tales in Tono Valley, explore the Ryusendo Cave and its underground lakes in Iwaizumi, or visit the seaside. The coast is part of the Sanriku Fukko National Park that stretches out along the Pacific Ocean. In Miyako City, a main fishing port, you can enjoy local seafood and scenic spots like Jodogahama Beach and the Blue Cave.

Nature Scenery History Coast Culture Eat

Tottori Travel Guide

Tottori Prefecture is located along the Sea of Japan. Its capital is Tottori City, famous for the large area of sand dunes just outside of the city. The biggest dunes have a great view of the beautiful coast which is part of the San’in Kaigan National Park. The Sand Museum here shows sculptures made from sand, every year with a different theme. Outside the capital, you can explore cliffs and sea caves or venture inland to more off-the-beaten-track destinations. To relax and recover your strengths, unwind in the hot springs of MisasaOnsen and taste some of the local cuisine.

Eat Japanese cuisine Local Coast Dunes Onsen 

Visit Kesennuma, Miyagi

Kesennuma is located on the Sanriku Coast in Miyagi Prefecture in the north of Japan’s main island, Honshu. The city has a large fishing port and its fish market is one of the biggest in Japan. Oshima island is part of the city. The tsunami caused by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake hit Kesennuma’s waterfront area hard, but the city has been recovering. Now there are again many places where you can enjoy delicious local seafood and sake. For good views of the coast and the port, walk up Mount Anba. There are several viewpoints along the trail to the summit.

View Coast Eat Seafood Sake

Kanagawa day trip, feeling of discovery

Kanagawa Prefecture is situated next to Tokyo. Yokohama, Kamakura, and Hakone in Kanagawa are popular destinations for short trips from Japan’s capital. Kanagawa’s coast along Tokyo Bay has many beautiful spots you can explore. Sarushima Island is one place with excellent views of Tokyo Bay. Kamakura is also located on the coast. The many shrines and temples here let you explore Japan’s history and architecture. More traditional buildings can be seen at the open-air museum Nikon Minka-en. Another destination in Kanagawa is Lake Ashi in Hakone. It has great views of Mount Fuji, that you can enjoy during a cruise.

View Nature History Architecture Cruise

Things to do in Tokyo on a budget

Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis with a number of iconic landmarks. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building has two free observation decks with an excellent view of Japan’s capital and its surroundings. Other landmarks and shopping complexes also have good views. Caretta Shiodome overlooks Tokyo Bay and Tokyo Solamachi includes a terrace at the base of Tokyo Skytree. The tall tower has the highest viewpoints in Tokyo. Popular places to visit and take pictures range from futuristic architecture like Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harujuku to traditional landscaping like the beautiful Rikugien Gardens. Explore the cityscape. Tokyo is always changing and reinventing itself.

View Free Garden Shopping Landmark

Dotonbori Osaka Itinerary

Osaka is one of the biggest cities in Japan. With its busy port it is the economic center of the Kansai region in Western Japan. Osaka is known for its tasty food and rich culinary culture. Explore the Minami (southern) area with a river cruise and on foot, taking in the crowds and neon lights. Then visit the restaurants, food stalls, and shops in the Dotonbori, Namba, and Shinsekai districts where you can try everything that Osaka is known for. In the Doguyasuji Arcade you can also shop for utensils, fake food, and everything you need to cook Japanese food.

Food Fun Eating Cooking Shopping Cruise

Kumamoto, rugby legend's visit

Kumamoto Prefecture is located in southern Japan, in the middle of Kyushu Island. At its center prefecture is Mount Aso, an active volcano. The Aso Unesco Global Geopark has an exceptional landscape with one of the largest calderas in the world. Explore the area cycling or go hiking on the peaks and plains here. Kumamoto also has a beautiful coast and onsen hot springs. Kumamoto City is the seat of the prefectual government. Its symbol is Kumamoto Castle, which sustained significant damage in the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes and is being restored. Another historic site in the city is the landscape garden Suizenji Park.

Nature View History Culture

Shizuoka, rugby legend's visit

Shizuoka Prefecture is located west of Tokyo on the Pacific Coast and is home of iconic Mount Fuji and the Izu Peninsula. The Old Tokaido Road linking Tokyo and Kyoto runs through Shizuoka. Now Shizuoka City, is situated just between Tokyo and Nagoya on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. At the city center stand the remains of Sumpu Castle, built by Japan’s first Shogunate Tokugawa Ieyasu. Shizuoka is the top producer of green tea in Japan and also known for its excellent food. Many places on the coast such as Nihon-daira have fantastic views of Mount Fuji.

Castle Garden History View Park

Saitama, rugby legend's visit

Saitama Prefecture is located just north of Tokyo. Omiya in Saitama City is easily reached from major stations in the capital. Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine gives Omiya its name, literally meaning large shrine. The city is also known for bonsai. The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum showcases the Japanese art of cultivating small bonsai trees. Kawagoe is another popular day trip destination in Saitama. It is known as “Little Edo” because of its traditional architecture and old-fashioned streets and shops. Edo is the old name of Tokyo and here you experience a little bit of the Edo Period (1603-1867).

History Culture Bonsai Museum Shrine Eat

Oita, rugby legend's visit

Oita Prefecture is part of Kyushu Island in southern Japan. Onsen hot springs are found throughout Oita and the seaside city of Beppu on the Seto Inland Sea has the highest amount of onsen water in Japan. The Hells of Beppu are scalding hot onsen with different qualities and colors, a fascinating display of the force nature. Yufuin, a little inland from Beppu, is another popular onsen resort. Down the coast in Usuki, the Usuki Stone Buddhas carved into the rocks are designated National Treasures. Explore Oita’s towns, unwind in its many onsen baths and enjoy the tasty local cuisine.

Onsen Hot spring Nature Relax History

Sapporo, rugby legend's visit

Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido. It is an excellent base for exploring Hokkaido’s mountains, ski resorts, coastal towns, and wildlife. In Japan, Hokkaido is known for its good food made with local ingredients like dairy, meats and seafood. Sapporo is known for its food scene, beer, ramen noodles, and grilled “Genghis Khan” mutton and vegetables. For a great view of the city, visit the large Moerenuma Park and go up Mount Moere. Sapporo is also famous for its Snow Festival with large sculptures made of snow and ice on display in the city each winter.

Eat Play Park Art View

Fukuoka, rugby legend's visit

If you travel by Shinkansen train from Tokyo to Kyushu Island, you will first come to Fukuoka Prefecture. Its capital Fukuoka City is a former castle town and now the biggest city on Kyushu Island. Ohori Park is located on the old castle grounds. The Kyushu National Museum has an excellent collection showing Japanese art and history. It is located nearby in Dazaifu, the former governmental center of Kyushu. The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is the national headquarter for all Tenmangu shrines. Also in the Fukuoka area is Munakata Taisha, UNESCO World Heritage and one of the oldest shrines in Japan.

Culture History Art Museum Shrine World heritage

Kobe, rugby legend's visit

Kobe is a major port city in western Japan and the capital of Hyogo Prefecture. It is one of the main cities in the Kansai region next to Osaka and Kyoto. The port opened up to foreign traders in 1868 whose influence can still be seen in old buildings. Kobe is famous for its excellent beef and sake, products of its beautiful natural surroundings dominated by the Rokko mountain range. Go up Mount Rokko for a great view of Kobe and Osaka Bay. Fun districts to explore are Nankinmachi Chinatown and Kobe Harborland, which is all about shopping and entertainment.

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Kamaishi, rugby legend's visit

Kamaishi is located on the Pacific coast in the northern part of Japan’s main island, Honshu. It lies in the Sanriku Fukko National Park in Iwate Prefecture, a region that was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. Kamaishi is a fishing port, but also known as a steel town and a rugby Town. It has one of the UNESCO World Heritage “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining”. Kamaishi has a very successful rugby team and the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium was one of the 12 Rugby World Cup 2019 venues.

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Yokohama, rugby legends' visit

Yokohama, the seat of Kanagawa Prefectural Government is located next to Tokyo. It has been an important port, made up of several distinct districts. A cruise or taking the Sea Bass (water bus) are the best way to see Yokohama’s cityscape from the water. It is a mix of old and modern buildings, with a look and atmosphere that sets it apart from Tokyo. Yokohama is a great destination for foodies. You could eat your way through the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum and Yokohama Chinatown then spend the evening exploring bars and jazz cafes in the Noge district.

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Tokyo sumo experience by rugby legends

Sumo has a long tradition in Japan and is the country’s national sport. There are six professional sumo grand tournaments held each year, three of them in Tokyo (January, May, and September) at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. Some sumo stables allow visitors to watch their morning practice sessions. Usually, only sumo wrestlers are allowed to step into a dohyo (sumo ring). At Raien Sumo Tokyo, you can try sumo yourself and dress and train like a sumo wrestler, a rikishi. A sumo experience lesson with former sumo wrestlers teaches sumo basics, including how to put on a mawashi belt.

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Nagoya, rugby legend's visit

Nagoya is the third biggest cities in Japan and the capital of Aichi Prefecture. It is an excellent base for day trips and Japan travel, located between Tokyo and Osaka on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. Nagoya played an important role in Japan’s history. Nagoya Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogunate in the Edo Era (1603-1867). Today, Nagoya is an important industrial center and home to Toyota Motor Corporation. The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Toyota Techno Museum) is one of several interesting museums here where you can learn about Japanese cars and manufacturing technology.

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Asakusa, rugby legends' visit

Tokyo’s famous Asakusa district is home to the city’s oldest temple, Senso-ji. Many small shops, restaurants, and bars are located in the area surrounding the temple. Kappabashi Street is lined with shops that sell everything you might need in a kitchen or restaurant, including food sample imitations many stores use to show their menu. You can make some food samples yourself or learn how to cook real Japanese dishes here. For a special experience, go on a dinner cruise on Sumida River, which runs past Asakusa. Cruises include traditional Japanese meals and are a fun way to see Tokyo.

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Tokyo, rugby legends' visit

Tokyo is a huge metropolis where old and new co-exist. It has many different areas. Roppongi Hills for example is the modern Tokyo, which you can see from Tokyo City View observation deck. In contrast, the Yanesen area is an old district with a retro feel that has escaped development. Tokyo has thousands of good places for eating and shopping and also excellent museums. The Samurai Museum is all about history, while a visit to the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless is like taking a trip to the future. Explore both sides of this fascinating city

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Osaka, rugby legend's visit

Osaka is the second biggest city in Japan and has been an important port. It is a city of merchants and traders and famous for its local food. Try Osaka-style "kuidaore" that means eat until you drop (literally eat yourself broke). Visit the Kuromon Market to see the produce that goes into preparing Osaka’s specialties like savory okonomiyaki pancakes, deep fried kushikatsu skewers, and takoyaki octopus dumplings. And visit Dotonbori for street food, restaurants, and neon lights. For a good city view, go to the Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory or Osaka Castle’s observation deck, which has a 360 degree view.

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Central Tokyo, rugby legends' visit

Japan’s capital Tokyo is a city of contrasts where the old and new live side by side. Tokyo Tower has a great view, overlooking temples, old buildings, and modern architecture. Meiji Jingu Shrine for example is one of the quiet spots in Tokyo, but next to it is the kawaii, pop, and futuristic Harajuku district. A visit to Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku and Tea Ceremony Room Toko-an are worlds apart, but at both places you can experience Tokyo’s culture. The city is also changing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and now has the new Japan Olympic Museum.

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Meet My Kagawa

Kagawa is one of the four prefectures that make up Shikoku Island. It is famous for its udon noodles and often called Udon Prefecture. Major attractions besides the tasty local food are historic shrines, temples, and scenic spots. Kagawa faces the Seto Inland Sea and has many beautiful places on the coast such as Chichibugahama Beach and Shodoshima Island’s Angel Road sandbank. The “Henro” pilgrimage route to 88 temples in Shikoku includes 23 temples in Kagawa, among them Zentsuji Temple. Other famous destinations are Kotohira-gu Shrine (Konpira-san) and Ritsurin Garden, one of the most important landscape gardens in the country.

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Things to do in Nagoya

Nagoya is the capital of Aichi Prefecture, located in the center of Japan’s main island Honshu. In the past, Nagoya was an important castle town. On the castle grounds stand the reconstructed main keep and the palace of the ruling lords. Present day Nagoya is one of Japan’s industrial centers and home to both traditional and modern manufacturers like Toyota. Toyota’s museums focus on the development of automotive technology while the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park is all about Japan’s trains. Located on the Shinkansen Tokaido Line between Tokyo and Kyoto & Osaka, Nagoya is an excellent base for Japan travel.

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Fukuoka in a Day

Fukuoka is the biggest city on Kyushu Island in Southern Japan. It is an important harbor and a hub for Japan travel. In the Edo Period (1603-1868), Fukuoka Castle was the largest castle in Kyushu. It was torn down, but its castle walls remain in Maizuru Park, a popular cherry blossom spot in the spring. Fukuoka is famous in Japan for its culinary culture and cuisine, its many food stalls (yatai) and Hakata Ramen - thin noodles in pork-based tonkotsu soup. Visit the Yanagibashi Rengo Ichiba (fish market) and the yatai in the Nakasu area to try Fukuokas’s best foods.

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Takayama, old town in Gifu

Takayama City, known as Hida Takayama, is located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture’s Hida region. In the past, this was a thriving merchant town. In the historic Sanmachi Suji district many stores and buildings date back to the Edo Period (1603-1868). The former local government office (Takayama Jinya) is the only one of its kind that still stands. It is now a museum where you can learn more about the history of the region. The Takayama Festival is known as one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals. It takes places twice a year, April 14-15 and Oct. 9-10.

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Tokyo westside, Yamanashi and Kanagawa

Tokyo’s west side is green and scenic and has many easily accessible day trip destinations. Explore Lake Sagami, take a boat out on the lake and visit the “Art Town” Fujino, famous for its huge outdoor Love Letter installation. For a panoramic view of the area and Mt. Fuji, go to the top of Mt. Iwadono in Otsuki. The unusually shaped Saruhashi Bridge here is a nationally designated place of scenic beauty. In Tsuru, water from Mt. Fuji creates the Taro Jiro Waterfall. And Kikuchi Wasabi Farm uses the fresh water to grow wasabi, an essential ingredient for making sushi.

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Travel to Mt. Fuji, Yamanashi

Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and has long been worshipped as a sacred place. Pilgrimages to the top traditionally started at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine near Lake Kawaguchiko in the Fuji Five Lakes region (Fujigoko). You can find some of the best views of Mt. Fuji here within easy access from Tokyo. Great places to take pictures include the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway and Arakurayama Sengen Park Chureito Pagoda. Another fun highlight in the area is Fuji-Q Highland, one of Japan’s best amusement parks with a huge haunted house and several record-breaking roller coasters and rides.

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How to get to Tokyo Stadium

Rugby World Cup 2019 will be held in 12 venues in Japan and Tokyo hosts eight matches including the opening game. Here's a short video to show you the directions from Shinjuku station to Tokyo Stadium.

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Best places in Kyoto

Japan’s imperial capital from the 8th century until 1868, Kyoto exemplifies Japanese history and culture. Now an extremely popular tourist destination, the old city is famous for its fine cuisine, geisha district, architecture and garden design. The UNESCO World Heritage “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” include Ryoan-ji Temple and its famous rock garden, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and Kinkaku-ji Temple with its iconic Golden Pavilion. Other outstanding places to visit among Kyoto’s thousands of shrines and temples are Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with its long rows of torii gates and Sanjusangendo Temple with its 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy.

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Discover Yokohama, Kanagawa

Tokyo’s neighbor Yokohama is Japan's second largest city and a great destination for a day trip. It has historic districts and modern ones like Minato Mirai 21. The large Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel here has an excellent view of the bay. Yokohama has long been an international trading port and its atmosphere sets it apart from Japan’s capital. If you are a foodie, visit Cup Noodle Museum Yokohama, Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum and Yokohama Chinatown’s approximately 500 restaurants and stores. Great with kids, Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is a whole island of fun including an aquarium and an amusement park.

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Day trip to Kanagawa

Kamakura, Yokohama, and Hakone are very popular day trip destinations from Tokyo, all located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama is an international port and Japan's second largest city. Yokohama Chinatown is famous for its hundreds of restaurants. In contrast, Kamakura has an old city atmosphere with many temples and shrines like Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Kotoku-in Temple, home of Kamakura’s iconic Great Buddha. Hakone is famous for its nature and landscape. Hakone Shrine is hidden in the forest near Lake Ashi, a famous viewpoint for Mt. Fuji. On clear days Mt. Fuji can also be seen from Yokohama Landmark Tower.

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Hot spring town, Kusatsu Onsen, Gunma

Kusatsu is one of the most famous onsen (hot spring) resorts in Japan. The hot water field Yubatake at its center is the source of Kusatsu’s waters, flowing with the largest water volume of all hot springs in the country. An onsen visit is a typically Japanese way to relax and refresh with leisurely baths and local cuisine. Netsunoyu demonstrates the traditional Yumomi method of cooling down the water and Otakinoyu offers Awaseyu bathing in pools of different temperatures. Try it for yourself at one of Kusatsu’s public baths, a ryokan, or the big outdoor Rotenburo bath in Sainokawara Park.

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Nikko National Park, Tochigi

Nikko National Park has gorgeous nature with waterfalls, lakes, and forests. Among its famous scenery are Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. The park includes the UNESCO World Heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”. One iconic spot is the red lacquered Shinkyo Bridge. Nikko is a popular trip from Tokyo and great as a two-day excursion. Stay overnight at Kinugawa Onsen and relax with onsen baths and local cuisine. In nearby Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura you can experience the Edo Period (1603-1868), walk the recreated Edo-period streets and dress up like a Samurai.

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Things to do in Osaka

Osaka developed as a merchant city. It is a hub for Japan travel and known for its food, fun, and attractions. Ride the iconic red HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel for great city views. Located at the waterfront are Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan - one of the largest aquariums in the world - and Universal Studios Japan. At the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living you can walk through Osaka’s streets as they looked 200 years ago. And in Takimi Koji you can try the food Osaka is famous for in retro surroundings looking like the 1920s cityscape.

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Osaka attractions

Osaka is the economic center of the Kansai region and a main hub for Japan travel. Go up to the observatory of the Umeda Sky Building for great city views. In the center stands Osaka Castle with great views over the city. Compared to Tokyo, Osaka has a different atmosphere and its citizens speak the Kansai-ben dialect. Osaka also has its own flavors and is known for good eating. Try local favorites like savoury okonomiyaki pancakes, takoyaki dumplings, and kushiage skewers in the Shinsekai and Dotonbori districts. Lively Dotonbori is famous for its restaurants with their flashy signage and neon billboards.

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Tokyo westside

For a day trip away from the busy districts of Tokyo, take a train to the green western side of the city. Mt. Takao is a popular destination for hiking. Different trails lead to the summit - trail #1 goes past Mt. Takao Monkey Park and Takao-san Yakuo-in Temple. From the summit of Mt. Takao you can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day. After a long walk, relax with a leisurely onsen bath. Akigawa Keikoku Seoto-no-Yu is an onsen spa located near Ishibune-bashi Bridge, a spot known for its gorgeous view across Akigawa River in the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park.

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Narita Airport transit & stay programs, Chiba

Within easy access from Narita International Airport are several interesting destinations for a short side trip. Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is one of Japan’s largest temples. Omotesando Street leading up to it has many traditional shops and restaurants. Stroll the historical streets of Sawara and enjoy the old Japan atmosphere of this merchant city. In the past goods where transported to Edo (Tokyo) by boat through its canals. Visit Tako Town and walk or cycle through its surrounding rice fields. Nichihon-ji Temple here is famous for the many hydrangea flowers on its grounds. Visit Boso no Mura museum in Sakae where you can walk through a town from the Edo Period dressed in kimono or as a samurai or ninja.

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Exploring Nikko, Tochigi

Nikko offers gorgeous nature and architecture. Located in Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko is a popular destination for a trip from Tokyo. The “Shrines and Temples of Nikko” are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 200 years is enshrined at Toshogu Shrine, known for its intricately decorated buildings set among tall trees. Another famous spot is the red lacquered Shinkyo Bridge that belongs to Futarasan Shrine. Nikko National Park has good hiking and photogenic landscape. From the shores of Lake Chuzenji you can walk through Senjogahara Marsh to Yudaki Falls and Yumoto Onsen.

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Love Fukushima

Aizu is the westernmost region of Fukushima Prefecture. In the past, feudal lords ruled the area with their samurai warriors from Tsuruga Castle in Aizu Wakamatsu. The museum inside the reconstructed castle explains Aizu’s history. In Ouchi-juku you can feel like a traveller in old Japan. This post town was a stop on the route to Edo (Tokyo). In Kitakata, try local sake and the city’s famous ramen noodles. Lake Inawashiro near Aizu Wakamatsu is one of the largest lakes in Japan. It belongs to the Bandai Asahi National Park where you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and watersports.

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Best places in Hiroshima

Hiroshima is one of the largest cities in Western Japan located on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. Every year, millions visit its two World Heritage sites, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Itsukushima Shrine. In 1945, Hiroshima was the target of the first atomic bomb and the Peace Memorial Park commemorates this. Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island is famous for its Torii gate that looks like it floats on the water.

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Kyoto travel guide

Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital from the 8th century until 1868, stands for history and culture. It is famous for its architecture, temples, shrines, gardens, geisha district, and fine cuisine. Kyoto’s large collection of World Heritage sites include Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion. Also very famous are the bamboo grove of Arashiyama and the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with its long rows of shrine gates. Throughout the year, various festivalsare held in Kyoto. The traditional that has maintained its place in modern city life here makes Kyoto one of the most popular destinations in Japan.

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Things to do in Hakone, Kanagawa

Hakone is a beautiful nature spot, close enough to the big cities for a day trip from Tokyo or Yokohama. The area is known for its views of Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, and onsen hot springs. The Torii gate built in the water of the lake belongs to Hakone Shrine hidden in the forest. Hakone’s mountain scenery also serves as background for the art exhibited at the Hakone Open-Air Museum. And in Owakudani Valley volcanic activity brings hot springs, bubbling mud, and steam to the surface. Getting around is part of the fun. Catch different views from Hakone Ropeway or the boats crossing Lake Ashi.

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Tokyo must see places

Japan’s capital Tokyo is a huge metropolis that is continuously reinventing itself. It is the main hub for Japan travel and offers seemingly endless options for eating out and shopping. Tokyo is also rich in culture, from traditional to kawaii, pop, and futuristic. The city combines new and old. From its iconic landmarks Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree you can see how modern architecture and historic structures sit next to each other in the sprawling cityscape. The forested grounds of Meiji Shrine for example are surrounded with some of the busiest districts.

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Things to do in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Sapporo is Japan's fifth-largest city and the prefectural capital of Japan's northernmost region, Hokkaidō, The city is famous with local food such as fresh seafood, ramen, and Jingisukan (grilled mutton) . Sapporo Snow Festival is annually held in early February.

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Visit Okinawa

Okinawa is Japan's southernmost prefecture and is located over 600 km south of the island of Kyushu. Okinawa consists of approx. 50 islands. Some of them are developed with modern resorts, others are remote islands that boast untouched beautiful natural landscapes. Visitors can enjoy distinctive Okinawan culture in food, craft, music and architecture which originated from the Ryukyu Kingdom which ruled the islands until the late 19th century.

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Trip to Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Kanazawa boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts is accessible in two and a half hours by the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train began operation in 2015. Kenrokuen Garden is the most famous attraction filled with a variety of trees, ponds, and flowers that is considered one of the "three great gardens of Japan". Kanazawa boasts numerous former geisha houses in the Higashi Geisha District. wonderful cuisine including some of Japan's highest-quality seafood also attracts many tourists.

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All about Koyasan, Wakayama

Mount Koya or Koyasan is the center of a Buddhist sect. Shingon Buddhism was introduced to Japan by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) about 1200 years ago. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004 along with neighboring Kumano, Yoshino and Ominesan as the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.” Visitors can experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging (shukubo), experience eating a vegetarian monk's cuisine (shojin ryori) and attend morning prayers that are offered at about 50 temples.

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Nara for first timers

Nara was Japan's first permanent capital in the 8th century before moving to Kyoto. Eight sites including Japan's oldest and largest temples in Nara was designated as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" by UNESCO. The city is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka and attracts visitors with its full chest of historic treasures.

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All about Kobe, Hyogo

Kobe is a major port city in western Japan that opened to foreign trade and became home to one of the first foreign communities in the 19th century. The city is on a narrow strip of land between mountains and sea, and has a variety of tourist attractions ranging from a vibrant commercial districts that includes a Chinatown, a ropeway, and a cable car that take you to either a garden or an observatory where you can enjoy a commanding view of the entire landscape of the town with the port in the backdrop.

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Osaka night plan

Osaka is an exciting city for visitors and the town becomes more vibrant after sunset. Large neon billboards along the Dotonbori River in the Minami (southern) area is the most iconic landscape of the town. There are dizzying arrays of restaurants, food stalls, and shops in Dotonbori, Hozenji Yokocho and Shinsekai. The traditional atmosphere in the busy quarters of the town have not changed for decades.

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All about Kyoto

Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan since the end of the 8th century, it is one of the most popular destinations amongst overseas tourists to Japan. With a variety of historically valuable structures such as temples, shrines and Japanese gardens the city draws over 50 million visitors annually from all over the world.

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All about Yokohama, Kanagawa

Yokohama was the first port opened up to foreign trade in the mid-19th century. It is located south of Tokyo and can be reached in about 30 minutes from Tokyo by train. The Minato Mirai 21 area was developed in the late 20th century and features many tourist attractions such as hotels, shopping complexes, and amusement parks. The traditional international town atmosphere is alive and well in Chinatown which is also popular among visitors to Yokohama.

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Kamakura, Kanagawa for first timers

Kamakura is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Tokyo. It is located about 60 km southwest of Tokyo and accessible by one-hour train ride. It used to be the seat of the Kamakura Government lead by Minamoto Yoritomo and his successors around the 13th century. Kamakura has an old town atmosphere similar to Kyoto with dozens of traditional temples and shrines. The Great Buddha at Kotoku-in is over 11-meters tall and is one of the most renowned landmarks in the town.

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Best 10 Tokyo spots

More than 9 million residents live in the capital city of Tokyo. Tokyo has various kinds of tourist attractions. The latest cultural trends can be found in Shibuya or Harajuku, Shinjuku and Ginza are known for shopping, and Tokyo is full of traditional sites including Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple and Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki

Hitachi Seaside Park is located 120 km north-east of Tokyo. The 200-hectare park faces the Pacific Ocean and is flush with a variety of flowers of various colors that are in bloom all throughout the year. Among them are 4.5 million nemophilas (baby blue eyes) on hills that occupy some 3.5 hectares of the park’s total area. The flowers are very popular amongst international tourists who visit Japan.

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Fukushima, must see spots

Aizu is the western region of Fukushima Prefecture. Aizu Wakamatsu City is a center of the region and as the city names themselves as "Samurai City", the area shows the samurai tradition at the landmarks such as Tsuruga Castle and Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai residence). It also has been a town of merchants with beautiful storehouses. Ouchi-juku is an old post town which is famous with its traditional thatched buildings that line its main street.

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Winter in Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata

Ginzan Onsen is an onsen area in Yamagata Prefecture. The traditional wooden architecture of Japanese style ryokan inns along the river depict a typical townscape of a Japanese onsen resort from years past.

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Seki, home of master sword makers

Seki City is located in Gifu Prefecture, in the center of Japan’s main island, Honshu. Seki is known for its master sword makers. Skilled craftsmen have been creating Japanese swords, knives, and tools of the highest quality here for over 800 years. At Hamonoya Sanshu / Seki Cutlery Museum you can learn about the process of forging blades and buy locally produced knives. To explore Seki’s beautiful natural surroundings, take a walk in the mountains outside Seki up to Nichiryubuji Temple. Or visit the Kabusugi Giant Cedar Forest with old trees that look like the enchanted world of Japanese anime.

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