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.
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.
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.
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.