Nara

Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites guarded by some very hungry deer.

Taito

Specialities Traditional - Taito is a ward in Tokyo that is synonymous with tradition, and consequently, tourists. The magnificent temple of Senso-ji in Asakusa is Taito’s emble...

Gion

Specialities Traditional - The original Japanese pleasure quarter, Gion is Kyoto condensed into a scene straight out of Memoirs of a Geisha. This is where you might just...

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Specialities Museums - Modeled after a traditional Edo raised storehouse, from the outside the Edo-Tokyo Museum looks like an enormous spaceship crossed with a luxury cruise...

Ryogoku

Specialities Traditional - The spiritual and physical home of sumo, Ryogoku is where centuries of Japanese tradition continue to live and breathe right in the whirl of modern...

Philosopher’s Path

Specialities Nature - Appropriately earning its famed name, a contemplative stroll along the Philosopher’s Path (known as Tetsugaku no michi) is the best way to spend an ho...

Gunkanjima (Hashima Island)

Specialities History - Some places have ghost towns. Nagasaki has a ghost island - the uninhabited Hashima Island. It’s referred to by locals as Gunkanjima, or Battleship Is...

Nagasaki Peace Park

Specialities Museums - On August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was struck by the atomic bomb “Fat Man,” killing thousands and decimating the city to rubble. Ten years later, the...

National Museum of Nature and Science

Specialities Museums - Split over two buildings and five floors in a quiet corner of Ueno Park, the National Museum of Nature and Science houses a range of...

Kawagoe

Specialities Traditional - A picturesque old merchant town within 30 minutes train ride of Tokyo, Kawagoe is a great way to swap the frenzy of the capital for...

Shirakawa

Specialities Nature - The site of the Shirakawa-no-seki, a historic barrier that divided the unconquered, wild north from the Shogun-led south, Shirakawa has for centuries ...

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