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...

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...

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...

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...

Noboribetsu

Specialities Hot springs - In the heart of Japan’s wildest prefecture lies a sleepy onsen (hot spring) town guarded by ferocious demons. Thick clouds of smoke gush out from Jigo...

Otoyo Shrine

Specialities Traditional - Otoyo Shrine is easy to walk past but that would be a big mistake. With an unassuming entrance at the south end of the Philosopher’s...

Unzen Onsen

Specialities Hot springs - Today, Unzen Onsen is regarded as an onsen (hot springs) paradise, with public and private baths available at ryokans and hotels that are sprinkled ar...

Shimabara Castle

Specialities History - Perched on the eastern edge of the Shimabara Peninsula, this five-storied, white castle is a key feature of Shimabara city. What most don’t realize...

Nagoya Castle

Specialities History - If you’re into your samurai history (or you’ve just watched History of Japan on YouTube too many times) then you’ll be excited to know that one...

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