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


The imagery of geisha almost always springs to mind when people think of Japan—set foot in Kyoto’s Gion district and you might just bump right into one.

Traditional and Historical Japanese village Shirakawago in autumn season

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Leave modern technology and worries behind, and rediscover a simpler way of life buried in the mountains.

Mice statues outside Otoyo shrine

Otoyo Shrine

Matchmaking mice save the day.

Traditional street in Takayama, Gifu prefecture


Get ready for your pants to be charmed right off at this picturesque mountain town.

See the impressive stone Buddha at Kotukuin temple., Kamakura

Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha)

If size matters, Kamakura’s bronze-cast idol proves that bigger is better.



Where geisha and France rendezvous over some of the city's finest cuisine.

Mount Koya

Encounter spiritual Japan at one of its holiest destinations.


Time to reflect: Discovering the quieter side of the Yamanote line stops.

A guardian shisa lion dog, on the roof of an Okinawan home.

Tsuboya Pottery Street

The 330-year-old center and symbol of Okinawan pottery.