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Takaoka Great Buddha

The Great Buddha of Takaoka (Takaoka Daibutsu)

Besides the Todaiji Temple of Nara and Kamakura Daibutsu, the Great Buddha of Takaoka is also one of the three Great Buddha statues of Japan.

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

The only mountain castle in Japan that still boasts an original castle tower.

Shikaumi Shrine

Shikaumi Shrine

Visit the shrine said to be founded by the legendary Empress Jingu



With its stunning architecture, lush gardens and panoramic views of the surrounding area, Jojakko-ji is a must-see destination for history buffs.

Lake Akan Ainu Kotan


The eastern region of Kushiro abounds in national parks, wildlife and a huge seafood market.

Mojiko Retro

Mojiko Retro

Mojiko was a site of industrial development and a hub for railway travel. Raw materials were shipped to factories in central and eastern Japan via train and ships.

Heirinji Temple

Heirin-ji Temple

A centuries-old shrine, Heirin-ji, nestled in a forest near Tokyo is considered one of the most beautiful autumn places in Saitama.


Rakusuien Tea House

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of central Hakata in this quiet Japanese garden.

Hie Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Hie Jinja Shrine

A shrine with an impressive tunnel of red torii gates and home to Tokyo’s famous Sanno Festival.

Zenko-ji Temple

Walk in darkness on a path to this “secret Buddha” and (maybe) find enlightenment.

Fuji Five Lakes Shiraito Falls Shizuoka

Top 10 Japan Travel Destinations for 2021

The best places in Japan for culture, nature and escape.