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Nakasendo Trail (Magome-Tsumago)

Learn more about a magnificent trek back through time to the Edo period, just an hour's train from Nagoya station.

Gunkanjima (Hashima Island)

The inspiration behind the villain’s hideout in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall, Gunkanjima is an eerie time capsule of Japan’s industrial age.

Zenko-ji Temple

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

Aizu Sazaedo Temple's

Aizu Sazaedo Temple

Unique temple pagoda in a scenic, historical setting.

Chuson-ji Temple

Chuson-ji Temple

Visit the golden pavilion of the north deep within the mountains of Iwate Prefecture.

Chikuzen Tachiarai peace memorial hall

Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum

Learn about the tragic history of Japan's WWII kamikaze pilots at these two museums in Fukuoka.

Kamakura

A spiritual seaside getaway close to Tokyo with shrines, temples and big buddha.

Ueno Park Iga in Mie, Japan.

Iga City

Ninjas, a castle and a haiku poetry master—Iga is home to a whole host of traditional Japanese culture and history.

Iga Ueno Castle in Mie, Japan.

Iga Ueno Castle

A white-walled castle located in the hometown of the ninja.

Echizen Ono Castle in Fukui, Japan.

Echizen Ono Castle

Fukui's real-life "Castle in the Sky."

Chomei-ji Temple in Shiga, Japan.

Chomei-ji Temple

The secret to long life turns out to be 808 precarious stone steps and a beautiful view of Lake Biwa.