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...

Yokohama

Specialities Cities - Although only a short train ride away from each other, Yokohama offers a much more relaxed atmosphere than Tokyo with all the charm of a...

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...

Aomori City

Specialities Cities, Festivals - Though Aomori Prefecture’s most beautiful sights are found in its extensive natural environment, don’t underestimate its small but fierce capital city...

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

Specialities Art & Design - Nestled near Nagasaki Bay, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum opened in 2005, offering visitors the chance to see a mixture of classic to modern art....

Ouchi-juku

Specialities History - Ouchi-juku is a time-slip worthy of a Hollywood movie set. Once part of the long route from the Aizu Domain west of Fukushima to the capital...

Tsuboya Pottery Street

Specialities Art & Design - It’s no exaggeration to say that Tsuboya Pottery District is the bona fide birthplace of yachimun - a regional word describing all pottery made by...

Shuri Castle

Specialities History, Landmark - Inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2000, the red Shuri Castle is a reminder of the flourishing Ryukyu Kingdom, when overseas trade networks linki...

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Specialities History, Landmark - On the 23rd December, in the return up to Christmas, Japan celebrates the Emperor’s Birthday. Crowds flock from Tokyo Station to the Imperial Palace w...

Bentenjima and Inasanohama Beach

Specialities Festivals - In spiritual Shimane prefecture, there's a sacred beach where eight million gods are believed to congregate once a year to determine the destiny of lo...

Hirado

Specialities Cities, Festivals, History - Hirado, a city in northwestern Nagasaki prefecture, consists of three islands (Oshima, Ikitsuki, Hirado) and a part of mainland Nagasaki (Tabira). It'...

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