Philosopher’s Path

Specialities Nature - Appropriately earning its famed name, a contemplative stroll along the Philosopher’s Path (known as Tetsugaku no michi) is the best way to spend an ho...

Kawagoe

Specialities Cities, 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...

Shirakawa

Specialities Nature - The site of the Shirakawa-no-seki, a historic barrier that divided the unconquered, wild north from the Shogun-led south, Shirakawa has for centuries ...

Huis Ten Bosch

Specialities Theme Parks - Huis Ten Bosch is a Dutch-themed amusement park along Omura Bay in Sasebo city. Founded in 1992, it’s complete with Dutch-style homes, windmills, wood...

Mount Inasa

Specialities Nature - Want to know what a 10 million-dollar view looks like? Mount Inasa claims to offer one of the best nighttime panoramas in Japan right in...

Otaru

Specialities Cities - Elegantly picturesque with its old-fashioned street lanterns and European-style buildings, Otaru is a charming port city flush with nostalgia that is ...

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...

Biei

Specialities Nature - The beauty of Biei has surpassed its small town borders to attract world-class photographers, ad execs, and TV directors. But despite its popularity, ...

Nokonoshima Island Park

Specialities Nature - Created in the 1960s by 19 year-old Kubota Kosaku, Nokonoshima Island is a self-contained Eden just across from the lively hub of Fukuoka. Well-known ...

Mount Takao

Specialities Nature - Regarded as sacred since the Edo period, Mount Takao boasts an array of hiking routes, temples and a stunning view of the Tokyo metropolis at...

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