Ryogoku

Specialities Traditional - The spiritual and physical home of sumo, Ryogoku is where centuries of Japanese tradition continue to live and breathe right in the whirl of modern...

Meguro

Specialities Neighborhoods - Often overlooked for its more show-stopping next door neighbour, Shibuya, Meguro’s mix of seasonal scenes, traditional festivals and highbrow culture ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Tsuboya Pottery Street

Specialities Traditional - 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...

Bentenjima and Inasanohama Beach

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

Teshima

Specialities Festivals - Somewhere near the edge of the world floats Teshima, a remote and sparsely-populated island sheltering mystifying works of contemporary art. Most of t...

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