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...

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...

Daisetsuzan National Park

Specialities Nature - Hokkaido is Japan’s final frontier; a vast wilderness where flora and fauna dominate the human population. But for visitors who fly into shiny, conven...

Asahikawa

Specialities Nature - Hokkaido’s second largest city is a fortress of modernity against the raging elements of the north. Though it draws much less attention than cosmopoli...

Nokogiriyama

Specialities Nature - With a name that literally translates as “Sawtooth Mountain”, Japan’s biggest Buddha and a jagged overhang called “Jigoku-Nozoki” or “Peek into Hell”:...

Unzen Onsen

Specialities Hot springs - Today, Unzen Onsen is regarded as an onsen (hot springs) paradise, with public and private baths available at ryokans and hotels that are sprinkled ar...

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...

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