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 - 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...

Hirado

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

National Theatre of Japan

Specialities Traditional - Noh and Kabuki might not do it for everyone, but whether you’re an avid theatre geek or a complete novice, the National Theatre provides an...

Shimabara

Specialities Cities - In the shadow of a live volcano, along southeastern Nagasaki prefecture, you’ll find Shimabara city. It’s a place that maintains an old-world feel of ...

Nagasaki Bio Park

Specialities Zoos & Aquariums - Need a kawaii overload? Spot a capybara taking an onsen bath and a miniature road reserved for guinea pig commuters at the Nagasaki Bio Park...

Sunshine Aquarium

Specialities Zoos & Aquariums - On the top of a building in the heart of Tokyo, the Sunshine Aquarium is a rooftop oasis - where sky, ocean and people meet. Head...

Nagatoro

Specialities Sports - A morning on the river, viewing the trees as a boatman guides the traditional wooden raft down still waters. Handmade soba for lunch, cold and...

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