Jimbocho

Specialities Festivals - Book lovers dream of famous libraries like the Citadel in Game of Thrones or Hogwarts’ library in Harry Potter; but visitors to Japan get their...

Shimabara

Specialities History - 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 ...

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Specialities Festivals, History - Towering over the streets of Dazaifu city in Fukuoka prefecture, the Dazaifu Tenmangu is one of many shrines dedicated to Tenjin, the Shinto god of...

Tottori Manga Kingdom

Specialities Art & Design - Tottori might be the least populated prefecture in Japan but that’s only if you’re counting the human demographic. As the native 'hood for a number of...

Kenchoji Temple

Specialities History - Esteemed as the first Zen training monastery of its kind back in 1253, Kencho-ji Temple’s still reigns supreme, taking the number one spot in Kamakura...

Iki Island

Specialities History - Despite sounding similar to the English word “icky,” Iki Island is the opposite of anything unpleasant. Located in the Tsushima Strait, north of the m...

Hiroshima Castle

Specialities Castles, History - While many Japanese castles share similar architectural designs, Hiroshima Castle has every imaginable feature associated with a medieval fortress: a ...

Konosu

Specialities Art & Design - While rural Konosu is known for being home to the widest part of the Arakawa river - itself, Japan’s widest river - that isn't really why...

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...

Ikebukuro

Specialities Festivals - Ikebukuro really has it all-in-one. This once small historical village, (literally meaning "pond bag"- classy) has grown into a shopping and anime par...

Tsushima

Specialities Beaches, History - Head to a unique Japanese island that’s physically closer to South Korea than it is to Japan and you’ll find yourself on Tsushima. In fact,...

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