Shimabara Castle

Specialities Culture - 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...

Yakushima

Specialities Hiking - Wild and mysterious, the secluded island of Yakushima is unlike anything else in Japan. It’s a nature lover’s paradise of untouched ancient cedar fore...

Okunoshima

Specialities Hiking - The instant you set foot on Okunoshima, it immediately becomes apparent why the tiny and tranquil island is also known as the “rabbit island”. Nearly....

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 Culture - 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 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 Culture, 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...

National Theatre of Japan

Specialities Culture - 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...

Jimbocho

Specialities Culture, 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...

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