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 Food & Drink, Parks & Gardens - 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....

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

Specialities Art & Design - Nestled near Nagasaki Bay, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum opened in 2005, offering visitors the chance to see a mixture of classic to modern art....

Kokusai Dori (International Street)

Specialities Food & Drink - Whether you’re on the hunt for souvenirs or small eateries, this vibrant, fusion-tastic shopping strip is your one-stop shop for everything and anythi...

Meigetsuin Temple

Specialities Parks & Gardens - Located only 60 minutes away from Tokyo, Meigetsu-in is a temple with a well-kept garden that is probably Kamakura’s not-so-well-kept secret. Altho...

Tsuboya Pottery Street

Specialities Art & Design, Culture, 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...

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Specialities Parks & Gardens - On the 23rd December, in the return up to Christmas, Japan celebrates the Emperor’s Birthday. Crowds flock from Tokyo Station to the Imperial Palace w...

Takamori Senbonzakura (Sakura Road)

Specialities Parks & Gardens - Nestled away in the soaring mountains of Aso, Takamori Senbonzakura is a hidden spot for locals to congregate and enjoy the fleeting cherry blossom or...

Hirado

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

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