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...

Hamanomachi Arcade

Specialities Shopping - If you’re on the hunt for omiyage (souvenirs) for family back home or a bite to eat while in Nagasaki (or both), you’ll want to...

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...

Yakushima

Specialities Nature - 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 Nature - 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....

Kokusai Dori (International Street)

Specialities Shopping - 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...

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...

Shuri Castle

Specialities Landmark - Inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2000, the red Shuri Castle is a reminder of the flourishing Ryukyu Kingdom, when overseas trade networks linki...

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Specialities Landmark - 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...

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