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

Umikaji Terrace

Specialities Shopping - Located a mere 15 minutes away from Naha Airport on Senaga Island (Senagajima), there’s a Mediterranean-esque shopping terrace that oversees the prist...

Teshima

Specialities 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...

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...

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Specialities Festivals - 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...

Ueno

Specialities Parks & Gardens, Shopping - Forget Stacey’s mom, Ueno has got it going on. Like cherry blossoms and temple ruins? Head on down to Ueno Park. Can’t get enough of...

Harajuku

Specialities Shopping - With devoted fans like Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and more home-grown talent Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, it’s no surprise that Harajuku has gained legendary statu...

Sun Messe Nichinan

Specialities Parks & Gardens - A nod to the famous Moai of Easter Island, the Sun Messe statues are the only replicas allowed to be made of the originals in...

Saitama Shintoshin

Specialities Shopping - If you're looking to get some shopping done in Japan but don't want to brave the crowds, taking a small trip outside of Tokyo to...

Ikebukuro

Specialities Festivals, Shopping - 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...

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