Biei

Specialities Nature - The beauty of Biei has surpassed its small town borders to attract world-class photographers, ad execs, and TV directors. But despite its popularity, ...

Nokonoshima Island Park

Specialities Nature - Created in the 1960s by 19 year-old Kubota Kosaku, Nokonoshima Island is a self-contained Eden just across from the lively hub of Fukuoka. Well-known ...

Mount Takao

Specialities Nature - Regarded as sacred since the Edo period, Mount Takao boasts an array of hiking routes, temples and a stunning view of the Tokyo metropolis at...

Daisetsuzan National Park

Specialities Nature - Hokkaido is Japan’s final frontier; a vast wilderness where flora and fauna dominate the human population. But for visitors who fly into shiny, conven...

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...

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 Hiking, 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 Hiking, 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....

Tsuboya Pottery Street

Specialities 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...

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