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The Best Spots to See Cherry Blossoms Around Nagoya

The Chubu region itself is home to a copious amount of iconic Japanese imagery, including Mt...

The Best Spots to See Cherry Blossoms around Sapporo

After sweeping its way across the country like an express shinkansen, cherry blossom fever pulls up for its final stop, Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture...

The Best Spots to See Cherry Blossoms Around Osaka

As a stop on the prized “golden-route,” Osaka is extremely popular for cherry blossom viewing. Nearby Nara with its historical shrines, and Hyogo with...

The Best Spots to See Cherry Blossoms Around Hiroshima

Hiroshima is in the heart of the Chugoku region on the western side of Japan’s main island of Honshu. Hiroshima and surrounding Chugoku prefectures su...

The Best Spots to See Cherry Blossoms Around Fukuoka

Japan’s southern regions, Kyushu and Shikoku, are the first to show signs of spring as the cherry blossoms bloom across Japan like a pink tidal...

The Best Spots to See Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

In Japan, Kyoto is one of the more brilliant, albeit crowded, locations for viewing beautiful cherry blossom scenes in spring. The prefecture’s ancien...

Shimabara Castle

It caused such a strain on the local populace that it was one of the factors behind the Shimabara Rebellion erupting from 1637 to 1638...

Nagoya Castle

If you’re into your samurai history (or you’ve just watched History of Japan on YouTube too many times) then you’ll be excited to know that one of the quintessential big shots of the time, Tokugawa Ieyasu, is responsible for commissioning the original castle...

Shuri Castle

Inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2000, the red Shuri Castle is a reminder of the flourishing Ryukyu Kingdom, when overseas trade networks linking China, Taiwan, and the Korean Peninsula helped create a unique melting pot that gives Okinawa its distinctly colorful vibe...

Bentenjima and Inasanohama Beach

Up until the 19th century, Japanese people lived according to the lunar calendar (based on cycles of the moon), where each month was given a particular name...

Hiroshima Castle

While many Japanese castles share similar architectural designs, Hiroshima Castle has every imaginable feature associated with a medieval fortress: a large moat, massive stone walls, as well as bridges and baileys to boot...

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