Shimabara Castle

Specialities Castles, Culture, History - 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 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...

Nagoya Castle

Specialities Castles, History - 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...

Ouchi-juku

Specialities History - Ouchi-juku is a time-slip worthy of a Hollywood movie set. Once part of the long route from the Aizu Domain west of Fukushima to the capital...

Tokyo DisneySea

Specialities Theme Parks - Everyone loves Disney. Japanese people also love Disney. In fact, they love it so much they have two Disney theme parks right next to each...

Kokusai Dori (International Street)

Specialities Nightlife - 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, Shrines & Temples - 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 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...

Shuri Castle

Specialities Castles, History - 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 History, 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...

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