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”:...

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...

Meigetsuin Temple

Specialities 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 - 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...

Bentenjima and Inasanohama Beach

Specialities Shrines & Temples - 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...

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 Culture - Somewhere near the edge of the world floats Teshima, a remote and sparsely-populated island sheltering mystifying works of contemporary art. Most of t...

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