Shimabara

Specialities Hot springs - In the shadow of a live volcano, along southeastern Nagasaki prefecture, you’ll find Shimabara city. It’s a place that maintains an old-world feel of ...

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...

Mount Bandai

Specialities Hiking, Nature - Rated one of the top 100 mountains in Japan, Fukushima’s Mt. Bandai is loved for its combination of dramatic beauty, great hiking courses, and world-c...

Minami-shimabara

Specialities Nature - Originally, Minami-shimabara consisted of eight individual towns, but they were consolidated into one city beginning in March 2006. Although combined,...

Iki Island

Specialities Nature - Despite sounding similar to the English word “icky,” Iki Island is the opposite of anything unpleasant. Located in the Tsushima Strait, north of the m...

Ueno

Specialities Food & Drink, 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 Culture, 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...

Laputa Road (Laputa-no-michi)

Specialities Hiking, Nature - Flanked by the towering mountains of Aso region, Laputa Road (Japanese: ラピュタの道) sometimes called the Road to Heaven, is one of Kumamoto's top sightsee...

Matsushima

Specialities Hiking, Nature - The subject of Japanese poetry since forever ago, Miyagi prefecture's Matsushima not only ranks as a top travel spot in Tohoku but is also one of the ...

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...

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