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Best Tourist Destinations in Japan! winter, spring, summer, autumn

On this site, I have pages to introduce individually in various parts of Japan. You can go to the pages by watching the menu and clicking on the titles you are interested in. However, I listed these pages below. Look at the following and if there is a page of your interest, please click on it and go to that page. Because Japan is a very wide country in the north and south, in the north and Kyushu and Okinawa in the south are quite different. I hope that you will find your favorite Japan on my site.

10 Best Itineraries: Where would you like to go?

If you want to overview what kind of sightseeing spots are in Japan, please read the following page.

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10 Best Itineraries for traveling in Japan! Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Kyoto, Hokkaido...

When you go to Japan, you will need to decide where you want to go most in Japan. So, on this page, I will introduce the destinations that are likely to be the main spots of sightseeing trips in Japan. If you have a place you want to go particularly, you ...

 

Best Destinations when traveling in Japan

The most popular destinations in Japan are the following. Look at the slide images and click on any place you are interested in.

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2018/5/28

Best Things to do in Tokyo : Asakusa, Ginza, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Disney etc.

is the capital of Japan. While traditional culture still remains, contemporary innovation is constantly taking place. Please come and visit and feel the energy. On this page, I will introduce tourist areas and sightseeing spots especially popular in . This page is very long. If you read this page, you can check all major sightseeing spots in . Please use the table of contents below to see the area of your interest. You can return to the top of this page by clicking the arrow button on the bottom right. I attached links to related articles, so if you have an area of your interest, please read related articles as well. >>Can you see the Mt. Fuji in the distance in the video below?<< Table of Contents1 Outline of 2 Asakusa3 Skytree (Oshiage)4 Cruise5 Ueno6 Yanesen : Yanaka,Nezu,Sendagi7 Ryogoku8 Akihabara9 Nihonbashi10 Imperial Palace ()11 Marunouchi12 Ginza13 Tower (Kamiyacho)14 Roppongi15 Odaiba16 Ikebukuro17 Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden18 Shinjuku19 Meiji Jingu Shrine20 Harajuku21 Omotesando22 Shibuya23 Ebisu24 Disney Resort (Maihama, Chiba Prefecture) Outline of Map of Route map of JR train If you come to and see the landscape of from the train or bus window, you may be surprised that it is a very vast city. The city of continued to expand since the latter half of the 20th century and, as a result, it almost joined the surrounding cities such as Yokohama, Saitama and Chiba. As a result, the metropolitan (mega city) centering on is ...

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2018/5/28

Hokkaido! 21 Popular Tourist Areas and 10 Airports

Hokkaido is Japan's second largest island after Honshu. And it is the northernmost and the largest prefecture. Hokkaido is colder than other islands in Japan. Because the development by Japanese has been delayed, there is a vast and beautiful nature in Hokkaido. On this page, I will introduce the outline of Hokkaido. If you look through this long article to the very end, you can almost understand Hokkaido as a whole. If you have an area of your interest, look at the table of contents below and look at that area. Table of Contents1 Outline of Hokkaido2 Central Hokkaido (Douo)3 Northen Hokkaido (Douhoku)4 Southen Hokkaido (Dounan)5 Eastern Hokkaido (Douto) 1: Tokachi6 Eastern Hokkaido (Douto) 2 : Kushiro7 Eastern Hokkaido (Douto) 3 : Okhostk Outline of Hokkaido A beautiful hill of Biei-cho, Hokkaido = Adobe Stock Map of Hokkaido Points Hokkaido, along with Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, is one of the four major islands that make up the Japanese archipelago. Like other Japanese islands, there are volcanoes in Hokkaido. So there are many spa resorts. If you go to Hokkaido, I especially recommend two things. First, why do not you enjoy the sightseeing of the unique cities of Hokkaido? There are beautiful cities representing Japan such as Sapporo, Hakodate, Otaru. Those cities are also very famous for having many delicious foods such as sushi and ramen. Second, why do not you enjoy the amazing nature of Hokkaido? Hokkaido was not developed until the first half of the 20th century, so many wild nature is left. Flower ...

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2018/5/28

Mount Fuji: 15 best viewing spots in Japan!

On this page, I will show you the best viewpoint to see Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan with an altitude of 3776 meters. There are lakes made by the volcanic activity of Mt. Fuji, and creating a beautiful landscape around that. If you want to see plenty of Mt. Fuji, I will not recommend going to the fifth consecutive Mt. Fuji. Because you can not see Mt. Fuji there. The view point I like the most is the very quiet lake Motosu. Well, where do you want to look at Mt. Fuji? >>Click on the map image below to see the map on a separate page<< Map of Mt. Fuji Table of Contents1 Access2 Fuji-Q Highland3 Arakurayama Sengen Park4 Lake Kawaguchiko5 Gotemba Premium Outlets6 Oshino Hakkai7 Lake Yamanakako8 Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba9 Lake Motosuko10 Venue of Fuji Shibazakura Fastival11 Asagirikogen Highland12 Miho no matsubara13 Around Enoshima Island14 Mt. Fuji 5th Station15 Summit of Mt. Fuji Access Kawaguchiko Station, Tourists are using the tour bus service. Transportation is very convenient for both train and bus = shutterstock Bus Since the surroundings of Mt. Fuji are very vast, there are various routes when going from Tokyo. In general, you can easily go to various spots by using the buses. For details of buses going to Mt. Fuji, please refer to the following Fujikyuko Bus site. From the city center of Tokyo to the spots around Mt. Fuji, it is around 2 hours by bus. Even when you are traveling around tourist attractions of Mt. ...

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2018/5/28

Kyoto! 26 Best Attractions : Fushimi Inari, Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji etc.

is a beautiful city that inherits traditional Japanese culture. If you go to , you can enjoy Japanese traditional culture to your heart's content. On this page, I will introduce the tourist attractions which are especially recommended in . This page is long, but if you read this page to the end, you will get roughly the basic information necessary for sightseeing in . I also attached links such as official website for each sightseeing, please use it. >>If you click the video below, you will find that is beautiful even at night<<   Table of Contents1 Outline of 2 Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine3 Sanjusangendo4 Kiyomizudera Temple5 Kinkakuji Temple = Golden Pavilion6 Ginkakuji Temple = Silver Pavilion7 Philosopher's Walk (Tetsugaku no Michi)8 Eikando Zenrinji Temple9 Nanzenji Temple10 Yasaka Jinja Shrine11 Gion12 Kamogawa River13 Pontocho district14 Nishiki Market15 Kodaiji Temple16 Tofukuji Temple17 Toji Temple18 Byodoin Temple19 Daitokuji Temple20 Ryoanji Temple21 Imperial Palace ( Gosho)22 Nijo Catsle23 Katsura Rikyu24 Arashiyama25 Toei Studio Park26 Kifune Shrine Outline of Beautiful Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama, , Japan = Adobe Stock Click the map image below to see Google Maps on a separate page. I also recommend this map. The route map of the subway and bus is here. Map of Kyoto is a beautiful city 368 kilometers west of Tokyo. It is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes by the fastest Shinkansen from Tokyo. was the capital of Japan for about 1000 years until the capital moved to Tokyo in 1869. Japan's unique culture has been ...

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Touristic boat in Dotonbori Canal and famous Glico Running Man sign in Dotonbori street, Namba, a popular shopping and entertainment district., Osaka, Japan = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Osaka! 17 Best Tourist Attractions: Dotonbori, Umeda, USJ etc.

" is a more enjoyable city than Tokyo." 's popularity has increased recently among tourists from foreign countries. is the central city of western Japan. has been developed by commerce, while Tokyo is a city built by Samurai. So, has a popular atmosphere. The downtown area of is flashy. Street food is cheap and tasty. On this page, I will introduce about such fun . http://japan77.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Dotonbori--Japan-Shutterstock.mp4 Table of Contents1 Outline of 2 Minami : Dotonbori, Namba, Shinsaibashi3 Abeno4 Shinsekai5 Umeda6 Castle7 Univarsal Studuo Japan (USJ)8 Tempozan Harbor Village9 Rinku Town10 Ikeda11 Suita Outline of Dotonbori Walking Street, , Japan = shutterstock Click on the map image below to see Google Maps on a separate page. Please see here for the route map of JR train, private railway and subway. Map of There are two downtown areas in , Minami (meaning South in Japanese) and Kita (meaning North). In the center of Minami, There are famous districts such as Dotonbori and Namba. Here, the flashy neon gathers the attention of tourists, as seen in the picture on the top. In this area, you can enjoy a lot of delicious street food such as Takoyaki. If you go to , I highly recommend walking around Dotonbori and Namba. In the heart of Kita there is a district called Umeda. Umeda may be slightly elegant than Dotonbori and Namba. The atmosphere of Umeda is similar to Tokyo. There are many skyscrapers in this area. In addition to these two downtown areas, recently, ...

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2018/5/28

Best of Okinawa! Naha, Miyakojima, Ishigakijima, Taketomijima etc.

If you want to enjoy the beautiful seaside view in Japan, the best recommended area is Okinawa. Okinawa is located in the south of Kyushu. It consists of diverse islands in the vast waters of 400 km north-south and 1,000 km east to west. There are coral reefs, crystal clear blue ocean, white sand beach, and beautiful natural scenery. Unique Ryukyu culture is also attractive. On this page, I will introduce the most recommended tourist spots in Okinawa. Table of Contents1 Outline of Okinawa2 Okinawa Main Island3 Miyakojima Island4 Ishigakijima Island Outline of Okinawa Okinawa traditional dance with castanet = shutterstock Map of Okinawa Summary Okinawa prefecture is broadly divided into three island groups, the Okinawa Islands around Okinawa main island, the Miyako Islands around Miyakojima Island, and the Yaeyama islands around Ishigakijima Island. So, when traveling in Okinawa, you should decide your itinerary, whether you will stay in Okinawa main island, enjoy both Okinawa main island and another remote island, or stay on a remote island. The total population of Okinawa is approximately 1.45 million people, of which about 90% live in the Okinawa main island. The Okinawa main island is about 470 km around, and has developed since the long ago mainly in the south. The prefectural capital is located in Naha City, south of this Island. In the northern part of this island, you will find wild nature. So, if you intend to stay in the Okinawa main island, you should decide your itinerary, whether to stay in the south or stay in a ...

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Recommended Articles when deciding your destination

I have listed the recommended articles below when deciding where you want to go.

View of the Former Hokkaido Government Office in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Traveler take a photo at the Former Hokkaido Government Office in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in winter = Shutterstock
Sapporo! Best Things to do in winter, spring, summer, autumn

On this page, I will introduce recommended tourist spots and what to do when you travel to Sapporo in Hokkaido. In addition to the tourist spots I recommend during the year, I will explain the recommended spots and what to do in each season of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Table ...

Twilight night view of Hakodate from Mount Hakodate, winter season, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock
Hakodate! 7 Best Tourist Attractions and Things to do

Hakodate in Hokkaido is a very beautiful port town and it is popular with tourists. I also love it and go often. In the morning market just around Hakodate Station, you can have fun and delicious time. Night view from Hakodateyama is also the best. On this page, I will introduce ...

Mount Yotei, so called "Fuji of Hokkaido", from Niseko ski resort, Hokkaido, Japan
Niseko! Best Things to do in winter, spring, summer, autumn

Niseko is the representative resort of Japan. It is known worldwide, especially as a sacred place for winter sports. In Niseko, you can enjoy skiing from late November to early May. There is a beautiful mountain very similar to Mt. Fuji in Niseko. It is "Mt.Yotei" seen in the above picture. ...

 

The following are related articles by region. If you click the red heading, you will see articles outlining the region.

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Hokkaido

View of the Former Hokkaido Government Office in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Traveler take a photo at the Former Hokkaido Government Office in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in winter = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Sapporo! Best Things to do in winter, spring, summer, autumn

On this page, I will introduce recommended tourist spots and what to do when you travel to Sapporo in Hokkaido. In addition to the tourist spots I recommend during the year, I will explain the recommended spots and what to do in each season of , , and . Table of Contents1 Best Things to do in Sapporo2 Best Things to do in Sapporo in 3 Best Things to do in Sapporo in Spring4 Best Things to do in Sapporo in Summer5 Best Things to do in Sapporo in Autumn Best Things to do in Sapporo skyline view of Sapporo from the mountains at dusk = shutterstock JR Sapporo Station. There is a luxury hotel "JR tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo" one of the best in Sapporo above the station. Hotel guests can also enjoy natural hot springs Sapporo is the 5th largest city in Japan and capital of the northern island of Hokkaido. In less than two hundreds of years, Sapporo has enjoyed rapid growth from a settlement of only seven individuals to a thriving metropolis. In the language of the Ainu people, indigenous inhabitants of northern Japan, the word Sapporo means An essential river flowing through a plain. Today Sapporo is known for far more than its river. A snow festival is held yearly, and Sapporo is also famous for its ramen and beer. Travel to Sapporo by train is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Sapporo is distinctive in its rectangular road system, based on the North American style. This ...

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Mount Yotei, so called "Fuji of Hokkaido", from Niseko ski resort, Hokkaido, Japan

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2018/5/28

Niseko! Best Things to do in winter, spring, summer, autumn

Niseko is the representative resort of Japan. It is known worldwide, especially as a sacred place for winter sports. In Niseko, you can enjoy skiing from late November to early May. There is a beautiful mountain very similar to Mt. Fuji in Niseko. It is "Mt.Yotei" seen in the above picture. There is another mountain so as to face this mountain across the river. It is "Niseko Annupuri" seen in the picture below. On the slope of Niseko Annupuri, four large ski resorts were developed. These ski resorts are attracting domestic and foreign skiers and snowboarders with amazing snow quality. In addition, Niseko has wonderful hot springs. On this page, I would like to introduce you what you should do in Niseko. On this page, I will tell you about Niseko in spring, summer, autumn as well as Niseko in winter. In Niseko the winter is very long, and spring, summer, autumn goes as if to run fast. However, you can enjoy a lot of activities in these seasons. I will introduce Niseko's spring, summer, autumn in the second half of this article. If you would like to know more about these seasons, please see the table of contents below and click on the item you care about. Table of Contents1 4 major reasons why Niseko is loved worldwide2 Enjoy the 4 ski resorts in Niseko!3 Best Things to do in spring, summer, autumn4 3 best spots to enjoy autumn leaves in Niseko! 4 major reasons why Niseko is loved worldwide There is a mountain called Niseko Annupuri, ...

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Onuma Park is national park on the Oshima Peninsula in southwest Hokkaido, Japan. The park encompasses the volcanic Hokkaido Komagatake as well as the Onuma and Konuma ponds = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Onuma Park! Best Things to do in winter, spring, summer, autumn

If you want to travel around Hakodate and enjoy even more magnificent nature, I recommend going to Onuma Park. Onuma Park is a sightseeing spot approximately 16 km north of Hakodate center. There, you can enjoy the beautiful nature of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Various activities such as cruising, canoeing, fishing, cycling, camping and skiing are possible at Onuma Park. Please visit Onuma Park by all means. Best Things to do in Onuma Park To Onuma Park, approximately 20 minutes by express "Super Hokuto" from JR Hakodate Station (about 50 minutes if it is a regular train) In the center of Onuma Park, there is Mt. Komagadake. It is an active volcano with an altitude of 1131 meters. Many swamps were formed around the mountain due to the volcanic activity of this mountain. The representative one is Onuma. There are over 100 small islands in Onuma. Onuma is famous for its beautiful scenery. To Onuma Park, approximately 20 minutes by express "Super Hokuto" from JR Hakodate Station (about 50 minutes if it is a regular train). If you use the bus, it is about 60 minutes from JR Hakodate Station to Onuma Park. It is very close from Hakodate so you can enjoy a day trip to Onuma Park. There are several beautiful resort hotels around Onuma Park, so you can challenge diverse activities by staying in Onuma Park. Many of the activities are handled by Onuma Godo Yusen Co., Ltd. which operates the following site. The following sites are not explained in English. ...

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Matsumae Castle with cherry blossom in Hokkaido, Japan

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2018/5/28

Matsumae! Let's go to Matsumae Castle wrapped in cherry blossoms!

Matsumae-cho is the southernmost tip of Hokkaido. A lot of tourists come here every spring to see the cherry blossoms in Matsumae castle. Matsumae Castle is one of the few castles remaining in Hokkaido with Goryokaku of Hakodate. On this page, I would like to introduce Matsumae Castle. Matsumae Castle is the only Japanese castle in Hokkaido An old castle gate expanded in the mid-19th century, Matsumae, Hokkaido Matsumae Castle was built by Matsumae Clan in 1606. It was a small thing to say a castle. However, since foreign ships frequently appeared in this area in the 19th century, a full-fledged castle was built with the order of the Tokugawa shogunate who ruled Japan at that time. Thus in 1854, Matsumae Castle of the current size was born. In 1867, the Tokugawa shogunate collapsed in Japan, a new government was established. At this time some of the forces of the Tokugawa shogunate led the fleet and fled to Hokkaido. They occupied Hakodate and also attacked Matsumae Castle. Matsumae castle was taken off in just a few hours. The forces of the Tokugawa shogunate were attacked by the new government forces in Hakodate and surrendered. Along with this, Matsumae Castle also entered under the control of the new government army. Because Hakodate's Goryokaku is a Western style castle, Matsumae Castle is said to be the only Japanese style castle remaining in Hokkaido. Matsumae Castle is also a Japanese style castle at the northernmost tip of Japan. Unfortunately most of this castle was destroyed by fire in ...

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Tohoku region (Northeastern part of Honshu)

Oirase stream in summer, Aomori Prefecture, Japan Shutterstock

2018/5/28

Tohoku Region! Best things to do in 6 Prefectures

In the Tohoku region of Japan, coldness is severe in winter, snow falls often. People have been patiently devised various ways to survive in this environment. If you travel in the Tohoku region, you will feel the lives of such people in the Tohoku region. The scenery in the Tohoku region when the beautiful cherry blossoms started to bloom is wonderful. Traditional festivals that take place in the short summer and autumn leaves are also worth seeing. Why do not you travel also in Tohoku? Table of Contents1 Outline of Tohoku Region2 Tohoku in winter, spring, summer, autumn3 Here are a number of the local cuisines4 East Japan great earthquake disaster5 Welcome to Tohoku! Outline of Tohoku Region Colorful autumn trees on the Shirakami mountainous wide range with red, orange, and golden foliage in Aomori Tohoku Japan = shutterstock Map of Tohoku = shutterstock Points Amazing land comparable to Hokkaido Recently Hokkaido's popularity has increased considerably among foreign tourists. That's nice. In contrast, the Tohoku region has not received much attention. I feel a bit sorry about that. In the Tohoku region, you can enjoy wonderful views of winter and surprisingly beautiful nature just like Hokkaido. At the same time, in the Tohoku region, traditional living from old days and fine wooden buildings are left. In Hokkaido, it is difficult to enjoy such a living culture unless you go to the indigenous Ainu settlement. I would like many people to know the wonder of the Tohoku region as much as possible. In this district, you can ...

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Japanese Sanriku coast with region railway of Sanriku. Tanohata Iwate Japan = shutterstock

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2018/5/29

Memory of the Great East Japan Earthquake : Tourism to visit disaster area spreads

Do you remember about the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011? More than 15,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's Tohoku region. For the Japanese, it is a tragedy that can never be forgotten. Currently, the Tohoku region is undergoing rapid reconstruction. On the other hand, the number of tourists visiting the disaster area is increasing. The travelers feel the fear of nature that robbed the lives of many people and at the same time they are surprised that the nature is so beautiful. While the inhabitants of the afflicted area memorize the fear of nature, they appreciate that nature gives them a lot of grace and working hard for the reconstruction. On this page, I will introduce Sanriku (East Coast of the Tohoku region), which was particularly heavily damaged in Tohoku district. There, the ocean that returned to a gentle look is very beautiful, and the smile of residents living strongly is impressive. Why do not you travel the Tohoku region (Especially Sanriku) to meet such residents? Table of Contents1 The tsunami thoroughly destroyed many cities2 Miki who died in order to rescue residents3 Regeneration of the Tohoku region4 Sanriku nature is still beautiful and people are friendly The tsunami thoroughly destroyed many cities The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 = Shutterstock At 14:46 on March 11, 2011, the earthquake took away the peaceful lives of people in the Tohoku region in a moment. At that time, I worked at a newspaper company in ...

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Oirase River, located at Aomori Prefecture Japan = Shutterstock

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Aomori Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Aomori prefecture is located in the northernmost part of Honshu in Japan. This area is very cold and snow is rich except for the Pacific side. Still, Aomori attracts tourists. That is because there are many tourist attractions such as Hirosaki Castle and Oirase Stream, which are representative of Japan. The Nebuta Festival to be held in August is also amazing! Table of Contents1 Outline of Aomori2 Hirosaki Castle3 Oirase Stream / Lake Towada4 Nebuta Festival5 Local specialties Outline of Aomori Orange color Train on snow covered tracks of Tsugaru railway line in mid winter at Goshogawara station, Aomori, Tohoku, Japan = shutterstock   Map of Aomori Aomori prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Japan Sea in the west, and the Tsugaru Strait in the north. Major cities are Aomori City, Hirosaki City, Hachinohe City. If you go to Aomori from Tokyo or Osaka, it is convenient to use an airplane. Aomori Prefecture has Aomori Airport and Misawa Airport. In addition, you can also use the Tohoku Shinkansen. In Aomori Prefecture there are Shin Aomori Station, Shichinohe-Towada Station, Hachinohe Station. Aomori prefecture is designated as a heavy snow area throughout the prefecture, some of which are designated as special heavy snow areas. A vast mountainous area spreads in this area. Especially in the mountains, it is harsh in winter. There are many dangerous places in winter, so please do not push yourself.   Hirosaki Castle White Hirosaki Castle and its red wooden bridge in mid winter season, Aomori, Tohoku, Japan = shutterstock Because ...

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2018/5/28

Iwate Prefecture! Best Attractions and Foods, Specialties

At the end of the 13th century, Italian merchant Marco Polo told people in Europe that there is a golden country in the Far East. Indeed, at that time, gold was being produced in Japan. Marco Polo seems to have heard from someone that Hiraizumi of Iwate Prefecture is a very rich city. On this page, I will introduce you to Iwate Prefecture, which was once known even to European people. Table of Contents1 Outline of Iwate2 Hiraizumi: Chusonji Temple3 Koiwai farm4 Wankosoba noodles5 Local specialties Outline of Iwate Tono Furusato village where old-fashioned rural landscape remains, Tono, Iwate prefecture, Japan = shutterstock Map of Iwate Iwate Prefecture is in the Tohoku region and faces the Pacific Ocean. It is in the south of Aomori Prefecture. And it is the second largest prefecture after Hokkaido. The population of Iwate Prefecture is approximately 1,250,000 people, of which more than 70% are concentrated in the Kitakami Basin, centering on Morioka City. In other words, few people live in other vast areas. If you actually drive in Iwate prefecture by car, you will be surprised that magnificent scenery will follow like Hokkaido. It is such a depopulated area, but once in the past, there was a time when this area prospered around Hiraizumi. Why do not you go on a journey to explore the richness of Hiraizumi that has passed to Europe? Access There is Hanamori Airport in Kitakami Basin of Iwate Prefecture. It is approximately 45 minutes by bus from the airport to Morioka which is the prefectural office's location. There ...

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Namahage mask, traditional giant mask - ancient culture of Akita perfecture, Tohoku, Japan

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2018/5/28

Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

There are many "old Japanese" in Akita Prefecture! For example, in the rural villages of the Oga Peninsula, annual events that men dressed as giant demons called Namahage fear the arrogant children are still inherited. A wonderful samurai residence is left in the Kakunodan. Why do not you enjoy old Japan on the country side of Akita? Table of Contents1 Outline of Akita2 Oga Peninsula and "Namahage"3 Kakunodate and Samurai village4 Festivals5 Akita Dog Outline of Akita Rice field with a rural township in Akita, Japan. Japan is the ninth largest producer of rice in the world = shutterstock Map of Akita Akita prefecture is located in the northern part of the Tohoku region on the Sea of ​​Japan side. The population is about 980,000 people. In this area rice production is thriving and vast rice field spreads. Rice named "Akitakomachi" produced in this area is very delicious. On the east side of Akita Prefecture, the Ou Mountains range from north to south. In addition to the plains like the Akita plain and the Noshiro plain, there are basins such as the Odate basin and the Yokote basin. Climate and weather in Akita Prefecture Akita prefecture is located in the northern part of the Tohoku region on the Sea of ​​Japan side. In the winter, moist air comes from the Sea of ​​Japan, hit the inland mountain ranges and snow. In winter, cloudy days continue. There are many heavy snowy areas in the inland area. In the summer, the "Fern phenomenon" which relatively hot wind descends ...

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Matsushima, Japan coastal landscape from Mt. Otakamori = shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

If you travel for the first time in the Tohoku region of Japan, I think that it is a good idea to go to Miyagi prefecture first. Miyagi Prefecture has Sendai City, the biggest city in Tohoku. You can enjoy delicious dishes from all over Tohoku in this beautiful city. Matsushima Bay spreading northeast of Sendai City is famous for its scenic beauty. You can travel around the world as seen in the picture above by ship. This area called Sanriku was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. Still, people adore the sea which gives them many blessings and live with the sea. Outline of Miyagi Morning of Shimotsu bay Minami Sanriku-cho = shutterstock Map of Miyagi Miyagi prefecture is located on the Pacific side of the Tohoku region, and its west side is in contact with the Ou Mountain Range. It is about 350 km north of Tokyo. Miyagi prefecture has a population of approximately 2.3 million people and has become a center of the Tohoku region since long ago. The center is Sendai City. Nearly half of the people in Miyagi prefecture live in this city. Along the Pacific Ocean in Miyagi prefecture, deeply indented coastline continues. This area has been hit by a big tsunami when a large earthquake arrives from long ago. However, there are many fish and shells living in the deep bay, giving us a wealthy blessing. Climate and weather in Miyagi Prefecture Matsushima Bay in winter, Miyagi prefecture, Japan = shutterstock ...

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Beautiful Frozen Forest Covered With Powder Snow as Snow Monsters at Mount Zao Range, Zao, Yamagata , Japan = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

On this page, I will introduce Yamagata Prefecture located in the southwestern part of the Tohoku region of Japan. There are many mountains here. And in the winter, a lot of snow falls.The above picture is Mt. Zao's winter landscape. Please watch! Trees are wrapped in snow and transform into snow monsters! Outline of Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort and Snow Monster, Yamagata, Japan = shutterstock_11784053381 Map of Yamagata Yamagata Prefecture is an area in the southwestern part of the Tohoku region, facing the Sea of Japan in the west. About 85% of the total area in this prefecture is a mountainous area. The water that flowed out of the mountains gathered at the Mogami River and is poured into the Sea of Japan. Many people in Yamagata prefecture live in this river basin. There are a lot of snow in Yamagata Prefecture. If you go to Yamagata prefecture in winter, you can see a wonderful snow scene. At the same time, you will also see the people struggling to throw away the snow on the roof with scoops etc. Access Airport Yamagata prefecture is divided into many areas by the mountains. Among them, if you travel in Yamagata city, you better go to Yamagata Airport by plane. It takes about 35 minutes by bus to Yamagata Airport to JR Yamagata Station. At Yamagata Airport, scheduled flights are being operated with the following airports. Shin Chitose (Sapporo) Haneda (Tokyo) Komaki (Nagoya) Itami (Osaka) If you go to Sakata City or Tsuruoka City on the Japan Sea ...

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Tsuruga Castle or Aizuwakamatsu Castle surrounded by hundreds of sakura trees, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Fukushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

If Japanese people express Fukushima prefecture in one word, many people will name the word "patience". People in Fukushima prefecture have long experienced many hardships and have overcome them. Recently, the dark image spread to the world due to the nuclear power plant accident accompanying the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011). Now people in Fukushima prefecture are trying hard to overcome this hardship. On this page, I will introduce recommended sightseeing spots based on such background in this prefecture. Table of Contents1 Outline of Fukushima2 Tsuruga Castle3 Ouchijuku village4 Spa Resort Hawaiians Outline of Fukushima Fukushima cityscape view from Hanamiyama park, in Fukushima, Tohoku area, Japan. The park is very famous Sakura view spot = shutterstock Map of Fukushima History and present situation of Fukushima Fukushima Prefecture is in the southern part of the Tohoku region, and the east side faces the Pacific Ocean. This prefecture has population and economic power second only to Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku district. In the era of the Tokugawa shogunate, there was Aizu clan in this prefecture to support the Tokugawa shogunate. The samurai of the Aizu clan was well trained and very brave. The Aizu clan kept fighting against the new government army until the end to protect the shogunate. As a result, many Samurai of Aizu clan killed in the battle. In 2011, the nuclear power plant located on the coast of this area was destroyed by the tsunami associated with the Great East Japan Earthquake, and a radiation contamination accident occurred. At this time, residents around ...

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Kanto Region (Around Tokyo)

Yomeimon Gate in Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan

2018/5/28

Around Tokyo (Kanto Region)! Best things to do in 7 Prefectures

If you go to Tokyo in Japan, why not enjoy a short trip around Tokyo? There are many attractive sightseeing spots in the Kanto Plain (Kanto Region) centering on Tokyo. In those areas you will be able to experience diverse worlds different from the city center of Tokyo. I'd like to introduce you to many recommended places in the Kanto region here. Outline of Kanto Region Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji as Background, Hakone, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan Map of Kanto = shutterstock The Kanto region consists of 7 prefectures located in the Kanto plain. Its central part has developed as the Tokyo Metropolis (a vast urban area centered on Tokyo). There are many JR railway networks and private railroads, and the trains are operated accurately in seconds. Basically, these railway networks are structured so that people can move efficiently in and around Tokyo center. The population of Tokyo Metropolis is about 35 million. The regions in the Kanto Plain are gradually closely connected with the Tokyo that continues to expand. However, on the other hand, the areas far from Tokyo still have beautiful scenery and life culture unique to the land. And those areas are crowded with tourists from Tokyo.   Welcome to Kanto! Now, please visit each area of the Kanto region. Where would you like to go? Ibaragi Prefecture Crowd of tourists enjoying the view of Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park,this place popular tourist destination in Japan = Shutterstock Ibaraki prefecture is located in the northeast of Tokyo and faces the Pacific Ocean. In ...

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Chubu Region (Central Honshu)

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2018/5/28

Chubu Region! Best things to do in 10 Prefectures

In the Chubu region there are many tourist destinations that represent Japan such as Mt. Fuji, Matsumoto, Tateyama, Hakuba, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa and Ise. It can be said that a lot of diverse attractions are gathered in this region. On this page, I would like to outline the Chubu region. Outline of Chubu Region Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama Village. Gokayama has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its traditional Gassho-zukuri houses, alongside nearby Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture = shutterstock Map of Chubu = shutterstock There are various ways to divide the Chubu region. However, if I divide it too finely here, you may find it hard to understand. So let me simply divide it into three areas on this site. In the middle of the Chubu region there is a mountain area with the highest altitude in Japan. So, I will introduce the Chubu region by dividing it into the following three areas according to the mountainous area. Mountainous area A steep mountainous area called "Japan Alps" is spreading in the inland part of the Chubu region. There are villages in the various basins in this mountainous area. Mountain resort area In the Japanese Alps you can enjoy various activities throughout the year. From spring to autumn you can hiking while watching the beautiful mountains. And in winter you can ski and snowboard. Typical resort areas in mountainous areas include Hakuba, Tsugaike Kogen, Shiga Kogen, Myoko, Karuizawa, Naeba, Joetsu Kokusai, Tateyama etc. Traditional cities and villages The basins dotted in mountainous ...

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Kansai region (Around Kyoto and Osaka)

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2018/5/28

Kansai Region! Best things to do in 6 Prefectures

In Japan, the Kanto region where Tokyo is located and the Kansai region where Kyoto and Osaka are located are often compared. The main feature of the Kansai region is that each area such as Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, etc. is very unique. If you travel in the Kansai region, you can enjoy various individual tourist destinations. Outline of Kansai Kyoto, Japan cityscape in Higashiyama historic district = shutterstock Map of Kansai = shutterstock Points The Kansai region is the most historical and traditional area in Japan. In the past, the court placed the capital of Japan in Nara Prefecture, then moved the capital to Kyoto. There are many old temples strongly influenced by Chinese culture in Nara prefecture. After that, in Kyoto where the imperial family and aristocrats lived for over 1000 years, a mature Japanese culture is born. Osaka prefecture and Hyogo prefecture facing the sea have supported these cities from old days. In Osaka prefecture, the towns of merchants developed. In Hyogo prefecture, trade ports and factory zones spread through trade with Western countries since the latter half of the 19th century. In Wakayama prefecture, which is located in the southernmost part of the Kansai region, sacred places to train Buddhism were placed away from urban areas. In particular, Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture has recently attracted many tourists. Recommended articles about Kansai   Welcome to Kansai! Now, please visit each area of the Kansai region. Where would you like to go? Shiga Prefecture Lake Biwa'S Cruise Michigan.A = Shutterstockwonderful paddle boat, at ...

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Lake Biwa'S Cruise Michigan.A = Shutterstockwonderful paddle boat, at Ohtsu port in Japan

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2018/5/28

Shiga Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

When you travel in Kyoto, I recommend you travel in Shiga prefecture if you have time to spare. First of all, it would be interesting to take a pleasure boat "Michigan" in Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. It is a good idea to travel around the old temples around the lake. In the surroundings of this lake, people are keeping old-fashioned sustainable livelihoods, so it is wonderful to explore such lifestyles. Outline of Shiga Map of Shiga Summary Shiga prefecture is located in the west side of Kyoto prefecture. Therefore, this prefecture has become stages of various histories with Kyoto for a long time. A lot of historical wooden buildings are left in the west part of Shiga prefecture, which is the closest to Kyoto. Among these, there are sights that deserve sightseeing when you travel in Kyoto. A lot of historical wooden buildings are left in the western part of Shiga prefecture, which is the closest to Kyoto. Among these, there are sights that deserve sightseeing when you travel in Kyoto. And in the middle of Shiga prefecture there is Lake Biwa, a circumference of approximately 235 km. It is the largest lake in Japan. You can get on a pleasure boat here. The pleasure boat here is very gorgeous. The east coast of Lake Biwa has long been a major transportation hub. For this reason, there is a robust castle called Hikone Castle on the east coast. This castle is also worth seeing. In the vicinity of Lake Biwa, people are still taking over the ...

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2018/5/28

Kyoto Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

There are beautiful rural areas such as Miyama and unique fishing villages such as Ine in Kyoto prefecture. Speaking of Kyoto, Kyoto city, the center of this Prefecture, is famous, but why not go to the amazing areas around it? Outline of Kyoto Prefecture Map of Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto is a long prefecture in the north and south. The north faces the Sea of Japan and snow falls in winter. In the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture, there are old traditional cities such as Kyoto City and Uji City. On the other hand, there are various traditional settlements in central and northern part of Kyoto Prefecture. Among these, there are tourist attractions that are very popular among tourists. It takes time to go to those villages. However, if you visit the settlements, you will discover a wonderful world different from Kyoto city.   Miyama In Miyama you can experience the calm Japanese rural landscape = AdobeStock Miyama Kayabukinosato Kyoto Japan,Winter = shutterstock Miyama is a beautiful rural village located in the central part of Kyoto Prefecture. There are about 250 Japanese-style houses of thatches. Speaking of traditional Japanese rural villages, Shirakawago of Gifu prefecture is famous among tourists. However, Miyama in Kyoto also has a beautiful Japanese rural landscape. If you stroll around this village, you can enjoy plenty of old Japanese landscape. Furthermore, you can stay in this traditional house. The scenery of this village changes beautifully according to the change of the four seasons. If you are interested, please refer to the above ...

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2018/5/28

Nara Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

If you go to Nara City by train from Kyoto Station, you will be amazed that there is a still quiet old world remaining in that area. Furthermore, if you go to areas such as Ikaruga, you can meet Japan of an older period. Nara Prefecture invites you to Japan that is older and deeper. Table of Contents1 Outline of Nara2 Todaiji Temple3 Nara Park4 Kasugataisha Shrine5 Horyuji Temple6 Mt. Yoshino Outline of Nara Map of Nara Summary Blue mountains silhouettes in sunrise. Foggy blue dreamy landscape. Ouda, Nara, japan = Shutterstock Night in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture. The contrast between the temple tower of Toukiji Temple and the moon is beautiful = Shutterstock Nara prefecture is located in the southern part of Kyoto. There is the Nara Basin in the northwestern part, but most of the other regions are Mountains. The center of the Nara Basin is Nara City. Nara is the place where was the capital of Japan before Kyoto. Nara is a quiet city rich in nature. Here are many amazing temples and shrines that are comparable to Kyoto. In the southern part of Nara prefecture there are vast mountains and plateaus spreading. Among them, there is a forest area called Yoshino mountain area. There is Mt. Yoshino, which is very famous as a cherry blossom spot here. Access Although Nara prefecture is located in the center of Japan, transportation networks are not being developed surprisingly. Airport There are no airports in Nara prefecture. If you want to go to Nara prefecture by ...

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2018/5/28

Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Speaking of Osaka, it is famous for a flashy Neon signboard at Dotonbori in Osaka city. In Osaka there is a powerful people's culture. That can be said not only in Osaka but also in Osaka Prefecture as a whole. Why do not you enjoy Osaka thoroughly? Outline of Osaka Prefecture The Kuromon Ichiba is a spacious market with vendors selling street food, fresh produce and shellfish, plus souvenirs, Osaka = shutterstock Map of Osaka Prefecture Osaka prefecture is the center of western Japan. Its population is about 8.8 million people, which is next to Tokyo and Kanagawa prefecture in Japan. Osaka prefecture is adjacent to the west side of Kyoto prefecture and Nara prefecture, facing the sea. Therefore, it has developed as a city complementing Kyoto and Nara from ancient times. Since Osaka prefecture faces the ocean, it has played an important role especially in terms of trade. A major characteristic of Osaka is that many influential merchants have lived since ancient times and have developed this area as the center of Japan's economy. In the late stage of the Edo era, Tokyo developed greatly and grew into a city that surpassed Osaka. Today, Tokyo has become an overwhelmingly large city, but the people in Osaka have a strong sense of opposition to Tokyo. And the people in Osaka cherish their living culture. Because of this historical and cultural background, if you go to Osaka you will enjoy a little different culture from Tokyo. In the city center of Osaka, the original culture remains ...

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2018/5/28

Wakayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Wakayama prefecture has sacred and traditional worlds that do not exist in urban areas such as Osaka and Kyoto. There are many mountains in this prefecture. Places to train such as Buddhism have been established and maintained in those areas. For example, if you go to Koyasan, you will be able to meet a very majestic world in rich nature. Outline of Wakayama A view from Fushiogamioji observatory (Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes), Wakayama prefecture, japan = shutterstock Map of Wakayama Summary Wakayama prefecture is located on the west side of the Kii peninsula in central Honshu. In the southern part of Wakayama prefecture there is a vast mountainous area spreading. Wakayama prefecture is delayed in development than other Kansai prefectures. That is why old historic buildings and Pilgrimage Routes are protected here and rich nature is also left. Once you know the charm of Wakayama prefecture, you may want to go here again and again. Climate and weather in Wakayama prefecture When introducing about Wakayama prefecture, I need to clarify the climate of Wakayama Prefecture. If you go to the southern part of Wakayama prefecture, it is better to prepare for the trip taking into consideration that there is much rain. In the southern part of Wakayama prefecture, annual rainfall amounts to over 2000 mm. Especially in the mountainous areas and around Nachikatsura Town, the rainfall is large and annual rainfall is more than 3,000 mm. Recently, heavy rains and typhoons may cause recordable heavy rain, so please listen to the latest weather forecast.   ...

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2018/5/28

Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Hyogo Prefecture has Himeji Castle, a tourist attraction that represents Japan. Almost all the castle tower and the towers of this castle are left. As symbolized by this castle, Hyogo Prefecture has various tourist attractions representing Japan. Why do not you travel deeply in Hyogo Prefecture? Table of Contents1 Outline of Hyogo2 Himeji Castle (Himeji City)3 Kobe4 Arima Onsen (Kobe City)5 Kinosaki Onsen (Toyooka City) Outline of Hyogo Map of Hyogo Previously, I have lived in Hyogo prefecture. I like this prefecture. I think there are three aspects in Hyogo Prefecture. Firstly, this is a key hub of traffic that links various parts of west Japan and the Kansai region. So, in Hyogo prefecture, Himeji Castle was built in the 17th century. The Tokugawa shogunate decided to block enemies from West Japan at Himeji Castle. Secondly, this is the base of trade representing the Kansai region. In the nineteenth century, the port of Kobe was built in the southern part of Hyogo Prefecture. This harbor is an important base connecting the foreign countries and the Kansai region. Third, there are many old Japanese in the north of Hyogo Prefecture. Especially in Toyooka City facing the Sea of Japan, there is an old spa town called Kinosaki Onsen. You can meet such old Japan in Hyogo Prefecture.   Himeji Castle (Himeji City) Himeji Castle in the cherry blossom season, Himeji, Japan = Pixta Himeji, Japan at Himeji Castle in spring with visitors for the cherry blossom season = shutterstock Himeji Castle is said to be the ...

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Chugoku Region (Western Honshu)

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2018/5/28

Chugoku Region! Best things to do in 5 Prefectures

The sightseeing spots in Chugoku region are rich in individuality that can not be explained in a word. Conversely, if you travel in the Chugoku region, you can enjoy a variety of sightseeing spots. The south side of this region faces the calm Seto Inland Sea. There are calm sightseeing spots like Miyajima in prefecture. On the other hand, the northern side is an area where development has been delayed, leaving a wonderful traditional world that even the Japanese have forgotten. Outline of Chugoku Region Izumo Taisha Shrine in Shimane, Japan. To pray, Japanese people usually clap their hands 2 times, but for this shrine with the different rule, they have to clap hands 4 times instead = AdobeStock Map of Chugoku = shutterstock Points Chugoku region is located in the west side of Honshu. It is an elongated region to the east and west. In the middle of this region, the mountains called "Chugoku Sanchi" are connected to the east and west. Therefore, the south side and the north side of Chugoku region are divided by this mountain. The south side has a large population, industries are developing. On the other hand, the northern part is a serious area with a declining population. prefecture on the south side has the most tourists in the Chugoku region. This area has Miyajima Island which is the most popular among foreign tourists. There is a maritime shrine named "Itsukushima Shrine". And the Peace Memorial Museum in city has been overwhelmingly highly valued among ...

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2018/5/28

Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Okayama prefecture is a temperate area facing the Seto Inland Sea. In Kurashiki city in this area, traditional Japanese streets are preserved. Okayama City has Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden. Okayama prefecture is relatively close to Osaka and Hiroshima, so if you travel in western Japan, you can drop in easily. Since Okayama prefecture is connected with Shikoku by a bridge, you can travel from Okayama to Shikoku. Table of Contents1 Outline of Okayama2 Seto ohashi Bridge3 Kurashiki4 Korakuen Garden5 Kojima Jeans Street Outline of Okayama Seto Ohashi Bridge from Mt.Washu lookout in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Seto Ohashi bridge is a bridge connecting Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture and Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture = shutterstock Map of Okayama Okayama prefecture, in a word, is a very calm area. This area is blessed both climatically and economically. Weather and climate of Okayama prefecture The climate of Okayama prefecture is very calm throughout the year. There are mountains in the northern part of Okayama prefecture. So even if moist air comes from the northern Japan Sea in the winter, the mountains block it. That is why snow hardly gets down. In the summer, rain clouds come from the Pacific Ocean on the south side, but the mountains of Shikoku located south of Okayama Prefecture block it. So it will not rain so hard. The economy of Okayama prefecture Okayama prefecture is not bad economically. Okayama prefecture is near Osaka and transportation convenience is good. So Okayama Prefecture has diverse industries. Many factories are located in the ...

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Hiroshima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Hiroshima prefecture is the center of Chugoku district. Hiroshima city with the prefectural office's location is famous as a city damaged by the atomic bomb during the Second World War. If you go to Hiroshima, you can visit the famous museum that memorized those days. At the same time, you can feel the strength of this city that was later rebuilt. Hiroshima has Miyajima Island which is a very popular tourist attraction. A trip to Hiroshima will give you a lot of wonderful experiences. Table of Contents1 Outline of Hiroshima Prefecture2 Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)3 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum4 Shimanami Kaido5 Onomichi Outline of Hiroshima Prefecture Map of Hiroshima Prefecture Summary There are two sightseeing spots which can not be removed from itinerary during Hiroshima sightseeing. One is Miyajima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. And the other is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima city. Hiroshima prefecture is located in a calm area facing the Seto Inland Sea in western Japan. This prefecture is connected to the Ehime prefecture of Shikoku on the other side of the Seto Inland Sea by a connecting bridge named "Shimanami Kaido". From this bridge you can enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. Shimanami Kaido's starting point is Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Onomichi is a beautiful town often used as a film location. You may stop by Onomichi. Access Airport There is Hiroshima Airport in Mihara city, Hiroshima prefecture. It is approximately 45 minutes by bus to JR Hiroshima Station from this airport. At Hiroshima Airport, scheduled ...

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2018/5/28

Tottori Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Tottori prefecture is on the Japan Sea side of the Chugoku district. This prefecture is one of the areas with the least depopulation in Japan. The population of this prefecture is only 560,000 people. But in this quiet world there are many places to heal your mind. On this page, I will introduce sightseeing spots etc in Tottori Prefecture. Outline of Torrori Points Tottori prefecture is located on the Japan Sea side of Chugoku region. It is an elongated area of about 125 kilometers east-west and about 60 kilometers north-south. For this reason, Tottori prefecture is often explained separately on the east side and the west side. The center of the west side of Tottori prefecture is Tottori city. The best tourist attraction in this town is Tottori Dune. This sand dune spreads about 16 kilometers in the east and west, about 2.4 kilometers in the north and south, and it is known as the largest sand dune in Japan. Japan is rich in greenery in general, so big sand dune like this is unusual. In eastern Tottori prefecture, snow falls often in winter. However, it does not pile up much. Here in winter, you can eat very tasty crab. The center of the west side of Tottori prefecture is Yonago city. In this town there is a spa town called Kaike Onsen. Even in this area, crabs are very delicious in winter. Access Airport Tottori prefecture has two airports: Tottori Airport Tottori Airport is located approximately 7 km northwest of Tottori city center. From ...

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Sunset in Shinji Lake, Matsue, Shimane, Japan

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2018/5/28

Shimane Prefecture : 7 Best Attractions and Things to do

Formerly famous writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) lived in Matsue in Shimane prefecture and loved this land very much. In Shimane prefecture, a beautiful world that attracts people is left. On this page, I will introduce you to a particularly wonderful tourist destination in Shimane Prefecture. Table of Contents1 Outline of Shimane2 Matsue3 Adachi Museum of Art4 Izumo Taisha Shrine5 Oku-Izumo area6 Iwami Ginzan7 Oki Islands8 Masuda Outline of Shimane Map of Shimane Points Geography Shimane Prefecture is situated in Chugoku region's northwest, and faces the Sea of Japan. Generally, the area along the Sea of Japan in Chugoku District is called "San'in", so Shimane Prefecture belongs to San'in area. There is Shimane Peninsula in the northwestern part of this prefecture. Lake Nakaumi and Lake Shinji are between the mainland and this peninsula. You will find Oki Islands around 70-100 km north of Shimane Peninsula. Access Railway It is convenient to utilize JR via Yonago in Tottori Prefecture from Okayama to visit Shimane Prefecture by railroad. Airpots Shimane prefecture has three airports. Izumo Airport in the eastern part of the prefecture, Iwami Airport (also called Hagi-Iwami Airport) in the western part of the prefecture, and Oki airport in Oki Islands. Izumo Airport Izumo Airport is situated on the west coast of Lake Shinji. It is also convenient to stop by Izumo and Matsue cities. Iwami Airport Iwami Airport is situated around 5 km west of Masuda city. Oki Airport Oki Airport is situated at the south shore of Dougo Island in Oki Islands. Recommended videos ...

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Kintaikyo Bridge at Iwakuni, Yamagushi, Japan. It is a wooden bridge with sequential arches = shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Yamaguchi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Yamaguchi prefecture is the prefecture which is the westernmost point of Honshu. Yamaguchi Prefecture faces the calm Seto Inland Sea on the south side, while the north side faces the wild Japanese sea. Shinkansen runs in the southern area of this prefecture, but in the north area it is inconvenient to get to. Since there are various areas in this prefecture, please find your favorite tourist spot by all means. Table of Contents1 Outline of Yamaguchi2 Kintaikyo Bridge3 Akiyoshidai and Akiyoshido4 Hagi Outline of Yamaguchi Map of Yamaguchi Points The sightseeing spots in Yamaguchi Prefecture are really varied. If you are planning a trip with Hiroshima prefecture as the main destination, I would recommend going to Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni City, which is close to Hiroshima prefecture. Kintaikyo is a fairly interesting bridge. If you are interested in nature, I recommend that you go to Akiyoshidai in Misaki. There is the largest limestone cave in Japan. If you are interested in Japanese history and traditional buildings, I recommend that you go to Hagi city in the northern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Hagi played an important role when Japan ended the Tokugawa shogunate and accelerated modernization. Access Airport Yamaguchi Prefecture has Yamaguchi Ube Airport. At Yamaguchi Ube Airport, scheduled flights are only being operated with Haneda Airport in Tokyo. People who go from Tokyo to Yamaguchi prefecture are a little more likely to use airplanes than Shinkansen. However, if your destination in Yamaguchi Prefecture is far from the airport, ...

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Shikoku

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2018/5/28

Shikoku Region! Best things to do in 4 Prefectures

In Shikoku Island in western Japan, a steep and vast mountainous area spreads in the center. Divided by these mountains, there are four prefectures. Each of these prefectures is very individual. If you travel Shikoku Island, you can enjoy 4 interesting worlds! Outline of Shikoku On Tokushima in Shikoku, Awa Odori (Awa Dance) is showed every summer = shutterstock Map of Shikoku = shutterstock Points Shikoku is one of the four islands in Japan. The Shikoku region is the smallest and least populous region among the four major islands in Japan. This island has been divided into four areas from long ago. "Shikoku" means four countries in Japanese. In each of these four areas, a unique lifestyle culture has developed. In Tokushima Prefecture in the northeastern part of Shikoku, Awa Dance (Awa Odori), the most famous summer festival in Japan, is attracting tourists. Delicious udon (thick Japanese noodles) is popular in Kagawa prefecture located to the west of Tokushima. Ehime prefecture in the northwest has famous castles and hot springs. Meanwhile, in Kochi Prefecture spreading in the southern part of Shikoku, the landscape of the Pacific Ocean attracts tourists. Shikoku mountains are spreading in the center of Shikoku Island, Japan = shutterstock Climate of the Shikoku region The climate of Shikoku is greatly different in the northern part and the southern part due to the influence of the Shikoku mountains located in the center. The northern area is temperate and does not have much rain. There is not much damage from the typhoon. In contrast, ...

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2018/5/28

Tokushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Tokushima Prefecture is the closest area from Kansai region in Shikoku Island. Tokushima Prefecture is very famous for Awa Dance (Awa Odori) to be held in the summer. There are other attractions such as Naruto Whirlpools (Naruto Uzushio) and Otsuka Museum of Art. On this page, I will introduce the recommended sights etc. in Tokushima Prefecture. Table of Contents1 Outline of Tokushima2 Awa Dance (Awa Odori)3 Naruto Whirlpools (Naruto Uzushio)4 Otsuka Museum of Art5 Iya Kazura Bridge Outline of Tokushima Tokushima Prefecture Geography Tokushima Prefecture is located in the northeastern part of Japan's Shikoku Island. Except for the Tokushima Plain in the northern part of the prefecture, it is an area with many mountains. Especially, the Shikoku mountains located in the southern part of the Tokushima Plain are one of the most rugged mountainous areas in western Japan. Many rivers are flowing from these mountains. Access Airport There is Tokushima Airport in Tokushima Prefecture. This airport is located 9 km northeast from the center of Tokushima city which is the center of the Tokushima Plain. At Tokushima Airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports. Tokyo / Haneda Fukuoka Sapporo / Shin Chitose = operating in the summer Railway Shinkansen is not operated in Tokushima Prefecture. JR Shikoku operates the following routes within Tokushima Prefecture. By these railways, Tokushima prefecture is connected with other prefectures of Shikoku Island. Tokushima line Kotoku line Naruto line Mugi line Dosan line Buses To Tokushima station, there are direct buses using Akashi Kaikyo Bridge from Kansai region cities ...

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Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Kagawa prefecture is located in the northeastern part of Shikoku Island. This Prefecture is bounded by Okayama Prefecture on the opposite bank across the Seto Inland Sea by the Seto Ohashi Bridge, 12,300 meters in length. So, you can feel free to go to this area. On the offshore islands of Kagawa prefecture there is a wonderful museum. And in Kagawa Prefecture there are many restaurants of delicious udon (thick Japanese noodles). Why do not you drop in here? Outline of Kagawa Map of Kagawa Geography and Climate Kagawa Prefecture is located in the northeastern part of Shikoku. This prefecture, together with Okayama Prefecture on the other side of the Seto Inland Sea, is easy to spend with a temperate climate. The Sanuki Plains stretch out into all the north, and all the Seto Inland Sea is dotted with 116 islands of any size, including Shodo shima Island. Major cities such as Takamatsu city are in the Sanuki Plain. In the southern part of the prefecture, mountains ranging in altitude of 1000 meters are connected. The center of Kagawa Prefecture is Takamatsu City. This city was founded and has prospered as a castle city since Takamatsu Castle was built here in 1588. Today, Takamatsu serves as an important arrival point  onShikoku and a convenient starting point for exploring all the island because of the conclusion of the Seto Ohashi Bridge in 1988. Access Airport There is Takamatsu Airport in Kagawa Prefecture. At this airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports. International flights Seoul / ...

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Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama, Japan. It is one of the oldest hot springs in the country = Shutterstock

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2018/5/28

Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Ehime prefecture is a large area spreading northwest of Shikoku Island. Many old Japanese are left here. In Matsuyama City, the center of this area, you can enjoy bathing in an amazing hot spring facility. There is also Matsuyama castle where old wooden buildings remain in Matsuyama. Go south of this area, you can watch the wild mountains and the ocean. Outline of Ehime Map of Ehime Points Ehime Prefecture is situated in the northwestern portion of Shikoku. The climate is mild and warm, and it is rich in the nature. It is surrounded by Seto Inland Sea, and Shikoku Mountains Range. Ehime prefecture is divided into three areas. The eastern side is the temperate area facing the Seto Inland Sea. Here is the "Shimanemi Kaido" bridge connecting Okayama Prefecture on the other side of the Seto Inland Sea. A road for bicycles is maintained at this bridge. From this bridge you will be able to see the peaceful Seto Inland Sea. The central part of Ehime prefecture is the area centered around Matsuyama city. There are many famous sights such as Matsuyama castle and Dogo Onsen here. Finally, in the southwestern part of Ehime prefecture, old Japanese countryside is left. Nature is rich, and the sea is also beautiful. Access Airport Ehime Prefecture has Matsuyama Airport. This airport is located 6 kilometers west from the center of Matsuyama city. At this airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports. International flights Seoul / Incheon Shanghai / Pudong Domestic flights Sapporo / Shin Chitose ...

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Destinations

2018/5/28

Kochi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Kochi Prefecture is located on the south side of Shikoku Island. In this area there are pure rivers, wild capes, and beaches with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. In Japan, many young people are longing for this atmosphere and traveling in Kochi. If you go to Kochi, you surely will enjoy your trip. Table of Contents1 Outline of Kochi2 Kochi Castle3 Shimanto River4 Cape Ashizuri Outline of Kochi Map of Kochi Points A vast Shikoku mountain range spreads to the north side of Kochi prefecture. This prefecture is a mountainous area with 89% of the total area. The rivers flow from these mountains. Those rivers still leave the atmosphere of the Japanese river of the old age. On the southern side of the mountains there is a splendid Pacific Ocean. If you go to the cape, you can enjoy a very powerful scenery. In such an environment, the people of Kochi had thought about the foreign countries beyond the sea. The samurai of Kochi was very active in modernizing Japan by ending the era of the Tokugawa shogunate in the latter half of the 19th century. You can image the times of the samurai in Kochi Castle and beaches. Climate and weather in Kochi prefecture Kochi Prefecture has many sunny days, but at the same time it rains a lot. Kochi Prefecture's annual sunshine hours exceed 2000 hours and are top class in Japan. However, on the other hand, the annual rainfall is 2500 mm even in the plains, and over 3000 mm in ...

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Kyushu

Beautiful pictures of mountains and mist,Pine trees and trees change color Including a golf course in the morning at Aso,Kumamoto prefecture,Japan = Shutterstock

Destinations

2018/5/28

Kyushu Region! Best things to do in 7 Prefectures

If you travel in Kyushu, please enjoy the rich nature. In Kyushu there are many sightseeing spots where you can enjoy magnificent scenery, including Mt. Aso and Sakurajima. There are many active volcanoes in Kyushu, so there are also Onsen (Hot Springs) here and there. Please refresh your mind and body with Beppu, Yufuin, Kurokawa Onsen and other Onsen Resorts representing Japan. The largest city in Kyushu is Fukuoka. Fukuoka ramen is the best. On this page, I will introduce the outline of Kyushu. Outline of Kyushu Kumamoto Castle with cherry blossoms in spring. Kumamoto, Japan. Kumamoto Castle is currently under repair = Shutterstock Map of Kyushu = shutterstock Points Kyushu is located in the southwestern part of Japan. It is one of the four major islands of Japan together with Hokkaido, Honshu and Shikoku. Magnificent mountain ranges In the center of Kyushu there are gently sloping mountains. Though their elevation is less than 2,000 meters, they are very majestic. In the center is Mt. Aso. Mt. Aso has a caldera extending 18 kilometers east-west and 25 kilometers north and south. It is one of the world's largest calderas. It is the most popular sightseeing course to enjoy the scenery of these mountains by bus or train. Onsen Resort If you travel in Kyushu, please try experiencing Japanese Onsen by all means. The biggest Onsen Resort is located in Beppu, Oita Prefecture. Beppu is a city with so many hotels and Ryokan. Meanwhile, Yufuin in Oita Prefecture and Kurokawa Onsen in Kumamoto Prefecture are in ...

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Okinawa

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Destinations

2018/5/28

Best of Okinawa! Naha, Miyakojima, Ishigakijima, Taketomijima etc.

If you want to enjoy the beautiful seaside view in Japan, the best recommended area is Okinawa. Okinawa is located in the south of Kyushu. It consists of diverse islands in the vast waters of 400 km north-south and 1,000 km east to west. There are coral reefs, crystal clear blue ocean, white sand beach, and beautiful natural scenery. Unique Ryukyu culture is also attractive. On this page, I will introduce the most recommended tourist spots in Okinawa. Table of Contents1 Outline of Okinawa2 Okinawa Main Island3 Miyakojima Island4 Ishigakijima Island Outline of Okinawa Okinawa traditional dance with castanet = shutterstock Map of Okinawa Summary Okinawa prefecture is broadly divided into three island groups, the Okinawa Islands around Okinawa main island, the Miyako Islands around Miyakojima Island, and the Yaeyama islands around Ishigakijima Island. So, when traveling in Okinawa, you should decide your itinerary, whether you will stay in Okinawa main island, enjoy both Okinawa main island and another remote island, or stay on a remote island. The total population of Okinawa is approximately 1.45 million people, of which about 90% live in the Okinawa main island. The Okinawa main island is about 470 km around, and has developed since the long ago mainly in the south. The prefectural capital is located in Naha City, south of this Island. In the northern part of this island, you will find wild nature. So, if you intend to stay in the Okinawa main island, you should decide your itinerary, whether to stay in the south or stay in a ...

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Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

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