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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, Hokkaido 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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2020/5/19

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

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. While traditional culture still remains, contemporary innovation is constantly taking place. Please come and visit Tokyo and feel the energy. On this page, I will introduce tourist areas and sightseeing spots especially popular in Tokyo. This page is very long. If you read this page, you can check all major sightseeing spots in Tokyo. 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 ContentsOutline of TokyoAsakusaTokyo Skytree (Oshiage)Tokyo CruiseUenoRikugien GardenYanesen : Yanaka,Nezu,SendagiRyogokuAkihabaraNihonbashiImperial Palace (Tokyo)MarunouchiGinzaTokyo Tower (Kamiyacho)RoppongiAkasakaOdaibaIkebukuroShinjuku Gyoen National GardenShinjukuMeiji Jingu ShrineHarajukuOmotesandoShibuyaEbisuTokyo Disney Resort (Maihama, Chiba Prefecture) Outline of Tokyo Map of Tokyo Route map of JR train If you come to Tokyo and see the landscape of Tokyo from the train or bus window, you may be surprised that it is a very vast city. The city of Tokyo 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 Tokyo metropolitan (mega city) centering on Tokyo is now born. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan has reached approximately 35 million people. There is a network of JR (former state-owned railroad), ...

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2020/5/20

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 ContentsOutline of HokkaidoCentral Hokkaido (Douo)Northen Hokkaido (Douhoku)Southen Hokkaido (Dounan)Eastern Hokkaido (Douto) 1: TokachiEastern Hokkaido (Douto) 2 : KushiroEastern 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 fields and pastures built after that will ...

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Destinations

2020/5/25

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 ContentsAccessFuji-Q HighlandArakurayama Sengen ParkLake KawaguchikoGotemba Premium OutletsOshino HakkaiLake YamanakakoSaiko Iyashino-Sato NenbaLake MotosukoVenue of Fuji Shibazakura FastivalAsagirikogen HighlandMiho no matsubaraAround Enoshima IslandMt. Fuji 5th StationSummit 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. Fuji, you should use the bus. Fujikyuko Bus is driving roundabout buses traveling around major tourist ...

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Kyoto Destinations

2020/5/26

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

Kyoto is a beautiful city that inherits traditional Japanese culture. If you go to Kyoto, 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 Kyoto. This page is long, but if you read this page to the end, you will get roughly the basic information necessary for sightseeing in Kyoto. I also attached links such as official website for each sightseeing, please use it. >>If you click the video below, you will find that Kyoto is beautiful even at night<<   Table of ContentsOutline of KyotoPhotosFushimi Inari Taisha ShrineSanjusangendoKiyomizudera TempleKinkakuji Temple = Golden PavilionGinkakuji Temple = Silver PavilionPhilosopher's Walk (Tetsugaku no Michi)Eikando Zenrinji TempleNanzenji TempleYasaka Jinja ShrineGionKamogawa RiverPontocho districtNishiki MarketKodaiji TempleTofukuji TempleToji TempleByodoin TempleDaitokuji TempleRyoanji TempleKyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)Nijo CatsleKatsura RikyuArashiyamaToei Kyoto Studio ParkKifune Shrine Outline of Kyoto Beautiful Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama, Kyoto, 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 Kyoto is a beautiful city 368 kilometers west of Tokyo. It is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes by the fastest Shinkansen from Tokyo. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for about 1000 years until the capital moved to Tokyo in 1869. Japan's unique culture has been built in this city. Even today, there are many shrines and temples in Kyoto. There are also traditional wooden houses called "Kyo-Machiya" here and there. If ...

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Destinations

2019/7/27

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

"Osaka is a more enjoyable city than Tokyo." Osaka 's popularity has increased recently among tourists from foreign countries. Osaka is the central city of western Japan. Osaka has been developed by commerce, while Tokyo is a city built by Samurai. So, Osaka has a popular atmosphere. The downtown area of Osaka is flashy. Street food is cheap and tasty. On this page, I will introduce about such fun Osaka. http://japan77.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Dotonbori-Osaka-Japan-Shutterstock.mp4 Table of ContentsOutline of OsakaMinami : Dotonbori, Namba, ShinsaibashiAbenoShinsekaiUmedaOsaka CastleUnivarsal Studuo Japan (USJ)Tempozan Harbor VillageRinku TownIkedaSuita Outline of Osaka Dotonbori Walking Street, Osaka, 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 Osaka There are two downtown areas in Osaka, 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 Osaka, 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, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) located in the Bay Area has been ...

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2020/5/19

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 ContentsOutline of OkinawaOkinawa Main IslandMiyakojima IslandIshigakijima 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 resort in the northern ...

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Hokkaido

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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 ...

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3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Sapporo
  • Hakodate
  • Furano/Biei
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

Destinations

2019/7/27

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 of ContentsBest Things to do in SapporoBest Things to do in Sapporo in winterBest Things to do in Sapporo in SpringBest Things to do in Sapporo in SummerBest Things to do in Sapporo in Autumn Best Things to do in Sapporo winter 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 system will help you in ...

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

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2019/7/27

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 Contents4 major reasons why Niseko is loved worldwideEnjoy the 4 ski resorts in Niseko!Best Things to do in spring, summer, autumn3 best spots to enjoy autumn leaves in Niseko! 4 major reasons why Niseko is loved worldwide There is a mountain called Niseko Annupuri, facing Mt. Yotei above. ...

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Twilight night view of Hakodate from Mount Hakodate, winter season, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Destinations

2020/5/19

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 Hakodate. Table of ContentsBest things to do in HakodateWhy do not you go visit Onuma Park or Matsumae? Best things to do in Hakodate Hakodate is a city located at the southern tip of Hokkaido. It is the third city in Hokkaido, after Sapporo and Asahikawa. A very large number of tourists visit this city every year. Because Hakodate has many attractive sightseeing spots. Let's see what kind of sight-seeing spots are in concrete. Click on each heading to display their official website ! Mount Hakodate Up to the top of Hakodateyama can be reached in 3 minutes by cable car, Hakodate, Hokkaido It may be Mt. Hakodate that tourists visiting Hakodate go first. Hakodate is famous for its beautiful night view. Surrounded by the sea, the lights of the city glitter. Mt. Hakodate is the place where you can see this night view most beautifully. Mt. Hakodate is a small mountain with an altitude of approximately 334 meters. This mountain was born by volcanic activity. Initially, this mountain was an island. However, due to the earth and sand that flowed out from the island, the current area of ​​Hakodate was born. At the top of Mt. Hakodate there is a large observation platform ...

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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

Destinations

2019/7/27

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. Table of ContentsBest Things to do in Onuma ParkOnuma Park : Best Things to do in winterOnuma Park : Best Things to do in spring, summer, autumn 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 ...

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Matsumae Castle with cherry blossom in Hokkaido, Japan

Destinations

2019/7/27

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. Table of ContentsMatsumae Castle is the only Japanese castle in HokkaidoCherry blossoms at Matsumae castle you should see in Matsumae-cho 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 ...

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Tohoku region (Northeastern part of Honshu)

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Map of Tohoku = shutterstock

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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 ...

3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture)
  • Towada, Oirase (Aomori Prefecture)
  • Aizuwakamatsu (Fukushima prefecture)
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Destinations

2019/7/27

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 ContentsThe tsunami thoroughly destroyed many citiesMiki who died in order to rescue residentsRegeneration of the Tohoku regionSanriku 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 Tokyo. I was on ...

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2019/9/5

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 ContentsOutline of AomoriHirosaki CastleOirase Stream / Lake TowadaNebuta FestivalLocal 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 Aomori Prefecture is really a ...

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2019/7/27

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 ContentsOutline of IwateHiraizumi: Chusonji TempleKoiwai farmWankosoba noodlesLocal 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 are 7 stations of Tohoku ...

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

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2019/8/26

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 ContentsOutline of AkitaOga Peninsula and "Namahage"Kakunodate and Samurai villageFestivalsAkita 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 from the inland mountain range ...

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2019/7/27

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. Table of ContentsOutline of MiyagiSendaiMatsushima 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, ...

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

Destinations

2019/7/27

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! Table of ContentsOutline of YamagataZaoYamadera (Risshakuji Temple) 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 ...

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

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2020/5/20

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 ContentsOutline of FukushimaTsuruga CastleOuchijuku villageSpa 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 the nuclear power plant ...

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Kanto Region (Around Tokyo)

Map of Kanto = shutterstock

Map of Kanto = shutterstock

Yomeimon Gate in Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan
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 ...

3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Tokyo
  • Hakone (Kanagawa Prefecture)
  • Kamakura (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan = Adobe Stock

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2020/5/19

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

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. While traditional culture still remains, contemporary innovation is constantly taking place. Please come and visit Tokyo and feel the energy. On this page, I will introduce tourist areas and sightseeing spots especially popular in Tokyo. This page is very long. If you read this page, you can check all major sightseeing spots in Tokyo. 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 ContentsOutline of TokyoAsakusaTokyo Skytree (Oshiage)Tokyo CruiseUenoRikugien GardenYanesen : Yanaka,Nezu,SendagiRyogokuAkihabaraNihonbashiImperial Palace (Tokyo)MarunouchiGinzaTokyo Tower (Kamiyacho)RoppongiAkasakaOdaibaIkebukuroShinjuku Gyoen National GardenShinjukuMeiji Jingu ShrineHarajukuOmotesandoShibuyaEbisuTokyo Disney Resort (Maihama, Chiba Prefecture) Outline of Tokyo Map of Tokyo Route map of JR train If you come to Tokyo and see the landscape of Tokyo from the train or bus window, you may be surprised that it is a very vast city. The city of Tokyo 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 Tokyo metropolitan (mega city) centering on Tokyo is now born. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan has reached approximately 35 million people. There is a network of JR (former state-owned railroad), ...

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Mountains View from Mount Takao, with Red Leaves = Adobe Stock

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2020/5/20

Tokyo Metropolitan: Mt. Takao is recommended!

In the suburbs of Tokyo, there is MT. Takao as seen in the picture above. This mountain has won three stars with the Michelin Guide. You can easily go to the summit by cable car. There is a mysterious shrine and beautiful nature. Table of ContentsOutline of Tokyo MetropolitanShowa Kinen ParkMt. Takao Outline of Tokyo Metropolitan Map of Tokyo   Showa Kinen Park   Mt. Takao   I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kanto Region"   About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Photos: The Showa Kinen Park Recommended useful sites when preparing for your trip to Japan Recommended local site! East Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto) Around Tokyo (Kanto Region)! Best things to do in 7 Prefectures Recommended sites! Japanese restaurants and festivals Recommended Japanese Local Site! Central Japan Samurai & Ninja experience! 8 Best Recommended Spots in Japan Photos: Odaiba in Tokyo Bay Recommended Japanese local site! West Japan (Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa, etc.) "Your Name."! 7 Recommended model places of this love story! November in Japan! The best and comfortable tourist season! Tokyo Weather in November! Temperature, rain, clothes

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The Great Buddha in Kamakura Japan.The foreground is cherry blossoms.Located in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture Japan = Shutterstock

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2020/5/14

Kanagawa Prefecture: Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima, Hakone, etc.

Kanagawa Prefecture is located in the south of Tokyo. There are many popular tourist destinations such as Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima and Hakone in this prefecture. Table of ContentsOutline of KanagawaYokohama Outline of Kanagawa Mount,Fuji,and,Enoshima,Shonan,Kanagawa,Japan = shutterstock Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji as Background, Hakone, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan Map of Kanagawa   Yokohama     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kanto Region"   About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Photos: Yokohama Shizuoka Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Around Tokyo (Kanto Region)! Best things to do in 7 Prefectures Tochigi Prefecture: Nikko, Ashikaga Flower Park,etc. Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Recommended local site! East Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto) Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Tottori Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Oita Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Fukui Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Chiba Prefecture: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, etc. Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

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Tourists and Japanese walking in Naritasan Shinshoji Temple ground. The temple has a history of over 1000 years with a three storied beautiful pagoda = Shutterstock

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2020/5/14

Chiba Prefecture: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, etc.

Saitama prefecture is located east of Tokyo. There is Narita Airport in this prefecture. Near the airport there is Naritasan Shinshoji Temple as seen in the picture above. In addition, Mt. Nokogiriyama is also popular. Outline of Chiba Rape blossoms bloom beautifully along the "Isuimi Railroad" in Chiba Prefecture Map of Chiba   I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kanto Region"   About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Gunma prefecture: Oze, Kusatsu Onsen.etc. Tochigi Prefecture: Nikko, Ashikaga Flower Park,etc. Saitama Prefecture: ChiChibu, Nagatoro, Hitsujiyama Park, etc. Ibaraki Prefecture: Hitachi Seaside Park is worth a visit! Kanagawa Prefecture: Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima, Hakone, etc. Fukui Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Tottori Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ishikawa Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Hiroshima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Tokyo Metropolitan: Mt. Takao is recommended!

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The landscape of "Hitsujiyama park" where Moss Phlox blooms all over. From April to May, the hills are filled with pink and white flowers = Shutterstock

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2020/5/16

Saitama Prefecture: ChiChibu, Nagatoro, Hitsujiyama Park, etc.

Saitama prefecture is located on the north side of Tokyo. Here are many parks and cities that you can easily visit from Tokyo. Recently popular is Kawagoe City where many old buildings of the Edo period are preserved. Outline of Saitama Map of Saitama     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kanto Region"   About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Ibaraki Prefecture: Hitachi Seaside Park is worth a visit! Tochigi Prefecture: Nikko, Ashikaga Flower Park,etc. Chiba Prefecture: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, etc. Miyazaki Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Fukui Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Tokyo Metropolitan: Mt. Takao is recommended! Gunma prefecture: Oze, Kusatsu Onsen.etc. Kumamoto Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Oita Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Shizuoka Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Ishikawa Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Aichi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

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Autumn in Oze highland, Gunma Prefecture, Japan = Adobe Stock

2020/5/14

Gunma prefecture: Oze, Kusatsu Onsen.etc.

Gunma prefecture is located in the northwestern part of the Kanto region. Serving sericulture and textile industry in this area once, it contributed greatly to the modernization of Japan. There is Oze in Gumma Prefecture. This national park is highly recommended for hiking. Outline of Gunma Map of Gunma     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kanto Region"   About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Chiba Prefecture: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, etc. Kanagawa Prefecture: Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima, Hakone, etc. Saitama Prefecture: ChiChibu, Nagatoro, Hitsujiyama Park, etc. Ibaraki Prefecture: Hitachi Seaside Park is worth a visit! Tochigi Prefecture: Nikko, Ashikaga Flower Park,etc. Tokyo Metropolitan: Mt. Takao is recommended! Nagano Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Wakayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Best Tourist Destinations in Japan! winter, spring, summer, autumn Kyoto Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

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Kegon Falls and Chuzenji lake in autumn, Nikko, Japan = Adobe Stock

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2020/5/20

Tochigi Prefecture: Nikko, Ashikaga Flower Park,etc.

Speaking of famous tourist destinations around Tokyo, Kamakura and Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Nikko in Tochigi prefecture can be mentioned. Nikko has a majestic Toshogu Shrine as seen in the top photo of this page. And as you can see in the picture above there is a wonderful national park. Lake Chuzenji surrounded by mountains is really beautiful. Table of ContentsOutline of TochigiNikko (Nikko city)Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Nikko city)Ashikaga Flower Park (Ashikaga city) Outline of Tochigi Beautiful wisteria illumination in Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi prefecture, Japan = shutterstock Map of Tochigi   Nikko (Nikko city)   Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Nikko city) Yomeimon Gate in Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan   Ashikaga Flower Park (Ashikaga city) The wisteria flowers at Ashikaga Flower Park. Tochigi Prefecture From late April to early May, when the cherry blossoms have finished blooming, wisteria flowers are at their peak in Japan. Ashikaga Flower Park is the flower park with the most wisteria flowers in Japan. The wisteria flowers blooming on the 100,000 m² site will be illuminated by LEDs and glow beautifully after the evening. The tunnel of wisteria flowers is also wonderful.     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kanto Region"   About me 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 ...

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Crowd of tourists enjoying the view of Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park,this place popular tourist destination in Japan = shutterstock

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2020/5/18

Ibaraki Prefecture: Hitachi Seaside Park is worth a visit!

Ibaraki prefecture is located in the northeast of Tokyo and faces the Pacific Ocean. In the city of Mito which is the prefectural office's location, there is a famous Japanese garden Kairakuen. And, about 2 hours by express bus from Tokyo station, there is Hitachi Seaside Park. In this vast park, there are stunning flower gardens as seen in the photo above. Various flowers are blooming throughout the year. Table of ContentsOutline of IbarakiPhotos Outline of Ibaraki Map of Ibaraki   Photos     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kanto Region"   About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Photos: Kashima-jingu Shrine in Ibaraki Prefecture 5 Best Flower Gardens in Japan: Shikisai-no-oka, Farm Tomita, Hitachi Seaside Park ... Nara Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Tochigi Prefecture: Nikko, Ashikaga Flower Park,etc. Saitama Prefecture: ChiChibu, Nagatoro, Hitsujiyama Park, etc. Shimane Prefecture : 7 Best Attractions and Things to do Photos: Beppu (3) Let's visit various Hells (Jigoku) Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do When is the best time to visit Japan? Ishikawa Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to ...

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Chubu Region (Central Honshu)

Map of Chubu = shutterstock

Map of Chubu = shutterstock

Japan Alps view from Hakuba village in winter = Shutterstock
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. Table ...

3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Mt. Fuji (Yamanashi, Shizuoka Prefecture)
  • Shirakawago (Gifu Prefecture)
  • Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Mt. Fuji = Adobe Stock

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2020/5/25

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 ContentsAccessFuji-Q HighlandArakurayama Sengen ParkLake KawaguchikoGotemba Premium OutletsOshino HakkaiLake YamanakakoSaiko Iyashino-Sato NenbaLake MotosukoVenue of Fuji Shibazakura FastivalAsagirikogen HighlandMiho no matsubaraAround Enoshima IslandMt. Fuji 5th StationSummit 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. Fuji, you should use the bus. Fujikyuko Bus is driving roundabout buses traveling around major tourist ...

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Miho no matsubara is a black beach with Fuji mountain.A famous place for sightseeing = Shutterstock

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2020/5/14

Shizuoka Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Shizuoka prefecture is located on the Pacific Ocean side between Tokyo and Nagoya. On the east side of Shizuoka prefecture there is Mt.Fuji between Yamanashi Prefecture. When you ride the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto, you can see Mt.Fuji in the window on the right. Mt.Fuji seen from the Shinkansen is behind the factories in Shizuoka prefecture. Perhaps you are disappointed that Mt. Fuji is with the factories. However, Mt. Fuji has been in history with the people of the Pacific Ocean side. And Mt. Fuji is blessed with plentiful water to the factories on the Pacific side. Please understand that Mt.Fuji is such a familiar mountain. If you want to see Mt. Fuji surrounded by rich nature, it may be good to see it from Yamanashi Prefecture on the north side. Outline of Shizuoka Mount Fuji and Cherry Blossom in full bloom as seen from Lake Tanuki, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan = AdobeStock Map of Shizuoka     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things ...

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Cow of the Mt. Yatsugatake highlands, Yamanashi, Japan = Shutterstock

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2020/5/14

Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Yamanashi Prefecture is located on the north side of Mt. Fuji. Mt.Fuji seen from Yamanashi prefecture's Kawaguchiko and Lake Motosu etc. is very beautiful. Kofu city with prefectural office is located in the basin which is famous as grape and wine producing area. On the north side are mountains of Japanese Alps such as Mt. Yatsugatake. Outline of Yamanashi White Swan with Mount Fuji at Yamanaka lake, Yamanashi, Japan = shutterstock Map of Yamanashi     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kochi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Nigata Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Aichi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Nagasaki Prefecture: ...

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Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle = Adobe Stock

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2020/5/14

Nagano Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Nagano Prefecture has many tourist attractions that represent Japan, such as Hakuba, Kamikochi, and Matsumoto. On this page, I will introduce you to the various fascinating worlds of Nagano. Table of ContentsOutline of NaganoHakubaMatsumotoKamikochiKirigamine Outline of Nagano Map of Nagano   Hakuba In Hakuba you can enjoy skiing while watching the beautiful mountains representing Japan = shutterstock   Matsumoto Bautiful reflection in water at night of Matsumoto Castle. It is a Japanese premier historic castles in easthern Honshu, Matsumoto-shi, Chubu region, Nagano Prefecture, Japan = shutterstock   Kamikochi Hotaka mountains and Kappa bridge in Kamikochi, Nagano, Japan = Shutterstock   Kirigamine In Kirugamine in the midwinter, a fantastic view called "Muhyo" may be seen = Adobestock   I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa ...

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Naeba Ski resort, Nigata, Japan = Adobe Stock

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2020/5/14

Nigata Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Niigata prefecture faces the Sea of Japan. In the winter, wet clouds come from the Sea of Japan side, hit the mountains and let the snow fall. So the mountain side of Niigata prefecture is known as a heavy snowfall area. On the mountain side of Niigata prefecture there are huge ski resorts such as Naeba, Jyoetsu Kokusai and so on. You can easily go there from the Tokyo station by Joetsu Shinkansen. The snow quality is slightly damper than Hakuba and Niseko. Outline of Nigata People enjoy playing snow, ski, snow boad, sled at Gala Yuzawa ski resort, Nigata plefecture, Japan = Shutterstock Map of Nigata     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime ...

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Nagoya Castle, Aichi Prefecture, Japan = Adobe Stock

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2020/5/14

Aichi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Aichi Prefecture is on the Pacific Ocean side. In the center is Nagoya City. Nagoya is the largest city in the Chubu region. In the era of the shogunate, the Tokugawa family ruled this area directly. Nagoya Castle that was built at that time is a huge castle comparable to the Imperial Palace (Edo castle), Osaka Castle, Himeji Castle and so on. Outline of Aichi Inuyama castle in Inuyama city, Aichi, Japan = shutterstock Map of Aichi     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kochi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Nigata Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to ...

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Scenery of the Ise Grand Shrine in the sunset, Mie Prefecture , Japan = Shutterstock

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2020/5/14

Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Mie prefecture is located in the south of Aichi prefecture. Here is the famous Ise shrine. To the south there is Ise Shima known for culturing pearls. Mie prefecture also has "Nagashima Resort" with hot springs, amusement parks, outlet malls and others. At Nabana no Sato near the Nagashima resort, you can enjoy the largest illumination in Japan. Outline of Mie Nabana no Sato garden at night in winter, Mie Prefecture, Japan = Adobe Stock Mie Prefecture     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kochi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Nigata Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to ...

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World Heritage Site Shirakawago village and Winter Illumination

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2020/5/20

Gifu Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Gifu prefecture is located in the west side of Aichi prefecture. Gifu prefecture is divided into Mino Aria on the south side and Hida area on the north side. There are towns such as Gifu city and Ogaki city in Mino. On the other hand, steep mountainous areas are spreading in Hida like Nagano Prefecture. Here are famous Takayama and Shirakawago. The north of Shirakawago is Toyama Prefecture. There is Gokayama known as a beautiful village with Shirakawago. Outline of Gifu 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 Gifu           I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Photos: Shogawa Gorge cruise -River cruise in a pure white world! Kyoto Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Toyama Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Chubu Region! Best things to do in 10 Prefectures Fukushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions ...

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2020/5/20

Toyama Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Toyama prefecture is on the Sea of Japan side. Toyama prefecture is often called "Hokuriku region" together with Ishikawa prefecture and Fukui prefecture. You can see the Tateyama mountain range in the northernmost part of the Japanese Alps, even from the city center of Toyama city. Every year, snow falls tremendously in the Tateyama mountain range. When spring comes, as the picture above shows, the snow is removed and the bus starts to pass. You can get on the bus and go to see the snowy wall. Table of ContentsOutline of ToyamaShogawa Gorge cruise Outline of Toyama Snow mountain at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan destination travel. The landscape in Toyama city, Japan. = Shutterstock Map of Toyama       Shogawa Gorge cruise     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Photos: Shogawa Gorge cruise -River cruise in a pure white world! Fukui Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Gifu Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Ishikawa Prefecture: Best Attractions and ...

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2020/5/20

Ishikawa Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Ishikawa Prefecture faces the Sea of Japan. Ishikawa Prefecture, together with Toyama Prefecture and Fukui Prefecture, is often called "Hokuriku Region". Kanazawa city with the prefectural office in Ishikawa prefecture is the biggest tourist city in the Hokuriku region. Traditional Japanese townscapes and stunning Japanese gardens "Kenrokuen" are left here. The above picture is the Japanese garden "Kenrokuen" of Kanazawa. At Kenrokuen, in the winter, branches are hung with rope as seen in the picture so that the branches of the trees will not break with the weight of the snow. Table of ContentsOutline of IshikawaKanazawa Outline of Ishikawa The Noto Peninsula in winter with strong winds blowing from the Sea of Japan = AdobeStock Map of Ishikawa Features Ishikawa Prefecture is located on the Sea of Japan side of Honshu Island. The District has the following features: (1) you can experience a variety of traditional cultures from the Edo period (1603-1867), (2) you can enjoy beautiful snowy scenery in winter, and (3) you can enjoy delicious seafood dishes from the Sea of Japan. A typical tourist destination is Kanazawa City, the capital of the prefecture. Another popular destination is the Noto Peninsula, home to the nationally famous Wakura Onsen. history and culture Ishikawa Prefecture was governed by the Maeda family (Kaga clan), the number two feudal lord after the Tokugawa shogunate family during the Edo period (1603-1867). The Maeda family put more emphasis on culture than on the military in order to appeal that it was not a feudal clan against the Tokugawa family. As ...

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2020/5/18

Fukui Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Fukui prefecture also faces the Sea of Japan. Fukui Prefecture is often called "Hokuriku Region" together with Kanazawa Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture. In Fukui Prefecture there is an old big temple named "Eiheiji". Here you can experience Zazen meditation. Fukui prefecture is a place where many bones of dinosaurs are excavated. The dinosaur museum is popular with children. Table of ContentsOutline of FukuiIchijodani: The restored samurai town Outline of Fukui Map of Fukui   Ichijodani: The restored samurai town     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Chubu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Ishikawa Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Toyama Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Fukushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamaguchi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Aichi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Nagano Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Shizuoka Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and ...

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Kansai region (Around Kyoto and Osaka)

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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 ...

3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture)
  • Nara  (Nara Prefecture)
  • Osaka (Osaka Prefecture)
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Kyoto Destinations

2020/5/26

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

Kyoto is a beautiful city that inherits traditional Japanese culture. If you go to Kyoto, 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 Kyoto. This page is long, but if you read this page to the end, you will get roughly the basic information necessary for sightseeing in Kyoto. I also attached links such as official website for each sightseeing, please use it. >>If you click the video below, you will find that Kyoto is beautiful even at night<<   Table of ContentsOutline of KyotoPhotosFushimi Inari Taisha ShrineSanjusangendoKiyomizudera TempleKinkakuji Temple = Golden PavilionGinkakuji Temple = Silver PavilionPhilosopher's Walk (Tetsugaku no Michi)Eikando Zenrinji TempleNanzenji TempleYasaka Jinja ShrineGionKamogawa RiverPontocho districtNishiki MarketKodaiji TempleTofukuji TempleToji TempleByodoin TempleDaitokuji TempleRyoanji TempleKyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)Nijo CatsleKatsura RikyuArashiyamaToei Kyoto Studio ParkKifune Shrine Outline of Kyoto Beautiful Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama, Kyoto, 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 Kyoto is a beautiful city 368 kilometers west of Tokyo. It is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes by the fastest Shinkansen from Tokyo. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for about 1000 years until the capital moved to Tokyo in 1869. Japan's unique culture has been built in this city. Even today, there are many shrines and temples in Kyoto. There are also traditional wooden houses called "Kyo-Machiya" here and there. If ...

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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

Destinations

2019/7/27

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

"Osaka is a more enjoyable city than Tokyo." Osaka 's popularity has increased recently among tourists from foreign countries. Osaka is the central city of western Japan. Osaka has been developed by commerce, while Tokyo is a city built by Samurai. So, Osaka has a popular atmosphere. The downtown area of Osaka is flashy. Street food is cheap and tasty. On this page, I will introduce about such fun Osaka. http://japan77.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Dotonbori-Osaka-Japan-Shutterstock.mp4 Table of ContentsOutline of OsakaMinami : Dotonbori, Namba, ShinsaibashiAbenoShinsekaiUmedaOsaka CastleUnivarsal Studuo Japan (USJ)Tempozan Harbor VillageRinku TownIkedaSuita Outline of Osaka Dotonbori Walking Street, Osaka, 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 Osaka There are two downtown areas in Osaka, 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 Osaka, 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, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) located in the Bay Area has been ...

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2020/5/19

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. Table of ContentsOutline of ShigaHieizan Enryakuji TempleMichigan CruiseBiwako Valley 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 ...

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2019/9/27

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? Table of ContentsOutline of Kyoto PrefectureMiyamaIne 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 ...

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2020/5/20

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 ContentsOutline of NaraTodaiji TempleNara ParkKasugataisha ShrineHoryuji TempleMt. 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 plane, you will use Kansai Airport ...

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2020/5/18

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? Table of ContentsOutline of Osaka PrefectureKishiwada 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 ...

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2020/5/20

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. Table of ContentsOutline of WakayamaKoyasanKumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route 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 ...

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2020/5/19

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 ContentsOutline of HyogoHimeji Castle (Himeji City)KobeArima Onsen (Kobe City)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 most beautiful castle in Japan. ...

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Chugoku Region (Western Honshu)

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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 ...

3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
  • Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture)
  • Matsue (Shimane Prefecture)
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Destinations

2019/7/27

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 ContentsOutline of OkayamaSeto ohashi BridgeKurashikiKorakuen GardenKojima 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 coastal area. Furthermore, because the ...

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2019/7/27

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 ContentsOutline of Hiroshima PrefectureMiyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)Hiroshima Peace Memorial MuseumShimanami KaidoOnomichi 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 flights are operated with the ...

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2020/5/19

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. Table of ContentsOutline of TorroriTottori Sand DunesKaike Onsen 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 ...

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Sunset in Shinji Lake, Matsue, Shimane, Japan

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2020/5/19

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 ContentsOutline of ShimaneMatsueAdachi Museum of ArtIzumo Taisha ShrineOku-Izumo areaIwami GinzanOki IslandsMasuda 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 related to Shimane   Matsue The view from ...

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

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2019/7/27

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 ContentsOutline of YamaguchiKintaikyo BridgeAkiyoshidai and AkiyoshidoHagi 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, it may be faster ...

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Shikoku

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Map of Shikoku = shutterstock

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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! Table of ContentsOutline of ShikokuWelcome to Shikoku! Outline of ...

3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Naoshia Island (Kagawa Prefecture)
  • Takamatsu (Kagawa Prefecture)
  • Matsuyama (Ehime Prefecture)

Destinations

2020/5/14

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 ContentsOutline of TokushimaAwa Dance (Awa Odori)Naruto Whirlpools (Naruto Uzushio)Otsuka Museum of ArtIya 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 such as Kobe and Osaka. ...

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2019/7/27

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? Table of ContentsOutline of KagawaUdonBenesse Art Site Naoshima 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 ...

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2019/7/27

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. Table of ContentsOutline of EhimeMatsuyama CastleDogo Onsen 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 / ...

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2019/7/27

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 ContentsOutline of KochiKochi CastleShimanto RiverCape 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 the mountains. Rivers such ...

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Kyushu

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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
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 ...

3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Fukuoka (Fukuoka Prefecture)
  • Aso (Kumamoto Prefecture)
  • Beppu, Yufuin (Oita Prefecture)
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2020/5/20

Fukuoka Pefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

There are many delicious foods in Fukuoka. Because the sea is near, the fish is fresh. That's why Sushi in Fukuoka is the best. Ramen and mentaiko (spicy cod roe) are also specialties. There is also a big shrine named Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu City in the southeast of Fukuoka city. Table of ContentsOutline of FukuokaKawachi Wisteria Garden (Kitakyushu city) Outline of Fukuoka Map of Fukuoka   Kawachi Wisteria Garden (Kitakyushu city) The wisteria flowers at the Kawachi Wisteria Garden. Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Kyushu = Shutterstock     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyushu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Photos: Kawachi Wisteria Garden in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu Photos: Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture Recommended Japanese local site! West Japan (Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa, etc.) Site Map Hakodate! 7 Best Tourist Attractions and Things to do Tokushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Tochigi Prefecture: Nikko, Ashikaga Flower Park,etc. Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Fukushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Wakayama Prefecture! Best Attractions ...

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2020/5/14

Saga Prefectue: Best Attractions and Things to do

There is "Yoshinogari Ruins" which is the largest ruin of Japan in Saga Prefecture. There are several traces of villages during the Yayoi period of Japanese history (3 c B.C. to 3 c A. D.) . These ruins are being developed as Yoshinogari Historic Park. Various ancient houses and fortresses are restored in thid vast park, so you can enjoy ancient Japan. Outline of Saga Map of Saga     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyushu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Kyoto! 26 Best Attractions : Fushimi Inari, Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji etc. Osaka! 17 Best Tourist Attractions: Dotonbori, Umeda, USJ etc. Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Nigata Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Fukuoka Pefecture: Best Attractions and Things ...

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View of Nagasaki Peace Monument at Nagasaki Peace Park. Peace statue created by sculptor Seibou Kitamura of Nagasaki Prefecture = Shutterstock

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2020/5/14

Nagasaki Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

There are many sightseeing spots in Nagasaki prefecture. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is located in Nagasaki City where the prefectural office is located, which hands down the experience that the atomic bomb was dropped on August 11, 1945. Since Nagasaki City has many slopes, you can enjoy a wonderful night view from the hill at night. Outline of Nagasaki Colorful of Tulips field with dutch windmills at Huis Ten Bosch , Nagasaki Japan = Shutterstock Map of Nagasaki     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyushu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kochi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things ...

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2020/5/14

Kumamoto Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Kumamoto is often referred to as "country of fire." Because in Kumamoto prefecture, there is Mt. Aso that still continues volcanic activity. It is a popular course in Kumamoto prefecture to see this volcano. Kumamoto castle in Kumamoto city is now restoring because part of it was broken in the 2016 big earthquake. Outline of Kumamoto Kumamoto Castle with cherry blossoms in spring. Kumamoto, Japan.Kumamoto Castle is currently under repair = Shutterstock Map of Kumamoto     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyushu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Osaka Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Okayama Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kagawa Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kochi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Nigata ...

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Beautiful scenery of Beppu cityscape with Steam drifted from public baths and ryokan onsen. Beppu is one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan, Oita, Kyushu, Japan = shutterstock

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2020/5/15

Oita Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

The above picture is the view of Beppu City, Oita Prefecture. This town is not burning with a fire. Because hot spring water is very large, you can see such a scene with steam. Near Beppu City there is Yufuin which is a spa resort with abundant nature. This town is also very popular with foreign tourists. Table of ContentsOutline of OitaBeppu Outline of Oita Landscape of Yufuin, Japan = AdobeStock Map of Oita   Beppu   I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyushu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Beppu! Enjoy at Japan's largest hot spring resort! Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Tottori Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Kyushu Region! Best things to do in 7 Prefectures Hyogo Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Yamaguchi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Nigata Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Toyama Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Fukushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do Ehime Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do ...

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2020/5/18

Miyazaki Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki Prefecture is one of the top tourist attractions in Kyushu. A cliff with a height of 80-100 meters continues for 7 kilometers. You can also play boats in this valley. Table of ContentsOutline of MiyazakiTakachiho Outline of Miyazaki Map of Miyazaki   Takachiho     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyushu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Photos: Takachiho in Miyagaki Prefecture Ishikawa Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Fukui Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Kumamoto Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Kagoshima Prfecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Oita Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Nagasaki Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Nigata Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Toyama Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Saga Prefectue: Best Attractions and Things to do Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

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2020/5/14

Kagoshima Prfecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Kagoshima prefecture is located in the southernmost part of Kyushu. In this prefecture there is a volcano called Sakurajima as seen in the picture above. Sakurajima is located off the coast of Kagoshima-shi. You can also go to Sakurajima by boat. Outline of Kagoshima Map of Kagoshima     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Kyushu Region" About me 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. If you like this article, please click on this "Like". You can get the latest information.ShareTweet Related posts: Miyazaki Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Kumamoto Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Fukuoka Pefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Saga Prefectue: Best Attractions and Things to do Nagasaki Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Kyushu Region! Best things to do in 7 Prefectures Oita Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Fukui Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Mie prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Yamanashi Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Shizuoka Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do Gifu Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

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Okinawa

Map of Okinawa

Map of Okinawa

3 most recommended tourist destinations

  • Okinawa Island
  • Miyakojima Island
  • Ishigakijima Island
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Destinations

2020/5/19

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 ContentsOutline of OkinawaOkinawa Main IslandMiyakojima IslandIshigakijima 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 resort in the northern ...

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2020/5/19

7 Most Beautiful Beaches in Japan! Hate-no-hama, Yonaha Maehama, Nishihama Beach...

Japan is an island country, and it is made up of many islands. A clean sea is spreading around. If you travel in Japan, I also recommend that you go to beaches such as Okinawa. There are coral reefs around the beach, and colorful fish swim. With snorkeling, you can experience a wonderful world. On this page, I will introduce the beaches of Okinawa. In Okinawa, the season for swimming in the sea start around April. However, the actual summer climate of Okinawa is from May to October. Local people swim in the ocean mostly from June to September. Please note that you need to wear a wet suit in order to swim any other season. Click on individual maps, Google Maps will be displayed on a separate page. If you like, please refer to the article about Okinawa below. Table of ContentsAharen Beach(Tokashiki Island, Okinawa)Furuzamami Beach(Zamami Island, Okinawa)Hate-no-hama(Kume Island, Okinawa)Yonaha Maehama beach(Miyakojima Island, Okinawa)Sunayama Beach(Miyakojima Island, Okinawa)Kondoi Beach(Taketomijima Island, Okinawa)Nishihama Beach(Hateruma Island, Okinawa) Aharen Beach(Tokashiki Island, Okinawa) Aharen Beach(Tokashiki Island, Okinawa) Map of Aharen Beach Tokashiki Island with Aharen Beach is the largest island in the Kerama archipelago spreading west of the main island of Okinawa. This island is about 25 kilometers on a round. Because Tokashiki Island is only 30 kilometers away from Okinawa main island, you can go for a day trip. To Tokashiki Island from Tomari port in Naha city of Okinawa main island, it is about 35 minutes by the high speed ship "Marine Liner", 1 hour 10 minutes by ferry. ...

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Photos: K-cars in Japan

When you came to Japan, you may have noticed a lot of very small cars on the road. These are called K-cars (軽自動車). Japanese farmers and employees of small businesses work hard every day in these small cars. These cars are not fashionable at all. However, these are symbols of people ...

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Photos: Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto

Kodaiji is a large temple near Kiyomizudera in Kyoto. It is not well known as compared with Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji etc.However, those who actually visited this temple are surprised that there are many things to see in Kodaiji. I think so, too. For more information about Kodaiji Temple, please see the following ...

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