Explore Japan's essential sites and hidden gems
Tokyo Disneyland: Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disney Resort is the world's most visited theme park. Tokyo Disneyland is located in Chiba a short journey from Tokyo Station.
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Top 5 of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Tokyo
In Tokyo, Christmas and its festivities have managed to find their place to become real unmissable events.
The most beautiful autumn illuminations in Kyoto
If you're visiting Kyoto during the fall, know that you are in the right place at the right time!
5 views of Tokyo available for free
With its countless buildings, its two towers, and Mount Fuji in the background, Tokyo from the sky is a treat for the eyes as well as for the heart.
Mountain hikes near Tokyo
Not far from the capital, there are some nice hikes to do in a day to escape Tokyo's crowds and neon lights. Mount Takao is the most famous, but there are many others ...
Cherry blossoms along the water in Tokyo
There is no right or wrong way to view cherry blossoms, sakura, in Japan. However, there as some preferred spots in each region and city.
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
See a listing of Tokyo's best cherry blossom viewing spots including Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and the moats of Edo Castle.
One day visit to Nara
Spend a day in Nara to see where the arts, architecture and Buddhist religion first flourished.
The New National Stadium in Tokyo
The National Stadium is a sports complex located in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo.
Tokyo Imperial Palace 皇居
The Imperial Palace, or Kokyo, is centrally located in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, very near Tokyo Station. Kokyo is home to the Emperor of Japan and his family, and is where Edo Castle once stood.
Sado Island Guide
The history of Sado Island, north of Nagano, is one of both a land of exile and the gold rush. Today, it is primarily a destination for seasoned hikers and a center of taiko drumming.
Awaji island (Awaji-shima) in Japan's Inland Sea is linked to Honshu island via Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge, and to Shikoku island via the Naruto Ohashi Bridge.
The 7,000 works from the collection of Kaichiro Nezu are exhibited within an oasis of peace and greenery, a few minutes from Omotesando.
Destroyed during the Second World War, all that remained of Tokugawa's prestigious castle was the main keep. But gradually, the palace is rising from the ashes.
This huge skyscraper offers visitors a stunning 360° view of the old fishing port, Yokohama.
A city transformed by international trade, the Yamate and Motomachi neighborhoods give Yokohama a western feel.
A preserved old merchant town, pretty Kurashiki's historic warehouses, have been converted into museums, boutiques and restaurants.
Nakano Broadway, Tokyo
Nakano, or Nakano Broadway, in Tokyo is a temple for otaku, Japanese pop-culture superfans, where you will find manga, anime, figurines and robots.
Between its embassies and its excellent restaurants, Akasaka, located North of Roppongi, is one of the most exclusive areas in Tokyo.
Going down the avenue, which is on its way up, makes wanderers and shoppers at the luxury brands and architecture.
One stop from Shibuya, the Daikanyama area brings together fashion boutiques, terraces, restaurants and bookstores. The perfect place to explore and escape the excesses of the capital.
Discover Japanese history through architecture, from the time of the Tokugawa shogun to warehouses from the Meiji period and the architecture of the Taisho era.
What city can boast having an impressive stadium, an amusement park and a spa with natural hot springs, all in one location and in the center of the city? Tokyo of course!
Kokyo, Imperial Palace
Roppongi is well known for its nightlife. As well as it’s nightlife it offers excellent shopping, dining and museums for visitors to enjoy.
Abashiri, Hokkaido Guide
Abashiri is located on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea, 350 km from Sapporo, northeast of Hokkaido.
When it comes to Japan's most beautiful gardens, Korakuen garden is regarded as one of the best, along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kairakuen in Mito.
Tokyo International Forum
The Tokyo International Forum is a vast convention center, concert venue and exhibition space in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, bordering the lively Yurakucho area, near Tokyo S
Kanazawa Castle is just across the Ishikawa Bridge from Kanazawa's prime attraction, the Kenrokuen Garden. Both sites are must-sees on a visit to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Okochi Sanso Villa
The late great silent movie actor Denjiro Okochi was a major star from the 1920's until his death in 1962.
Matsushima is famous for its view of over the bay, considered one of Japan's Three Great Sights. However, it offers visitors ancient cultural treasures as well.
Kichijoji gets a passing mention in most guidebooks for Inokashira Koen, a park celebrated for its spring cherry blossom viewing.
Kujukushima National Park
Located in Sasebo, in Nagasaki prefecture, it is one of the most beautiful panoramas in Japan.
Biei Blue Pond, Hokkaido
In recent years, the blue pond of Biei, Aoi-ike, has become a must-visit sight on Hokkaido Island in northern Japan. But why is the pond so blue?
The six most beautiful lakes in eastern Hokkaido
These six large lakes in eastern Hokkaido will not fail to surprise and amaze you with beautiful scenery that you will not forget. Explore these majestic lakes in northern Japan.
Public transportation in Osaka?
Subway, train, bus... As in all major Japanese cities, public transport in Osaka is abundant and very efficient. A short guide to finding your way around in the capital of Kansai, Osaka.
Obi city tour
Nicknamed the "little Kyoto" of Kyushu, Obi is a small castle town attached to the city of Nichinan, in the south of Miyazaki prefecture.
10 things to see in Mie Prefecture
Famous for its beautiful temples, Mie is one of the most sacred prefectures in Japan.
The Kii Peninsula
The Kii Peninsula is the largest peninsula on Honshu and stretches south-east from Osaka and is considered Kansai's spiritual heart.
Miyazaki is a pleasant city located in the Miyazaki prefecture, in the southeast of the island of Kyushu.
"Washed again in Kurama, we had ascended to the sky without uttering a word, our hands knotted, riveted to the immense trees, drunk with azure and light. "
The Miura Peninsula, seaside coast near Tokyo
Only about an hour by train from Tokyo, the Miura Peninsula, little known to visitors, is a rustic region bordered by rugged coastlines and spectacular views of Mount Fuji.
The best excursions around Osaka
If you spend a few days in Osaka, you may want to venture out of the city.
Gion & Higashiyama in Kyoto
The traditional neighborhood of Gion along with its Geisha has contributed to making Kyoto famous. Despite an urban metamorphosis, the spirit of Kyoto positively asserts itself here.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Emperors, empresses, princes, and concubines... lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho, the ancient Imperial Palace of Japan.
In the heart of Kansai, Wakayama, capital of the prefecture of the same name, offers its riches to passing visitors.
Visit of Ôkunoshima island
Ôkunoshima, declared " kyukamura ", literally "village to rest", is a small island located off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture in the Setouchi Sea (Inland Sea of Japan).
Shinsekai district tour
Although its name means New World, Shinsekai Quarter is the unmistakably retro charm of Osaka that you absolutely must visit.
Kawagoe, journey to the Edo period
From buildings linked to the famous Tokugawa shoguns, warehouses from the Meiji era, passing through the typical constructions of the Taisho era, stroll through the stree
Tondabayashi guide: Tondabayashi in Osaka Prefecture includes the Jinaimachi district, a well preserved historic village that dates back to the 16th century.
Toyooka City Guide
Toyooka City Guide: Toyooka is located in northern Hyogo Prefecture and includes sites that are part of the UNESCO San'in Kaigan Global Geopark west from Tottori.
The village of Asuka, the first capital of Japan
The village of Asuka was the first known capital of Japan but is today less known.
Hita guide, Oita, Kyushu: Hita is often called the Kyoto of Kyushu due to its atmospheric historic streets which were in part indeed originally modeled after Kyoto.
Kashihara Guide: Imai Town is an area of preserved Edo and Meiji period buildings in Yagi, Nara near Kashihara Shrine.
Harajuku, the fashion district of Tokyo
Frequently visited by young people in their trendsetting clothing, Harajuku is a continually evolving area where excentric fashion meets luxury stores and vintage stores.
The Arashiyama district in Kyoto
Located west of Kyoto, the small district of Arashiyama has gained great popularity with tourists.
Where to admire hydrangeas in Tokyo?
Emblematic flowers of the rainy season, hydrangeas, or "ajisai " in Japanese, herald the arrival of summer and the end of spring.
Kyoto station, a Japanese architectural gem
Kyoto Station is often the gateway for a trip to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
Aokigahara, a thousand-year-old Japanese forest
Aokigahara, aka, the Sea of Trees, is a forest on the northwestern foot of Mount Fuji. Locally, it is also known as Jukai or "Sea of Trees" because of its high density of trees but is also
Amakusa Islands Guide
The Amakusa Islands are a group of beautiful islands between Kumamoto and Nagasaki prefectures, and have played a major part in the history of Christianity in Japan.
Takanawa Gateway Station
Takanawa Gateway is the 30th station of the JR Yamanote Line. Designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, its construction began in February 2017.
The Kutsuna archipelago: the island of Gogo-shima
Located in the Seto Inland Sea, Gogoshima is part of the Kutsuna archipelago which includes about 30 islands, 9 of which are inhabited.
Tokyo: the Ginza district
High-end boutique addicts love the chic and shocking district of Ginza. Enthusiasts of contemporary architecture come to admire buildings tending to an innovative perfection of lines and shapes.
One of the capital's most popular districts, both tourists and locals shop here before going to Senso-ji temple.
Takahashi guide: Takahashi is a small castle town in the mountains of Okayama Prefecture. Highlights include Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle, Raikyuji Temple and Ishibiya-cho.
Hachioji is a city of about 580,000 inhabitants, located in the southwest of the Tama region west of central Tokyo; sights include Gokuraku-ji Temple and the Hachioji Castle ruins.
Shimane Cultural Treasures
Shimane cultural treasures: Shimane is an undervalued area of Japan and includes such riches as the Kaka Harbor and caves, Yuushien Garden and Mihonoseki.
Arita in Saga Prefecture in Kyushu is the historic center of porcelain production in Japan. Arita-ware pottery is now world famous and exported all over the globe.
Nagasaki City Highlights What to See and Eat In Nagasaki
Nagasaki city highlights: read an in-depth travel guide on what to see and where to eat in this historic, port city on the west coast of Kyushu.
Where to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido?
The northern island of Hokkaido is the last of Japan's regions to enjoy sakura blooms during spring. The latter intervenes there between the end of April and mid-May.
Tendo Guide Yamagata
Tendo guide Yamagata: read a travel guide to the city of Tendo, the home of shogi (Japanese chess) in Yamagata Prefecture, northern Japan close to Sendai.
Top 4 places to see cherry blossoms in Osaka
Discover the best sakura spots in the western capital of Osaka! Plan your visit and join in the tradition of hanami, admiring the cherry blossoms, with tips from Yann, our Travel Angel.
Kinosaki Onsen Attractions
Kinosaki Onsen attractions: fun things to see and do in Kinosaki Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture in addition to hot spring bathing - temples, museums, walks and the cable car.
At the south-eastern tip of the island of Honshu, a stone's throw from the southern Kyushu, the city of Yamaguchi sits quietly on the banks of the Ichinosaka river.
Ueno: a district and a park with a thousand facets
Walks in the fresh air or visiting museums: you can spend more than a day discovering the magnificent park and the popular Ueno district, which is home to one of the largest markets in the
Top 5 of Fukuoka in the summer by our Travel Angel, Yoann
This summer, set sail for the south! Our on-site Travel Angel, Yoann , advises you on the best activities to do in Fukuoka.
The essential visits to do in Yokohama
Just half an hour by train (limited express service) from Tokyo, Yokohama, with over 3.7 million people, is Japan's second-most populated city.
Izushi Travel Guide
Izushi guide: read a travel guide to the small, historic, castle town of Izushi in northern Hyogo Prefecture which retains its original Edo Period layout.
Onigajo rock formation
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range" in 2004, the Onigajo site in Kumano is a natural monument steeped in legends in
Discover the Chiba prefecture and its beaches
Little known to tourists, Chiba prefecture, located east of Tokyo, is worth a detour.
The Top 10 to visit Kamakura by our Travel Angel, Isabelle
The unrevealed and side roads: Isabelle, our Travel Angel with more than 20 years of experience on-site, reveals her ten favorites in Kamakura.
The best places to see cherry blossoms in Fukuoka
Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu, is one of the first places in Japan where the cherry blossoms flower. This year they will start to bloom around 21 March, 2020.
Suzuka Quasi-National Park
The quasi-National Park of Suzuka, between sea and mountains with its beautiful natural formation, offers serenity and relaxation...
Top Three Places for Hanami in Sendai
The cherry blossoms, or sakura, are the great attraction of early spring in Japan, during which the population goes out picnicking in the parks under the swollen branches of pink flowers.
Discovery of the city of Iga Ueno
Located in the province of Mie, Iga Ueno was the birthplace of the famous poet Matsuo Basho and is renowned as the "ninja homeland".
Considered one of the most powerful Japanese feudal lords, daimyo, in the country, Toshiie Maeda (1538-1599) established his warriors in the city in the Nagamachi district of the city of K
Located about 12 miles north of Monzen, Wajima is the largest city in the north of the Noto Peninsula.
Yunokuni no Mori, the forest of Kaga arts
Kyoto Top 10 by our Travel Angel, Saki
Kyoto away from the crowds: Saki, our Travel Angel residing on-site, reveals her ten favorites in Kyoto. What to see in Kyoto? Which temples to visit in Kyoto?
Kashikojima or Kashiko Island
Kashikojima is a little hidden treasure, yet very easy to access, especially by a train operated by the Kintetsu Railway company.
Traveling to Mie with the Kintetsu Shimakaze
The Kintetsu Shimakaze is a luxury tourist train that departs from the major cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya to arrive in Kashikojima in Mie Prefecture for an unforgettable experience.
Nishi Chaya District
Located to the west of the city, Nishi Chaya is one of the three teahouse districts of Kanazawa.
A little out of the way, surrounded by skyscrapers and a wall that gives it the appearance of a fortress, Osaka Castle, imposing and majestic, watches over the city.
The Philosopher's Path, Kyoto
The Philosopher's Path (Tetsugaku no Michi in Japanese) in northeast Kyoto gets its name from a famous philosopher who regularly walked this route for quiet contemplation.
Osaka Kaiyûkan Aquarium
Located at the water's edge, Osaka lives to the rhythm of the ocean. In Japan more generally, the sea is never far and its imprint is anchored in the landscape.
Roppongi, the party district
Roppongi is a famous district in the heart of Tokyo: bubbling, party animal, trendy, or even arty, we can add many qualifiers to it.
The best free activities in Takayama
Got lost in Tokyo? Templed out in Kyoto? Want to visit a rural and picturesque area? Takayama is for you.
Bandai Asahi National Park
Located in the Tohoku region in the north of Japan's main island and stretching all around Mount Bandai, Bandai Asahi National Park will delight nature lovers. And this, in all seasons!
Ten of the best free activities in Kyoto
Like many other cities, it's possible to enjoy Kyoto through various free tours and activities. Discover which shrines, parks, side streets and famous sites are free to explore in Kyoto...
Subtropical and rainy, Yakushima is home to a special vegetation that attracts hikers: thousands-of-years-old cedars, thought to be the oldest trees in the country and the inspiration for the fores
5 hiking spots near Tokyo to admire the autumn leaves
If Tokyo is famous for its parks and gardens which offer magnificent colors during the Koyo season, the Japanese capital is not the only place in Kanto where it is possible to admire the beauty of
Higher, lighter, more colourful... The Tokyo Tower was intended when it was created as a modernized version of the Eiffel Tower.
Kairi, the gourmet train
"The important thing is not the destination, but the trip itself".
Onjuku is a placid seaside town in Chiba Prefecture renowned for its surfing beach, and an easy train ride from Tokyo.
Shuri Castle is one of the main sights of the Okinawa island group. It's an architectural marvel, a vestige of the ancient kingdom of Ryukyu.
Okuaizu is located in the southwest of Fukushima prefecture, bordering those of Niigata, Gunma and Tochigi.
Akita dominates the west coast of Tohoku, facing the Sea of Japan.
Kyoto Public Bath Houses Sento
Kyoto public bath houses sento: the city is still home to many traditional and often historic sento to relax after a hard day of sightseeing.
The best free activities in Kanazawa
Authentic Japan is on offer for visitors to Kanazawa, thanks to its geisha neighborhoods and the old samurai district.
Kinkasan is a small island northeast of Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region. It lives to the rhythm of nature and the famous Koganeyama shrine, believed to bring wealth!
5 places to go out as a couple in Tokyo
In a group, couple, or solo... You must visit Tokyo when you are in Japan!
Between its embassies and its great restaurants, Akasaka, located north of Roppongi, is one of the most exclusive areas in Tokyo.
Discover the beauty of Hanamaki, a town full of history and a gem of Iwate prefecture. Nestled in the mountains, today the town is popular for its onsen, volcanic natural hot springs.
Yamagata Travel Guide
YAMAGATA IS THE CAPITAL OF THE PREFECTURE OF THE SAME NAME, LOCATED IN THE TOHOKU REGION.
Each spring in this city in the north of Tohoku, the cherry blossoms bloom at the bottom of the black palisades hiding secret houses.
Aizu Region Guide
The westernmost region of Fukushima is Aizu. It is mountainous and it features large lakes, making for an impressive landscape and stunning scenery.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto
The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto is one of the most visited sites in the area and one of the most iconic views in Kyoto.
The city of Oita is located northeast of Kyushu Island in Beppu Bay. Despite being the capital of the prefecture of the same name, it's much less known than the neighboring city of Beppu.
Japan's most famous castle reopened to the public in early 2015, after 5 years of work.
The Shibuya District
Shibuya is, without doubt, the most fascinating and most vibrant district of Tokyo.
Matsumoto castle is nicknamed Karasu-jo, the "crow castle", because of its dark allure...
Arashiyama Kimono Forest Kyoto
Arashiyama Kimono Forest Kyoto is an art installation of 600 clear, acrylic cylinders with Kyo-yuzen kimono designs around Arashiyama Keifuku Randen Station.
Okachimachi is a bustling historical market town in Taito ward, Tokyo, that showcases Tokyo's downtown commercial energy in its hundreds of small retail stores, including food and produce from all
Sasayama Guide Hyogo Prefecture
Sasayama Guide Hyogo Prefecture: Sasayama is a picturesque castle town with historic buildings and museums in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
How to have the best Instagram photo of Tokyo
The cosmopolitan city of Tokyo is eye-catching...
The rice fields of Aragijima Island
In Aridagawa in Wakayama prefecture, the Aragijima rice fields spread out like a fan; a unique and unchanged scheme since their creation in 1655.
The best summer activities near Tokyo
Tokyo can be a difficult city to visit in summer. The temperature often exceeds 30°C and the humidity makes doing anything tiring.
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
The Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium will host the opening game baseball and six softball games during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The city of Fukuroi, 20th station of the Tokaido
In the prefecture of Shizuoka and at the gates of the city of Hamamatsu, is Fukuroi. The city prospered for decades as the twentieth station of the 53 stopover towns of the ancient Tokaido route.
The city of Kumagaya
Kumagaya was once a staging post town on the way to Nakasendo, the inland route from Tokyo to Kyoto that was heavily used during the Edo period.
Akihabara: Tokyo's "electric" district
Located in the east of Tokyo, Akihabara is famous for its manga and animation stores.
The bamboo grove of Arashiyama
The Arashiyama bamboo grove, also known as the Sagano bamboo grove (sagano chikurin), is located west of Kyoto.
Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park
Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park and Nojima Fault Preservation Museum commemorates the epicenter of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.
Sasayama Castle Town Historical Districts
Sasayama in Hyogo Prefecture remains largely unchanged with architecture and layout dating from the Edo Period of Japanese history.
Oyasu Gorge and its hot spring
Impressive cliffs, beautiful blue-green waters, and springs gushing at almost 100° in the forest like a corner of hell, this is the setting of the Oyasu Gorge, but above all a small paradise in the
JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
The JAXA Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki has displays of satellites, launch vehicles and the Japanese section of the ISS.
Misumi is a small port at the tip of peninsula southwest of Kumamoto city in Kyushu. It is known as the Gateway to Amakusa Islands.
Reigando Cave Miyamoto Musashi
Reigando Cave in Kumamoto, Kyushu is where the famous Edo Period swordsman Miyamoto Musashi retired to write his classic Book of Five Rings.
The most beautiful mountains of Nikko
Nikko is one of the cities that best sums up Japan.
Musashi Imperial Graveyard Hachioji Tokyo
The Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo holds the graves of the emperors Taisho and Showa and their wives. It is a solemn and dignified place.
Sasayama Castle in Hyogo Prefecture north of Kobe was built in just six months on the orders of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1609.
The city of Takaoka
The city of Takaoka, on the northern Nihon Kai coast, conceals treasures such as a large copper Buddha, beautiful gardens and a museum dedicated to Doraemon, comic book hero in Japan.
The best free things to do in Osaka
As in all cities in the world, you can stroll through the streets of Osaka without spending a penny. But in Osaka, some streets are shows on their own.
volcanic holes of Owakudani
THE OWAKUDANI VOLCANIC VALLEY IS ONE OF THE PLACES NOT TO BE MISSED IF YOU ARE VISITING HAKONE!
Tour of the ANA Maintenance Facilities
Tour of the ANA Maintenance Facilities: ANA offers guided tours for visitors on almost all weekdays throughout the year at Haneda Airport, Tokyo.
In the footsteps of a traveler from the Edo period: stage 1 of Tokaido
Japan Experience offers you a detailed itinerary of the first stage of the Tokaido, the mythical road of the Edo period (1603-1868) , between the Nihonbashi bridge and the old Shinagawa relay, thro
Mount Fuji is unique. But across the archipelago, you can find countless picturesque mountains...
Mashu-ko, the devil's lake of the Ainu
The eastern tip of the island of Hokkaido is home to one of the most beautiful lakes in Japan.
Sumoto Castle Awaji
Sumoto Castle on Awaji Island is a reconstructed castle but still has many of its original stone walls. There are superb views from the top of the hill where it is located.
Omijima Boat Tours
Omijima Boat Tours: the island of Omijima is famous for its stunning coastline and is known as the Marine Alps. It is a day trip from Hagi in Yamaguchi.
Visiting a cave may seem like an unlikely activity in Japan: however, caving enthusiasts or the currious will be delighted to discover that the country is home to many interesting caves.
The best hikes in Hakone
Hakone is part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park in Kanagawa Prefecture. Tokyo's favorite spa town has a lot to offer and is very popular for its various hiking trails.
Walks in the Dakigaeri Gorge
Located in Akita, Dakigaeri Gorge is a beautiful place to take a stroll. Between the forests covering the mountains, the turquoise blue or emerald green waters, and the refreshing waterfalls...
Jinnan is the designer street fashion district of Shibuya, Tokyo, attracting trendy under-30s, and further uphill, has Japan's national broadcaster and Tokyo's most stylish stadium.
Hiking on the plateaus of Tonomine kogen
The Tonomine Plateaus are located in the heart of Hyogo Prefecture, north of Himeji City. This natural site of 90 hectares deserves a visit and a walk of a few hours, especially in autumn.
Tobishima is an island in the Sea of Japan, located off Sakata, in Yamagata Prefecture.
Hiking the Historic Tokaido Trail: Hakone Kyu Kaido
The historic path of Tokaido was traveled for centuries by the Japanese.
Hiyako Samurai District Hagi
Hiyako Samurai District in Hagi is the least well-known of the town's samurai districts but is also an Historic Preservation District.
Hikes in Yoro Keikoku Valley
The Yoro Gorge, in the Boso Peninsula of Chiba prefecture, is a natural beauty and the perfect place for urban hikers in search of nature.
Trekking on Sadogashima Island
From its magnificent coasts to its mountain ranges, from its rice terraces to its primitive forests, from its villages swept by the sea winds to its ancestral temples, the island of Sado, Sadogashi
Mount Zao, a volcano near Sendai
Mount Zao is a mountain nestled in the Tohoku region, between the prefectures of Miyagi and Yamagata.
Mount Tsurugi Quasi-National Park
The Tsurugisan Kokutei Koen is one of the highlights of the island of Shikoku.
In Oita Prefecture, the small town of Kitsuki is worth a detour if you are passing through the region, especially to see Beppu.
Cape Muroto Global Geopark
Cape Muroto Global Geopark in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku has dramatic seascapes and landscapes and is a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, the small area of Jiyugaoka, in south-western Tokyo, allows curious people from all walks of life to take a break.
It's written everywhere: Shimonada is the Japanese station that you would like to visit once in your life.
Mount Chokai, the Tohoku volcano
Mount Chokai is a still active volcano located between the prefectures of Yamagata and Akita, in the Tohoku region.
Located not far from the coast of the city of Takamatsu, within the Seto Inland Sea, the island of Megijima cultivates legendary folklore.
To reach Naoshima and the other art islands in the Seto inland sea, you'll probably need to go through Uno Port.
Located between the large islands of Honshu and Shikoku, Ogijima is one of the smallest islands in the Seto Inland Sea and shines during the Setouchi Triennial season attracting visitors from all a
Naoshima's art in the open-air
Naoshima is the island of art par excellence. This new role in the world of contemporary art is encouraged by the Setouchi Triennale festival taking place in Naoshima and its surroundings.
The city of Sakai
Sakai is an old market town located about fifteen kilometers from Osaka.
Takamijima is part of the Shiwaku Archipelago in the Setouchi Sea.
Rohm Theater Kyoto
Rohm Theater, Kyoto ロームシアター京都 is a performance space in the Okazaki area of the city. It replaced the former Kyoto Kaikan and opened in 2016.
Kudaka Island Okinawa
Kudaka Island 久高島 off the coast of Okinawa main island is a sacred island. It is less than 4 kilometers long and a kilometer wide.
The ancient island of Shamijima
Shamijima was once an island in the Seto Sea, now attached to the land. It has hosted the Setouchi Triennale since 2013 and participated in it in 2019 for the spring session.
Honjima is one of the largest islands in the Shiwaku archipelago, and also one of the most popular.
Hamamatsu, a city in Shizuoka Prefecture, is very proud of its old castle, which has housed great historical figures.
Located 10 km off the west coast of Kagawa Prefecture, Ibukijima is the furthest inland and westernmost island of Shikoku Island.
New National Theatre Tokyo (NNTT)
The New National Theatre Tokyo (NNTT) in Shubuya near Shinjuku Station has three auditoriums and stages opera, drama and dance.
Izu Oshima Island
The island of Izu Oshima, Tokyo prefecture, is a pleasant place to visit nature for a day or two. Exotic landscapes, trekking, relaxation in onsen or walks in the forest...
Hamamatsu is a city in Shizuoka prefecture, along the Pacific coast.
Noevir Stadium Kobe
Noevir Stadium Kobe aka Kobe Stadium was reconstructed for the 2002 World Cup. It is the home ground of Vissel Kobe and Kobelco Steelers.
Naruto Amusement Park
The manga phenomenon Naruto has just been immortalized in the form of an amusement park that has opened on Awaji Island.
The Chichibu Pilgrimage
The Chichibu pilgrimage is one of the most important pilgrimages in Japan.
Mount Hokata is a mountain made up of several peaks located within the Hida Mountains, in the Japanese Northern Alps.
Kirishima Open Air Museum
Kirishima Open Air Museum is a world class collection of modern sculptures in a beautiful natural setting on the slopes of the Kirishima Mountains.
Awashima, a small island located 4.5 kilometers off the coast of Kagawa Prefecture, is one of the exhibition venues of the Setouchi Triennale.
Tanegashima Island Guide
Tanegashima Island guide: Tanegashima is a beautiful island off the coast of Kagoshima famous as the place where the first Europeans set foot in Japan.
The Village of Ine
North of Kyoto Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan and nestled in Ine Bay, this remote village has a rich history and its identity is deeply rooted in the region.
Yunotsu Onsen Shimane Prefecture
Yunotsu is a small, quiet, old-fashioned type of hot spring resort dating back 1,300 years located on the Japan Sea coast of Shimane Prefecture.
Awaji Yumebutai designed by Tadao Ando includes a resort hotel, a conference center, a wedding chapel, an open air theater and a botanical museum.
The Ryuysendo cave
In Iwate Prefecture, Iwaizumi, Ryusendo Cave, or "Dragon Spring Cave", is a National Natural Monument whose crystal blue waters are renowned.
Tocho Observation Decks
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tocho) in Shinjuku, Tokyo has two observation decks, one with a piano decorated by artist Yayoi Kusama.
Yakushima Town History and Folk Museum
Yakushima Town History and Folk Museum has exhibits relating to the history and culture of Yakushima including folk arts, crafts and festival items.
Hakkoda-Towada Gold Line
Hakkoda-Towada Gold Line: This 8 kilometer walk or drive between Sukayu Onsen and Yachi Onsen in Aomori Prefecture is lined with high snow walls and opens in early April.
Sugamo Station in northern Tokyo is located between Komagome and Otsuka Stations. It is also only 30 min walk from the Ikebukuro district and Sunshine City.
Meguro Station is located on the Yamanote in southern Tokyo, between Ebisu and Gotanda stations.
Shinagawa station was the very first to open in Tokyo, in connection with Yokohama, to test a revolutionary new means of transportation: The train!
Mount Nantai is located in the middle of the Nikko Mountains, in Tochigi Prefecture.
Located in the district of Taito, in the northeast of Tokyo, Okachimachi station is located between the two famous stations of Ueno and Akihabara.
Yurakucho Station is located on the Yamanote Line, between Shimbashi Station and Tokyo Station.
Yoyogi Station, located in Shibuya Ward, Yoyogi Ward, was opened in October 1906 and served by JR East's Yamanote and Chuo-Sobu lines.
Shibuya is the major station in the southwest of Tokyo, located between Harajuku and Ebisu on the Yamanote line, and surely one of the best known in the entire capital.
Uguisudani Station is located in Taito Ward in Negishi, wedged between big sister Ueno and Nippori.
Tokyo is equipped on its outskirts with an immense water drainage system for the various rivers that cross the territory of the metropolis.
The station is located in Minato Ward, in southeastern Tokyo in the Tamachi district. On the Yamanote line, it provides easy access to the renowned Rainbow Bridge and Sengaku-ji temple.
Shinjuku, an immense station with countless exits is surely one of the most famous stations in Tokyo.
Tabata Station is located in Kita Ward, north of Tokyo, and served by the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines.
A thriving business district, countless taverns that come alive after dark, overlooking the Sumida river, centuries-old gardens alongside skyscrapers, and the emblematic Tokyo Tower: Hamamatsucho s
Otsuka station experienced upheavals of all kinds in its past history.
Akihabara Station is located northeast of Tokyo, in the Chiyoda district, between Kanda and Okachimachi stations on the JR Yamanote Line.
Okinawa Karate Kaikan
The Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Naha is an ultramodern center using educational technologies, (holographs and three-dimensional videos) blended with ancient weapons and training tools from the past.
Island Lumina Nagasaki
Island Lumina on Iojima Island in Nagasaki is a multimedia night walk in search of an enchanted jewel. Created by Moment Factory, this one-hour adventure takes place through a forest path.
JR Ebisu station was created in 1901. Located in the Shibuya district, it provides access to a pleasant and green area where food and culture come together.
If Naoshima means "the pleasant island", Teshima is called "the prosperous island" because its inhabitants lived there for a long time in opulence thanks to the production of ornamental stones.
Located between Shin-Okubo and Mejiro stations, Takadanobaba station serves an area little known to foreigners.
In the district of Minato, the station of Shimbashi, inaugurated in 1872 is one of the oldest stations in the country.
Kanda is a small station with a long history. It is located in the center of Tokyo, and a stone's throw away from the main Tokyo station.
Top 5 Yamanote mascots
With its stops that serve many districts, each more popular than the next, the Yamanote is an essential line in Tokyo for getting around.
Ura-Harajuku is a collection of small, mostly pedestrianized shopping streets that have developed alongside the grand Ometesando and the bustling Takeshita-dori.
Harajuku station is one of the mythical points of Tokyo, known in particular for its fashion aficionados.
Mount Iwate is a stratovolcano in the Tohoku region, at the foot of which lies the town of Morioka.
Ueno Station is located in Taito Ward, in the northern part of Tokyo.
If you only have to choose one place in the capital where you can see as many trains as possible in the least possible time, it's Nippori that you have to come to!
Visiting Yokohama with Kids
Traveling with children in Japan is easy! Here is our selection of places in Yokohama that will please the whole family.
Komagome is about nature, a unique Yamanote line station with borders of beautiful gardens as soon as you set foot on its quay with the many azalea bushes that are arranged on each side.
The small Shin-Okubo station, much less known than its nearby big sister Shinjuku, hosts the famous Korean district of Tokyo.
Odawara, a coastal town on Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, is often overlooked in favor of its neighbor Hakone.
Ikebukuro station is located northwest of the Yamanote line between Meijiro and Otsuka stations. The Ikebukuro district has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment and sightseeing.
Iida Guide Nagano
Iida is a small city of around 100,000 inhabitants located in the Ina Valley in the south of Nagano Prefecture. It is famous for its apples and Puppet Festa.
Japanese Puppet Theater in Tokushima
Japanese Puppet Theater in Tokushima: view puppet (bunraku) performances at the Awa Jurobe Yashiki Puppet Theater &; Museum in Tokushima, Shikoku.
International Stadium Yokohama Nissan Stadium
Nissan Stadium A.K.A. International Stadium Yokohama is a home ground of the Yokohama F. Marinos and a Rugby World Cup 2019 venue.
Iwaki is a city located in the southeast of Fukushima Prefecture. A former mining town converted to tourism by hosting Japan's first theme park in 1966, the famed Spa Resort Hawaiians.
Kurayoshi is an old town located in the center of Tottori prefecture, in the Chugoku region. Originally, the city hosted the government of Hoki Province as well as a castle on the top of the hill.
Chidorigafuchi, the cherry tree alley in the moat of Edo Castle
Chidorigafuchi is a charming alley located in the Chiyoda district.
National Theatre Tokyo
The National Theatre in the Hanzomon district of Tokyo is one of several national theatres in Japan. It has two auditoriums and the National Engei Hall.
Akasaka-Mitsuke at the northern end of the Akasaka district in Tokyo is a lively district next to the political district of Nagatacho and has lots of small bars, restaurants, and live music venues.
Yuasa Guide Wakayama
Yuasa is an historic port town in the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture known as the birthplace of soy sauce in Japan.
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture is the home ground of the Wild Knights and a 2019 Rugby World Cup venue.
Top 3 Hanami Places in Sapporo
Located further north than the other major cities in the country, Sapporo experiences a slightly later spring bloom, around the beginning of May.
Cherry blossoms in Okinawa
Can't come in the spring to admire the famous cherry blossoms? Then head for the island of Okinawa where you can admire the first blossoms of sakura!
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Tour
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Tour: View this engineering marvel on a tour from the Akashi side of the bridge and get spectacular views and learn how the bridge was built.
Geihinkan Akasaka Palace
The Geihinkan (Akasaka Palace) in Tokyo is Japan's grand, neo-Baroque State Guest House that began life as an imperial palace, and is open to the public.
For explorers, or just those tired of the urban jungle, Kawayu Onsen is the place to go to heal the body and spirit alike.
In eastern Hokkaido, 300 km from Sapporo, the city of Kushiro is the gateway to the Kushiroshitsugen and Akan Mashu National Parks.
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge connects Kobe city on Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. It was completed in 1998 and remains the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Cape Maeda is located in Onneto Village, west of Okinawa Island. Its clear waters and aquatic life are ideal for diving, but the cape is also appreciated for its magnificent landscapes.
Built on the delta of the Abu-gawa River and bordered by the Sea of Japan, Hagi, a former castle town in Yamaguchi prefecture, delights visitors with its location and numerous historical sites.
Hagi Castle is located on the Abu River Delta, at the western tip of Honshu Island. Surrounded by hills, the castle was built by the defeated Mori clan after the Battle of Sekigahara.
Omori Iwami Ginzan Shimane Guide
Omori in Shimane Prefecture is part of the Iwami Ginzan UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a Preserved District of Edo Period buildings.
Located in the center of Kyoto, a stone's throw from Nijo Castle, the historic district of Aneyakoji has managed to preserve its charm and peaceful atmosphere.
Mount Jinba: Mount Jinba, 857 meters tall, is a popular hiking destination situated right on the border between Tokyo and Kanagawa.
To get to the small town of Ushitsu, located on the southern coast of the Noto Peninsula, you have to travel along the roads that run along the still somewhat wild coastline of Ishikawa Prefecture.
Akashi Castle Akashi Hyogo
Akashi Castle: Akashi Castle in Akashi city in Hyogo Prefecture western Japan was built in 1619 to help protect Osaka from possible attack by Tozama daimyo.
Famous for its chalk lighthouse dating from the Meiji era and for being one of the few places from which you can admire the sunrise and sunset over the sea, Cape Rokkosaki is one of the mo
Kurayoshi: read a guide to Kurayoshi city in Tottori Prefecture. It is famous for its well preserved merchant quarter with Edo Period buildings.
One hundred kilometers northeast of Nikko, the town of Shirakawa has some great surprises stored for visitors.
Mount Tsukuba is located in Ibaraki Province, about 90 kilometers north of Tokyo. It is one of the most famous mountains in the country, belonging to the list of the 100 famous mountains of Japan.
Located in the prefecture of Saitama, northwest of Tokyo, Hanno is ignored by tourist circuits.
Located southwest of the Japanese capital, Hiroo is a trendy district with a sizeable expat community.
At the crossroads of Tokyo, Saitama, and Yamanashi prefectures, you can find Mount Kumotori, which rises above 2,000 meters (2,017 meters exactly).
Picturesque villages, small fishing ports, lush vegetation and seaside road, Tattonohama beach immerses you in the heart of the special atmosphere of the Noto peninsula.
Spiritual walk in Koyasan
Mount Koya is a mountain range southeast of Osaka, right in Wakayama prefecture, which is home to a religious group founded by the famous monk Kukai.
Tsunoshima is a small island located between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, off the famous city of Shimonoseki, to which it belongs administratively.
Heda Guide Shizuoka
Heda is a small fishing village on the Izu Penininsula in Shizuoka Prefecture known for its views of Mount Fuji and its spider crab cuisine.
The liana bridge in Ikeda
Located in Fukui Prefecture, a stone's throw from the town of Ikeda, this hanging vine bridge, or kazura bashi, crosses the river for 12 meters.
The 1,000 rice fields of Shiroyone
To the north of the Noto Peninsula lie more than 1,000 rice terraces called Shiroyone Senmaida, on the hillside, down to the Sea of Japan below.
Takojima and its fishing port
The small town of Takojima, located at the tip of the Noto Peninsula, has a small fishing port close to the town center.
Autumn in Aomori
Aomori Prefecture is best known for its summer festivals, Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori and Neputa Matsuri in Hirosaki, known for its cherry blossoms around the feudal castle.
The 5 lakes of Mikata
Located in Wakasa Bay, the five lakes of Mikata are also called “the lakes of five colors,” with their colors changing with the seasons!
Numazu Guide Shizuoka
Numazu Guide Shizuoka: Numazu is a city of about 200,000 inhabitants located at the north-western end of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Cat Street Tokyo
Cat Street in Tokyo is a youth alternative fashion shopping and dining alley in the Jingumae district of Shibuya ward, Tokyo, that intersects with the famous Omotesando fashion street.
Goshiki, the 5 ponds of Mount Bandai
A stone's throw from Mount Bandai is a natural hiking trail around the 5 Goshiki lakes. About 3.6 km long, it meanders between several marshes with changing colors. A feast for the eyes.
With its parks, gardens, historic sites, and remarkable temples, Fukui is a destination worth visiting!
Oya History Museum
Oya History Museum in Oya just outside Utsunomiya consists of an above ground museum and a huge subterranean cavern where Oya stone was mined.
Utsunomiya Castle Ruins
Utsunomiya Castle Ruins: Utsunomiya Castle was the main castle of the Utsunomiya clan which ruled the area for many centuries from the Heian Period on.
Sumida River Tokyo
The Sumida River is Tokyo's best known river for visitors to the Japanese capital, offering numerous cruise options, and dotted with often photogenic bridges.
Matsugamine Catholic Church Utsunomiya
Matsugamine Catholic Church in Utsunomiya, Tochihi was designed by the Swiss architect Max Hinder and completed using Oya stone in 1932.
For more than a kilometer stretch the cliffs of Tojinbo.
These two rocks, linked together by a small braided rope, a sign of their sacred character, are located on the west coast of the Noto peninsula.
Pleasure Cruises in Tokyo
A Tokyo river or harbor cruise can be the highlight of a visit to the Japanese capital city, and is offered by several companies with some imaginative vessels.
Tokyo's Best Rail Spots
Here are the best spots to view Tokyo's maze of a train network, JR, or private companies... Watch the ballet of trains as they depart to serve the millions of passengers daily!
Wada Post Town
Wada Post Town (Wada Shuku) in Nagano Prefecture has a well-preserved honjin (inn) and many other historical buildings set in lovely countryside.
Nagoya Baths & Bathing in Nagoya: enjoy modern Japanese bathing at Funoyu at Chubu International Airport and Raku Spa Garden in Chikusa-ku.
Situated in the sea facing the city of Hiroshima, the island of Ninoshima is steeped in history. During the Second World War, it served as a refuge for the Japanese.
The Three Nishina Lakes
The Aoki, Nakatsuna and Kizaki lakes form the "Three Lakes Nishina". Located in the Japanese Alps, their surroundings offer many activities to travelers.
Toyosu Fish Market
Toyosu Fish Market is a huge. modern wholesale food market in Tokyo, with a morning tuna auction, that opened in 2018 on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay.
The Oji district
Located in the district of Kita, just 10 min by train from Ueno, Oji is a small district that is not well known to travel guides.
The Genbikei and Geibikei gorges
Although only one letter differs in their names; the Geibikei and Genbikei gorges located at Ichinoseki in the Iwate prefecture are nonetheless very different from each other; each offering its own
Marugame, the city of fans
The panorama of the village of Oishi
Located in the wild and mysterious Iya Valley, the village of Oishi nestled in the middle of terraced rice fields offers, to the most curious, a sublime and above all comfortable observation point.
The Todoroki Valley
To the southwest of Shibuya, in Setagaya, there is a small, tropical setting: the Todoroki Valley. A beautiful walk little known to tourists!
Going down the rising avenue makes buyers and strollers swoon in ecstasy looking for their brands.
Tokyo: Dive into the Traditional Nezu
The Nezu district, located northeast of Ueno Park, takes visitors on a journey through time. Here, no buildings but mostly small wooden houses, bordering winding streets.
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
The Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art near Kyoto houses an extensive collection of Mingei craft works collected by Tamesaburo Yamamoto (1893-1966).
Suemori Castle Ruins Motoyama Nagoya
Suemori Castle Ruins are now found inside Shiroyamahachimangu Shrine close to Motoyama subway station in Nagoya. The castle was built by the Oda clan.
Uchiko, Shikoku Town
Traditional residences, vegetable wax production, kabuki theatre... The town of Uchiko, located on the island of Shikoku, has a very important industrial and artisanal heritage.
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