The most beautiful cities and towns in Japan

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Karuizawa

Karuizawa

Otaru

Otaru

Magome-juku

Magome-juku

Kurashiki

Kurashiki

Cities not be missed in Japan

Japan is full of beautiful places, but it's easy to get lost when deciding on your itinerary. To help you in your choices, Japan Experience has prepared a selection of the most beautiful cities and towns in Japan!

Takayama

Surrounded by the Hida Mountains in the Japanese Alps, the city exudes old-fashioned Japanese charm.

Takayama has retained a traditional soul, like many other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. Takayama is nicknamed "Little Kyoto" because of the abundance of shrines, temples and traditional wooden buildings that you can discover while strolling through its streets.

Takayama

Takayama

The Shiraito Falls

The Shiraito Falls

Karuizawa

Just an hour from Tokyo's shinkansen, Karuizawa is a charming little town nestled under the towering Mount Asama, one of the region's most active volcanoes.

Located at an altitude of about 1000 meters, the city offers a pleasant escape to get away from the summer heat and in the fall, the surrounding forest is set ablaze with beautiful shimmering colors.

To the north of the city, the Shiraito Falls, three meters high and 70 meters wide, are particularly impressive.

Otaru

Located in Japan's northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido, this fishing port is one of Japan's most famous places to enjoy delicious fresh seafood.

The city's main attraction is its picturesque canal lined with old warehouses dating from the 19th century. It is possible to take boat trips or walk along the canals.

Otaru a pleasant day trip from Sapporo or a pleasant stopover in the direction of Niseko Ski Resort or Shakotan Peninsula.

Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal

Nara

Nara

Todaiji temple, Nara

View of the Todaiji temple Nara.

Nara

Nara is one of the richest cities in the country culturally. Indeed, thanks to its position as the former imperial capital of Japan and the fact that the city is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, Nara has become a must-see city in Japan.

Located less than an hour from Kyoto and Osaka, Nara is famous for its population deer that freely roams around the temples and shrines of the city.

Another impressive feature is Todaiji Temple, a huge wooden building housing one of Japan's largest bronze Buddha statues.

Magome

An old post town on the Nakasendo road, an important road connecting Tokyo to Kyoto during the Edo period (1603-1868), Magome is a city located in the Kiso valley.

The town has been beautifully restored with a wide cobbled path lined with carefully manicured foliage and beautiful traditional Japanese wooden houses.

You can take one of the most beautiful walks in Japan here. This pleasant trail winds through forests and farmland and passes waterfalls before ending in the charming town of Tsumago.

Magome-juku

Magome-juku

Kurashiki

Kurashiki

Kurashiki

Kurashiki is near the city of Okayama in the Chugoku region. Kurashiki's places of interest are its historic district of Bikan and its preserved canal, which dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867). The town served as the region's important rice distribution center.

But the city has become fashionable, and many of Kurashiki's old rice warehouses have been converted into museums, shops and cafes. It is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of major Japanese cities for a while.

Hakone

Part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone offers a Japanese landscape perfect for an exceptional photo! In front of Lake Ashi, you enjoy a fantastic view of Mount Fuji and the torii gate of Hakone Shrine rising out of the water.

Close to Tokyo, the city of Hakone is an easily accessible spa town very popular with Tokyoites. Indeed, the city is known for its traditional onsen and ryokan. It's also the perfect stopover when traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto.

Hakone

Hakone

Kamakura Hasedera Sanmon

Kamakura Hasedera Sanmon

Kamakura

Kamakura

Kamakura

The city of Kamakura is sometimes nicknamed the "Kyoto of Eastern Japan" for its many Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, old wooden houses and historical monuments.

For nature lovers, the green hills surrounding the city offer many hiking trails.

Not to be missed when going to the area, just a short train ride west of Kamakura, Enoshima is a tourist island located off the coast but connected by a bridge to the mainland.

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