Map of Japan
Hokkaido, Japan.
Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest and most northern island. During winter the island is covered in a blanket of thick white snow and its surrounding seas turn to ice. Those who like to ski and snowboard will definitely find their next mountain to slide down. more
Tohoku, Japan.
Tohoku | Sendai
The region of Tohoku is in the northern part of Japan’s main island (Honshu) and consists of the prefectures Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, and Fukushima. Encompassing the northern tip of Honshu, Tohoku is surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the Pacific and Tsugaru Strait but also features a mountain range through its middle. more
Kanto | Tokyo
Apart from the metropolitan Tokyo, Kanto consists of the prefectures Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama and Tochigi. A bit of trivia for the Pokemon fans amongst us, the name Kanto may sound familiar to you as the original region the story took place in Kanto. Although you will pretty much find anything you could ever wish for in Tokyo, exploring the rest of Kanto is well-worth doing. more
Matsumoto Castle, Japan.
Koshinetsu | Nagano
Yamanashi’s most liked experiences is picking grapes, peaches and plums during the harvest seasons.For those coming to Japan during the summer and need an escape from the heat, Nagano Prefecture is your place to go.Moving slightly towards the east you come across Niigata prefecture, home to the Japanese most important food: rice. more
Kenroku-en Garden, Hokuriku area, Japan.
Hokuriku | Kanazawa
The Hokuriku region is located in the northwestern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan and consists of the prefectures Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui. Faced in Sea of Japan, seafood is so delicious, and it snows a lot in this region, the attractive onsen or ski place are welcome to you. more
Sumatakyo gorge in Shizuoka, Japan.
Tokai | Nagoya
The Tokai region is in the middle part of Japan that runs along the pacific ocean: Mie, Gifu, Aichi, and Shizuoka prefecture. The biggest city in this region is Nagoya-city where you can see some local specialities: Eel, Miso-Katsu, Chicken wings, and some Anko sweets. more
Kinki | Kyoto
The Kinki region, also known as Kansai, is one of Japan’s most popular destinations with the metropolitan aspiring Osaka and the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara at its center. Osaka is Japan’s second largest city and much like Tokyo buzzes with activity throughout the year. more
Miyajima, Japan.
Chugoku | Hiroshima
As Japan’s main island’s most western region, Chugoku remains an off-the-beaten-path destinations for many visitors. Nonetheless, even outside its most-known city Hiroshima the region has plenty to offer in terms of vast nature and memorable sights. more
Naoshima island in Shikoku, Japan.
Shikoku | Naoshima
The island of Shikoku consisting of the four prefectures Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, and Kochi is rich of both history and natural beauty. With the completion of several expressway bridges the island has become easily from several major cities on the western side of Honshu, such as Kobe and Okayama. more
Sakurajima island, Kyushu, Japan.
Kyushu | Fukuoka
As the gateway between Japan and Asia, Kyushu is located southwest of Japan’s main island Honshu and has a slightly warmer tropical climate. Kyushu is also known as the “Land of the Seven Prefectures” as it encompasses the seven prefectures: Fukuoka (the island’s largest city), Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima. more
Okinawa, Japan.
The prefecture of Okinawa is made up of about 160 islands also known as the Ryukyu Islands between Kyushu and Taiwan. The islands harbor a subtropical climate making it both comfortable throughout the year as well as lush in nature. more
Outside view of Matsue Castle
Western Japan on a Budget: Explore Matsue Castle and a Yokai Manga Town Near Hiroshima
Sponsored by Chugoku Region Tourism Promotion Association / Chugoku District Transport Bureau We've already discussed in a previous article ... more
Milk no Sato with Mt. Daisen in the background
Exploring the Mt. Fuji of Western Japan – Mt. Daisen
Sponsored by Chugoku Region Tourism Promotion Association / Chugoku District Transport Bureau With steady rain already falling outside of our ... more
# Old Town
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Surveying the city of Takehara, Hiroshima
From Sake to Whiskey: How Historic Takehara City near Hiroshima Gave Birth to one of Japan’s Finest Spirits
Sponsored by Chugoku Region Tourism Promotion Association / Chugoku District Transport B ....
Day trip from Tokyo to Gyoda city, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
The Saitama Prefecture in Japan is a rich destination for history and culture, and Gy ....
Kanoe Lodge in Iiyama, Nagano
Why My Heart Returns to Iiyama City
Sponsored by Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau You know a particular place has captured your heart when it leaps at the chance to return there. So ... more
Interior of room at Kikuya, Niigata
The Hidden Luxury of Takanosu Onsen
Sponsored by Sekikawa Village Traditional Luxury Deep in the Countryside of Niigata Prefecture After finishing off a day of cycling ... more
# Farmstay
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Higher Goals: A Guesthouse Sustaining Life in Murakami City
Sponsored by Murakami City Finishing off a day of exploring Murakami City, I c ....
The Yonemura seated at the breakfast table
Northern Kumamoto: A Farm stay in Kikuchi
sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters When we travel, we ofte ....
Aerial view of Hiroshima Bus Terminal
Hiroshima Bus Terminal: The Ultimate Tourist’s Guide to Budget Travel in Hiroshima, Japan
Sponsored by Chugoku Region Tourism Promotion Association / Chugoku District Transport Bureau Congratulations! If you've chosen Hiroshima as ... more
Nagasaki local train
Embarking on the most scenic train ride along the Nagasaki Bay
Sponsored by Higashisonogi Town. Sitting in a comfortable seat, watching the landscape whizzing by at high speed, all the while getting from point ... more
# Near Tokyo or Osaka
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A Day or Weekend Trip from Tokyo: Hakone, Enoshima, Oyama by Odakyu Railway
Sponsored by ODAKYU ELECTRIC RAILWAY Japan prides itself on excellent service and hospi ....
Keisei Skyliner train
Which Way is the most Convenient from Narita Airport to Tokyo?
Sponsored by Keisei Railways.    Narita International Airport is 65km from the ....
Tokyu Rei Hotel, King Sky Front, Kawasaki Coastal area in Kawasaki, Kanagawa
The Environmental Factories of the Kawasaki Coastal Area
Sponsored by Coastal Area International Strategy Headquarters, City of Kawasaki In my mind, industrial areas were dark, dirty and noisy places ... more
Discover Yuzawa’s Traditional Japanese Kites
Have you ever flown a kite before? While in Western countries, kites are considered a child's toy, in Japan, they are enjoyed by people of all ag ... more
# Outdoors
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Okunoshima Rabbit Island in Hiroshima
Rabbit Island: The Cutest Day Trip from Hiroshima on a Budget
Sponsored by Chugoku Region Tourism Promotion Association / Chugoku District Transport B ....
3 Ways To Spend A Perfect Day in Iiyama City
Sponsored by Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau By the time we boarded the Hokuriku Shinka ....
A neko-chigura in Sekikawa Village.
Sekikawa’s Neko-chigura “Cat Houses” Sustain Tradition and Cats Alike
Sponsored by Sekikawa Village Its no secret that people here in Japan absolutely love cats. At almost every port, downtown area, and even ... more
Culture in Yuzawa: three festivals for three colorful seasons
In Japan, ancestral traditions are still very much alive, and wherever you go, the many festivals held throughout the country will give you the oppor ... more
# Tips
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The Top 5 Travel Apps for Japan
Using mobile apps can make your life in Japan a lot easier. In this article I will show yo ....
ATM: Wondering Where to Withdraw Cash in Japan?
Carrying Cash in Japan Carrying cash in Japan can be really useful. There are plenty of r ....
Culinary Excellence in Fukuoka, Kyushu’s Largest City
Sponsored by Kyushu District Transport Bureau From 100 yen snacks at street stalls to the highest concentration of Michelin stars in the wor ... more
Dinner at Yamakawa Zenzo Ryokan, Kumamoto
Wondrous Waterfalls, Luxury Ryokan and *OMG* Ice Cream in the Waita Onsen Area
Call me a waterfall skeptic. Often while browsing through Google Maps, I'll come across a waterfall marked as a landmark and have images of casca ... more
# Local specialities
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Breakfast at Ikenoyamasou Ryokan, Fukuoka Prefecture
Kyushu’s Culinary Secrets: Exploring the Essentials of Japanese Cuisine in Fukuoka Prefecture
Sponsored by Kyushu District Transport Bureau Japan’s mountainous landscape is made up ....
Cultural and Culinary Fusion in Nagasaki
Sponsored by Kyushu District Transport Bureau At the height of the Fall season, I re ....
Murakami Tea Matcha Traditional Teahouse Local Cuisine Niigata Prefecture
Discovering Japanese Tea Culture in Murakami
Sponsored by Murakami city Among the things that are fundamentally associated with the Japanese archipelago, tea probably takes one of the top spot ... more
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Victoria Main Store – Eight Floors of Ski and Snowboard Equipment in Central Tokyo
It is a little-known fact among foreigners that 73% of Japan is mountainous. With most of the Japanese residential population scattered between these ... more
# Local crafts
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Everything You Need To Know About Tokyo’s Antenna Shops
Standing outside of Yurakucho Station in central Tokyo, I catch the white flash of a S ....
The Traditional Craft in Yuzawa: Kawatsura Lacquerware
The Traditional Craft in Yuzawa: Kawatsura Lacquerware
Sponsored by Yuzawa Geopark Promotion Group Yuzawa City, in Akita Prefecture, offers vi ....
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