Map of Japan
Hokkaido Tohoku Kanto Koshinetsu Tokai Hokuriku Kinki Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa
Hokkaido, Japan.
Hokkaido
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
Kamakura in the Kantor region, Japan.
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.
Okinawa
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
Sightseeing
The jigoku kawarage and its small volcanic lake of a milky turquoise blue
Yuzawa’s Luxury Ryokan “Heaven” and Volcanic Landscape “Hell”
If you are looking for a deeper nature than big urban cities to admire the kouyou - the phenomenon of the leaves changing color in the autumn - Yuzaw ... more
Autumn colours and steam clouds on the Oyasukyo Gorge
Autumn leaves and wild onsen in the Oyasukyo Gorge
Whether you already live in Japan or are just passing through, you will naturally want to go southwest of Tokyo and visit the most popular tourist de ... more
# Old Town
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Design your Perfect Travel Itinerary with the Help of a Local Guide
Sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters A roadside service station i ....
Green Tourism in the rural and historical village of Asuka, Nara
Sponsored by Asuka Mura village, Nara Asuka (飛鳥) is a place steeped in history: the fir ....
Accommodation
The jigoku kawarage and its small volcanic lake of a milky turquoise blue
Yuzawa’s Luxury Ryokan “Heaven” and Volcanic Landscape “Hell”
If you are looking for a deeper nature than big urban cities to admire the kouyou - the phenomenon of the leaves changing color in the autumn - Yuzaw ... more
The breakfast table
Luxury stay in a ryokan with a private bath in Yamaga Onsen
sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters I had several opportunities to stay in Japanese ryokan, and I can say that these tradit ... more
# Farmstay
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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 ....
Ubuyama Village: Local Wagyu Beef and Warm Hospitality at a Farm Stay
Sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters On the north east rim of the A ....
Transport
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
Akita railway, tohoku, Japan.
Riding the Rails on 2 Amazing Trains of Akita Prefecture
Sponsored by Semboku City I have a little secret to spill. When my son was a toddler, we bought him a Tomy Plarail toy train set from Japan. He was ... 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 ....
Activities
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
Yamaga: Strolling the City of Lanterns in a Vintage Kimono
sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters Situated in Kumamoto Prefecture on the old Buzen Kaido road linking northern and so ... more
# Outdoors
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Kikuchi Gorge, Kumamoto, Kyushu Japan
The Rejuvenating Forest of Kikuchi Gorge
sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters Shinrin yoku, or "Fores ....
Aso Landscape, Kumamoto
Outdoor Adventure Activities in Aso, Kumamoto
sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters Ahh, the great outdoors of ....
Culture
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
A Theater and Show Preserving the Past in Yamaga, Kumamoto
sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters   Some say the beauty of Japan lies in the way it attempts to balance the reverence ... 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 ....
Food
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
Degustation at Kikuka
Experiencing the Taste of Yamaga at Kikuka Winery
Sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters At first glance, Yamaga resembles any other quiet and laid back town in the northern Kum ... more
# Local specialities
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Mrs Igata, showing how to use a traditional tool to make somen noodles
Specialties of Nankan: Somen Noodles and Fried Tofu
sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters Nankan, in northern Kum ....
Delights of Kyushu: Where to Buy Organic Food and Local food in Kumamoto
Sponsored by Northern Kumamoto Administrative Headquarters Kyushu, the most southwest ....
Shopping
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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