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
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
Traditional Containers for Storing Soy Sauce
Noda: A City of Soy Sauce on the Outskirts of Tokyo
Noda is a small city north of Tokyo in Chiba prefecture easily accessible by train from Tokyo and is known as “the city of soy sauce” because of the ... more
Ushiki Daibutsu, the Giant Buddha Statue with Bell
Pilgrimage to Ibaraki’s Giant Buddha: Ushiku Daibutsu
Ibaraki is a lush, green prefecture north of Tokyo full of natural beauty, peaceful towns, and plenty of tradition. It’s a mere train ride from Tokyo ... more
# Old Town
Our recommendations
Guardian Statues at a Shrine in Nagareyama
Charm, History, and White Mirin in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture
Nagareyama: Birthplace of White Mirin Nagareyama Honcho 流山元町 is the heart of a group o ....
Surveying the city of Takehara, Hiroshima
From Sake to Whisky: 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 ....
Accommodation
Tsukuba Shrine at Mt. Tsukuba
In the Foothills of Lovers: A Journey to Mt. Tsukuba
“Fuji in the West, Tsukuba in the East.” This is the phrase used to describe the importance of Mt. Tsukuba to Japan. Located in Ibaraki prefecture no ... more
Inside a traditional Japanese kominka
Staying in a Kominka, a Traditional Japanese House on Ojika Island
After trekking on abandoned Nozaki Island, we return to Ojika island for a stay in a traditional Japanese house. This island in Nagasaki Prefecture ... 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 ....
Transport
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 ....
Activities
Daruma Dolls in Chochin Lantern and Figurine Shop
Culinary and Artistic Traditions in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture
Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture is a link between cities and times. It connects to its neighbors Noda, Kashiwa, and Nagareyama, and along with them, form ... more
The foggy Mount Fuji in Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan
The Pearls of Enoshima: Fish, the Sea and Mount Fuji
Enoshima, that small and enjoyable island located in Kanagawa Prefecture, offers a huge variety of activities. It is not surprising that it is consi ... more
# Outdoors
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Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan
The Jewel of Shonan: Winter Illumination Paradise of Enoshima
After a whole day walking around Enoshima, I was exhausted. The sun was setting and the ....
Sakura blossom season at Keiseki Park
Sakura Blossoms at Keiseki Park and Baby Blue Eyes in Nakatsu, Oita
Perhaps it's an obvious statement, but allow me to make it anyways: Japan loves their sak ....
Culture
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 ....
Food
Kashiwa Streets at Night
The Nightlife of Kashiwa, An Alternative to Tokyo
Kashiwa is a city resting in Chiba Prefecture only 30 minutes from Tokyo along the Joban train line (one of Tokyo's train networks) that contains all ... more
Cooking fish in Ojika island
Share a Meal with a Japanese Family – A Rural Experience of Ojika
Far from the stress and the noise of the big Japanese cities, I put my backpack down on the island of Ojika. It is a place with incredible charm ... more
# Local specialities
Our recommendations
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 ....
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
Victoria Ski Snowboard Shop Equipment Tokyo Resort Gear Boots
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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