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Sapporo / Otaru

Sapporo city is the main hub of Japan’s northern island, Hokkaido. It is the fifth-largest city in Japan in terms of population, and its population makes up for 30% of Hokkaido ...

Niseko

Niseko is an extremely popular ski resort, famous for it's beautiful scenery, endless perfect light powder snow and huge Australian community too that have been huge contributor...

Hokkaido

Hokkaido is the northernmost main island of Japan, and is famous for it's beautiful scenery, mouth-watering seafood, and ski-resorts. Ski and snowboard to your hearts content on...

Aomori

Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost region of Japan’s main island, Honshu. It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides and famous for its local dishes which make use of fresh...

Iwate

Located in the north of Japan's main island, Iwate prefecture is home to a number of ski resorts that are perfect for the winter and some golf clubs to occupy you during the sum...

Miyagi

Miyagi prefecture, located in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, is rich in both its natural beauty and its ancient history and culture. Costal and with beautiful sights on the...

Sendai

Sendai city is one of the most important hubs of Japan’s Tohoku (north east) region and the seat of Miyagi’s prefectural government. The name Sendai was given to the area by the...

Akita

Akita is well recognized internationally for the Akita breed of dog that is thought to originate from this region and shares its name. Cold during the winter and quite mountaino...

Yamagata

Yamagata is best known in Japan as a rural prefecture, with Yamagata cherries being a coveted export. With large swathes of untouched land, the prefecture radiates natural beaut...

Fukushima

Fukushima Prefecture is located in Japan's Tohoku region, north of Tokyo. There are many prime locations to visit inside Fukushima, like the mountainous volcanos, stunning hot s...

Ibaraki

As Japan's #1 producer of Natto, the fermented soybeans, foreigners might already be wary of Ibaraki. However, Ibaraki also enjoys vast stretches of beautiful beachfront and is ...

Tochigi

Tochigi prefecture, well known for its wealth of hot springs (onsen), is an easily accessible location for travelers. Close by to Tokyo, many visitors come to relax in Tochigi's...

Nikko

Nikko National Park and Nikko city, in Tochigi prefecture, are known throughout Japan for their natural beauty. Mountainous and quite chilly during the colder seasons, this is e...

Saitama

Benefiting from the large flow of people from Tokyo, Saitama prefecture has been able to grow and develop without compromising its rich cultural history. With a wide variety of ...

Chiba

Chiba prefecture, is located eastwards of Tokyo. Because it is the location of Japan's busiest international airport, Narita, it is very likely that travelers will pass through ...

Tokyo City

Tokyo Metropolis is Japan’s capital city and home to more than 13 million people, not counting the millions who commute to work from the surrounding regions. It is without doubt...

Outskirts of Tokyo City

Tokyo is not all just bustling city streets and neon lights and believe it or not, there are some beautiful scenic spots and hiking spots you can see in Tokyo while on your visi...

Yokohama

Yokohama is Japan's second largest city by population and is only 30 minutes away from Tokyo by train. It has a very different feel and atmosphere than Tokyo. Despite being home...

Kamakura

Kamakura was the seat of Japan’s first military government (Shogunate) from the late 12th century. Together with Nara and Kyoto, it ranks as one of the most important political ...

Hakone

Hakone is a popular getaway for urbanites from Tokyo and Yokohama. It is most famous as a hot spring (onsen) resort with numerous traditional Japanese guesthouses known as ryoka...

Kanagawa

Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, is the second largest prefecture in Japan by population, being home to Yokohama City. It only takes about 30 minutes by train from Yokohama to T...

Gunma

Gunma is a prefecture blessed with nature north of Tokyo and easily accessible from the capital. It is most famous for its hot springs, especially the Kusatsu Onsen area but the...

Yamanashi

Yamanashi Prefecture is most famous for the Fuji Five Lakes area near the northern part of Mt. Fuji. The area north of Mt. Fuji includes Kawaguchiko Lake and the Fuji-Q Highland...

Shizuoka

Most travelers to Japan are likely to pass through Shizuoka Prefecture as it is halfway on the train line between Osaka and Tokyo. It is located in central Japan and borders Jap...

Izu-Atami

The Izu peninsula, and in particular the city of Atami located on the coast of Izu are famous for their onsen (hot spring) resorts. With quick 40 minute access from Tokyo by Shi...

Niigata

Niigata Prefecture is located in central Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. Abundant in nature and offering a great variety of scenery, from mountains to islands, it is a wonderful...

Yuzawa

Yuzawa, located in Niigata prefecture is an extremely popular tourist destination famous for it's top level ski-resorts, beautiful scenery and hot springs. It is also one of the...

Nagano

Nagano Prefecture is one of the few prefectures in Japan that do not border the sea. It is famous for its mountains, in particular the Japan Alps, and popular for hiking in summ...

Hakuba

Hakuba is a mountainous region in Nagano Prefecture that is a popular destination for hiking in summer and skiing in winter. It is named after its main mountain range, Mt. Hakub...

Karuizawa

With a long history as a getaway from the hot, humid summers that the rest of Japan experiences, Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture is viewed by some as an upper-class resort locati...

Toyama

Toyama prefecture is an extremely lush part of Japan, with around 30% of its overall land designated as National Parkland by Japan's government. Visting sights like Kurobe Gorge...

Ishikawa

The coastal Ishikawa prefecture has enjoyed far more national and international attention since it has become integrated by bullet train. This has given it the opportunity to di...

Kanazawa

Able to escape aerial raids during World War Two, the older districts of Kanazawa have remained remarkably intact and have drawn parallels of the city to Kyoto. Most famous for ...

Fukui

Positioned over a large stretch of Japanese coastline, Fukui prefecture understandably has its fair share of beautiful beachfront. Easily reachable by ferry, one of the more pop...

Gifu

Gifu prefecture, once known for producing the best swords in all of Japan, retains much of the historical beauty and architecture of Japan's past. Deep in the mountains, you can...

Aichi

Aichi Prefecture is located in central Japan and is known for its strong industry. Famous local producers include the carmaker Toyota that started off here: a number of its fact...

Nagoya

Nagoya is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and the largest city and transportation hub in central Japan (Chubu), the area between Kansai and Kanto. The city today looks distinctl...

Mie

Mie Prefecture lies in the southeast of the Kansai region and has a long coastline along the Pacific Ocean. Mie is most well-known for its religious and spiritual heritage: it i...

Ise・Shima

Ise Shima is an attractive region in the west of Mie Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean. Its main city, Ise, is most well-known for being the location of the Ise Jingu Shrine,...

Shiga

Shiga Prefecture is the area around Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. It is separated from Kyoto by a mountain range and features many places of historical and religious interest...

Kyoto

Kyoto truly is the center of traditional Japanese culture. It was the seat of the Japanese Emperor from 794 until the late 19th century, when he moved to Tokyo, making the city ...

Nara

Nara is an important center of ancient Japanese culture. Nara city was Japan's capital from 710 to 784 and features some of the country's oldest Buddhist temples, including Hory...

Osaka

Osaka is the largest city in the Kansai region of Japan that also includes Kyoto and Nara. It is perhaps the only city in Japan that can compete with Tokyo in terms of its contr...

Hyogo

Hyogo is the prefecture to the west of Osaka. It stretches all the way from the Seto Inland Sea in the south to the Sea of Japan in the north. Awaji Island, the island connectin...

Kobe

Kobe is an international port city in the Kansai region, part of Hyogo Prefecture. It is just across the bay from Osaka city and is built along a mountain range which includes t...

Wakayama

Wakayama Prefecture is located in the south of the Kansai region. Facing the Pacific Ocean on two sides, it offers some of Kansai's most popular beaches and hot springs (onsen) ...

Tottori

Tottori Prefecture is located along the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Chugoku region of Western Japan. Tottori has the smallest population of any prefecture in Japan, and als...

Shimane

Shimane prefecture is located facing the sea of Japan along the coast of the Chugoku region in western Japan. Shimane has the 2nd smallest population (after Tottori prefecture) ...

Okayama

Okayama prefecture, located in in western Japan in the Chugoku region of Honshu facing the Seto Inland Sea. Okayama is a central point in Japan with easy access to other region...

Hiroshima

Hiroshima prefecture is rich in natural beauty and history. It is located in the southwest of Japan's main island, Honshu, facing the Seto Inland Sea and being connected to both...

Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi prefecture it the westernmost prefecture of the Chugoku region and thus also of the Honshu island. The capital city of the prefecture is Yamaguchi city, however the bi...

Kagawa

Kagawa prefecture, located in Shikoku (one of the four main islands of Japan), is the northernmost prefecture of Shikoku. Kagawa is also the smallest prefecture in Japan in term...

Tokushima

Tokushima Prefecture is the easternmost region of Shikoku Island and the one closest to Osaka and the Kansai region. It is connected to Honshu by the famous Akashi Kaikyo and Na...

Ehime

Ehime Prefecture is located on the westernmost part of Japan's Shikoku Island and is connected to Hiroshima Prefecture on Honshu via bridges across small islands. The scenic rou...

Kochi

Kochi Prefecture located on the south coast of Shikoku (one of the four main islands of Japan). Kochi despite being a remote part of Japan is rich in cultural traditions and is ...

Fukuoka

Fukuoka is a prefecture located on the island of Kyushu, the most southern of Japan's four main islands. Fukuoka is at the center of Kyushu's politics, economy, culture and fash...

Hakata

Hakata is the name of a district in Fukuoka, but is also the old name of the autonomous city that is now known as Fukuoka city today. Hakata is one of themain industrial distric...

Oita

Oita prefecture located in north-east Kyushu is perhaps the most famous prefecture for onsen (hot springs) in Japan. Places such as Beppu and Yufuin being especially popular ons...

Saga

Saga prefecture is a small prefecture located in north-west Kyushu, next to Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures. On a size and economic scale, Saga is the smallest prefecture in Ky...

Nagasaki

Nagasaki prefecture is perhaps the most internationally famous prefecture of Kyushu, due to the fate it met during the Second World War, being the second and last place in the h...

Kumamoto

Kumamoto Prefecture located in the central west of Kyushu, is a tourism goldmine with Kumamoto Castle and Mt. Aso being landmarks that represent the prefecture. Kumamoto Castle ...

Miyazaki

Miyazaki prefecture located in southeast Kyushu, is a prefecture with a unique tropical atmosphere to it, famous for its palm trees and beaches, which are frequented by local su...

Kagoshima

Kagoshima prefecture, is the most southern prefecture of Kyushu. Together with its numerous islands that stretch hundreds of kilometers to the south, with the Amami islands bein...

Okinawa

Okinawa prefecture is the perfect tropical getaway that you wouldn't initially associate with Japan. Along with the almost heavenly Miyakojima and Ishigakijima islands that offe...