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Mt. Fuji

Mt. FujiSacred, singular and spectacular, Mt. Fuji is nothing short of awe-inspiring and rightfully one of the country’s top attractions Whether you experience Mt. Fuji up close, from the confines of a relaxing hot spring resort or ryokan, or from as far away as Tokyo, there are many ways you can make the country’s tallest mountain Read more

Nikko

NikkoWhere magnificent architecture, deep history and untouched nature merge Nikko’s beautiful setting and sacred mountains have been the backdrop of Shinto and Buddhist worship since at least the 8th century. Its most famous shrines and temples, among the most magnificent in Japan, are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The surrounding national park is a destination Read more

Hiroshima

HiroshimaHiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event. In the park are the ruins of Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that was left standing near ground zero. Other prominent sites include Shukkei-en, a Read more

Nara

NaraLarge temple roofs and pagoda towers peek through the trees. A 15-meter-tall Buddha housed in the world’s largest wooden building. Nara Park is located in the center of the city of Nara, extending about 4 kilometers from east to west, and about 2 kilometers from south to north. Many deer graze along the spacious lawns Read more

Takayama

TakayamaA picturesque town with one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. Takayama is located in northern Gifu Prefecture. It is most famous for the Sanno-machi Historic District and the biannual Takayama Festival, which has been designated as one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals. During the festival, intricately crafted festival floats are displayed in Read more

Kanazawa

KanazawaKanazawa, the seat of the prefectural office, is made up of three hills, the Kodatsuno Plateau that stretches southeast between the Asano-gawa and Sai-kawa rivers and Mt. Utatsu-yama and Teramachidai, which spread out on both sides. It is the center of economy, commerce, and culture in the Hokuriku region. Kanazawa has prospered for some 300 Read more

Kyoto

KyotoThe former capital of Japan, famous worldwide for its temples and shrines. Kyoto was the center of politics and culture for 1,100 years. Kyoto Prefecture stretches out from the southeast to the northwest in the central and northern parts of the Kansai region. It has four geographical features, the saw-toothed coastal area around Maizuru Bay Read more

Tokyo

TokyoTokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo. Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. Read more

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