Onyu Pass, which lies on that route at the border between Shiga and Fukui, is famous for its beautiful sea of clouds. Many people journey here to take amazing photos of the sea of clouds and the spectacular autumn colours.
A short walk from JR/Subway Tennoji station and Kintetsu Abenobashi station, this facility consists of 16 floors (B2F to 14F) of Abeno Harukas, the tallest building of its type in Japan. Designed under the theme of a "town-like place", the diverse variety of shops include premium brands and trendy shops. Its 44 restaurants seat 2800 customers, accommodating on-site free Wifi.
Over 1,000 cherry trees bloom along a 1.3-kilometer stretch of road near Maebashi. Just beyond the cherry trees, fields of yellow rapeseed blossoms create a colorful contrast.
Akihabara is also known as a mecca for otakus with its collection of Japanese anime and comics, shops selling idol goods and maid cafés.
At the end of winter, the hills above the Akima River in the town of Annaka burst into bloom with pink and white Japanese plum blossoms. The roughly 35,000 plum blossom trees here attract visitors from all over the Kanto area.
This is a scenic spot from which the 3,000 m-high Tateyama Mountain Range can be seen above the ocean on sunny days. The magnificent view that changes seasonally is breathtaking. Around the 12th century, a famous warrior named Minamoto no Yoshitsune waited there for the rain to stop during his escape. This is the origin of the place name Amaharashi, which means “the rain stops”.
Amanohashidate is one of the “Three Most Famous Views in Japan.” This natural land bridge is described in legend as having been created by the deity Izanagi-no-mikoto as a path from the heavens to the deity Izanami-no-mikoto. Amanohashidate is a natural work of art, created by the Sea of Japan and the Noda River, flowing from its source on Mt. Oe. The mysterious beauty, the white sands and green pine trees present a truly superb view. Some 8,000 pine trees grow in the sand along the roughly 3.6-kilometer bridge.
This lively shopping street near Ueno Station is a great place to find bargains and tasty food! There are plenty of shops to explore on the main street and under the JR overpass.
Enjoy a vast and spectacular nighttime light-up on this hotel’s expansive grounds.
Fukui's finest hot spring town, boasting 130 years of history since its opening. The plaza in front of Awara-Yunomachi Sta. features a free public foot bath and a variety of small restaurants. At the Dento Geinokan (Traditional Performing Arts Hall), visitors can have a lesson from real geisha, and enjoy a taiko drum performance or traditional geisha games.
Benten Rock, part of the UNESCO Geopark, was made by undersea volcanic eruptions from the Fossa Magna. With its beautiful landscape of green pine trees and vermilion bridge, the white lighthouse is recognized as a romantic guidepost.
Historically, it's been referred to as "Little Kamakura" since it served as Nagano's center of government during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). This hot spring area has its own National Treasure, Anrakuji temple, and stunning traditional onsen ryokan.
The Noto Peninsula is surrounded by the sea of Japan, with breathtaking coastlines. Enjoy bicycling on roads along the beautiful coast.
The Biwako Terrace offers a spectacular panoramic view of Lake Biwa, making it a popular mountain resort destination for adult travelers — and in winter, it’s a great place for skiing, too.
Built in 1896, as a warehouse for storing cocoons and raw silk deposited as collateral. The building uses cutting-edge construction methods of the time, like symmetrical windows, a complete second floor, and a kingpost truss ceiling. It is a nationally registered important cultural property.
Buddhist Artwork, Traditional Japanese Gardens & Modern Architecture
For a very different view of the Tone River, you can try bungee jumping from the Suwakyo Bridge, 42 meters above the river. More than 50,000 people have taken the plunge from this bridge, one of the longest-running bungee operations in Japan.
From April to October, you can hike, climb, swim, and slide through the canyons of Minakami, just 70 minutes away from Tokyo. Choose from half- and full-day packages that range from beginner options to more challenging excursions.
At the village of Takeda, quiet village away from the busy town, approximately 100 cascading cherries are in bloom in the middle April. Cherries illuminated in the evening are also fascinating..
”Chazuna” is full of Japnese "Omotenashi" hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you to the lush park and the museum where you can see, learn and experience the the history and culture of Uji Tea and its town Uji through our various programs.
Cherry blossoms fill Tokyo in the spring, drawing people from all over. Families and groups of friends love to get together to eat and chat, under the beautiful blue sky and gorgeous pink cherry blossom trees.
They have a suspension bridge and zipline where you can take a walk in the air over Arakawa Valley with a harness attached over a total length of 100m and a height of 50m.
The temples of the Chichibu Pilgrimage are included in the 100 Japanese Kannon Temples along with the 33 temples of the Saigoku Pilgrimage and the 33 temples of the Bando Pilgrimage. These sacred Kannon sites are dotted across three towns and one city: Chichibu city; and Yokoze, Minano, and Ogano in Chichibu county. One circuit of the pilgrimage from the 1st temple, Shimanbeji, to the 34th temple, Suisenji, is about 100 km.
Chikubu Island has long been a center of religious faith in Japan. This small yet sacred island, just 2 km around, is home to both Hogon-ji Temple and Tsukubusuma Shrine.
Linking Hikone Port with Chikubushima in just 40 minutes, a simple and easy way to visit one of Hikone's greatest sightseeing spots. There are multiple routes that take varying lengths of time, so please check the schedule carefully.
This beach driveway is 8 km long and has a road-width of 50 m. It's made of tightly compacted fine sand making it firm enough for a pleasant drive along the beach. It makes for a wonderful experience as you enjoy a car-ride on the beach while appreciating the glow of the setting sun.
Chirimen is a special kind of silk produced in Kyotango for 300 years. It has a bumpy texture which makes it soft to the touch. It is very important to the Kyoto kimono industry.
City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts (KVH) are knowledgeable, friendly interpreter guides who specialize in Kyoto. They accompany visitors throughout the city, providing detailed and accurate information not only about its history, culture and traditional industries, but also about all kinds of other charms of Kyoto such as products, lifestyle, and people. Anybody can take advantage of this paid service, whether in Kyoto for a holiday or on business.
Use the Kyoto City Visitors Host search site “Clematis” to find an interpreter guide from Kyoto who specializes in Kyoto and offers Kyoto quality service.
The "Ishitatami no Komichi" (Cobbled Lanes) is a commercial area that offers everything from shopping through to dining, preserving the historical scenery of Hachiman waterways while letting you experience what it must have been like to walk those streets in olden times.
Tsubame City has prospered as a metalworking town since the Edo period. The quality and stylish designs of these spoons, forks, and other items are highly regarded around the world.
This museum offers a place to learn about the thoughts and ideas of Daisetz Suzuki, who shared Zen Buddhism with the world. A contemplative space is also available for visitors. The museum was designed by world-class architect Yoshio Taniguchi, providing water features and stone walls to explore, for a distinctively "Kanazawa" feel.
Known as the central heart of Osaka’s busy Minami district, Dotonbori is well-known for scenes such as tourists crowded around the famous Glico sign to take commemorative photographs. Few people know the origin of the area’s name, however, which in fact comes from Yasui Doton, who poured his life savings into a river excavation project 12 years after the decisive battle of SekigaharaLater, the southern side of Dotonbori became home to small theater houses, soon developing into the go-to local district for performing arts including kabuki, puppet theater, gidayu theater, pageant-style shows, and more.
Echizen Gani crabs are male snow crabs caught in the ocean off Fukui prefecture. Some 70 to 80 cm long, succulent and delicately sweet, they are known as the king of winter flavors.
With their exceptional quality, Echizen Forged Blades are beloved by chefs within Japan and around the world. In addition to selling kitchen knives, scissors, and other bladed tools, Takefu Knife Village also serves as a knife-making workshop, where visitors can watch from the second floor as knife-makers forge and sharpen these incredible knives.
The Kawada area of Sabae has 1500 years of tradition as "Urushi no Sato", or the "lacquer village". At Echizen Lacquer Hall, visitors can see artisans making lacquerware, or try it themselves, as an example, painting pictures onto lacquered bowls and so on.
From November to March, the Ono basin occasionally becomes enveloped in clouds that cause Echizen Ono Castle to appear to "float" on them, leading to its nickname, the "Castle in the Sky". Beneath the clouds, you'll find a charming castle town, perfect for walking around.
This beloved soba noodle dish from Fukui is served with a cold dipping sauce, topped with grated daikon radish, green onion, and bonito flakes. The aromatic buckwheat noodles go perfectly with the spicy daikon radish.
The Imadare area of Echizen city has 1500 years of tradition of producing Echizen Paper. At "Papyrus House", a hands-on paper-making facility located within Echizen Washi Village, visitors can make their own washi paper and then decorate it with pressed flowers, dyes, and more, making postcards, business cards, fans and lampshades or other goods with their own hand-made paper.
Edo-kiriko is a type of cut glass well known for the beautiful patterns carefully engraved on its surface. It was given to national guests of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple was opened in 1244. Its' grounds are dotted with more than 70 Buddhist sanctums.
Sabae accounts for 95% of eyeglass frames made in Japan. The local glasses industry has more than 100 years of history, and many shops throughout the town sell distinctive and unique eyeglasses.
Firefly squid from Toyama Bay are plump and their firm meat and rich innards are delectable. Firefly squid spoil quickly and can rarely be eaten raw,so please take the opportunity to enjoy firefly squid sashimi in Toyama.
A style of garden that features a path around a pond. This is the only garden using this system with freshwater in Japan. The scenery, comprised of sandbanks and manmade hills, represents a mentality of balance with water.
This Property, one of the first Western hotels in Japan, and welcomed guests from 1906 to 1970. An exeptional example of elaborate Meiji-era architecture.
Itoigawa has been recognized as a World Geopark, the geological version of a World Heritage Site. This Museum exibits the jade, minerals, fossils, and other geologic specimens which can be found in the area around Itoigawa.
There are many species of fish that live only in Lake Biwa, which have influenced the local food culture. The most well-known fish from Lake Biwa are known as the Biwako hatchin, or eight delicacies of Lake Biwa. Funazushi, sushi made with fermented freshwater carp, is another unique dish that makes for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Various fruits including blueberries, apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, cherries, and peaches are grown here. Many orchards for tourists and other places exist across the prefecture and visitors can experience the bounty of nature and the joy of harvest there.
Enjoy a canal cruise from Fugan Canal Kansui Park to the port town of Iwase.
A waterside oasis spread along the canal. A canal cruise is also available.
Selected as one of Japan's 100 finest waterfalls. At seven meters tall and roughly 30 meters wide, it has been called "the Niagara Falls of the East." Nationally designated as a natural monument. Near the waterfall is a walking path and a viewing platform, for excellent views.
A world-class museum specializing in dinosaurs. Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 40 dinosaur skeletons.
A museum at the Echizen Pottery Village, home of one of six old Kilns of Japan, Echizen-yaki. Through hand-shaped pottery hands-on course, visitors can make their own pottery using Echizen-yaki clay (reservation required). At the tea garden, visitors can enjoy matcha served in tea bowls made by Echizen-yaki potters.
Fermented food products are said to be good for your health, and perhaps the ultimate example is Shiga Prefecture’s unique Funazushi.
Funazushi is made from the Nigoro-buna fish, also known as the “round crucian carp”, which is only found in Lake Biwa. Combined with rice, it is then fermented, and is also said to be the origin of sushi.
The Furukawa Festival proclaims the arrival of spring to the Hida region and is one of the three largest festivals of its kind in Japan. Here, you can see a crowd of energetic, bare-chested men parade to the beat of large taiko drums.
This is the main Inari Shrine for Japan, famous for its “tunnel" of hundreds of red torii gates leading toward the shrine from the station area. One unique feature of this shrine is that it is never closed to the public.
For 130 years, Awara Onsen has been Fukui’s top hot spring resort town.
At the Traditional Performing Arts Hall, visitors can dress up like a geisha, and even try traditional geisha entertainment like taiko drumming and ozashiki party games, taught by a real geisha.
To the northeast of Hikone-jo Castle is a garden created by a daimyo with a circular walking trail around a central pond skillfully designed to draw water from Lake Biwa. It is a nationally designated place of scenic beauty, and in autumn you can enjoy its fantastic red foliage illuminated at night.
An open-air museum that recreates a village of thatched roof houses akin to the World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go. The Gero Hot Spring Gassho Village offers a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of days long gone.
One of the three best hot springs in Japan, said to have originated 1,000 years ago when spring water was discovered at Mt. Yugamine.
Woodland Kyoto has a gibier food culture. Wild meat is high in nutrients, high proteins and low fat. Gibier food are served in many styles here. Wild deer, boar, fowl and other wild meat are cooked with love and sincerity to rich delicious Gibier dishes.
The one and only village in Tokyo, located 90 minutes away from the city, is a popular destination for glamping. Glampers can bring their own food and drinks, and enjoy bonfires and grilling whenever they like. Relax in the great outdoors, with a comfortable, private atmosphere.
Try making washi paper in one of Gokayama’s gassho-style houses, as artisans traditionally did. You can also purchase items made with washi paper, such as lamps or other lifestyle accessories.
The view Gorogatake Park,a spot for an expensive view of the entire Maizuru Bay and its complex geography,was selected the best among the 100 famous landscapes of the kinki region. Climb the "Goro Sky Tower",which soars towards the vast sky,for a fantastic 360-degree panoramic view.
Kansai's biggest trails. Get maximum enjoyment on 14 excellent trails. Experience the quality and beautiful views that come with the finest powder snow.The trail designed for Japan's top skiers: the Heavenly46° Trail!
A wide variety of Japanese foods are readily available at this station building.
During the Edo period, eels caught in the marshes around Urawa were well-renowned for their deliciousness. This traditional flavor has been handed down from generation to generation, and can be enjoyed at restaurants in the area.
An approximately 17,600 m² area of land covered with over 40,000 ground pink flowers of nine different varieties. The best time to see the flowers in bloom is from the late April to early of May.
Goshikigahara Forest covers about 3,000 hectares of a secluded forest lands covering the sourthern end of the Chubu Sangaku National Park.
Choose from three courses that allow visitors to explore waterfalls, ponds, marshes, and streams that are inhabited by abundant floura and wildlife.
Mt. Sanpoiwa, reaching 1736 meters high, offers a fantastic 360° panoramic view of Mt. Haku and the surrounding Hakusan National Park from its summit. Tours provide the opprtunity to enjoy distinct autumn scenery in the company of guides with expert-level knowlege of the mountain and its charms.
Join one of Japan’s three biggest Bon Odori (summer festival dances), registered as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in late November 2022.
This treasured local tradition of over 400 years is for everyone - locals and tourists alike!
Gulliver Seisyonen Ryoko Mura is located at the foot of Mt. Hira. It has auto campsites, a restaurant, a stand, and corners for outdoor activities. Please use them for your family, schools, and group activities.
This museum displays a wooden Buddha sculpted by woodcarver Seiko Sawada. Designed by architect Togo Murano to resemble ancient ruins in the desert, the museum creates a mysterious atmosphere. There is a Japanese garden alongside it.
This scenic moat connects to Lake Biwa, and has retained its charming centuries-old atmosphere of the Edo period, making it a popular tourist destination. It makes a great place to enjoy the changing scenery from season to season, or to have fun in the water with activities like boating.
This ropeway takes around four minutes to transport you from the base of the mountain to the top, from where you can enjoy a sweeping panorama that includes Lake Biwa, Lake Nishinoko and the old town below, all wreathed in the glory of the current season.
Hakuba Valley is a hidden gem nestled at the foot of the Japanese Northern Alps; a series of mountain ranges that include several peaks exceeding 3,000 meters in height, and is a spectacular vantage point for mountaineers and tourists alike. It was selected as the venue for the 18th Olympic Winter Games in 1998, and is known to attract international skiers wishing to experience ‘Japow’ (Japanese powder snow) in winter. More recently, it has become a popular place to indulge in activities utilizing summer ski resorts and natural features during the green season.
Visitors can experience the scenic views riding a rental bike on Tedori Canyon Road which is a well-paved bike path weaving through the countryside in Hakusan Area.
Opened in the year 717 as a base for faith in the sacred mountain Mt. Hakusan. Once upon a time, the surrounding area was one of Japan's most popular religious towns. The quiet and spacious grounds are famous for beautiful moss.
"Hamayakisaba Grilled Mackerel" is a whole fatty mackerel that is slowly char-broiled on a stick. This is a gourmet dish exclusive to the mackerel culture of Wakasa that developed on the Saba-kaido Road. The aroma-filled juiicy taste of the Hamayakisaba Grilled Mackerel is beyond compare!
The Hanayome Noren is a bridal custom started in the Kaga Domain about 150 years ago. On the occasion of marriage, the curtain is hung at the entrance of the Buddhist alter room in the broom’s house and the bride goes through it.
Once the wedding ceremony is finished, there is usually no opportunity to use the curtain again. For this reason, “Hanayome Noren Museum” was built to enable visitors to look at the curtains all year round.
This old shrine is said to have been built about 1,400 years ago. It is dedicated to gods that give blessings for world peace, bountiful grain harvests, prosperous business, and marriage. The large shrine is set in extensive grounds of 15 hectares, with a 700-meter approach to the inner precincts from the entrance. In recent years it has attracted attention as a spiritual power spot, with many tourists coming to visit.
In Awara city, you can enjoy a variety of fruit/vegetable harvesting. For example, strawberry, Koshi-no-Ruby Tomatoes (fruit tomato), blueberry, pair, chestnut and so on. You can also enjoy shopping at the market which deals fresh vegetables and fruits through the year.
The Hashitate district of present-day Kaga City was the hometown of many owners of kitamaebune—merchant ships that sailed between northern Japan and Osaka from the Edo period (1603–1867) to the turn of the twentieth century. This lucrative trade enabled the ships' owners to build stately houses.
Hegisoba is a type of soba that is served in a wooden dish called a “hegi.” Hegisoba is made with funori (seaweed), which gives it the smooth, firm texture that it is known for. The noodles are separated into individual mouthfuls, so it’s easy to eat too!
Echigo-Yuzawa Station area
Since its establishment, Nakanoya has been a popular soba restaurant, where they make the soba with the clean water of the Uono River, which itself comes from melted snow. It’s conveniently located 1 minute on foot from the station and is a perfect place to visit while you await your shinkansen (bullet train). Soba noodles go great with tempura veggies.
Where: 2-1-5 Yuzawa, Yuzawa-cho
Closed: Every Thursday
Access: 1 min. on foot from the east exit of Echigo-Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line.
3 min. by car from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway.
Tokamachi Station area
Where: 758-1 Nakayashiki, Tokamachi-shi
Hours: 11:00-21:00 (last order 20:30)
Access: 7 min. by car from Tokamachi Station on the JR Iiyama Line and the Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line.
25 min. by car from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway.
Hida beef, a top brand of wagyu, comes from a breed of Japanese black cattle carefully selected based on strict standards. Finely marbled and tender, it has a delicious flavor and virtually melts in the mouth.
Here, visitors can enjoy high-definition 3-D images of the Furukawa Festival, yatai floats on display, wind-up doll performances, and more.
This lacquerware, featuring some 400 years of tradition, is made by applying transparent lacquer to wood so as to bring out the natural beauty of its grain and give it an amber finish. It comes in many varieties, including trays, sweets boxes and furniture.
On this leisurely tour of old-school Hida Furukawa, ride past the paddies of a "satoyama" (Japanese countryside) , well-prederved townscapes, and other charming sights. Cycle up Mt. Anbou, have lunch atop the mountain, then hike your way down.
There are over 200 waterfalls here, and 14 guided walking tours of various levels of difficulty.
The head temple of the Tendai sect is a major sacred spot of Japanese Buddhism, and has been designated a World Heritage Site. The vast precincts feature a solemn atmosphere, and are dotted with buildings that have designated as national treasures and important cultural assets.
The longest cable car route in Japan at 2,025 m in total, opened in 1927. It connects the bottom of the mountain with Enryakuji Station in an 11 minute journey. Two cars leave every hour and you can look out over Lake Biwa through their large European style windows.
Near the Asanogawa river, this area shows the picturesque atmosphere of the wooden lattice fronts of old geisha houses and restaurants. One can still hear the sounds of Shamisen strings and Taiko drum from teahouses echoing through the streets. In this area, there are some teahouses that were constructed 200 years ago.
One of the five surviving castles listed as a national treasure. The villa and the garden built for the feudal lords still remain, providing a classic atmosphere reminiscent of the Edo period.
All sorts of local specialities, such as Toyama Bay sea products, Himi udon and Himi beef, await you here, where many events are also held.
A veritable forest of trees grows on the vast, 44,000 square meter shrine grounds. Passing through them and then the tower gate will bring you to the shrine buildings themselves. Furthermore, the "Sagicho Matsuri" bonfire festival and "Hachiman Matsuri" festival held here are both designated Intangible Folk Culture Properties.
This Japanese garden, lovery to see during all four seasons, is also home to a raw jade stone weighting 70 tons. There is a jade art museum in the park exhibitind carvings, including some of Budda and Chinese Beauties.
You can enjoy different attractive view of rice terrace in each season.The scenery differs depending on the time you visit and you must want to visit many times.
Due to heavy snowfall in the region, the Hoshitoge Rice Terraces will be inaccessible for a period in the winter. Please inquire before visiting regarding the road conditions to avoid disappointment.
Hosokawa Paper, listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014, is a strong traditional handmade Japanese paper with a lustrous texture.
Nestled in the midst of Minami, one of Osaka’s most chaotic districts, is a quietly exotic side street.Turning off a narrow alleyway from the Sennichimae shopping road, a wooden sign is visible that reads “Hozenji Yokocho” (Hozenji Temple Alleyway).
Continuing down the cobbled street glistening with water, the fragrance of incense wafts across from the left-hand side. Straight ahead lies the Mizukake Fudo-son statue, which visitors ladle with water as they ask for blessings, leaving it perpetually coated with an atmospheric layer of green moss.
Flowing 16km between the mountains leading to Arashiyama, Kyoto's premiere spot for scenic beauty, and Kameoka, the Hozugawa River was once an important waterway used for transporting lumber to the capital. Today, visitors can enjoy a two-hour boat ride through nature. With 3-5 skilled boatsmen steering, you can enjoy gazing out at cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh green foliage in the summer, the colored leaves of autumn, and the massive boulders and fantastic rock formations. Experience the deep pools, the rapids, and all the thrills of an ever changing mountain river.
Foreign languages spoken
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Foreign language guides/interpretation/audio guides: English
Ichii Itto Wood Carvings is one of Japan's officially designated traditional crafts. The color of the carvings change over the years and are never painted. They purposefully showcase the original colour of the timber from which they are made, especially the beautiful grain.
The remains of the castle town ruled by Lord Asakura, a feudal lord in the Warring States period, and the only Warring States-era castle town remains in Japan. Visitors can stroll around the restored part of town wearing armor or a kimono.
Learn about the Asakura clan — warring-states-period warlords who lived in modern-day Fukui — and the local culture they built. Walk through a life-size model of a warring-states-period castle town, and see what life was like back then. Visitors can also dress up in armor or kimonos.
Ichishirogama displays and retails koto-yaki pieces, slightly blue ceramics decorated with delicate images, as well as offering a pottery classroom. Pottery experiences require prior reservations. (*It will take one month for the piece to be fired and completed. Shipping to you is charged separately)
This hot spring is old enough to be mentioned in the ancient Manyoshu collection of poems. Its famous stone steps were first built sometime during the late 15th to late 16th century. The street lined with souvenir shops and inns has a nostalgic atmosphere. Onsen (Hot Spring) manju, steamed buns filled with sweet bean paste, originated here.
Said to be the geographical center of Japan, this shrine is dedicated to the Shinto gods of fertility (Ikushima) and fulfillment (Tarushima). In addition, the souls of the entire country are worshipped here as well as the guardian god of all of Japan, making Ikushima Tarushima a very distinguished shrine steeped in history. Furthermore, its red coloration gives the shrine a festive, distinctive look.
The palace and residence of the Imperial couple, built on the site of the Edo Castle ruins. Many people enjoy jogging around the wall of the grounds.
Inami carvings using quality natural wood are used for decorating Japanese-style houses, temples and shrines. 200 to 300 types of chisels and carving knives are used to produce stereoscopic and dynamic designs.
You will hear the sounds of wooden mallets if you walk along the Yoka-machi street, in which many carving studios are located. The street is decorated with many woodcarvings of the seven good luck gods and 12 oriental zodiac symbols. The area feels like a wood carving museum.
230 distinctive Funaya(boat houses) stand in a row around Ine bay.
For picturesque scenery,a boat tour is recommended.
A butsudan is a cabinet used to store Buddhism related items in Japanese homes. Here you can experience three of the processes used to make these glorious items for yourself; gold leafing, makie gold powdering, and making lacquered chopsticks. Under the instruction of master craftsmen, make something that will last while also making memories of your visit.
Isobe Onsen is a quiet onsen town set on the Usui River.
Isobe Onsen has long been a popular retreat for writers and artists. It is believed to be the first onsen in the country to use the now-ubiquitous onsen map symbol, first occurring on a sign in the 1600s.
A UNESCO geopark with 24 geosites, each having a special geology, culture, or history.
You can enjoy the beautiful canyon scenery of Chichibu and Nagatoro, which have been designated as Special Natural Monuments, while on a boat ride.
This quiet retro-style town contains traditional houses. Take a look around the area by tram from JR Toyama Station or by pleasure boat (Fugan Suijo Line) from the Fugan Canal Kansui Park.
Itoigawa City is Japan's biggest producer of jade. Although it's prohibited to take jade from the famous Kotakigawa Jade Valley, you can still collect jade at Jade Beach.
It was founded by Fukui Native author Tsutomu Mizukami as a museum of art and leterature, and as a base for the Jakushu Ningyoza puppet theater. The Kurumaisu Theater located here features an open back wall, showing a bamboo thicket and creating a feel of unity between the inside and outside.
This forest shows the distinctive ecology of the Japanese cedar; fallen tree trunks grow roots in water, growing new trees. Various other kinds of plants can be seen here as well.
This transparent shrimp, resembling crystal, is called the jewel of Toyama Bay. Glass shrimp sashimi with a refined sweetness and crunchy deep-fried dishes are delicious. You can savor this shrimp in only Toyama.
The sake of Niigata, a place known for both its rice and its sake, is a clean, easy-to-drink variety known as Niigata Tanrei. There are some 90 sake brewers, whose offerings include top brands.
The Ishikawa area is famous throughout Japan for producing Japanese traditional sweets that is connected with the tea ceremony.
See Japan’s largest collection of Magellanic penguins, dolphin jump performances against a grand backdrop of the Sea of Japan, and much more.
The biggest characteristics of the Kaga cuisine is that customers can enjoy the delicious dishes served on the special plates and bowls, which include the beautiful lacquerware with decorations of gold leaves, as well as the gorgeous Kutaniyaki porcelains. Furthermore, you can enjoy the various traditional dishes that are made with local food.
Kaga Fruit Land is a park dedicated to year-round fruit picking. Apples, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and cherries are available to pick and eat according to season.
The Kaga Onsen (Hot Spring) Area features four famous hot springs. Yamanaka Onsen (Hot Spring) is a wide-spread resort situated next to beautiful ravines. Yamashiro Onsen (Hot Spring) is Ishikawa’s largest hot springs resort. Katayamazu Onsen (Hot Spring) is situated next to beautiful lake. Awazu Onsen (Hot Spring), established about 1300 years ago, is said to be Ishikawa’s oldest hot spring resort and features a Japanese inn that has been in business for over 1000 years.
Kaga Yuzen is one of Japan's leading artistic forms of textile dyeing. It is characterized by its realistic depiction of natural motifs, but the colors have a special warmth and character that go beyond more naturalism. Traditional techniques to produce various colors and deep tones are still practiced today.
With the Korogi-bashi Bridge on one end and the Kurotani-hashi Bridge on the other, this 1.3km gorge brings out the seasonal beauty with its strangely shaped rocks, bizarre stones, waterfalls and all the deep water pools that are colored in bluish green. Visitors can enjoy a 15-minute walk on the trail by the waterside.
At the Kamakura Snow Hut Village in the snowy town of Iiyama, travels can dine on rice balls and a special hotpot dish made with local ingredients while inside a snow hut.
Kamikochi is the crown jewel of the Japanese Alps. The scenic area is a basin at an elevation of 1,500 meters. The Alps rise an additional 1,500 meters from there, creating a stunningly magnificent background with the beautiful aquamarine Azusa River in the foreground. This is a very popular place for mountain trekking, and the traditional starting point is Kamikochi’s symbolic bridge, Kappa-bashi. Downriver is Taisho Pond whose waters provide picture-perfect reflections of the Hotaka Range. Upriver is mystical Myojin Pond. Many tourists just come for the day, but one of the best ways to enjoy Kamikochi is to spend the night and take an uncrowded evening or early morning stroll.
Kanaya Brush makes brushes using natural materials like luxurious animal hair. Artisans carefully insert each bundle of hair into a brush ferrule or handle, one by one, to make brushes for different uses, such as for food or painting. These handcrafted brushes make a wonderfully unique souvenir from Tokyo.
This museum focuses on the Contemporary Art. It's located in the center of the City and thus can be easily reached. It's a museum resembling a park where one comes across all kinds of people and can have a variety of experiences.
Circular in form, the Museum has a diameter of 113m with the glass peripherals. People can walk through freely all sections of their choice.
Being the castle resided by the Kaga Clan, Kanazawa Castle was turned into a castle park. Historical structures inside the park such as the Hishi-Yagura, the Gojikken-Nagaya and the Hashizumemon-Tsuzuki-Yagura, Gyokusen-in-maru garden were restored by professionals using traditional construction methods over 120 years ago.
The gold leaf is pounded evenly to a thickness of 0.0001 mm. Even though gold leaf is so thin that we can see through it, the brightness of the gold is not lost.
Kanazawa gold leaf has been used in various places such as Kinkakuji Temple, Nikko Toshogu, traditional crafts. More than 98% of Japanese gold leaf is produced in Kanazawa.
Kanazawa Station is the city’s main gateway and well known as one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.
The wooden Tsuzumimon Gate outside the east exit is modeled after traditional Japanese drums called tsuzumi. The gate’s unique style has become a contemporary symbol of Kanazawa.
Have a hands-on experience in the quiet forest. You can try a variety of programs: glass blowing, ceramics bamboo work and batik bag dyeing. Within the vast grounds, there are unique houses and studios of artists. In spring and fall, craft masters gather here from around country hold the Art festival and craft market.
A popular destination for cooking lovers, from home cooks to pros! You’ll find all things kitchen-related here, including Japan’s famous plastic food samples.
One of Japan's largest outlet shopping malls located to the south of Karuizawa Station. In a nature-rich location, the mall features over 240 shops selling name brands, interior decor, outdoor goods and more.
This historic shrine is said to have existed since the 6th century.
It is also known as a lucky shrine for marriage.
An old shrine built in 702 as the central place to pray for local gods along the highway through Hokuriku region. The vermilion-painted torii gate is known as one of the three largest wooden torii gates in Japan. Within the shirine grounds, you'll find Chomeisui, a well said to be flowing with mystical energy in addition to pure water.
Considered a household classic in Gifu, keichan consists of chicken that’s marinated in a soy sauce or miso-based sauce and then stir-fried with cabbage on a hotplate. It’s often served sizzling hot!
Kenrokuen is one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Kenrokuen started to be built since 1676, and it took about 170 years to finish. One can enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the four seasons such as Cherry blossoms, Iris fields, autumn foliage and Yukitsuri.
This Shrine enshrines Ookuni-nushi-no-Mikoto, which is a deity of marriage. During Nara and Heian Period, the Shrine was known as Noto-kuni Ichi no Miya (the first shrine of Noto) and has a history of 2100 years. The scenery inside the shrine is beautiful which changes with each passing season and there's a solemn but pleasant atmosphere.
One of two locations in Togakushi dedicated to the Togakure school of ninjutsu, the Kids Ninja Village is particularly geared for small children. The kids (as well as their parents) can rent a ninja costume and try their skill at an extensive variety of athletic challenges.
Giant lantern floats are marched along the streets to energetic cheers. Noto kiriko festivals, which preserve the Japanese sense of aesthetics and the pure spirit of prayer, have been held since the Edo period.
With a history of 1,300 years, these silk fabrics rank alongside Kyoto's Nishijin Textiles. A wide variety of fabrics are made by utilizing seven weaving techniques.
Built in the 1940s, this plant is a symbolic Japanese modern heritage site which could process over 50,000 tonnes of gold and silver ore per month, and became the greatest flotation plant in the East.
In addition to Niigata's delicious rice and fish, it's sushi is also superb! You can find many sushi restaurants in Niigata. Please check the menu for "Kiwami" sushi which has a very good reputation.
Until the middle of June, you can see 120,000 specimens from 42 species of lotus.In summer, you can enjoy rice paddy art.
Roughly 1,100 cherry blossoms come into spectacular bloom, on both banks of a five-kilometer stretch of the Koyama River. A local festival and nighttime light-ups are held during cherry blossom season.
Japan’s only remaining authentic ninja residence built back in the day of the samurai. Today, it serves as a museum, where visitors can see actual tools and weapons once used by the ninjas of Koka.
Test your skills at nine different ninja challenges, try throwing shuriken, and more, for a great way to experience the hidden world of the ninja.
Komoro Kaikoen Park is one of Japan's top 100 cherry blossom spots, as well as the former site of Komoro Castle. Built over 400 years ago during the Warring States period, the castle's Otemon gate and stone walls remain intact.
Tsuruga city in the south of Fukui prefecture was a major port of call for Edo period cargo transport ships called Kitamaebune, plying between Tsuruga and Hokkaido. Tsuruga prospered as a kelp processing town, making the cultually important stock, "dashi", necessary for Japanese cooking. Oboro Kombu (extremely thin shaved kelp), handmade by artisans, is specialty product.
Kubiki Cycling Road in Niigata Prefecture is a 32-km-long seaside route built on the remains of the old Hokuriku Railroad. On clear days, you can even see Noto Peninsula and Sado Island across the sea.
The road through Wakasa, the southern half of Fukui where Kumagawa-juku Historic Post Town is located, was once used to provide the then-capital city of Kyoto with a wide variety of seafood, earning in the nickname of the "Saba-kaido Road". Here thrived as a post town, and even today, the town features old-fashioned buildings like guard houses, and the old irrigation canal.
Kumagaya is a prominent national wheat producing area. Kumagaya Udon is a local brand of udon noodles that use at least 50% Kumagaya flour,which is milled and made into noodles in Kumagaya.
Kumoba Pond is within easy access from Karuizawa Station and is one of the most popular destinations in Karuizawa. Around the pond is a twenty-minute walking trail, on which you can stroll under Cherry Blossoms and Colorful Autumn Leaves.
Kurabito Stay invites you into the world of sake-brewing for over night stay experience! Dive headfirst into the world of sake-brewing and learn how rice is turned into sake.
A dramatic V-shaped gorge along the Kurobe river with 3,000-meter changes in elevation. The hot spring town of Unazuki Onsen (Hot Spring) is located along the gorge.
Around "Kurokabe Glass Shop where we redecorated old bank got close to by nickname of Kurokabe bank from the Meiji era into," it is dotted with glass shop and studio, gallery, experience-based classroom, restaurant and shops full of charm including cafe in old cityscape.
This market is located in Nipponbashi, near the Minami shopping district. Around 150 stalls are lined along an arcade around 580 meters in length, with the main attraction being fresh fish, along with additional offerings such as fruits and processed foods—earning the market nicknames such as “Osaka’s kitchen” and “Osaka’s stomach”.
One of the most famous Japan's hot spring resorts. This hot spring resort boasts the highest yield of natural hot spring water in Japan, and is built around the source of the hot spring, known as Yubatake.
Kutani Porcelain is famous for its daring designs and elegant colors. It has been exported to foreign countries for about 100 years and has gained great popularity.
Prepared with minimal seasonings to make the most of the natural flavors of the ingredients, such as vegetables, dried foods, and processed soybean products, for dishes that appeal to all of the senses, as beautiful as they are delicious. Kyoto's location, away from the sea, is said to have led to the development of techniques that bring out the best of the ingredients.
Once you pay the 800 yen entrance fee, you can come and go as you please all day, from 10 to 17. (Not applicable to certain exhibitions.) There are about 50,000 comic books available to read anywhere you like on the premises — in the garden, in the hallway, on the staircase, etc.
With displays on the history and manufacturing processes of 74 types of traditional crafts of Kyoto, this is the perfect place to get your fill of the beauty and techniques that have been handed down from long ago in Kyoto.
Kyu-Karuizawa offers a wide range of shopping opportunities as well, notably at the Prince Shopping Plaza. Visitors can also indulge in some of the many leisure activities available, such as, golf and cycling around town.
The largest body of water in Japan, Lake Biwa has many attractions as a leisure and resort destination, including the popular Biwa-Ichi bike ride. Lake Biwa and its waterfront scenery have been certified as Japan Heritage sites.
Enjoy everything from fishing to trekking. In summer a fireworks display takes place over the lake. Roughly 3,000 fireworks light up the night sky.
As a rice-growing prefecture blessed with pure, clean water, Shiga is a treasure trove of fine sake. Each brewery produces sake with a fine, unique flavor. Omi was the name for Shiga before the prefectural system was established.
Takada Castle Site Park is famous for sakura in spring, and lotus flowers in summer. The lotuses that fill the outer moat of the castle are said to be the largest and most beautiful in the East.
On Nagano’s northern edge, right on the border with neighboring Niigata Prefecture, are the Madarao Highlands. Boasting a snow accumulation of 3 to 4 meters, Madarao prides itself on being able to please all skiers at its long-established resort.
Maiko are apprentice geisha girls. While practicing various performing arts, they work as entertainers at banquets by dancing and doing other performances.
Sarubobo dolls have long been used as protective charms in the Hida region, and today they are a popular souvenir for visitors. You can make your own Sarubobo doll at the Hida Takayama Crafts Experience Center, as well as at other locations.
This park is east of Honjo-Waseda station. From the hill with the sundial, you can see Mt. Akagi, Mt. Haruna, and the other mountains surrounding Honjo. The park is known for seasonal beauty, with marigolds in autumn, light-ups in winter, and flowers all year round.
This Michi no Eki roadside station is home to Kaniya Yokocho, the largest market in Japan offering red snow crabs sold direct from crab boat stalls.
There’s plenty more to enjoy, too, including souvenirs from Niigata, and restaurants serving delicious fresh seafood.
Built in 1576, Maruoka Castle is the oldest original castle tower still standing in Japan. Also known as the "Castle of the Mist". When the 400 or so cherry trees surrounding it come into bloom in spring, the castle practically "floats" fantastically on the blossoms.
Watch a real life black smith do his magic while touring the Japanese sword workshop. This is the only Swordsmith in Kyoto. One can learn all about Japanese.
Matsumoto's namesake castle is the oldest existing castle in Japan and is recognized as a National Treasure. The contrasting black and white plaster of the exterior stands out boldly against the magnificent backdrop of the Japanese Alps. Built with many unique architectural elements, Matsumoto Castle also features a moon viewing pavilion, indicative of the lifestyle of the feudal lords. The grounds of the castle come alive in color in the spring with cherry blossoms.
In between the castle and Matsumoto Station are two shopping streets not to be missed, Nawate-dori (aka “Frog Street”) with small specialty shops and eateries, and Nakamachi, lined with picturesque Kura (earthen-walled store-house) –type buildings.
Opened in April, 2002, the Matsumoto City Museum of Art’s four fundamental themes are Appreciation, Representation, Learning and Communication. At the entrance is a dynamic outdoor installation by Matsumoto native Yayoi Kusama. Her contemporary art takes viewers to another world with its almost hallucinatory energy. The museum features works by other Matsumoto artists as well as pieces taking inspiration from the nearby Japanese Alps.
A serene and spiritual forest thrives in the middle of the concrete jungle.
A natural park (quasi-national park) of arresting scenic beauty with 100- to 600- meter high mountains in the northern part of Mino City. In the park a long gorge runs through forests from the magnificent Mino Waterfall, about 33 m high and 5 m wide, forming a habitat for 980 species of plants and over 3,000 species of insects. Located in precious natural forests in Osaka Prefecture, the park is the western starting point of the Tokai Natural Trail. Visitors can enjoy seasonal changes in the scenery, such as cherry blossoms in spring, trees covered with ice and hanging icicles in winter and especially the brilliantly colored leaves late in fall. The Mino Mountains are an ancient sacred site of Mountain Buddhism, where there are old temples, including Ryuanji Temple (otherwise known as Mino Temple), an important training center said to have been established by En-no-gyoja, the founder of Shugendo. Mino Insect Museum, which is located on the way to the waterfall, is also well known. At the museum visitors can see not only about 10,000 samples of insects, but also over 200 live butterflies of about 30 species, and learn about their year-round ecology.
A famous temple regarded as one of Japan's three greatest temples enshrining Nandikesvara. The magnificent main hall, covered with colorful sculptures, was the first building in Saitama Prefecture to be listed as a national treasure.
This spectacular museum, located among the beautiful mountains of Shigaraki, was designed by I. M. Pei, the architect who designed the glass pyramid at the Louvre.
Consisting of 5 lakes, the water and depth of each lakes vary, making each a different shade of blue. The Rainbow Line (toll Road) to the mountaintop park offers fantastic views of dynamic scenery. Additionally, the layers of soil annually deposited at the bottom of Lake Suigetsu are among the world's best for researchers.
Some 80% of all lacquered chopsticks produced in Japan are Wakasa Lacquered Chopsticks. Here, visitors can see demonstrations by traditional artisans, and try making their own lacquered chopsticks by themselves. By polishing away from the layers of clamshell and eggshell embedded in the lacquer, each pair of chopsticks ends up with its own unique design.
The Mikuni Fireworks Display features fireworks launched from the sea, illuminating the night like flowers of light, for an unforgettable show beloved by visitors and locals alike.
A local museum where visitors can learn about the history of Mikuni, famous old port town. Featuring a bronze bell-shaped vessel of the Yayoi period (6th B.C.-3th A.D.), as well as one of the giant warrior dolls used in the Mikuni Festival. Its exterior is a reconstruction of the Ryusho Elementary School designed by Escher, a Dutch civil engineer, in 1876.
Located right next to Mikuni Port, Mikuni-Minato Machi flourished for centuries as the port of call for the Kitamae ships that would travel to destinations like Hokkaido or Osaka. With its latticed townhouses and families that trace back to the wealthy merchants of the day, it's easy to feel the liveliness of the town in its heyday even today.
A tranquil hot spring area located at the headwaters of the Tone River, near the beautiful gorges such as Minakami Gorge and Suwa Gorge. The mountain streams make this area popular for water sports.
Chichibu's winter beauty spot featuring natural ice sculptures in frozen pure water flowing over rock. The icicles are lit up at night during the period.
Mitarashi dango' is the savory Takayama version of 'midarashi dango,' a street-food favorite of people all over Japan. Skewered rice dumplings are grilled and basted with a savory soy sauce that releases delicious aromas, tempting all those who walk by. We recommend enjoying these delicious snacks as you explore the old quarter.
The shrine is surrounded by hundred year old cedar trees, is 1,100m above ground, and is a historic shrine with over a 1,900 year history.
Refresh yourseld with negative ions from the two waterfalls, created by abundant fresh water flowing down the Konadegawa River.
This village boasts 38 thatched roof houses with the sceric backudrop of the lush forests.Take in the scenery of the olden days in Japan and a lifestyle and culture that coexist with nature.
During the harvest, from May through October, dress up as a Chamusume (Tea Daughter) and enjoy picking tea leaves. A variety of other tea-related activities are on offer, including making matcha tea and black tea comparison tasting.
Known for its firm chewiness and translucency, Mizusawa udon boasts over 400 years of history, and is considered one of Japan's three great styles of udon noodles, alongside Akita's Inaniwa udon and Kagawa's Sanuki udon. The road leading to Mizusawa Kannon Temple is lined with some fifteen udon shops.
Takayama City is home to the Miyagawa and Jinya Plaza morning markets, and at each of these you'll find 40-50 stalls lining the streets each morning, selling fresh local fruits and vegetables, folk crafts, and more.
You know you are at the right place when you see a Meiji Western style 3-story building with 250,000 red bricks. Inside this Museum, there are over 500 cars from the 1900s (Meiji 34) to the 1970s (Showa 45) from around the world displayed in a 12,000m2 exhibition hall. As you walk through the hall, you will sure understand how automobile was a symbol for dream and romance from the assorted cars in this Museum, including sports cars from Japan, popular automobiles from Europe, and the Rolls Royce that carried Princess Diana when she visited Japan. If at any time you were overwhelmed by the number of cars, you can take a break at the photo corner and bathrooms with toilets collected from around the world (you can actually use them). Restaurants and souvenir shops are also available on the 1st floor.
Mount Ibuki is the tallest mountain in Shiga Prefecture, boasting a height of 1,377 meters.
Located on the border with Gifu Prefecture, it is loved by the people of both regions as one of the 100 famous mountains of Japan.
There are natural flower fields at the summit, providing beautiful scenery from spring to fall.
This otherworldly landscape of black, craggy rocks was created from molten lava when Mt. Asama erupted in 1783. Mt. Asama Magma Stone Park, or Onioshidashi Park, is a permanent reminder of the eruption's impact.
Mt. Hakusan is one of Japan’s most famous mountain. Mt. Hakusan has been revered since ancient times as the mountain of the white gods. Main natural features such as the alpine flora and beech forests can be found within Mt. Hakusan National Park that is also a source of peaceful views and abundant water.
It is one of the three scenic spots in Japan. The fantastically shaped rocks sculpt dramatic forms of natural beauty and offer various attractive landscapes throughout the seasons. Mt. Myogisan can be viewed with pleasure from afar or enjoyed by climbing its steep slopes, so that it is loved by photographers and mountaineers. From mid-April to mid-May, 5,000 cherry trees of some 45 varieties can be enjoyed at "Sakura no Sato" at the southern foot of Mt. Myogisan.
At 1,977 meters, Mt. Tanigawadake is the highest mountain in the Tanigawa mountain range. A scenic spot called "Ichinokurasawa" at the eastern foot of the mountain is a mecca for rock climbers. A 10-minute ride on the ropeway will take you up to Tenjindaira at an elevation of 1,321 meters for a splendid panoramic view.
A vast, forested park equipped with facilities for athletics, cycling and Barbecues.Filled with natural beauty, another of its charms is the way flowers change with the seasons.
Musashino Shuzo (Musashino Brewery) started in 1916 with “Ski Masamune” as its representative brand.
Myojoji Temple is the head temple of Nichiren Sect in Hokuriku Region. Some of the temple buildings which are designated as Important Cultural Properties were made during the reign of first 5 generations of Kaga's ruling feudal family-Maedas. Especially, the 34 meters tall Goju-no-To (5 storied pagoda) is the only 5 storied pagodas in Japan which has a tochibuki roof.
This area has seven hot spring districts, including Akakura, Shin-Akakura, and Ike-no-Taira. Each one has its own characteristic spring properties and water color.
This resort area has many ski and hot spring resorts, including Ike-no-Taira Onsen (Hot Spring), and Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort, known for the quality of its snow.
An 1-minute "stroll through the air" over the expansive natural surroundings of Myoko to a medium altitude of 1,300m. The view is magnificent, and, depending on the whether, you can sometimes look down on the clouds.
Myotsuji Temple is a building representative of the Kamakura period (1185-1333), and is called the "Symbol of Wakasa Culture". Sakanoue no Tamuramaro was travelling in the Hokuriku region and started to build the temple in 806 because he received a prophecy in his dream. The degnified main hall surrounded by cedar trees and the Three-story pagoda are designated as national treasures.
An impressive 55-meter high waterfall. Because you can hear the earth rumbling as you approach, it is also known as “Earthquake Falls.”
The atmosphere of Kanazawa of the feudal times still lingers in this area where old samurai houses lined the streets. One can definitely imagine how the town was like from the different structures, such as the houses with samurai windows, and the mud walls under the yellow wooden roofs. The Nomura Samurai Family Residence is open to the public so visitors can get a feel of Samurai's daily lives.
Nagano’s up-and-coming, largest region spreads from the upper to lower basins of the Chikumagawa Wine valley. The varieties grown here are different depending on the altitude. Some of the wines made from grapes of this region have won awards at international wine competitions.
A Shrine where Sugawara no Michizane,the god of learning,is enshrined.In addition to traditional festivals,you can admire plum blossoms.Kirishima azaleas and other seasonal flowers that Michizane adored.During the autumn,the leaves are illuminated at night for visitors to enjoy.
Artists and art enthusiasts descend on the small town of Nakanojo for the Nakanojo Biennale, an international art festival held for a month every other year.
You can expect to see contemporary arts displayed everywhere in the town during the next biennale in 2023.
The museum opened in February 2022. The museum has a collection of over 5,700 pieces, with representative works from Japan and abroad at its core, while also focusing on the rich artistic activities that have unfolded in its hometown of Osaka. Representative works by foreign artists of the era are highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad.
Namba Yasaka Shrine has long been worshipped as the tutelary shrine of the Namba district. Although the shrine was once prosperous enough to have a shichido garan (seven standard buildings of a Buddhist temple complex), it declined due to wartime fires. After the Meiji Restoration of the 19th century, the temple was abolished because of a government edict ordering the separation of Shintoism and Buddhism, and in 1945, the shrine's buildings were burned down in air raids. The current shrine buildings are post-war reconstructions. The enormous lion head-shaped building, measuring 12 meters high, 11 meters wide, is particularly eye-catching. The Tug-of-War Ritual, held annually on the third Sunday in January, is based on a Japanese myth that Susano-no-Mikoto, the enshrined deity, killed the large serpent god, Yamata-no-orochi, freeing the people from hardship. In 2001, this ritual was designated Osaka City's first intangible folk cultural property.
Usually called “sweet shrimp,” they have the special nickname “nanban shrimp” in Niigata because their color and shape resemble chili peppers, or “nanban.” The sweet, melt-in-your-mouth meat makes them perfect for sushi and sashimi.
On the gently sloping farmland adjacent to the Chikuma River, bright yellow fields of Nanohana flowers bloom every May. In the distance, the Sekida mountain range is still covered in white. Enjoy early spring and the splendid contrast of flowers and snow!
The well-preserved Narai-juku post town marks the midpoint of the old Nakasendo Road, the Edo-era path connecting Kyoto with old Tokyo. One of the most prosperous post towns, Narai’s wooden buildings stretch for over 1 km.
The Natadera Temple is the head temple of the Shingon Sector and was established in A.D. 717 by Priest Taicho. Toshitsune Maeda, the 3rd lord of the Kaga Clan, built the incense burning pavilion, 3-story pagoda, the bell tower, the study room and rebuilt the main shrine, which was designated as one of the important cultural asset of Ishikawa. Magnificent scenery of strangely formed rocks that are said to be the remains from ancient volcanic eruptions undersea is a must-see, and this temple is also famous for viewing beautiful autumn foliages.
National Crafts Museum is the only Japanese national museum specializing in crafts. Roughly 1,900 works focus on crafts and design from the late nineteenth century to the present.
Home to office buildings, department stores, and long-established businesses, the area remains a hub of commerce and finance today.
Nihonkai Sakanamachi is one of the country’s largest fresh seafood markets This huge market has over 50 shops to explore, selling fresh and dried seafood, kombu kelp and more, as well as restaurants serving sushi and seafood-topped bowls of rice.
This castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, in 1603, to guard the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and to serve as the shogun's accommodation. A World Heritage Site.
Ningyo-yaki is said to be named after its place of origin: the neighborhood of Ningyo-cho, in Nihonbashi, Chuo City. The batter is made with flour, eggs, and sugar, cooked in casting molds, then filled with anko red bean paste, for a classic combination of flavors.
Ojiya’s beautiful water and centuries of selective breeding have created the Nishikigoi carp, a swimming work of art. See approximately 200 carps in the viewing aquarium, or 100 carps in the garden pond. Enjoy an elegant time while feeding the carps in the viewing pond.
The Noto Shokusai Market is a seafood market built on a wharf near Nanao Station. Self-grilling stations let patrons cook and eat their purchases on the spot. The market also has restaurants and stalls selling local vegetables, fruits, and souvenirs.
The village of Nozawa Onsen (Hot Spring) is home to 13 free public baths which are fed by a natural volcanic spring. It prospers as a ski resort but retains its distinct, hot spring village atmosphere. Walk its streets and relax in its soothing waters!
On January 15th of each year, Nozawa Onsen (Hot Spring) village celebrates the one of Japan's 3 Greatest Fire Festivals. 25 and 42-year-old men in the village must protect a wooden shrine from attackers with fiery torches. The festival ends as the shrine is engulfed in flames.
Nozawa Onsen (Hot Spring) Ski Resort is an internationally renowned ski resort with amazing views and long, exciting runs. The resort and village of Nozawa are seamessly attached, so visitors can easily walk off the slopes and into bars, restaurants or soothing hot springs!
The town of Obama is located at one end of the "Saba-kaido Road", and once flourished through trade with the then-capital city of Kyoto. Along the road you'll find old townhouses and geisha teahouses with wooden latticed exteriors, bay windows, and more in this area selected as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
Obuse occupies an important space in Japanese art history and has a handful of interesting museums. The famed ukiyo-e woodblock print artist Hokusai (1760-1849) worked here during his final years and many of his works remain. Obuse is also famous for chestnuts (kuri), which you can try steamed with rice or in ice cream and sweets.
A full selection of delicious foods and souvenirs from Uozu. If you are lucky, you might even see a mirage from here.
A waterfront area with a resort feel, offering plenty of shopping and entertainment options for the whole family!
The "Oga Showten" is a collection shops and galleries located in a house 150 years old, and was established by four individuals as a place for new creation and dissemination of information.
Ogoto Onsen is the largest hot spring resort in Shiga Prefecture. This onsen is popular as a hot spring with skin-enriching properties thanks to its high alkaline levels, which give your skin a smooth feel after bathing.
When the 5th Lord, Maeda Tsunanori invited Senso Soshitsu in 1666, the tea bowl maker Chozaemon also accompanied him and opened a kiln in Ohi village. Most of the products are Maccha tea bowls. Especially, the refined amber glaze which brings out the colors very nicely, gives the pottery certain warmth that goes well with Ishikawa's image of a snow-country.
At this historic ceramics maker, experience making something yourself, watch a master at work or do a little shopping. They also rent out ninja clothing. Both adults and children can enjoy dressing as ninja and taking a stroll through Koka.
Prior reservation required.
A charming hot-spring area located amongst the majestic Northern Alps that is made up of five distinct districts. Enjoy the ever-changing seasonal scenery from an outdoor hot-spring bath.
Take a walk through a merchant town that will make you feel like you've traveled back in time.
This Japanese black cattle beef, nurtured by Shiga's natural abundance, is richly marbled with fat for delicious flavor and mouth-watering tenderness.
The Omi-Jofu Traditional Crafts Center operates as a base for providing information on the traditional Shiga industries of hemp and Omi-Jofu cloth. Offering a variety of craft experiences, including weaving, the center seeks to foster people who will undertake these crafts in the future. Hemp products can also be purchased at the on-site shop.
The old townscape is especially well preserved in the vicinity of the Shinmachi area, and is a designated Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The cityscape was erected from the end of the Edo period through the Meiji period , and is a popular spot as the home of the Omi merchants.
This beach with beautiful, endless white sands and green trees is also alive with people enjoying playing in the water, camping, barbeque and marine sports. Also known as the venue for the hot air balloon race, it is a place of laughter and fun all year around.
Omicho market is a famous local market in Kanazawa. It started as a morning market some 400 years back. It's been popularly known as "Kanazawa's Kitchen" and is always bustling with local residents as well as tourists. In the market, a variety of things are sold such as fresh fish, vegetables, meat, sweets, daily commodities, and so on. You won't miss the unique atmosphere of the place created by shop keepers' cheerful and loud shouts flying all around.
A historic folk materials museum located on Shinmachi street that retains its aspect from the Edo period. A textbook example of an Omi merchant building, it is designated as a national Important Cultural Property.
The ruins of Omizo-jo Castle and the old castle town were reorganized by the powerful Wakebe clan, and the old waterworks and water channels that draw water from mountains and wells are still being used by residents today.
A great place to enjoy some shopping, with tableware, vases, sundry items, glass goods and gardening products all on offers, centered around the historical Shigaraki-yaki ceramics of Japan.
In the ceramics classroom, meanwhile, you can experience using a traditional potter's wheel.
Within the Tempozan Harbor Village at the center of the Bay Area you will find, housed in a structure of remarkable design, the Osaka Aquarium "Kaiyukan," one of the largest aquariums in the world. Consisting of 15 water tanks centered on a single huge tank holding 5,400 tons of water, it is home to 620 species and 30,000 marine animals from the Pacific Rim―everything from strangely delightful jellyfish, to playfully chortling sea otters, to dolphins, penguins, and even a pair of majestic giant whale sharks, the largest fish on earth. This is like no other aquarium anywhere, and it's a magnetic attraction for both children and adults. Come see and be amazed.
An extensive park with a total area of 105.6 ha, located in the center of Osaka. In the Osaka Castle Park are several historic structures including the castle tower, in addition to the Nishinomaru Garden with some 300 cherry trees, an ume (plum) orchard boasting 1,270 ume trees in 100 varieties, and other spots where visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers. The Osaka Castle Band Shell and Osaka-jo Hall are popular venues for music concerts. Sports facilities, such as a kyudo (Japanese archery) ground and the Shudokan gymnasium, are also located in the park. The spring/autumn potted plant market, the night cherry blossom viewing in the Nishinomaru Garden, and other annual events are held in the park.
Osaka City Central Public Hall is an attractive, red brick building in Nakanoshima in Osaka, surrounded by greenery and water. It features old-fashioned architecture, and is used for cultural, artistic, and social activity purposes. Alongside Osaka Castle's main keep, this building symbolizes the city of Osaka. The building is of a steel frame and brick construction, and has three stories above ground and a basement level. While the basic style of the building is Neo-Renaissance, it incorporates elements of baroque grandeur, and the Viennese Secession style has been incorporated into its detail work. The building is characterized by its arched roof as well as a special-use room with a wall-to-ceiling painting of the beginning of the universe, done by the Western-style painter Hisashi Matsuoka. Construction was completed in 1918, and the construction cost of ¥1 million (¥5 billion in today's money) was covered by a donation from Einosuke Iwamoto, a stockbroker of the time. The designers were Shinichiro Okada and Kingo Tatsuno, who were leading figures in the architectural world of the Meiji period. Restoration was completed in 2002: for the first time in the 80 years since its construction, the building was restored to its original appearance. This large assembly hall, which has been visited by notable figures such as the social activist Helen Keller and Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, is currently used as a lecture and concert hall. Additionally, in the NAKANOSHIMA SOCIAL EAT AWAKE on the basement level, visitors can take time to enjoy creative Western-style cuisine in an atmosphere that blends together the classic and the modern.
The Osaka Museum of History lies just outside Osaka Castle Park. The top floor of this museum is a full-size re-creation of the inside of the Naniwanomiya Palace. Each of the other floors introduces a different Period in Osaka's past, using exhibit models and going from ancient days to more recent times as you move down. The museum is designed to give visitors a multi-dimensional experience of the 1,350-year history of Osaka, with life-size reconstructions, scale models, and key photographs and movies.
The theater underwent major renovations which were completed in 1997. Preserving its characteristic front exterior walls, called the Arc de Triomphe of Dotombori, it is now a new theater, all designed to handle a wide range of programs making full use of the latest stage equipment but based on the traditional dignified stage layout of Kabuki.
The vicinity of Otomegaike was known as the "Katori no Umi" during the seventh century Manyo period, and formed an inlet into Lake Biwa at the foot of the mountains. There is a fishing pier on the lake that has attracted many black bass lovers in recent years.
This festival with a history of about 300 years features a nighttime dance performance to a plaintive melody played with shamisen and Chinese fiddles. Visitors are charmed by the graceful dancers on the street decorated with thousands of paper lanterns.
Oyaki is a traditional food of Nagano made in households throughout the prefecture. It is a flour dumpling stuffed with vegetables which are seasoned with miso and soy sauce. The type of vegetables vary with the region, with each area having its own local specialty.
Oze National Park is a beautiful hiking destination in the mountains of Northern Gunma.
Ozegahara's marshland blooms with skunk cabbages in spring and daylilies in summer. In autumn, the grass turns golden.
O'PAL is located in Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa.
We offer a wide range of activities, so whether your preference be kayaking or cycling,
cultural experiences or paddleboarding, we've got you covered!
A popular spot in Kawagoe with many shops selling sweets and candy.You should try the traditional boiled sweets, rice candy and sweet potato cakes, a local speciality.
Picchio offers many nature-observation tours with the help of a well-versed nature guide around Karuizawa and Komoro in Eastern Nagano.
Nagano Prefecture has been ranked first as the longest living people among all prefectures in Japan. Many pilgrims visit Saku City from all over Japan to offer prayers to the Pingkoro Jizo statue, a Buddhist image erected for healthy and long lives of the people.
In 1920, Sugihara Chiune, Japan's Vice-Consul in Kaunas, Lithuania, issued "visas for life" to Jews fleeing presecution by the Nazis. This museum explores their history in Tsuruga, where they came ashore in Japan, along with Polish orphans rescued in Siberia.
A thrilling ride on a large rubber boat takes you down the fast-flowing waters of Tone River. Enjoy the action-packed sport of rafting.
Ride a mountain bike on decommissioned train tracks! The route features beautiful scenery, tunnels, and bridges, for a thrilling experience.
A popular noodle dish eaten throughout Japan. The soups come in many varieties, based on stocks made from seafood, chicken, pork, and more. In the Tokyo Station area, you can find restaurants selling various famous local styles of ramen from all around Japan.
You can see the beautiful autumn colors and valley scenery at Ranzan Valley, and since it resembles Kyoto’s famous Arashiyama, it was named the “Arashiyama of Musashi country” in 1928. Arashiyama and Ranzan are even written the same way in Japanese
Experience hand-making accessories using precious rare wood beads. Use a variety of brightly colored rare wood beads to create your own unique, original accessory.
Red snow crabs from Toyama Bay are soft and juicy with a refined sweetness. In the Shinminato fishing port, you can enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing a daytime auction.
A family temple built by Yoshikage Nagao, the grandfather of Kenshin Uesugi. It is said that Kenshin lived here from the age of 7 to 14.
Enjoy a relaxed visit: make paper at a washi paper workshop, see an old house from centuries ago with a thatched roof and a Japanese garden, make your own soba or udon noodles, or explore what else the facility has to offer.
An English garden located in Maibara.
2019 also saw the opening of the Shaun the Sheep Farm Garden. This really is a place the whole family can enjoy for the entire day.
Even today, the Ryogoku area is full of vestiges of the old Tokyo, with temples and shrines, sumo stables, former samurai residences and gardens, and more. Experience the culture of the old Tokyo in this unique part of the city.
In this building made of lumber from Sado Island, you can take part in all kinds of taiko drumming programs.
Sado Mine is a historic site with some four centuries of history as a gold and silver mine. Today, it features figures showing authentic depictions of mining work, and is home to several historic sites that have collectively received Heritage of Industrial Modernization designation.
This museum stands on the site of the Nishimikawa Gold Mine, the oldest in Sado Island.
Besides its exhibition of the history of gold, the gold panning experience is an easy challenge for everyone.
Saikyo-ji Temple is the head of the Tendai Shinsei Sect, which has more than 450 branch temples across Japan. The grounds feature a total of four separate gardens, each styled differently and all worth seeing.
A fun hands-on museum where everyone can learn about water. Famous for its waterwheel, the largest in Japan, completed in July 2019.
Sakamoto flourished as the temple town for Hieizan Enryakuji Temple, including the homes for monks from approximately 50 different temples, and the townscape retains the elegance of that history even today. The monk's homes have incredible gardens, with beautiful azalea, crimson leaves and moss combining to form a wonderful symphony of color.
Over the course of January and February, seven sake breweries in central Takayama City open their doors to tours, and visitors can sample their new sake.
Now there are 7 brewers inside 200m area remain cityside of Takayama.
(This density is very rare things in all over the world.)
You can see the oldest & biggest sake brewery in our tour.
Inside Echigo-Yuzawa station’s Ponshu-kan, enjoy different varieties of sake tasting. In the storeroom more than 100 varieties of sake are on display at a temperature of 15 degrees. You can also take a dip in a bath of sake next-door.
Over 400 years, Ishikawa Prefecture was spared from the ravages of war. As a result, Ishikawa has retained many old aspects of the samurai culture which flourish still even today. One of those is the Nagamachi Samurai Residence District, which is a neighborhood where Maeda Clan retainers used to live. In addition to that, you can see full-body armor and weaponry and many other samurai artifacts belonging to the head retainer of the Maeda Clan at the Honda Zohinkan Museum.
It is the local deity of Sakamoto, the temple town for Enryakuji Temple, as well as being home to numerous National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. Fall is an especially beautiful time at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, with the crimson leaves painting a picturesque background to the temple buildings.
Sasazushi is made with sushi rice topped with mountain vegetables and fish on bamboo leaves. This type of sushi is also popular homemade dish.
Various activities such as cycling tours are available to experience Satoyama, where people have been living in harmony with nature.
With a sea kayak you can explore sea caves and discover hidden coves accessible only from the water. Guides will be able to help you find these great spots, and help less experienced users.
Designated as a National Scenic Spot on January 29th, 2001. Shiroyone’s Senmaida has more than 2000 small rice paddies spread almost geometrically in an area of 12,000㎢ and thus create a beautiful and bright landscape on the background of the blue sea.
Built in 628, this is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Each year, it draws about 30 million visitors from Japan and overseas.
A theme park that faces the Sea of Japan, abundantly covered with a beautiful lawn. Top rated leisure zone with various attractions that include a swimming pool with one of the world's longest and highest water slides, a golf course, go-carts, and a roller coaster.
Shibuya is always on the cutting edge of fashion and culture. The iconic all-way pedestrian crossing near the station is a great way to experience the beating heart of Tokyo.
Shigakogen is a highland area in Nagano which is famously known as one of the arenas of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Home to 19 ski areas which are all interconnected, you can spend days admiring its beautiful scenery and exploring its courses.
A verdant green cultural park with a "ceramics" theme, located in the town of ceramics Shigaraki. Facilities include the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, devoted completely to ceramics, the Exhibition Hall of Industrial Ceramics that features a shop and gallery for Shigaraki-yaki ceramics.
Having charmingly rustic, earthy texture, Shigaraki ware accounts for the largest production of tanuki (raccoon dog) figures. It is also famous for tea utensils and flower vessels.
How about an authentic ceramics making and painting experience? You can also drink tea from a Shigaraki-yaki ceramic cup and then take it home as a memento of your visit. A prior reservation by e-mail is required for any of the experiences.
The lake has a mysterious color that fascinates those who look upon it. As the light changes over the course of the day, it changes shades countless times. Canoeing makes a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of this lake.
Located in the mountains on the border between Gunma Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture, by the Shima River, this long, narrow hot spring district is lined with historical old-world inns. It was designated as the first national hot spring health resort in 1954.
The only museum of bicycles in Japan.At the Bicycle Plaza, visitors can ride on a replica of a classic bicycle from the 1800s on display in the museum and experience the history and mechanism of bicycles.
This tourist train takes you from Karuizawa to Nagano in style. Small dining compartments are separated by shouji curtains. Enjoy the view of Nagano's countryside with a delicious meal made with locally sourced ingredients.
The Rokumon takes about 1.5 hours to travel between Karuizawa and Nagano.
The only two-tiered gondola in all of Japan, the Shinhotaka Ropeway takes visitors to a height of 2,156 meters in 25 minutes.
Fresh seafood from Shinminato Port such as glass shrimp and red snow crab is supplied here. You can register for a fish auction tour of Shinminato Port at noon time.
There is a large vermilion-lacquered torii gate in Lake Biwa, in front of this oldest shrine in Omi, also known as the “Itsukushima Shrine of Omi.” The beautiful scene of Lake Biwa and the large torii gate makes this an ideal spot for taking pictures.
Shiraito Falls are a graceful expanse of waterfalls located north of Karuizawa. The falls are only 3 meters tall, but they are spread out over a 70 meter wide arch.
Founded in 593 in order to save the souls of all people and bring peace to the nation. The first Buddhist temple to receive national oversight and financial support from the nation. It is also a sample of Japan's oldest architectural style. Even so, it has seen the ravages of war numerous times, and many buildings have been lost. The current structures are faithful reproductions of the temple's original appearance. The temple also has numerous points of interest, ranging from the archives from the time of its creation that include countless national treasures and Important Cultural Properties, to the Gokuraku Jodo no Niwa "Pure Land Garden." The 21st (Daishi-e) and 22nd (Taishi-e) act as temple festival days. In addition to religious rituals, antique shops and other vendor stalls also draw large crowds on these days.
Enjoy a relaxing cruise through natural scenery that is beautiful through all four seasons. The contrast between the snow and the blue sky makes winter especially beautiful.
Home of Zenkoji temple and 39 Buddhist temple lodges (or shukubo), Nagano City is rich in Buddhist tradition. Shojin Cuisine is the traditional diet of Buddhist monks, and you can try it for yourself at one of Zenkoji's temple lodges.
The new base of Takano-Chikko Co. ”Shop＆Gallary Chikubuen” was established in the place rich in history and nature next to the bamboo grove in Nagaokakyo city. Chikubuen has various exhibitions and events as a place where you can actually see, touch, and experience the products of bamboo made by the craftsmen.
This temple was built in 1697 and is purported to be the place where Japanese daruma dolls originated. It is piled up high here in Daruma of various sizes and colors. An adjoining museum displays non-traditional daruma.
Shukunegi is a shipbuilder's town that developed when the Sado Gold Mine flourished. The row of houses with unique shapes built with boat planks is designated as a nationally important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
There are over 20 ski grounds in Gunma Prefecture boasting high-quality powder snow. A variety of slopes are available for beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders to enjoy winter sports. Why not take a relaxing dip in the nearby onsen after hitting the slopes?
It's one of the biggest ski park in west Japan, where you can arrive by 3 hours drive from Osaka. Ski slopes perfect for beginners, experts, and everyone in between! Featuring comfortable facilities like restaurants, hot spring baths, and slopes for children.
As the only place in the world where wild monkeys bathe in hot springs, Jigokudani Yaen-koen, or the Snow Monkey Park, continues to fascinate tourists from around the world.
Snow Peak is Niigata's best-known outdoor goods maker. At their headquarters you can check out the attached outlet store, museum and their on-site campground. They also offer a camp support program, preparing necessary equipment for beginners.
Nagano's major temperature changes provide the conditions necessary for growing excellent buckwheat. The prefecture is dotted with buckwheat noodle restaurants and famous buckwheat production areas. At some of these places you can even make and eat your own noodles.
This temple was originally built as the headquarters of Soto Sect in 1321 (First year of Genko Era) by a Zen priest by the name of Joukin Keizan and prospered along with Eiheiji Temple as the center of Soto sect for young priests. However, in 1898 (31st year of Meiji Era) most of the temple was destroyed by a great fire and the Head Temple was shifted to Tsurumi in today's Kanagawa Prefecture. The present Sojiji Temple still preserves a beauty that recalls to one's mind the grandness of Daihonzan or the former head temple. Some of the original temple buildings such as the storehouse of the scriptures, Dentoin (Founder Keizan's Mausoleum), Kannon Hall known as Jiunkaku which survived the great fire still stand in a magnificent state. Nanado-Garan or the "7 Buildings Complex" was also reconstructed. All these buildings together create a magical majestic atmosphere of yore. It's possible to have a first hand experience of Zazen (Zen meditation) and have Shojin cuisine (Buddhist vegetarian meals). (Reservations Required.)
Enjoy the finest powder in a highland landscape just three hours from the Tokyo metropolitan area. The area features a wide range of courses, suitable for all ability levels from beginner to expert, and a high probability of good weather conditions. You can also take snowcat rides up to the top of Mt. Nekodake at an altitude of 2,170 meters high. Enjoy the panoramic views and “snow monsters” that cover the mountain!
The Omi-Hachiman suigo canals are known as one of the three great canal networks of Japan, and are of particular note even among the three due to retaining their natural, historic state even today. Feel the natural history of Japan all across your body while enjoying a gentle rowboat cruise along the canals.
Cruise on the Okawa River (formerly Yodo River) in seasonal beauty, and enjoy the views of Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle.
If you want to try various vegetables and beef that Gunma prides itself on in one dish, sukiyaki is unmistakably the best option. Shimonita negi (leeks) with strong sweetness, Chinese cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, shirataki noodles, etc. in the pot—the ingredients that are perfect for sukiyaki are all vegetables proudly harvested in Gunma or are products made here. Then if you add Gunma brand beef, which is considered to be one of the highest quality beefs in the country, it will be delicious for sure. If you use a local soy sauce as the main seasoning, then you have an All-Gunma Sukiyaki dish.
In Osaka, the shrine is known affectionately as "Sumiyossan." Every year, from January 1st to 3rd, the shrine welcomes more than 2 million people for Hatsumode, the traditional first shrine visit of the year. The head shrine for Japan's approximately 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines, Sumiyoshi Taisha is the most important shrine in the Osaka area. Praying to the gods here is believed to ensure maritime safety, as well as good luck in farming, waka poetry, martial arts, and sumo wrestling, and to ward off disasters of all kinds. Built more than 1,800 years ago, the buildings are arranged to resemble a fleet of ships headed out to sea. The shrine was built in an architectural style known as Sumiyoshi-zukuri, the oldest style used in shrine construction, and is registered as a national treasure. Sumiyoshi Taisha has more than 30 auxiliary shrines, as well as a number of festivals and rituals, including Sumiyoshi Matsuri. The grounds of the shrine are carefully preserved as a national treasure and important cultural property for their architectural and cultural value.
Taga Taisha Shrine has long attracted visitors from across Japan, devoted as it is to the god of long life and relationships. Known by the nickname "Otaga-san," the street that runs from the large torii gate by the station all the way to the shrine itself is lined with shops selling gifts and souvenirs.
Kyotango's special brand of snow crab, Taiza-gani, are caught close to the port so the crabs are returned on the same day, making them very fresh. They are best enjoyed locally to maximize freshness.
One of the three major nighttime cherry blossom viewing events in Japan. About 4,000 cherry trees come into full bloom, giving spring in Niigata a poetic charm.
This pond is located on a plateau 540 m above sea level, with a panoramic view of mountains and other natural beauty. There’s plenty to enjoy here, including a campsite for overnight stays.
Takaoka, the place where metal casting originated in Japan, has 400 years of history. In recent years, new products have been created using the techniques of traditional crafts.
Gunma Prefecture is the leading producer of Daruma dolls in Japan. Takasaki Daruma dolls are painted with symbols of longevity, cranes (eyebrows) and turtles (mastache), and are considered to bring good luck. This is because the left eyes is painted while making a wish, and the right eye is painted when the wish is granted. The doll is returned to a shrine at the end of a year, and a new doll is purchased at the beginning of a New Year, and a new wish is made.
Takashima Village is a combined facility made by refurbishing an old merchant's house of 150 years, and allows you to enjoy making dyed candles by hand in their studio in addition to water sports. There are plenty of places to eat, including bakeries, Japanese-style restaurants and cafés.
The Takayama Festival is held in April and October every year and is counted among Japan’s three most beautiful festivals. There will be lots of opportunities to view the workmanship of the traditional floats up-close.
This museum displays some of the gorgeous yatai festival floats, designated as national Important Cultural Properties, that are actually used during the Takayama Festival.
This facility was used as a government office during the Edo Period (17th ‒ 19th century). Today, it is the last remaining facility of its kind.
The light, soy-sauce-based soup and curly noodles of Takayama Ramen make this local favorite stand out from other forms of ramen. While the dish is served all-year-round, it’s the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.
This 1.8km bamboo forest path is lined with lush green thickets and trim bamboo hedges.The sound of bamboo grass in the wind and the sunlight streaming through the grove makes this a popular place for a soothing stroll.
An old temple founded in 1375. Many national treasures are housed here, and it's famous for "Hiwatari" (fire-walking) held every June. Many old trees in the grounds giving it the subtle and profound atmosphere, and its tranquil garden is also beautiful.
Ateliers for straw work, pottery, and bamboo work are scattered throughout this scenically situated mountain village. Take a stroll through this popular tourist spot and see artisan craftsmanship and even experience making traditional craftworks originating in ancient Japan.
We have 5 ski lifts and 15 courses including tree ski courses with fluffy powder snow. You can enjoy the winter wonderland not only by skiing and snowboarding but also riding snowmobiles and snow rafting in front of hotel.
These boats, which were designed to turn in a small radius and to have stability, have been traditionally used on Sado Island. You can experience riding in one in Ogi Port or around Yajima and Kyojima islands.
This route connects Toyama and Nagano prefectures, and features the famous Snow Corridor, with walls of snow 20 meters tall.
A permanent nighttime exhibition at the Nagai Botanical Garden, opened in July 2022 by TeamLab, known for its latest digital art. The botanical garden during the daytime is transformed into an art space at night.
Teisho-ji Temple is the Saku area’s greatest ancient temple, fitted with all seven traditional structures found in large-scale buddhist monasteries.
A 5-minute walk from the Osakako subway station, and steps away from the Kaiyukan aquarium, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel soars 112.5 meters into the air and has a diameter of 100 meters, making it one of the world's largest Ferris wheels. On sunny days, a ride is a roughly 15-minute-long journey through the sky, offering views of Mount Ikoma to the east, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge to the west, Kansai International Airport to the south, and the Rokko mountains to the north. Three of its 60 cabins are wheelchair accessible. Additionally, in-cabin announcements are made in both Japanese and English. Colorful light displays and weather forecasts for the following day are also popular features. The vibrant lights of Osaka Bay have undeniably become one of Osaka's defining tourist attractions.
Tokyo is the world's number one city for food, and home to more Michelin three-star restaurants than any other city. Tempura is one of Tokyo's most famous dishes. You can enjoy the flavor of seasonal seafood and vegetables.
A 2.6-kilometer line of small shops make up this roofed shopping street, which runs from Tenjinbashi 1 chome to 7 chome, nearly as far as the distance between three subway stations. The street, whose high vaulted roof makes for a feeling of great spaciousness, is Japan's longest shopping street. Numerous movie theaters and game centers will be found along it, all of them frequented by familiar old faces; this is definitely a place for everyday people. There are events held on the street almost every day.
Japanese garden was created by the culmination of the best of landscaping technology which is called the grate Showa's garden in 1970 during During the World Expo was held. The size of the garden and about 260,000 square meters and it's very wide.Elongated in the east and west, it is designed to "flow" of water flowing from the western edge of the source of the garden to the east as a theme.You can enjoy the beautiful scenery that has been completed has a unique structure for garden lined of each era style from ancient times to the Middle Ages and modern.
The school was completed in the 8th year of Meiji (1875) and among schools in Japan, it is the oldest example of Pseudo Western-style architecture in the country. It has since been registered as an Important Cultural Asset of Japan and Historical Landmark.
Unnojuku originated in 1625 as a 12-inn stop on the feudal Hokkoku Road which connected the Sea of Japan side with the Tokyo-to-Kyoto Nakasendo Road. Gold from the mines of Sado Island as well as pilgrims to Nagano City’s Zenkoji Temple passed by here. Strolling through Unnojuku gives you a sense of the rich history. Events are held every year to keep alive the traditions of the feudal area, including a procession of festive pillars in April and the Unnojuku Fureai Festival held on November 23rd which features rickshaws and people in period costumes.
Featuring a remarkable collection on display, including works by such world-renowned masters as Monet, Chagall, and Picasso, as well as contemporary artists from Japan. Serves as a venue for museum concerts and other events.
This stylish museum, which was founded in 1982, is in perfect harmony with the greenery of Nakanoshima Park. Housed and displayed here are over 6,000 items from China and Korea, including works of art designated as national treasures and important cultural assets. Among them are the Ataka Collection of Chinese and Korean ceramics and the Rhee Byung-Chang Collection of Korean ceramics--which draws great crowds, even from Korea.
In addition to viewing exceptional bonsai and related exhibits, you will learn about the history of this type of tree cultivation.
This museum features exhibits about the railways of Japan and around the world, including hands-on exhibits like model trains.
To-ji temple is the the head of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The many attractions in the precincts include Mieido House, which was the residence of the monk Kobo Daishi (Kukai), Jikido Hall, Kodo Hall, and Kondo Hall.
Togakushi is home to the Togakure School of Ninpo, a group of ninjas with a history of over 800 years. At the Museum of Togakure School of Ninpo, actual ninja weapons such as shuriken and arrows, and ninja tools, such as spiked rings for climbing earthen walls, are on display, as well as valuable photographs contributed by Masaaki Hatsumi, the 34th Togakure Master. In addition to the museum, there is the Ninja House with secret staircases and hidden doors to find your way through. There’s also a shuriken “dojo” where you can try flinging real throwing stars.
Adjacent to the Museum is the Museum of Togakushi Folklore featuring 2000 every-day items from the Edo period.
Togakushi Shrine honours the 1911m-high Mt Togakushi and is comprised of three sub-shrines - Togakushi-Hokosha, Togakushi-Chusha and Togakushi-Okusha. Okusha, the innermost shrine, is reached via a magnificent 500m-long path lined with cedar trees which were planted in 1612.
Surrounded by beautiful Togakushi Mountains and known for great powder snow. You can also visit the nearby historic Jinja Shrines and enjoy famous Togakushi Soba. Easy access from Nagano Station and Zenkoji by bus.
One of the most popular ekiben lunch boxes sold at in Japan. The carefully selected ingredients and a homemade taste. The seasonal kamameshi is popular as well.
This scenic spot with sheer cliffs that line the coast over a distance of 1.5 km has been designated as a national natural monument. The cliffs are even more impressive when viewed from a pleasure boat.
In Sado Island, you can observe the internationally protected bird "Nipponia nippon," otherwise known as Niigata's prefectural bird "toki", at this nature park. Toki is the symbol of the coexistence of humans and nature.
Built by the lord of the Kawagoe domain about 400 years ago, this bell marks the time four times a day. It is a symbol of the traditional town where many old storehouses can be found.
Enjoy sightseeing along the Sumida River or Tokyo Bay while cruising on a restaurant boat, water bus, or houseboat.
At 634 meters tall, this tower holds the Guiness World Record for tallest tower. The observation deck, 350 meters up, offers a stunning panoramic view of the Kanto region.
Completed in 1958, this 333-meter tower has been a Tokyo landmark for generations. Two observation decks are available, 150 and 250 meters up.
This is Japan’s largest keyhole-shaped tomb, measuring 307m in width and 33.9m in height on its front square and 486m in length, 249m in diameter, and 35.8m in height at the rounded rear. The Engishiki (compiled 927) named the tomb Mozu-no-mimihara-no-naka-no-misasagi; at present, it is under the care of the Imperial Household Agency, which has determined it to be the tomb of Emperor Nintoku, the 16th emperor of Japan. The tomb is three-tiered with platforms for religious ceremonies on either side of its narrowest part and is encircled by three moats, of which the current outermost moat was re-dug in the Meiji Era. In 1872, a chest-shaped stone coffin in a vertical-style stone chamber was excavated from the front mound along with swords, armor, glass pots and dishes. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, United States, contains the Saisenshiki-jutaikyo mirror and the Tanho-kantotachi sword, said to be excavated from this tomb; additionally, there are over 10 small tombs called “baicho” that have been discovered in the surrounding area. The tomb is encircled by a sightseeing walkway approximately 2.8 km long, which takes an hour to walk around.
Registered as a World Heritage in June 2014. By enabling the mass production of raw silk, these facilities contributed to the popularization of silk.
Through heartwarming communication with friendly locals, you can experience traditional Japanese life and cooking with fresh local vegetables and rice.
Toyama Bay has such an abundance of fish that it is known as "the natural fish preserve." The fishing grounds and fishing harbor are close to each other, and you can eat the seasonal local fish unloaded from the boats while it is still fresh.
The distinctively dark soup of this ramen comes from plenty of soy sauce. Originally designed to be salty enough for white rice to make a tasty side dish.
Various artworks and world-famous paintings from artists such as Picasso as well as posters and famous designer chairs are on exhibit.
You can see the Tateyama mountain range from the rooftop garden, which has play equipment that can be enjoyed by families, using all five senses.
The exterior and interior walls, and even the floors of the Crafts Center are lined with Shigaraki-yaki ceramic tiles. An exhibition of Shigaraki-yaki ceramics that displays pieces by age, allows you to gain a full appreciation for the history of the medium in just a single visit, alongside permanent installations of modern works.
Tsukemono' are pickled vegetables that are made using traditional food preservation techniques. Tsukemono Steak is a local Gifu favorite that involves grilling tsukemono on a hotplate, like a steak, with egg and eating it while it's sizzling hot!
Over 400 vendors selling fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, cooking utensils, and all kinds of other food-related items can be found here.
Tsukiusagi no Sato is a park filled with free-roaming rabbits. Since they are used to humans, most rabbits are happy to be petted. Have a bite to eat at the bakery, restaurant or cafe.
Tsumago-juku, deep in the Kiso Mountains, is the 42nd of 69 post towns on the feudal Tokyo-to-Kyoto Nakasendo Road. After World War II, the townspeople started to restore the buildings to the way they were back in the Edo era, one of the first such projects in the country. Many visitors choose to add to the experience by walking the 8 kilometers from here to Magome, the next post town down the road. Many areas along the way have the original stone pavers. Here you can really get a sense of Japan’s feudal history.
These buildings, designed by a foreign engineer, were originally built in 1905 for petroleum storage. In 2015, the north building reopened with a diorama of the railroad and port, and the south building reopened with restaurants.
The Tsutenkaku is a new structure, rebuilt after World War II. The original Tsutenkaku was built in 1912, and it shocked the people of that era; with a height of 64 meters, it was the tallest structure in the Orient. It was also one of the two great attractions of Shin-Sekai at that time, the other being Luna Park, an amusement park with an area of more than 132,000 square meters. Eventually the Tsutenkaku, which reminded local residents of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, became the symbol of Osaka. But then in 1943 a fire broke out in the tower, and it was later dismantled to supply steel to the wartime economy. After various difficulties were overcome, the long-awaited new Tsutenkaku was erected in 1956.
From mid April to early May, the scenery along the Funa River comes into bloom with the "Spring Quartet" — the beautifully snowy peaks of the Northern Alps off in the distance serve as a backdrop for the cherry blossoms, tulips, and bright yellow rape blossoms.
The Uchinada Coast is a wide sandy beach on the Sea of Japan, right outside Kanazawa.
Locals flock to the beach each summer for swimming and marine sports. For a different type of relaxation, head to the large public onsen nearby.
Ueda Castle was originally built in 1583 by Sanada Masayuki during the Warring States period. It is famous for having defended against attacks by the Tokugawa army despite being severely outnumbered, not once, but twice. In springtime, it comes alive as one of Nagano’s top cherry blossom viewing destinations with over 800 cherry trees.
The many attractions in this area include Ueno Park, the Ueno Royal Museum, Ueno Zoo, and Ueno Ameyoko Shopping Street.
The observation platform of this observatory is a bridge connecting the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building, whose roof features a doughnut shape that provides an unobstructed 360-degree view. While enjoying the breathtaking sights you can also directly feel the wind―which at 170 meters off the ground can get quite strong. From this observatory you can not only see all of Osaka but as far away as Awaji Island. The basement of the building houses the Takimi-Koji gourmet street with old fashioned images of Osaka from the 1920s.
A park built to commemorate the 1,200th anniversary of the relocation of the national capital to Heian-kyo (now Kyoto). This park is home to Kyoto Aquarium, the first aquarium to be built in Kyoto, as well as the Kyoto Railway Museum, Japan’s largest railway museum. The park also features a recreation area with a lush green lawn all year.
It features an abundance of transparent spring water, which makes your shin silky smooth. The natural seasonal landscapes seen from the open air baths are marvelous.
This is one of the most well-known temples of the Jodoshin Sect of Buddhism,which is popular in Toyama. All of the 12 buildings are designated as National Treasure and National Important Cultural Assets.
The waterfall considered one of Japan's hundred finest natural springs. It's said that an uri (a kind of melon) broke because of the this very cold water. In summer, you can enjoy Kuzu Manju Red Bean Dumplings made with pure water in the Wakasa Uriwari Meisui Park.
Gunma Prefecture is Japan's leading producer of Sosaku (original) Kokeshi dolls. Usaburo Kokeshi is Japan's largest craft center of Sosaku Kokeshi dolls, where visitors can paint their own Kokeshi doll.
This bridge is popularly known as "Megane Bashi". The beautiful brick structure combining art and technology is a railway bridge with four arches. The red brick arches create a nice contrast to the natural surroundings.
Visitors are thrilled by the magnificent scenery of the Yatsugatake Mountains, Akaishi Mountains, Mt. Asama, and more.
This rail theme park lets you look, touch, and experience. This park is the only place in Japan where you can experience operating a real electric train for yourself. An Abt rack locomotive and other retro trains with a deep connection to the Usui Pass are on display.
William Merrell Vories is the most famous former resident of Omi-Hachiman City and the founder of the Omi Brotherhood company, and the house in which he lived with his wife Makiko is now operated as the Vories Memorial Hall. Tours require a prior reservation.
Kirikos are huge lanterns with their height ranging from 4 to 15 meters. These Kirikos are integral parts of the various Festivals of Noto Peninsula celebrated in summers. Kiriko Kaikan or Kiriko Lantern Museum displays beautiful Kiroko lanterns painted in Wajima lacquer style used in Wajima Festival besides the regular display of Kirikos from different parts of Noto Peninsula used in different festivals. Thus, it's possible to get a taste of the festive atmosphere any time of the year. A number of tall Kirikos-some of them as tall as 10 meter, lined next to each other is a grand sight. Apart from Kiriko festivals the Museum also has a number of displays related to Noto's other festivals. If one wants to get an idea about history and customs of people living in Noto, Kiriko Kaikan is the place.
The wives of local farmers and fishermen from nearby towns will set up about 200 stalls that line the streets of Morning Market at the break of dawn to sell fresh seafood, vegetables and other products.
Wajima lacquerware has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Asset, and is world-famous for having an elaborate process that involves over 100 artisans from start to finish. Come to Wajima, where you can spend about one hour trying to make Wajima lacquerware or watch an experienced artisan at his craft.
The most popular swimming beach in the Wakasa region of southern Fukui. It got a sertification of "Blue Flag" in the first among Asian countries. The view of Mt. Aoba along with the clear, shallow sea water is beautiful enough that some call it "the Mt. Fuji of Wakasa".
At Wakura Onsen (Hot Spring), you can enjoy the hotspring looking out over the sea.
You will also find traditional Japanese inns where attendants dressed in kimonos will wait on you and serve you in classic Japanese hospitality.
Wakura Onsen Omatsuri Hall displays the exhibitions focused on four unique local festivals representing Nanao City, and visitors can join the experience programs of these festivals.
The only river in the Kansai region that lets you have such dynamic adventures. Seta River is the only river running from Lake Biwa and it allows children, adults and the whole family to enjoy white water sports in Shiga prefecture.
The most popular place in Hida Furukawa, known for its secluded charm. The white-walled storehouses here line the road for half a kilometer.
From fall to the beginning of winter, there are small double-petalled blossoms on these cherry trees in Jomine Park and Sakurayama Park.
These clusters of thatched-roof houses in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
The villages of Ainokura and Suganuma along the Sho river comprise Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Village. Together, they were designated a World Heritage Site in 1995.
Yakimanju has long been a staple in Gunma. These dumpling-like buns are skewered on a stick, covered in a sweet miso sauce, and roasted over hot charcoal for a savory-sweet snack with a little bit of chew.
The Hokkoku Kaido Road once thronged with travelers and merchants, and many old temples, shrines and buildings remain standing along it, of which Yokaro is one. They are most famous for their "fried mackerel somen" noodles, a traditional Nagahama household dish often served at religious ceremonies and events in which sweet and sour fried mackerel is stewed with noodles.
This complex consists of a wooden-framed Western-style building and renovated earthen-walled storehouses, and offers shopping, hands-on traditional craft experiences, and delicious foods from Toyama.
The major feature of Yamanaka lacquerware is the manner in which the natural beauty of the grain of the wood is preserved to the maximum. This requires great skills with the traditional revolving wheel saw.
Collectively known as Yanesen, taking the first syllable of each of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi, these locations are filled with the atmosphere of the traditional shitamachi neighborhoods in Tokyo.
One of the best winter tastes from Toyama Bay. In particular, the “Himi Kan Buri” (Himi winter yellowtail), with its firm yet fatty flesh, is a famous high-grade fish.
Once the second residence of the feudal lords of Fukui long ago. It's architecture and garden are considered valuable examples of famous gardens from the middle of the Edo era (1603-1868). The garden places highly each year in the Japanese Garden Rankings of the American Journal of Japanese Gardening.
The place from where Rennyo Shonin, the renowned restorer of Jodo Shinshu Sect, spread Jodo Shinshu in Hokuriku region in 1471. Even now the area around here is called “spiritual home of Rennyo”, visited constantly by many worshippers nationwide all year round. We can see the statue of Rennyo created by Koun Takamura, a famous Japanese sculptor.
Yumekyobashi Castle Road starts immediately from the bridge that crosses the moat at Hikone-jo Castle, and is designed to evoke the townscape of the Edo period. It features multiple outlets, including facilities offering a variety of experiences and a range of restaurants.
Inside each house in this village is a different kind of traditional arts & crafts that are famous in Ishikawa, and visitors can observe the making process of each articles such as Yuzen silk-dyeing, making items on the pottery wheel, making soba noodles, painting and various gold leave activities.
An aboundance of cultural heitage articles can be found on the grounds of Zenkoji Temple, built some 1400 years ago.
Naka-mise is the name of the main path between the Niomon Gate to the south and the main San-Mon Gate of the Main Hall of Zenkoji Temple. The name literally means ‘the street of shops within the temple ground.’
There are many interesting shops along this street and around — relax and have a comfortable stroll.
From one of the longest zip lines in Asia (1,501m long), you can experience panoramic views of the Hokushinetsu Mountains and the lush Takada Plains spreading out below you. (Lotte Arai Resort)
Built in the Edo era (1603–1868) by Toshitsune Maeda, the third feudal lord of the Kaga domain. The family temple of Toshinaga Maeda, the founder of Takaoka.
“BIWAICHI” is a term used to describe a lap of Lake Biwa approximately 200 kilometre-long circumference on bicycle. The appearance of Lake Biwa has various aspects that change with the seasons, from cherry trees and new greenery to the changing colours of autumn leaves.
Famous for the 50,000 azaleas that bloom here, as well as other seasonal scenery like cherry blossoms, maple trees, and yukitsuri snow supports on branches. The park also features a zoo, grass lawns, playground equipment, and a Japanese garden.