New Golden Route

Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store

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.

  • Directly connected to Kintetsu Abenobashi Sta. and Tennoji Sta. via all JR and Subway Lines
  • +81-6-6624-1111
  • 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka
  • B2F-3.5F: 10:00-20:30
    12F,13F,14F restaurant floor Harukas Dining: 11:00-23:00
    B2F Abeno Market Restaurants: 10:00-22:00
    *Hours may vary by business.
  • Varies

Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura (Cherry Blossom Festival)

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.

  • 15 min. by JR Ryomo Line from JR Takasaki Sta. to JR Maebashi Sta.-> 50 min. by bus
  • Naegashima-machi, Maebashi, Gunma
  • Early April

Akihabara

Akihabara is also known as a mecca for otakus with its collection of Japanese anime and comics, shops selling idol goods and maid cafés.

Akima Ume Grove

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.

  • About 10 min. by taxi from Annakaharuna Sta.
  • Nishikamiakima, Annaka, Gunma
  • late February-late March

Amanohashidate

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.

  • By train: KTR Miyatoyo Line to [Amanohashidate Station]. From there, a 5-minute walk.
    By car: Kyoto Jukan Expressway (Ayabe-Miyazu section) to [Miyazu-Amanohashidate Interchange]. From there, 10 minutes by car.

Ameyoko

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.

  • Ueno StationJR LineCentral Ticket Gate.
    Ueno StationHibiya LineGinza LineShinobazu Exit.
  • 6-10-7 Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo
  • Varies by shop.
  • Varies by shop.

Apallusion

Enjoy a vast and spectacular nighttime light-up on this hotel’s expansive grounds.

  • 45 min. bus ride (for hotel guests; reservations required) from Joetsumyoko Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
  • +81-570-004-111
  • 1090 Okemi, Myoko City, Niigata
  • Jun. 22 to Aug. 31: 18:00 to 23:00
    Sep. 1 to Nov. 17: 17:00 to 22:00
    (Last admission one hour before close. Times shown are for 2019.)
  • Open daily during the season shown.
  • Advance tickets 1,400 yen, same-day tickets 1,500 yen
    (Prices shown are for 2019)

Awara Onsen (Hot Spring)

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.

Bessho Hot Spring

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.

  • 5 min. walk from Bessho Onsen Sta. (Ueda Dentetsu Bessho Line)
  • +81-268-38-3510
  • Bessho, Ueda City, Nagano

Bicycling along Nanao Bay

The Noto Peninsula is surrounded by the sea of Japan, with breathtaking coastlines. Enjoy bicycling on roads along the beautiful coast.

  • Wakura Onsen Tourism Association (bicycle rental location): 20 min. walk from JR Wakuraonsen Sta.
  • +81-767-62-1555
  • 2-13-1 Wakura-machi, Nanao City, Ishikawa
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Open every day
  • City cycle: 500 yen for up to 4 hours, or 1,000 yen per day
    Electric-assist bicycle: 1,000 yen for up to 4 hours, or 2,000 yen per day

Biwako Valley / The Biwako Terrace

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by bus from Shiga Sta.
  • +81-77-592-1155
  • 1547-1 Kido, Otsu City, Shiga Pref
  • Check website for details.
  • Check website for details.
  • Ropeway fare for round trip: 2,600 yen

Buddhist Artwork, Traditional Japanese Gardens & Modern Architecture

Buddhist Artwork, Traditional Japanese Gardens & Modern Architecture

  • Parking Available / 20 min walk from Itoigawa Station / 1 min walk from Kyōgamine 2-chōme Bus Stop (Rendaiji Line).
  • +81-25-552-9277
  • 2-1-13 Kyōgamine, Itoigawa City, Niigata
  • 9:00-16:30
  • Closed Dec. 28-Jan. 4
  • Tanimura Art Museum & Gyokusuien Gardens
    Adults: 500 yen
    18 and under: 300 yen
    Joint Admission with Hisuien Gardens
    Adults: 800 yen
    18 and under: 500 yen

Bungee Jumping

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.

Canyoning

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.

Cascading Cherry Tree at Takeda

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..

  • Approx. 5 min. from JR Awaraonsen Sta. to JR Maruoka Sta., Approx. 25 min. drive from JR Maruoka Sta.
  • +81-776-67-2543 (Takeda community center)
  • Takekurabe Hiroba Square, Yamatakeda, Maruoka-cho, Sakai city
  • Always open to the public
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Chichibu Geo Gravity Park

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.

  • Seibu Railway Limited Express Red Arrow 1 hr. 20 min. to Seibu Chichibu Station. Then catch the expressbus (No5) to Mitsumineguchi station (25 min.).

Chichibu Pilgrimage Temples

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.

  • Approx 1hr. and 20min. by limited express train from Ikebukuro Sta. on Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
  • depends on the temple
  • depends on the temple
  • depends on the temple
  • depends on the temple

Chikubu Island

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.

  • Approx. 25 min. Regular sightseeing boat from Imazu Port
    Approx. 30 min. Regular sightseeing boat from Nagahama Port
    Approx. 40 min. Regular sightseeing boat from Hikone Port
  • Chikubu shima, Hayazaki-cho, Nagahama City, Shiga Pref
  • Island entry fee: 500 yen

Chikubushima Sea Route (Omi Marine)

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by shuttle bus from JR Hikone Sta.
  • +81-749-22-0619
  • 3755 Matsubara-cho, Hikone City, Shiga
  • Dec.-Feb.
  • Adults: 3,000 yen
    Please inquire for more details.

Chirihama beach driveway

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.

  • Take a scheduled "Wajima-go" sightseeing bus from Kanazawa station. (10 min. by TAXI from JR Hakui station)
  • +81-767-22-1118 (Commerce and Tourism Division, Hakui City)
  • Chirihama-machi, Hakui City, Ishikawa

Chirimen Silk—A Traditional Product

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 Host

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.

Cobbled Lanes

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by bus from JR Omi-Hachiman Sta. to Osugi-cho bus stop
  • 12 Osugi-cho, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga
  • See the homepage for more details.

Cutlery from Tsubame Sanjo

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.

D. T. Suzuki Museum

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.

  • From JR Kanazawa Sta., take a bus to Honda-machi bus stop (15 min. ride), then walk 4 min.
  • +81-76-221-8011
  • 3-4-20 Honda-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
  • 9:30-17:00 (last admission at 16:30)
  • Closed Mon. (or the following weekday if a holiday) and Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
  • 310 yen

Dotonbori Area

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 Crab

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. 

Echizen Knife

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.

Echizen Lacquerware

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.

Echizen Ono Castle

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.

  • Approx. 56 min. by JR Etsumi-Hoku line from JR Fukui Sta. to JR Echizen-Ono Sta. / Approx. 40 min. walk
  • +81-779-65-5520
  • 3-109 Shiro-machi, Ono City, Fukui
  • [Apr.-Sep.] 9:00-17:00
    [Oct. & Nov.] 6:00-16:00
  • Dec.1-Mar.31
  • 200 yen

Echizen Oroshisoba

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.

Echizen Washi Village(Traditional Hands-on Experience:Echizen Paper)

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. from JR Fukui Sta. to JR Takefu Sta., Approx. 27 min. by bus to Washi no Sato
  • +81-778-42-1363
  • 8-44 Shinzaike-cho, Echizen city (Papyrus House)
  • 9:00-16:00
  • New Year holidays
  • [Hands-on experiences] 500 yen and up

Edo-kiriko

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.

Eiheiji Temple

Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple was opened in 1244. Its' grounds are dotted with more than 70 Buddhist sanctums.

  • Walk 5 min. from JR Fukui Sta. to Echizen Railway Fukui Sta. -> 29 min. by Echizen Railway Katsuyama-Eiheiji Line to Eiheiji-Guchi Sta. -> 15 min. by Keifuku Bus to Eiheiji bus stop -> 5 min. walk
  • +81-776-63-3102
  • 10-5 Shihi, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui
  • 8:00-17:00 (varies by season)
    *Consult for information on overnight prayer in the temple, or 4-day / 3-night Zen meditation.
  • [Entrance charge] Adults: 500 yen, children (7-15): 200 yen

Eyeglass Frames

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

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.

Former Hikone Domain Matsubara Suburban Residence Gardens (Ohama Goten)

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.

  • JR Biwako Line Hikone Sta. 30 min. on foot
  • +81-749-26-5833 (Cultural Assets Division, Hikone City Board of Education)
  • 515 Matsubara-cho, Hikone City, Shiga
  • Open twice a year
    *See official homepage for more details. You may also inquire by telephone.

Former Mikasa Hotel

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.

  • 8 min. by taxi from Karuizawa Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
  • +81-267-42-5538
  • 1339-342, Karuizawa, Karuizawa Town, Nagano
  • 9:00-17:00

Fossa Magna Museum

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by bus or taxi from JR Itoigawa Sta.
  • +81-25-553-1880
  • 1313 Ichinomiya, Itoigawa City, Niigata
  • 9:00-16:30
  • Mon. (Nov.-Feb), New Year period
  • Adults: 500 yen

Freshwater Fish Cuisine

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.

Fruit Picking

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.

Fugan Suijo Line

Enjoy a canal cruise from Fugan Canal Kansui Park to the port town of Iwase.

  • To Kansui Park Terminal: 13 min. walk from Toyama Station North Gate
    To Iwase Canal Hall Terminal: 1 min. walk from Iwasehama Station on Toyama Light Rail
  • +81-76-482-4116
  • Minatoirifune-cho, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture
  • Tuesday (holiday), Nov. 23 to Saturday, Apr. 17, 2021
  • May 11, Jun. 14-16, Jul. 13, Aug. 3, Sep. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9
  • Nakajima Route:
    1400 yen for a round trip between Kansui Park and Nakajima Lock
    Iwase Route:
    1700 yen for a one-way trip between Kansui Park and Iwase Canal Hall
    (The fee includes one-way tram ticket between Toyama Sta. and Iwasehama Sta.)
    Kansui Park Loop:
    500 yen for a pleasure boat cruise in Kansui Park

Fugan Unga Kansui Park(Fugan Canal Park)

A waterside oasis spread along the canal. A canal cruise is also available.

  • 9 min. walk from JR Toyama Sta. North Exit
  • +81-76-444-6041
  • Minatoirifune-cho, Toyama City, Toyama
  • Open to the public all day
  • Open 365 days
  • Free of charge

Fukiware Falls

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.

  • 40 min. bus ride from Numata Sta.
  • Numata City Hall: +81-278-23-2111
  • Tonemachi Okkai, Numata City
  • Usually closed for winter, from mid Dec. to late Mar. Walking path closes at night.
  • Free

FUKUI

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

A world-class museum specializing in dinosaurs. Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 40 dinosaur skeletons.

  • 5 min. walk from JR Fukui Sta. to Echizen Railway Fukui Sta. -> 54 min. by Echizen Railway to Katsuyama Sta. -> 15 min. by municipal community bus to Kyoryu Hakubutsukan bus stop -> 5 min. walk
  • +81-779-88-0001
  • 51-11 Terao, Muroko-cho, Katsuyama City, Fukui
    (in Katsuyama Kyoryu no Mori Park)
  • 9:00-17:00 (last admission: 16:30)
  • 2nd & 4th Wed., Dec.29-Jan.2,
    subject to temporary closing
  • Adults: 720 yen
    American Express, Diners, JCB, MasterCard, Visa (only in the museum shop and restaurant)

Fukui Prefectural Museum of Ceramics

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. by JR Hokuriku Main line from JR Fukui Sta. to JR Takefu Sta. / Approx. 26 min. by Fukutetsu Bus Takefu Echizen Kaigan line from JR Takefu-ekimae bus stop to Tofeimura-guchi.
  • +81-778-32-2174
  • 120-61 Ozowara, Echizen Town, Fukui
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Mon. (open if Monday is a holiday) and New Year holidays
  • Exibit admission 200 yen
    Hand-shaped pottery course 1,200 yen
    Matcha green tea (incl. higashi Japanese candy) 300 yen

Funazushi / Ganso Sakamotoya

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.

  • JR Otsu Sta. 12 min. on foot
  • +81-77-524-2406
  • 1-5-21 Nagara, Otsu City, Shiga
  • 9:00-18:00
  • Sun.

Furukawa Festival

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.

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.

  • 5 min. by JR Nara Line from JR Kyoto Sta. to Inari Sta. -> short walk
  • +81-75-641-7331
  • 68 Fukakusa-yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Genkyu Rakuraku-en

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. walk from JR Hikone Sta.
  • +81-749-22-2742
  • 3-40 Konkichi, Hikone City, Shiga
  • 8:30-17:00
  • Open 365 days
  • 200 yen (admission for Genkyu Rakuraku-en only)

Gero Hot Spring Gassho Village

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.

  • Take the Nohi bus (Gassho Mura line) from Gero Sta. and get off at the Gassho Mura bus stop(6 min.)
  • +81-576-25-2239

Gero Onsen (Hot Spring), one of Japan’s three best hot springs

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.

  • 2 hr. 24 min. by Takayama Line limited express Wide View Hida from JR Toyama Sta. to Gero Sta. -> 3 min. walk
  • +81-576-24-1000 (Gero Onsen Tourist Association)
  • Gero City, Gifu

GIFU

Glamping

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.

  • 45 min. drive from Musashi-Itsukaichi Sta. on the JR Itsukaichi Line
    3 min. walk from Kazuma bus stop on the Nishi Tokyo Bus route
  • +81-42-550-0147
  • 7072 Kazuma, Hinohara Village, Nishitama District, Tokyo
    Contact: Keikoku BBQ, 789 Otsu, Akiruno City, Tokyo
  • 9:00-18:00
  • Open 365 days

Gokayama Washi Paper-Making Hands-On Experience

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.

  • 60 min. by bus from Isurugi IC.
  • +81-763-66-2016
  • 835 Ainokura, Nanto City, Toyama
  • 9:00-16:00
  • Closed Tue., irregularly on other days, and for winter
  • 700 yen

Gorogatake Park

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.

  • From JR Nishi-Maizuru Sta., take a Kyoto Kotsu bus to Gorogatake Koen-Guchi bus stop (10 min. ride), then walk 60 min.
  • +81-773-66-2582
  • Wada, Shimoagu, and Ueyasu areas of Maizuru City, Kyoto
  • Goro Sky Tower (Apr. to Nov.: weekdays 9:00-19:00, weekends and holidays 9:00-21:00. Dec. to Mar.: 9:00-17:00 7 days a week. Last admission 30 min. before closing.)
  • Open every day
  • Free
    Sky Tower: adults 200 yen, children 100 yen

GRANSTA

A wide variety of Japanese foods are readily available at this station building.

  • First basement of JR Tokyo Sta.
  • +81-3-6212-1740
  • 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • [Mon.-Sat.] 8:00-22:00
    [Sun. & Hol.] 8:00-21:00
    *Some shops open at 7:00
  • Open 365 days
  • American Express, Diners, JCB, MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay

Grilled Eel

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.

Ground Pink

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.

  • Approx. 50 min. by Chichibu Railway from JR Kumagaya Sta. to Ohanabatake Sta.
    -> 20 min. walk
  • +81-494-21-2277
  • 6360 Omiya, Chichibu City, Saitama
  • 8:00–17:00
  • Adults: 300 yen

Guided Hiking Tours in Goshikigahara Forest

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.

  • 40 min. by bus from Takayam City
  • +81-577-79-2280
  • 471-3 Kute Nyukawacho Takayama City, Gifu
  • from Nov. 1 to May. 19

Guided Hiking Tours of Mt. Sanpoiwa

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.

  • 50 min. by bus from Takayam City
  • +81-5769-6-1187
  • 223 Magari Shirakawa-mura, Gifu

Gulliver Seisyonen Ryoko Mura

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.

  • Approx. 25 min. by bus from JR Omi Takashima Sta. to Gulliver Seisyonen Ryoko Mura
  • +81-740-33-0744
  • 987-1 Shikagase, Takashima City, Shiga
  • Dec.-Mar.
  • See the homepage for details.

GUNMA

Gyokusuien Park / Tanimura Art Museum

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.

  • Approx. 7min. by taxi from JR Itoigawa Sta.
  • +81-25-552-9277
  • 2-1-3 Kyogamine, Itoigawa City, Niigata
  • 9:00-16:30
  • Tue. (Dec. - mid-Mar.), New Year period
  • Adults: 500 yen
    Children: 300 yen

Hachiman-bori Moat & Omi Hachiman Water Villages

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.

  • 7 min. by Ohmi Railway Bus (Chomei-ji Line) from JR Omi-Hachiman Sta. to Osugicho bus stop -> 5 min. walk
  • +81-748-33-6061 (Omihachiman Tourism Association)
  • Miyauchi-cho, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga

Hachimanyama Ropeway

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by bus from JR Omi-Hachiman Sta. to Osugi-cho Hachimanyama Ropeway Guchi bus stop
  • +81-748-32-303
  • Miyauchi-cho, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga
  • 9:00-17:00 (final upward trip 16:30)
  • Open 365 days
  • [One-way] Adults: 490 yen
    [Round-trip] Adults: 880 yen

Hakuba Valley

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.

Hakusan Cycling

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.

  • 1-2 min. walk from Hokuriku Rail Road Tsurugi Station
  • +81-76-259-5893
  • 4-Nu-85 Tsurugihonmachi, Hakusan City,Ishikawa
  • 9:00-17:00
  • New Year holidays
  • From 500 yen per day

Hakusan Heisenji Shirine

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.

  • Approx. 55 min. by Echizen railway (Katsuyama-Eiheiji line) from Fukui Sta. (next to JR Fukui Sta.) to Katsuyama Sta.
    Approx. 17 min. by bus from Katsuyama Sta. to Heisenji-guchi bus stop
  • +81-779-88-1591
  • Heisenji, Heisenjio-cho, Katsuyama City, Fukui
  • Always open to the public
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Hamayakisaba Grilled Mackerel

"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!

Hanayomenoren Museum

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.

  • 8 min. walk from JR Nanao Sta.
  • +81-767-53-8743
    Fax +81-767-53-8744
  • Tsu 49, Madashimachi, Nanao City, Ishikawa
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Dec. 29-Jan. 3
    periods of display replacement
  • Adults: 550 yen
    Elementary and Junior High School Students: 250 yen

Haruna Shrine

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.

Harvesting Experiences

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.

Hegi-soba noodles

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!

Notable Places with Hegisoba

Echigo-Yuzawa Station area
Nakanoya Yuzawahonten
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
Phone: +81-25-784-3720
Hours: 11:00-20:00
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.
Website: http://www.umaisoba.com/

Tokamachi Station area
Kojimaya Souhonten
Where: 758-1 Nakayashiki, Tokamachi-shi
Phone: +81-25-768-3311
Fax: +81-25-768-3456
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.
Website: http://www.kojimaya.co.jp/index.html

Hida Beef

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.

Hida Furukawa Festival Hall

Here, visitors can enjoy high-definition 3-D images of the Furukawa Festival, yatai floats on display, wind-up doll performances, and more.

  • Approx. 5 min. walk from Hida-furukawa Sta.
  • +81-577-73-3511
  • 14-5 Furukawa-cho Ichino-machi, Hida City, Gifu
  • [Mar.–Nov.] 9:00–17:00
    [Dec.–Feb.] 9:00–16:30
  • Dec.28-Jan.2 (and special closing days)
    Please inquire for details.
  • Adults: 500 yen

Hida Shunkei Lacquerware

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.

Hida-Osaka Falls

There are over 200 waterfalls here, and 14 guided walking tours of various levels of difficulty.

  • Take the Nohi bus (Yuya line) from Gero Sta. and get off at the Gandate Koen bus stop.
  • 811-1 Akanta, Osaka-cho, Gero City, Gifu

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

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.

  • 7 min. by shuttle bus from JR Hieizan Sakamoto Sta. to Cable Sakamoto Sta. -> 11 min. by funicular to Cable Enryakuji Sta. -> 8 min. walk
  • +81-77-578-0001
  • 4220 Sakamotohonmachi, Otsu City, Shiga

Hieizan Sakamoto Cable Railway

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. walk from Hieizan Sakamoto Sta.
  • +81-77-578-531
  • 4244 Sakamotohonmachi, Otsu City, Shiga
  • Departures on the hour and half hour (more during busy times)
    [Jan.1-End of Feb.] 8:30-17:00
    [Mar.1-Mar.31] 8:00-17:00
    [Apr.1-Apr.30] 8:00-17:30
    [May.1-Aug.31] 8:00-18:00
    [Sep.1-Nov.30] 8:00-17:30
    [Dec.1-Dec.31] 8:30-16:30
  • [One-way] Adults: 490 yen
    [Round-trip] Adults: 880 yen

Higashi-Chaya Teahouse District

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.

  • Hashiba-cho Bus Stop / 5 min. walk
  • Higashiyama, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa

Hikone Castle

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.

  • 10 min. walk from JR Hikone Sta.
  • +81-749-22-2742
  • 1-1 Konki-cho, Hikone City, Shiga
  • 8:30-17:00
  • Open 365 days
  • Adults: 600 yen
    Children 7-15 years old: 200 yen

Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market

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.

  • 20 min. by walk from Himi Sta.
    8 min. by car from the Himi IC
  • +81-766-72-3400
  • 25-5 Kitaomachi, Himi, Toyama
  • Fresh fish/merchandise facilities: 8:30-18:00, Food and beverage facilities: 11:00-19:00, Rotating sushi bar: 10:00-21:00, Eat-in corner: 8:30-19:00
  • Jan. 1

Himure Hachimangu Shrine

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by bus from JR Omi-Hachiman Sta. to Osugi-cho bus stop
  • +81-748-32-3151
  • 257 Miyauchi-cho, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Open 365 days

Hisui Park

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.

  • Approx. 7min. by taxi from JR Itoigawa Sta.
  • +81-25-552-9277
  • 2-11-1 Kyogamine, Itoigawa City, Niigata
  • 9:00-16:00
  • Dec.- mid-Mar.
  • Adults: 500 yen
    Children: 300 yen

HOSHI-TOGE (RICE TERRACE)

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.

  • 20 min. drive from Matsudai Station, and a 40 min. drive from Tokamachi Station. These times may be longer in the winter.
  • +81-25-597-3442
  • 1513 Touge, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata
  • Due to heavy snowfall in the region, the Hoshitoge Rice Terraces will be inaccessible for a period in the winter.

Hosokawa Paper

Hosokawa Paper, listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014, is a strong traditional handmade Japanese paper with a lustrous texture.

Hozenji Yokocho (Hozenji Temple Alleyway)

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.

Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride

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
Foreign language explanations/displays: English
Foreign language guides/interpretation/audio guides: English

  • Train: JR Sagano Line / Kameoka Station / Walk / 8 min.
    Bus: Bound for Hozugawa-kudari from Torokko Kameoka Station / Hozugawa-kudari Boarding Site / Walk / 0 min.
    Car: Kyoto-Jukan Expressway / 20 min.
  • 2 Shimo-Nakajima, Hozu-cho, Kameoka City, Kyoto
  • Mar. 10-Nov. 30: 9:00-15:30 / Dec. 1-Mar 9: 10:00-14:30
  • Adults: 4,100 yen, Children: 2,700 yen

Ichii Itto Wood Carvings

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.

Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins

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.

  • 5 min. walk from JR Fukui Sta. to the station-front bus terminal -> 28 min. by Keifuku Bus to Bukeyashiki-mae bus stop
  • +81-776-41-2330 (Asakura Clan Ruins Preservation Association)
  • Kidonouchi-cho, Fukui City, Fukui
  • [Ichijodani Asakura Clan Ruins] Open to the public for observation
    [Raws of restored historic houses] 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
  • [Raws of restored historic houses] Year-end & New Year holidays
  • [Rows of restored historic houses] 210 yen

Ichishirogama

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)

  • Approx. 20 min. walk from JR Hikone Sta.
  • +81-749-24-6711
  • 1-6-22 Honmachi, Hikone City, Shiga
  • 10:00-17:00
  • Wed.

Ikaho Onsen (Hot Spring)

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.

  • 25 min. by JR Joetsu Line from JR Takasaki Sta. to JR Shibukawa Sta.
    -> 25 min. by bus
  • +81-279-72-3151 (Shibukawa Ikaho Spa and Resort Tourism Association)
  • 541-4 Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa City, Gumma

Ikushima Tarushima Shrine

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.

  • By Train: 3 min. walk from Shimonogo sta. (Ueda Dentetsu Bessho Line)
    By Car: 25 min. from Ueda Sugadaira IC
  • +81-268-38-2755
  • 701, Shimonogo Nakaike-Nishi, Ueda City, Nagano

Imperial Palace

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.

  • [Main gate of Imperial Palace] 2 min. by JR Yamanote Line from JR Tokyo Sta. to Yurakucho Sta.
    -> 2 min. by Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line to Sakuradamon Sta.
    -> 5 min. walk
    *There are several admission gates to the Imperial Palace. Check the admission gate of your destination in advance using the URL.
  • +81-3-3213-1111 (Imperial Household Agency)
  • 1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Ine Bay Pleasure Cruises

230 distinctive Funaya(boat houses) stand in a row around Ine bay.
For picturesque scenery,a boat tour is recommended.

  • Take bus from Tantetsu Amanohashidate Sta. to Inewan-Meguri/Hide.
  • +81-772-32-0009
  • 11 Aza Hide, Ine Town, Yosa-gun, Kyoto
  • Departs on the :00 and :30 every hour, from 9:00-16:00 (roughly 25 min. cruise). May depart every 15 min. during busy season, or when there are many customers.
  • Open every day (Closed during rough weather)
  • Adults: 800 yen, children: 400 yen

Inoue Butsudan Ten

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.

  • Approx. 25 min. walk from JR Hikone Sta.
  • +81-749-22-1587
  • 50 Serinakamachi, Hikone City, Shiga
  • Tue, New Year period, Obon festival (mid-Aug.), Golden Week (early May.)
  • Please inquire for more details.

ISHIKAWA

Itoigawa, the international geopark city

A UNESCO geopark with 24 geosites, each having a special geology, culture, or history.

  • Twenty-four geosites spread out throughout Itoigawa City, starting at JR Itoigawa Sta. See the URL for details.
  • +81-25-553-1785 (Itoigawa City Tourist Information Center)
  • Itoigawa City, Niigata

Iwadatami Rocks (River Boating & Whitewater Rafting)

You can enjoy the beautiful canyon scenery of Chichibu and Nagatoro, which have been designated as Special Natural Monuments, while on a boat ride.

  • 5 min. walk from Chichibu Railway Nagatoro Sta.
  • +81-494-66-3311 (Nagatoromachi Tourist Association)
  • Nagatoro, Nagatoro Town, Chichibu-gun, Saitama

Iwase Townscape

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.

  • 10 min. walk from Higashi Iwase Station on the Toyamako Line
    60 min. from Kansui Park via the Fugan Suijo Line
    20 min. from JR Toyama Station by car
  • Higashi-machi Iwase, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Jade Beach

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.

  • 5 min. by taxi from Itoigawa Sta. (JR Hokuriku Shinkansen)
    10 min. by car from Itoigawa IC (Hokuriku Expressway)
  • Oshiage, Itoigawa City, Niigata

Jakusyu Itteki Bunko

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.

  • Approx. 85 min. from JR Tsuruga Sta. to JR Wakasa-Hongo Sta., Approx.10 min. by bus to Ohi Chugakko-mae
  • +81-770-77-2445
  • 33-2-1 Okada, Ohi Town, Fukui
  • 8:00-17:00 (close at 16:30 Nov.1 to end of Feb.) (last admission is: 30 min. before of close)
  • Tue. (open if Tuesday is a holiday), Dec.29-Jan.3
  • 300 yen

Japanese cedars of Sugisawa Swamp

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.

  • 20 min. by car from Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta.
  • +81-765-72-1710 (Sugisawa Cedar Museum)
  • 950 Yoshiwara, Nyūzen, Shimoniikawa, Toyama
  • 9:00-17:00 (Sugisawa Cedar Museum)
  • Mon. (or the following day when Mon. is a holiday), the day after holidays, the winter season (between Dec. 28-the end of Feb.)

Japanese glass shrimp

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.

Japanese Sake

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.

Japanese Sweets

The Ishikawa area is famous throughout Japan for producing Japanese traditional sweets that is connected with the tea ceremony.

Joetsu Aquarium

See Japan’s largest collection of Magellanic penguins, dolphin jump performances against a grand backdrop of the Sea of Japan, and much more.

  • Take an Echigo Tokimeki Railway train from Joetsumyoko Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen) to Naoetsu Sta. (15 min. ride) -> 15 min. walk (or 4 min. taxi ride)
  • +81-25-543-2449
  • 2-15-15 Gochi, Joetsu City, Niigata
  • Hours vary by season, but the aquarium is generally open during daytime on most days.
  • Open 7 days a week, except when closed for maintenance, etc.
  • Adults: 1,800 yen, Children 15–17: 1,100 yen, Children 6–14: 900 yen, Children 4–5: 500 yen, Senior citizens 65+: 1,500 yen

Kaga cuisine

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

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.

  • 20 min. by taxi from JR Kagaonsen Station
  • +81-761-72-1800
  • I-59-1 Yutakamachi, Kaga City, Ishikawa
  • 9:00-17:00 (last entry at 16:00)
  • Tuesdays December through February, New Year holidays
  • From 1,650 yen

Kaga Onsen (Hot Spring) Area

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.

  • JR Kaga-onsen Sta.

Kaga-yuzen texitile

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.

Kakusenkei gorge

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.

  • Take the Kaga Onsen Bus bound for Yamanaka Onsen at the JR Kaga Onsen Sta. and get off at Yamanaka Onsen bus stop
  • +81-761-78-0330 (Yamanaka Onsen Tourism Association)
  • Yamanaka Onsen Higashi-machi to Koorogi-machi, Kaga City, Ishikawa

Kamakura Village

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.

  • Approx. 15 min. by taxi from JR Iiyama Sta.
  • +81-269-62-3133 (Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau)
  • Shinanodaira Kamakura no Sato, 807-2 Kotobuki, Iiyama City, Nagano
  • 11:00-19:45 (subject to change)
  • Open daily except Wed., from Fri., Jan.27 to Tue., Feb.28, 2017
  • Use of kamakura and noroshi-nabe hot pot: 2,500 yen for lunch or 2,700 yen for dinner (per adult).
    Including an onigiri rice ball.

Kamikochi

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.

  • By Train: 65 min. Kamikochi Bus From Shin Shima Shima Sta. (Matsumoto Dentetsu Kamikochi Line)
    By Car: 34 Km / 50 min. from Matsumoto IC -> switch to shuttle bus at Sawando (30 min. ride)
  • +81-263-95-2606
  • Kamikochi, Matsumoto City, Nagano
  • late Apr. to late Nov.

Kanaya Brush

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.

  • Asakusa Sta. (Toei Asakusa Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tsukuba Express)
  • +81-3841-8848
  • 1-39-10 Asakusa, Tait-ku, Tokyo
  • 10:30-17:30
  • Open 365 days

Kanazawa 21st century museum of contemporary art

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.

  • Hirosaka or Korinbo Atrio-mae bus stops
  • +81-76-220-2800
    Fax +81-76-220-2802
  • Hirosaka 1chome 2-1, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
  • [Gallery zone] 10:00-18:00 (open till 20:00 on Fri. and Sat.)
    [Free zone] 9:00-22:00
  • [Gallery zone] Mon. (closed on Tuesdays if Monday happens to be a National Holiday), Dec.29-Jan.3
    [Free zone] Dec.29-Jan.3
  • Free (payment required for entrance to exhibitions)

Kanazawa Castle Park

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.

  • Right next to Kenrokuen-shita Bus Stop
  • +81-76-234-3800
    Fax +81-76-234-5292
  • 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
  • [Park] 7:00-18:00 (Mar.1-Oct.15), 8:00-17:00 (Oct.16-Feb.28)
    [Hishi Yagura] 9:00-16:30 (Entry Open till 16:00)
  • [Park] Open 365 days
    [Hishi Yagura] Dec.29–Jan.3
  • Free entrance into the park
    [Hishi Yagura] Adults: 320 yen, Under 18: 100 yen

Kanazawa Gold Leaf

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.

Kanazu Forest of Creation

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by taxi from JR Awara-onsen Sta.
  • +81-776-73-7800
  • 57-2-19 Miyadani, Awara City, Fukui
  • 10:00-17:00
  • Mon. (open if Monday is a holiday) and New Year holidays
  • Varies depend on kind of workshops

Kappabashi Kitchenware Town

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.

  • Ueno Station:15min on foot
    Tawaramachi Station, Ginza Line5 min on foot.
  • 3-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito City, Tokyo
  • 10:00 - 17:00
    *Varies by floor, store, and/or facility
  • Sunday
    *Varies by floor, store, and/or facility

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

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.

  • 3 min. walk from JR Karuizawa Sta.
  • +81-267-42-5211
  • Karuizawa, Karuizawa Town, Kita-Saku-gun, Nagano
  • 10:00-19:00 (varies by season)
  • None scheduled
  • Varies by shop

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

This historic shrine is said to have existed since the 6th century.
It is also known as a lucky shrine for marriage.

  • From Kawagoe Station on the JR line or Tobu Tojo Line, take the Tobu Bus bound for "Shinmeicho Shako", 5 minutes on foot from "Kita-cho".
    20 minutes on foot from Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
  • +081-49-224-0551
  • 2-11-3 Miyashita-cho, Kawagoe city, Saitama

Kehi Jingu Shrine

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.

  • Approx. 15 min. walk from JR Tsuruga Sta.
    Approx. 5 min. by bus (community bus “Matsubara Line” or “Gurutto Tsuruga shuyu bus (Tsuruga Excursion Line Bus)”
  • +81-770-22-0794
  • 11-68 Akebono-cho, Tsuruga City, Fukui
  • 6:00-17:00
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Keichan

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!

Kenroku-en Garden

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.

  • JR Kanazawa Sta. / Bus / 15 min. ride / Kenrokuen-shita Stop / 1 min. walk
  • +81-76-234-3800
    Fax +81-76-234-5292
  • Kenrokumachi1-4, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
  • [Mar.1-Oct.15] 7:00-18:00
    [Oct.16-Feb.28] 8:00-17:00
  • Open 365 days
  • Adults: 320 yen
    Under 18: 100 yen

Keta-taisya Shrine

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.

  • Take the Noto Seibu Bus bound for "Noto Takahama" from JR Hakui Sta., ride for 10 min., get off at "Ichi-no-miya" Bus Stop and walk for 5 min.
  • +81-767-22-0602
    Fax +81-767-22-5515
  • KU-1 Jikemachi, Hakui City, Ishikawa
  • 8:30-16:30 (Jul.20–Aug.31: 8:30-18:00)
  • Open 365 days
  • Free entrance

Kids Ninja Village

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.

  • By Train:60 min. by Togakushi line bus from Nagano Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen) -> a 15 min. walk
    By Car: 31 km / 60 min. from Nagano IC
    20 km / 30 min. from Shinanomachi IC
  • +81-26-226-5626
  • 3193, Togakushi, Nagano City, Nagano
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Closed in the winter. (Ninja Daimon store near Zenkoji Temple in central Nagano City open year-round.) Closed Thu. except Jul. and Aug.
  • Entrance + activity fees: 500 yen

Kiriko lantern festivals

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.

Kiryu Textiles

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.

Kiwami Sushi Platter

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.

Kodaihasu no Sato

Until the middle of June, you can see 120,000 specimens from 42 species of lotus.In summer, you can enjoy rice paddy art.

  • From Gyoda Station on the JR Takasaki Line, take the City Loop Bus (Nishi Junkan Bus Counter Clockwise) and get off at "Kodaihasu no Sato".
    80 minutes on foot from Fukiage Station on the JR Takaski Line.
  • +81-48-559-0770 (Kodaihasu Hall)
  • 2375 Kobari, Gyoda-city, Saitama
  • 9:00-16:30
    * During the blossoming season of Kodaihasu (from late June to early August) 7:00-16:30.
  • Monday (business holiday is open)
    Days after holidays (Open on Saturdays and Sundays)
    New Year's Holiday
    *Always open during the blossoming season of Kodaihasu (from late June to early August).

Koka Ninja House

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. walk from Konan Sta.
  • +81-748-86-2179
  • 2331 Ryuboshi, Konan-cho, Koka City, Shiga Pref
  • 9:00-17:00 (Last admission:16:30)
  • The end of year and New Year holidays
  • Adults: 600 yen

Koka NINJA VILLAGE

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.

  • Approx. 5 min. by shuttle bus from Koka Sta.
  • +81-748-88-5000
  • 394 Oki, Koka-cho,Koka City, Shiga Pref
  • 10:00-16:00 (Changes depending on season and congestion)
  • Mon. (open if a holiday)
  • Admission: 1,100 yen

Komoro Kaikoen Park

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.

  • 3 min. walk from Komoro Sta. (JR Koumi line)
  • +81-267-22-0296
  • Komoro-joshi Kaikoen, Komoro City, Nagano

Konb Kelp

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

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.

  • 30 min. from JR Itoigawa Sta.
  • +81-25-553-1843
  • Nakashuku, Itoigawa City, Niigata

Kumagawa-juku Historic Post Town

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.

  • Approx. 50 min. from JR Tsuruga Sta. to JR Kaminaka Sta., Approx.10 min. by bus to Tachibana-cho
  • +81-770-45-0113
  • Kumagawa, Wakasa Town, Fukui
  • Always open to the public
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Kumagaya Udon (Noodles)

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

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.

  • 20 min. on foot from Karuizawa Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
  • +81-267-42-5538
  • Roppontsuji, Karuizawama Town, Nagano

Kurabito Stay

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.

  • take a taxi (20 min.) or bus (35 min.) from Sakudaira Sta. (JR Hokuriku Shinkansen)
  • +81-267-74-0588
  • 623-2, Usuda, Saku City, Nagano
  • Inquiries Required
  • Inquiries Required
  • 39,000 (+tax)yen per person (1night 2days)
    59,000 (+tax)yen per person (2night 3days)

Kurobe Gorge / Unazuki Onsen (Hot Spring)

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.

  • [Unazuki Hot Spring] Walk from JR Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta. to Shin-Kurobe Sta. -> Take Toyama Chitetsu Main Line to Unazukionsen Sta.
    [Kurobe Gorge] 5 min. walk from Unazukionsen Sta. to Kurobe Gorge Railway Unazuki Sta.
  • +81-765-62-1011 (Kurobe Gorge Railway Business Center)
  • Kurobe-kyokoku-guchi, Kurobe City, Toyama
  • Impassable Dec.-Apr. (depending on the amount of snowfall)

Kurokabe Square

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.

  • Approx. 5 min. walk from Nagahama Sta.
  • Vary by facility
  • Vary by facility
  • Vary by facility
  • Vary by facility
  • Vary by facility

Kuromon Market

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”.

  • +81-6-6631-0007

Kusatsu Onsen (Hot Spring)

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.

  • 60 min. by JR Agatsuma Line from JR Takasaki Sta. to JR Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Sta.
    -> 25 min. by bus
  • +81-279-88-0800 (Kusatsu Onsen Tourism Association)
  • Kusatsu, Kusatsu Town, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma

Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort

Kutani Porcelain

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.

KYOTO

Kyoto Cuisine

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.

Kyoto International Manga Museum

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.

  • From JR Kyoto Sta., transfer to the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line bound for Kokusai Kaikan, and get off at Karasuma Oike Sta. (approx. 6 min.)
  • +81-75-254-7414
  • Karasuma-dori Oike-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 10:00-18:00
  • Wed., year-end & New Year holidays, and during maintenance periods
  • Adults: 800 yen

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts

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.

  • From JR Kyoto Sta., take a bus (Route No. 5 or 100) and get off at Okazaki-Koen Bijutsukan Heian-jingu-mae bus stop
  • +81-75-762-2670
  • 9-1 Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Aug.17-18, Dec.29-Jan.3
  • Free of charge

Kyu Karuizawa Ginza Street

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.

  • 10 min. by bus from Karuizawa Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
  • +81-267-42-5538

Lake Biwa

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.

  • +81-77-511-1530

Lake Harunako

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.

Local Sake from Omi

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.

Madarao Mountain Resort

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.

  • Take a bus (30 min.) from Iiyama Sta.
  • +81-269-64-3214
  • Madarao Kogen, Iiyama City, Nagano
  • 8:30-17:00 and 17:00-21:00
  • Inquiries Required
  • 1day Pass: from 5,000 yen

Maiko

Maiko are apprentice geisha girls. While practicing various performing arts, they work as entertainers at banquets by dancing and doing other performances.

Making Sarubobo doll

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.

Marine Dream Nou

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.

  • 20 min. drive from Itoigawa Sta.
  • +81-25-566-3456
  • 3596-2 Noukodomari, Itoigawa City, Niigata
  • Hours vary by shop.
    Kaniya Yokocho
    Standard hours (Apr. 25 to Oct. 30): 8:00 to 17:30
    Winter hours (Nov. 1 to Apr. 24): 8:00 to 17:00
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Prices vary by shop

Maruoka Castle

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.

  • Approx. 21 min. by Keifuku bus from JR Awara-onsen Sta. bus stop to shiro-iriguchi bus stop, 2 min. walk
  • +81-776-66-0303
  • 1-59 Kasumi-cho, Maruoka-cho, Sakai City, Fukui
  • 8:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
  • Open 365 days
  • 300 yen

Masahiro sword smith factory

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.

  • Kyoto Sta./Sagano Line 20 min. ride/Kameoka Sta.
  • +81-771-56-8502
  • Nishikayaisijiki 32-1 honme Kameoka City, Kyoto
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Mon, Wed, Fri
  • 50,000 yen and up

Matsumoto Castle, National Treasure of Japan

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.

  • By Train: 5 min. Town Sneaker bus from Matsumoto Sta. (JR Chuo Line)
    By Car: 4 km / 15 min. from Matsumoto IC
  • +81-263-32-2904
  • 4-1, Marunouchi, Matsumoto City, Nagano
  • 8:30-17:00 (entrance closes at 16:30)
  • Dec. 29-31
  • Adults: 610 yen
    Children: 300 yen

Matsumoto City Museum of Art

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.

  • By Train: 14 min. by Town Sneaker bus from Matsumoto Sta. (JR Chuo Line)
    By Car: 4 km / 15 min. from Matsumoto IC
  • +81-263-39-7400
  • 4-2-22, Chuo, Matsumoto City, Nagano
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Adults: 410 yen
    College, HS: 200 yen

Meiji Shrine

A serene and spiritual forest thrives in the middle of the concrete jungle.

  • Harajuku Station JR Yamanote Line 1 min on foot.
  • 1-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya City, Tokyo
  • Changes depending on the season and/or time period.
  • Open daily
  • General admission: 500 yen

Meiji-no-mori Mino Quasi-national Park (Mino Waterfall)

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.

  • Short walk from Mino Sta. on the Hankyu Mino Line.
    Take a Hankyu bus at Senrichuo Sta. on the Kita-Osaka Kyuko Line; short walk from Mino-eki bus stop.
  • +81-72-723-0649
  • Mino-Koen, Mino City, Osaka
  • Free

Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin Temple

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.

  • 25 min. by bus from JR Kumagaya Sta. to Shōden-mae bus stop 
    -> 1 min. walk
  • +81-48-588-1644
  • 1627 Menuma, Kumagaya City, Saitama
  • 10:00-16:30 (last admission: 16:00)
  • Open 365 days
  • Main hall admission fee: 700 yen

MIHO MUSEUM

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.

  • Approx. 50 min. by bus from Ishiyama Sta.
    Approx. 20 min. by bus from Shigaraki Sta.
  • +81-748-82-3411
  • 300 Tashiromomodani, Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga Pref
  • 10:00-17:00 (Last admission: 16:00)
  • Mon. (If a public holiday,the following weekday will be closed instead)
  • Adults: 1,100 yen

Mikatagoko

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.

  • Approx. 22 min. from JR Tsuruga Sta. to JR Mihama Sta., approx. 60 min. by taxi
  • +81-770-45-2678 (Rainbow Line)
  • 18-2-2 Kiyama, Wakasa Town, Fukui
  • 8:30-16:30
  • New Year holidays
  • Rainbow Line Tall: 1,040 yen (standard size vehicles)
    mountaintop park admission: 800 yen

Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture Museum (Traditional Hands-on Experience: Wakasa Lacquered Chopsticks)

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.

  • Approx. 60 min. from JR Tsuruga Sta. to JR Obama Sta., approx. 20 min. walk
  • +81-770-53-1000
  • 3-4 Kawasaki, Obama City, Fukui
  • 8:00-17:00 (close at 16:30 Nov.1 to end of Feb.) (last admission is: 30 min. before of close)
  • Wed. (open if Wednesday is a holiday), Dec.28-Jan.5
  • Hands-on experiences: 700 yen and up

Mikuni Fireworks Display

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.

  • Approx. 48 min. by Keifuku bus from JR Awara-onsen Sta. bus stop to Komegawaki bus stop
  • +81-776-50-3152 (Sakai City Tourism Industry Division)
  • Mikuni Sunset Beach, Syuku, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui
  • 7:30-20:30
    Only held in Aug.11
  • Free

Mikuni Museum

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.

  • Approx. 31min. by Keifuku bus from JR Awara-onsen Sta. bus stop to Mikuni Kankou Hotel mae bus stop, 10 min. walk
  • +81-776-82-5666
  • 4-2-1 Midorigaoka, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui
  • 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
  • Wed. (open if Wednesday is a holiday), Dec.29-Jan.3
  • 300 yen

Mikuni-Minato Machi

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.

  • Approx. 16 min. by bus from JR Awaraonsen Sta. bus stop to Awarayunomachi bus stop, Approx. 9 min. by Echizen railway (Mikuni-Awara line) from Awara Yunomachi Sta. to Mikuni Sta., Approx. 7 min. walk
  • +81-776-82-8552 (Mikuni Minato Townhouse Hall)
  • Kitahon-machi / Minamihon-machi / Shinmei, Mikuni-cho, Sakai city
  • Always open to the public
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Minakami Onsen (Hot Spring) Area

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.

  • 15 min. by Shinkansen from JR Takasaki Sta. to JR Jomo-Kogen Sta.
    -> 20 min. by bus
  • +81-278-62-0401 (Minakami Tourism Association)
  • 1744-1 Tsukiyono, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma

Misotsuchi Icicles

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.

  • From Mitsumineguchi Station on the Chichibu Railway, take the Seibu Kanko Bus bound for "Chichibu-ko".
    *You can get on and off this bus freely, so tell the driver you want to get off at the "Misotsuchi no Tsurara" tour spot.
  • +81-494-55-0707 (Chichibu Tourism Association Otaki Branch)
  • Misotsuchi no Tsurara (In the Woodruff Okuchichibu Auto Camp Grounds and on the river banks of the Arakwa River), Chichibu City, Saitama
  • 8:00-17:00
    Normally, late January to early or mid February is the best viewing season.

Mitarashi Dango

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.

Mitsumine Shrine

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.

  • Public Transport From Seibu Chichibu Station, use the Rapid Bus bound for "Mitsumine Jinja".
    CarFrom Hanazono IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway, drive 150 min. on National Route 140, via the Minano Yorii Bypass.
  • 298-1 Mitsumine, Chichibu City, Saitama
  • Free

Miyajima Gorge

Refresh yourseld with negative ions from the two waterfalls, created by abundant fresh water flowing down the Konadegawa River.

  • 20 min. by car from Isurugi IC
  • +81-766-67-1760 (Oyabe City Tourism Promotion Department)
  • Myogataki, Oyabe, Toyama

Miyama thatched Village (Kayabuki no Sato)

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.

  • Take the Nantan City Bus from Jr Sonobe Sta. or Hiyoshi Sta to kita.
  • Kita, Miyama-cho, Nantan City, Kyoto
  • Free admission

Miyanoen

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.

  • 30-minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku line Iriso station. Or, 10-minute walk from "Sayamadai Minami" bus stop (take Seibu bus for "Sayama Minami Keiyu Danchi" from Seibu Shinjuku line Sayama-shi station).
  • +81-4-2959-3025
  • 25-2 Kitairiso, Sayama city, Saitama
  • From 10:00 (90 min) and 13:30 (90 min). 3 times daily on Saturdays and Sundays only in May.
    Please inquire about group tours.
  • Entry fee: from 1,000 yen

Mizusawa Udon Noodles

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.

  • Varies by shop
  • Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourism Association: +81-279-72-3151
  • Varies by shop
  • Varies by shop
  • Varies by shop
  • Varies by shop

Morning Market

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.

  • Miyagawa Market: 10 min. walk from Takayama Sta.
    Jinya Plaza Market: 10 min. walk from Takayama Sta.
  • Miyagawa Market: Shimo-sannomachi, Takayama
    Jinya Plaza Market: 1-5 Hachiken-machi, Takayama
  • 7:00-12:00 (Nov. - Mar.: 8:00-12:00)

Motorcar Museum of Japan

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.

  • Take the CANBUS from JR Kaga Onsen Sta. and get off at Motorcar Museum of Japan (20 min. ride).
  • +81-761-43-4343
  • 40 Ikkanyama, Futatsunashi-machi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa
  • 09:00-17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
  • Every Wednesday (If that day is holiday,close next day)
    Dec. 26 - 31
    (Open every day from Aug.1 -31 )
  • 1,200 yen (1,000 yen for seniors; 600 yen for elementary and middle school students)

Mount Ibuki Trekking

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.

  • JR Tokaido Main Line Sekigahara Sta. 50 min. by bus
  • +81-749-58-2227
  • 1488 Ueno, Maibara City, Shiga
  • until 18:00

Mt. Hakusan

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.

  • 2 hr. 10 min. by Hokuriku Railroad Hakusan Tozan Bus from JR Kanazawa Sta. to Bettodeai bus stop
  • +81-761-98-2320 (Hakusan National Park Center)
  • Shiramine, Hakusan City, Ishikawa
  • Hakusan National Park Center 9:00-17:00
    May.1–Nov.5 (subject to change depending on snow level)

Mt. Myogisan

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.

  • Approx. 40 min. by car from Annakaharuna Sta. on JR Hokuriku Shinkansen
    Approx. 15 min. by taxi from Matsuida Sta. on JR Shin-Etsu Line
    Approx. 5 min. by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
  • +81-274-62-1511 (Tourism Division, Tomioka City)
    +81-27-382-9066 (Commerce and Tourism Division, Annaka City)
    +81-274-82-2111 (Commerce and Tourism Division, Shimonita Town)
  • Myogi-machi, Tomioka City, Annaka City and Shimonita-matchi, Kanra-gun, Gunma

Mt. Tanigawadake

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.

  • Approx. 50 min. by bus from Jomo-Kogen Sta. on JR Joetsu Shinkansen
    Approx. 25 min. by bus from Minakami Sta. on JR Joetsu Line
    Approx. 25 min. by car from Minakami IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
  • +81-278-25-5017
  • Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma
  • Tanigawadake Ropeway:
    [Weekdays] 8:00-17:00 (from 9:00 during Jan.16-Mar.19)
    [Sat., Sun., and Holidays] 7:00-17:00 (except for Dec.29-Jan.4)
  • Individuals: 1,230 yen for one-way and 2,060 yen for round trip for adults
    620 yen for one-way and 1,030 yen for round trip for children
    Groups (15-50 persons): 1,170 yen for one-way and 1,960 yen for round trip for adults
    590 yen for one-way and 980 yen for round trip for children
    Groups (51-100 persons): 1,110 yen for one-way and 1,850 yen for round trip for adults
    560 yen for one-way and 930 yen for round trip for children
    Groups (over 101 persons): 1,050 yen for one-way and 1,750 yen for round trip for adults
    530 yen for one-way and 880 yen for round trip for children

Mt.Hodosan

Musashi-Kyuryo National Government Park

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.

  • Get off at Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line, and there is a bus stop at the South Exit.
  • +81-493-57-2111
  • 1920 Yamata, Namegawa-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama
  • Mar. 1-Oct. 31: 9:30-17:00
    Nov. 1-Nov. 30: 9:30-16:30
    Dec. 1 to last day of Feb: 9:30-16:00
  • New Year's holidays (Dec. 31, Jan. 1)
    The 3rd and 4th Mondays in Jan.
  • Entrance fees
    Adults (high school students and above): General 450 yen, Group 290 yen

Musashino Shuzo / Ski Masamune

Musashino Shuzo (Musashino Brewery) started in 1916 with “Ski Masamune” as its representative brand.

  • 15 min. on foot from Takada Station on the Echigo Tokimeki Railway.
  • +81-25-523-2169
  • 4-7-46 Shiro-cho, Joetsu City, Niigata
  • *Advance reservation required.
    Hours of operation: 10:00-16:00
  • Weekends and holidays
  • Tours and tastings are free

Myojo-ji temple

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.

  • 20 min. by bus from JR Hakui Sta. to Myojo-ji-guchi stop / 10 min. walk
  • +81-767-27-1226
    Fax +81-767-27-1227
  • YO-1 Takidani-machi, Hakui City, Ishikawa
  • [Apr.-Oct.] 8:00-17:00
    [Nov.-Mar.] 8:00-16:30
  • Open 365 days
  • Adults: 500 yen
    Elementary and Junior High School Students: 300 yen

Myoko Kogen onsen area

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.

Myoko Ski Area

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.

Myokokogen Skycable

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.

  • Take an Echigo Tokimeki Railway train from JR Joetsumyoko Sta. to Myokokogen Sta. -> 15 min.by taxi
  • +81-255-87-2503
  • Shinakakura, Myoko City, Niigata
  • [Weekdays] 8:00-16:00 (last trip up 15:30)
    [Sat., Sun. and Holidays] 8:00-16:30 (last trip up 16:00)
  • [2016] Nov.- mid-Jul.
  • [Round trip] 1,800 yen
    [One-way] 1,300 yen

Myotsuji Temple

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.

  • Approx. 60 min. from JR Tsuruga Sta. to JR Higashi-Obama Sta., Approx.10 min. drive from JR Higashi Obama Sta.
  • +81-770-57-1355
  • 5-21 Monzen, Obama City, Fukui
  • 9:00-17:00 (entry by 16:30) (Dec.-Feb.: 9:00-16:00)
  • Open 365 days
  • 400 yen

Naena Falls

An impressive 55-meter high waterfall. Because you can hear the earth rumbling as you approach, it is also known as “Earthquake Falls.”

  • Take an Echigo Tokimeki Railway train from JR Jyoetsumyoko Sta. to Myoko-kogen Sta. -> 15 min. by taxi
  • +81-255-86-3911 (Myoko City Tourism Association)
  • Suginosawa, Myoko City, Niigata

Nagamachi Samurai Houses

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.

  • 5 min. walk from Korinbo Bus Stop
  • Nagamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa

NAGANO

Nagano Wine

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.

  • Depending on the winery
    We have many wineries along the station of Hokuriku Shinkansen.
  • Along the Chikuma River
  • Depending on the winery
  • Depending on the winery
  • Depending on the winery

Nagaoka-Tenmangu Shrine

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.

  • 20 min walk from JR Nagaokakyo Sta.
  • +81-75-951-1025
  • 2-15-13 Tenjin Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto
  • 9:00-18:00 (Oct-Mar Closes at 17:00)
  • Open every day
  • Free admission

Namba Yasaka Jinja Shrine

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.

  • 6 min. walk from Namba Sta. on all lines
  • +81-6-6641-1149
  • 2-9-19 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
  • Free admission

Nanban Shrinp(Nanban Ebi)

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.

Nanohana Flowers

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!

  • 25 min. by route bus bound for "Nozawa Onsen" and 5 min. on foot from the bus stop "Yunoiri-so"
    20 min. by car from Toyota-Iiyama I.C.
  • +81-269-62-3133
  • 495-1, Mizuho, Iiyama City, Nagano

Natadera temple

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.

  • Take the CANBUS from JR Kaga Onsen Sta. and get off at Natadera Temple (25 min. ride).
  • +81-761-65-2111
    Fax +81-761-65-1626
  • YU-122 Natamachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa
  • 9:15-16:00
  • Open 365 days
  • Adults: 600 yen
    Elementary School Student and below: 300 yen

National Crafts Museum

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.

  • 7 min. walk from Hirosaka 21st Century Museum bus stop
  • 3-2 Dewamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa
  • 9:30-17:30 (last entry at 17:00)
  • Mondays, New Year holidays, during installation periods
  • Adults: 500 yen
    University students: 300 yen
    Students under 18: free

Nihombashi

Home to office buildings, department stores, and long-established businesses, the area remains a hub of commerce and finance today.

NIIGATA

Nijo Castle

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. by bus (Route No. 9) from JR Kyoto Sta. to Nijojo-mae bus stop
  • +81-75-841-0096
  • 541 Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 8:45-16:00
  • Dec.26-Jan.4, and Tue. in Jan., Jul., Aug., and Dec.
  • Adults: 600 yen

Ningyo-yaki

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.

Nishikigoi Village (Nishikigoi no sato)

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.

  • +81-258-83-2233
  • 1-8-22 Jonai, Ojiya City, Niigata
  • 9:00-18:00 (Dec.-Feb. 17:00)
  • New Year Period (Dec. 29-Jan. 3)
  • Adults: 510 yen, Children: 300 yen

Nozawa Onsen

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!

  • 25 min. from Iiyama Sta. by Bus 20 min. from Togarinozawaonsen Sta. by Car
  • +81-269-85-3166
  • Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival

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.

  • 25 min. from Iiyama Sta. by Bus
    20 min. from Togarinozawaonsen Sta. by Car
  • +81-269-85-3166
  • Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

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!

  • 25 min. from Iiyama Sta. by Bus
    20 min. from Togarinozawaonsen Sta. by Car
  • +81-269-85-3166
  • Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
  • 8:30-16:30, 17:00-21:00

Obama Sancho-machi

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.

  • Approx. 60 min. from JR Tsuruga Sta. to JR Obama Sta., Approx. 20 min. walk
  • +81-770-53-1111 (Wakasa-Obama Tourism Association)
  • Obamakatori, Obama City, Fukui
  • Always open to the public
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Obuse

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.

  • 3 min. walk from Obuse Sta. (Nagano Dentestu)
  • +81-26-247-3111
  • Obuse Town, Nagano

Ocean Rest Stop “Mirage(shinkiro)”

A full selection of delicious foods and souvenirs from Uozu. If you are lucky, you might even see a mirage from here.

  • 20 min. by car from Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta.
  • +81-765-24-4301
  • 2500-2 Murakiteibōwari, Uozu, Toyama
  • 9:00-18:00
  • the 2nd Wed. of every month (Remains open during May, Aug. and Dec.)

Odaiba

A waterfront area with a resort feel, offering plenty of shopping and entertainment options for the whole family!

  • From Tokyo Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line to Shimbashi Station, and transfer to the Yurikamome Line to Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station (around 30 minutes).

Oga Showten

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by bus from JR Omi-Hachiman Sta. to Osugi-cho bus stop
  • +81-748-32-5567
  • 12 Nagaharachonaka, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga
  • 11:00-18:00
    *Open until 16:00 during Dec., Jan. and Feb.
  • Thu. & Fri.

Ogoto Onsen (Hot Spring)

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. walk from Ogotoonsen Sta.(Ogoto Onsen Tourism Park)
  • Vary by facility
  • Vary by facility
  • Vary by facility
  • Vary by facility
  • Vary by facility

Ohi Pottery

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.

Okudachuzaemongama Shigaraki-togeimura

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. wallk from Shigaraki Kohgen Railway Shigaraki Sta.
    *Change to the Shigaraki Kohgen Railway at Kibukawa Sta.
  • +81-748-82-0522
  • 1131 Nagano, Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga
  • 9:00-17:30
  • Open 365 days

Okuhida Hot Spring Villages

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.

Old Quarter of Takayama

Take a walk through a merchant town that will make you feel like you've traveled back in time.

  • 12 min. walk from JR Takayama Sta.
  • +81-577-32-5328 (Hida Takayama Tourist Information Office)
  • Kamiichino-machi, Takayama City, etc.

Omi Beef

This Japanese black cattle beef, nurtured by Shiga's natural abundance, is richly marbled with fat for delicious flavor and mouth-watering tenderness.

Omi Jofu Hemp Fabric

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.

  • 10 min. walk from Ohmi Railways Echigawa sta.
  • +81-749-42-3246
  • 32-2 Echigawa Aisyo-cho, Echi-gun, Shiga
  • 10:00-17:00
  • Mon. and public holiday

Omi Merchant Cityscape (Shinmachi Street)

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.

  • Approx. 6 min. by bus from JR Omi-Hachiman Sta. to Obatacho Shiryokan Mae bus stop
  • +81-748-32-7048
  • Shinmachi, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga

Omi Shirahama Beach

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.

  • Approx. 5 min. by taxi from Omi Takashima Sta.
  • +81-740-32-3777 (Omi Shirahama Tourist Association)
  • Shimoogawa, adogawa cho takashima City, Shiga
  • Campsite: Open all year
    Bathing area: late Jul. - mid-Aug.

Omicho Market

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.

  • 1 min. walk from Musashi-ga-Tsuji bus stop
  • +81-76-231-1462 (Omicho Market Promotion Union)
    Fax +81-76-232-5502
  • Kami-Omicho, 50 Kanazawa City, Kanazawa
  • 9:00-17:00 (Varies according to store)
  • Sun., National Holidays, Jan.1-Jan.4

Omihachiman City Museum

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.

  • Approx. 6 min. by bus from JR Omi-Hachiman Sta. to Obatacho Shiryokan Mae bus stop
  • +81-748-32-7048
  • 2- Shinmachi, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga
  • 9:00-16:30 (admission until 16:00)
  • Mon. (if a holiday then closed the following day), New Year period, the day after national holidays
    *Open every day during the spring and fall viewing seasons
  • 300 yen

Omizo Waterside Sightseeing

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.

  • Approx. 5 min. walk from Omi Takashima Sta.
  • +81-740-33-7101 (Biwako Takashima Tourist Association)
  • Katsuno, Takashima City, Shiga

Oogoya

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. wallk from Shigaraki Kohgen Railway Shigaraki Sta.
    *Change to the Shigaraki Kohgen Railway at Kibukawa Sta.
  • +81-748-83-2220
  • 2349 Chokushi, Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga
  • [Mon.-Sat.] 10:00-17:00
    [Sun & Holidays] 10:00-18:00

Osaka

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.

  • Roughly a 5 min. walk from Osakako Sta. on the Osaka Metro Chuo Line
  • +81-6-6576-5501
  • 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku, Osaka
  • 10:00-20:00 (admissions close 19:00)
  • Varies
  • Adults (age 16 and over): 2,300 yen, middle school age and under: 1,200 yen, children age 4 and up: 600 yen

Osaka Castle Park

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.

  • Temmabashi or Tanimachi 4-chome Sta. on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line
    Morinomiya or Tanimachi 4-chome Sta. on the Osaka Metro Chuo Line
    Morinomiya or Osakajokoen Sta. on the JR Loop Line
  • +81-6-6755-4146
  • Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka
  • Always open
  • Never (*all facilities have separately-scheduled closures)
  • Free admission (note that some facilities require a usage fee)

Osaka City Central Public Hall

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.

  • Roughly a 5 min. walk from exit 1 of Yodoyabashi Sta. on the Keihan Railway and Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
    Roughly a 6 min. walk from exit 22 of Kitahama Sta. on the Keihan Railway and Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line
    1 min. walk from exit 1 of Naniwabashi Sta. on the Keihan Railway Nakanoshima Line
  • +81-6-6208-2002
  • 1-1-27 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
  • 9:30-21:30
  • Fourth Tue. of each month (the following day when holidays fall on these dates), New Year holidays (12/28-1/4), other temporary closures
  • Free

Osaka Museum of History

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.

  • Right outside exit 9 of Tanimachi 4-chome Sta. on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi and Chuo Lines
  • +81-6-6946-5728
  • 4-1-32 Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka
  • 9:30-17:00
    *Open until 20:00 Fridays only during special exhibits
    *Admissions close 30 minutes prior to facilities
  • Tuesdays (closed the following Wednesday when holidays fall on Tuesday)
    New Year holidays (12/28 - 1/4)
  • Individuals: adults: 600 yen, high school and university students: 400 yen
    Middle school students and under and Osaka resident persons aged 65 or over enter free
    *Separate charge for special exhibits

Otomegaike Pond

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.

  • Approx. 5 min. walk from Omi Takashima Sta.
  • +81-740-33-7101 (Biwako Takashima Tourist Association)
  • 3061-1 Katsuno, Takashima City, Shiga

Oyaki Mura Daimon

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.

  • 15 min. walk from Nagano Sta.
  • +81-26-232-5786
  • 56-1, Daimon, Nagano City, Nagano
  • 9:00-17:00

Penny Candy Alley

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.

  • From Kawagoe Station on the JR line or Tobu Tojo Line, take the bus to "Kashiya Yokocho".
    15 minutes on foot from Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
  • 2 Moto-machi, Kawagoe city, Saitama
  • Regular holidays vary depending on each store.

Picchio (Wildlife Research Center)

Picchio offers many nature-observation tours with the help of a well-versed nature guide around Karuizawa and Komoro in Eastern Nagano.

  • take a taxi (15min.)from Karuizawa Sta. or walk 17 min. from Naka-Karuizawa Sta.
  • +81-267-45-7777
  • 2148,Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano
  • 9:30-17:00 (May-Aug.)
    9:30-16:00 (Sep.-Apr.)
  • Inquiry Required
  • 2,500 yen and up

Pingkoro Jizo

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.

  • 5 min. taxi ride from Nakagomi Sta. (JR Koumi Line)
  • +81-267-68-7433
  • 467 Hara, Saku City, Nagano

Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. by bus (community bus “Coast Line” or “Gurutto Tsuruga shuyu bus (Tsuruga Excursion Line Bus)” from JR Tsuruga Sta. to Kanegasaki-ryokuchi park
  • +81-770-37-1035
  • 44-1 Kanegasaki-cho, Tsuruga City, Fukui
  • 9:00-17:00
  • New Year holidays
  • 100 yen (requested donation)

Rafting

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.

Rail-MTB Gattan Go!!

Ride a mountain bike on decommissioned train tracks! The route features beautiful scenery, tunnels, and bridges, for a thrilling experience.

  • 40 min. drive from Hida-Furukawa Sta.
  • +81-90-7020-5852
  • 1327-2 Azumo, Kamioka-cho, Hida, Gifu
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Closed Wed. and during winter

Ranzan Valley

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

  • From Ikebukuro Station, take the Tobu Tojo Line towards Ogawamachi.
    It will take about 1 hr. to get to Musashi-Ranzan Station.
    From the station, you can either ride the bus for 20 min. or walk for 40 min.
  • 2627, Kamagata, Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama

Red Snow Crab

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.

Rinsenji Temple

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.

  • Take an Echigo Tokimeki Railway train from JR Joetsumyoko Sta. to Kasugayama Sta. -> 7 min.by taxi
  • +81-25-524-5846
  • 1-1-1 Nakamonzen, Joetsu City, Niigata
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Adults: 500 yen
    Children: 250 yen

Roadside Station Washi-no-Sato Higashi-Chichibu

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.

  • 20 min. ride on the local Eagle Bus from Ogawamachi Sta. on the Tobu-Tojo Line
  • +81-493-82-1468
  • 441 Mido, Higashichichibu Village, Chichibu District, Saitama
  • 9:00-16:00

Rosa & Berry Tawada

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.

  • 15 min. from JR Maibara Sta. by Taxi.
    Or The bus shuttling between JR Maibara Sta. and Rosa & Berry operates only on Sat., Sun., and holidays.
  • +81-77-533-5112
  • 605-10 Tawada, Maibara City, Shiga
  • 10:00-17:00
  • Tue.
  • Adult: 1,300 yen, Children: 700 yen

Sado Island Taiko Center

(Taiko experience)
In this building made of lumber from Sado Island, you can take part in all kinds of taiko drumming programs.

  • Take an Echigo Tokimeki Railway train from JR Joetsumyoko Sta. to Naoetsu Sta. -> 6 min. by Sado Kisen shuttle bus to Naoetsu Port -> 1 hr. 40 min. by Sado Kisen Fast Ferry to Ogi Port -> 10 min. by taxi
  • +81-259-86-2320
  • 150-3 Ogikanetashinden, Sado City, Niigata
  • 9:00-17:00
    Taiko experience workshop: 3 sessions daily on Sat., Sun. & Hol. (10:00 / 13:30 / 15:00)
    Contact the Center for information on weekday workshops
    (Reservations required)
  • Mon. (if Mon. falls on a holiday, the following Tue. is closed instead), year-end & New Year holidays
  • [60-min. course] Adults: 2,000 yen

Sado Mine

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.

  • 15 min. train ride from Joetsumyoko Sta. to Naoetsu Sta. -> 7 min. bus ride to Naoetsu Port -> 100 min. ferry ride to Ogi Port -> 90 min. drive
  • +81-259-74-2389
  • 1305 Shimoaikawa, Sado City, Niigata
  • Apr. to Oct.: 8:00 to 17:30
    Nov. to Mar.: 8:30 to 17:00
    (Last admission 30 min. before close)
  • Open 7 days a week (certain guided tours available only from Apr. through Nov.)
  • Varies by course. Adults: 900–2,400 yen

Saikyo-ji Temple

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.

  • Approx. 7 min. by bus from JR Hieizan Sakamoto Sta. to Saikyo-ji Temple
  • +81-77-578-0013
  • 5-13-1 Sakamoto, Otsu City, Shiga
  • 9:30-16:30

SAITAMA

Saitama Museum of Rivers

A fun hands-on museum where everyone can learn about water. Famous for its waterwheel, the largest in Japan, completed in July 2019.

  • 20 min. walk from Hachigata Sta. on the Tobu Tojo Line
  • +81-48-581-7333
  • 39 Kozono, Yorii Town, Osato District, Saitama
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Mon. (open for holidays, for Saitama Pref. People’s Day, and during summer vacation)
    Closed for winter holidays (Dec. 29-Jan. 3)
    Occasionally closed for centralized facility inspections and maintenance.
  • Adults: 410 yen, Students: 200 yen, Kids under 16: free

Sakamoto Temple Town

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.

  • Approx. 15 min. walk from Hieizan Sakamoto Sta.
  • +81-77-578-6565
  • 6-1-13 Sakamoto, Otsu City, Shiga

Sake Brewery Tour

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.

  • 10 min. walk from Takayama Sta.
  • Kamininomachi Takayama, Gifu

Sake Museum Ponshu-kan

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.

  • 2427 Yuzawa, Yuzawa Town (Inside Echigo-Yuzawa Station)
  • Sake tasting: 500 yen
    Bathing- Adults: 800 yen, Children: 400 yen"

SAMURAI CULTURE

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.

Sanno Head Shrine Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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.

  • Approx. 15 min. walk from Hieizan Sakamoto Sta.
  • +81-77-578-0009
  • 5-1-1 Sakamoto, Otsu City, Shiga
  • 9:00-16:30
  • Adults: 300 yen

Sasazushi (Sushi wrapped in a bamboo leaf)

Sasazushi is made with sushi rice topped with mountain vegetables and fish on bamboo leaves. This type of sushi is also popular homemade dish.

Satoyama Experience

Various activities such as cycling tours are available to experience Satoyama, where people have been living in harmony with nature.

  • Approx. 7 min. walk from Hida-furukawa Sta.
  • +81-577-73-5715
  • 8-11 Furukawa-cho Nino-machi, Hida City, Gifu

Sea Kayak

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.

  • Kyoto Sta./Bus 2hours ride/Amanohashidate Sta./Kyoto Tango Line 30 min. ride/Amino Sta.
  • +81-80-3865-0855
  • Mitsugyokou, Mitsu, Amino-cho, Kyotango City, Kyoto
  • 10:00-17:00
  • Winter season (from Dec. to Feb.)
  • 2,500 yen and up

Senmaida rice fields

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.

  • 1 min. walking distance from Shiroyone bus stop
  • +81-768-23-1146 (Wajima City Tourism Division)
  • Shiroyone-machi, Wajima City, Ishikawa

Senso-ji Temple

Built in 628, this is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Each year, it draws about 30 million visitors from Japan and overseas.

  • 2 min. by Yamanote Line from JR Tokyo Sta. to Kanda Sta.
    -> 10 min. by Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Asakusa Sta.
    -> 5 min. walk
  • +81-3-3842-0181 (10:00-16:00 / Except Sun. & Hol.)
  • 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
  • [Apr.-Sep.] 6:00-17:00
    [Oct.-Mar.] 6:30-17:00

Shibamasa World Amusement Park

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.

  • Approx. 23 min. by Keifuku bus from JR Awara-onsen Sta. bus stop to Chikusanshikenjo bus stop, 30 min. walk / Approx. 20 min. by taxi from JR Awara-onsen Sta.
  • +81-776-81-2110
  • 45-1 Hamaji, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui
  • 10:00-17:00 (varies depending on the day of the week and season)
  • Open daily Mar.-Nov.
    Ask about opening hours Dec.-Feb.
  • Adults: 3,700 yen
    Children 3-12 & over 65: 2,600 yen

Shibuya

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.

  • From Tokyo Station: 23 minutes on the JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station.

SHIGA

Shigakogen Ski Resort

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.

  • By Train: Get off at Yudanaka Sta. (Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line)
    -> switch to buses for each ski resort
    70 min. bus ride from Nagano Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen) to each ski resort
    By Car: 25 km / 30 min. from Shinshu-Nakano IC
  • +81-269-34-2588
  • Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano
  • 8:30-16:30, 18:30-21:30 / Also open thru 6:00-8:00 during Golden Week holidays

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. wallk from Shigaraki Kohgen Railway Shigaraki Sta.
    *Change to the Shigaraki Kohgen Railway at Kibukawa Sta.
  • +81-748-83-0909
  • 2188-7 Chokushi, Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga
  • 9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
  • Mon. (if a holiday then closed the following day), New Year period (Dec.28-Jan.4)

Shigaraki Ware

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.

Shigaraki-yaki Ceramics Sawazen

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. wallk from Shigaraki Kohgen Railway Chokushi Sta.
    *Change to the Shigaraki Kohgen Railway at Kibukawa Sta.
  • +81-748-83-0215
  • 1424−1 Chokushi, Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga
  • 9:00-17:00
  • New Year period

Shima Lake Canoeing by Lakewalk

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.

  • 15 min. bus ride from Nakanojo Sta.
  • +81-278-72-2870
  • 14-1 Shima, Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma District, Gunma
  • Planned to open from Sat., Mar. 30 - Sun., Nov. 24
  • Closed Wed. (except during Golden Week in late Apr./early May and summer vacation)
  • Adults (ages 12 and up) 6,500 yen
    Children (ages 4-11) 5,500 yen

Shima Onsen (Hot Spring)

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.

  • 50 min. by JR Agatsuma Line from JR Takasaki Sta. to JR Nakanojo Sta.
    -> 40 min. by bus
  • +81-279-64-2321 (Shima Onsen Association)
  • 4379 Shima, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma

Shinhotaka Ropeway

The only two-tiered gondola in all of Japan, the Shinhotaka Ropeway takes visitors to a height of 2,156 meters in 25 minutes.

  • 1 hr., 40 min. local bus ride from Takayama Sta.
  • +81-578-89-2252
  • Okuhida Hot Spring Village, Shinhotaka Spa in Takayama City, Gifu
  • 8:30-16:00 (varies by season)
  • Open every day (Closed for poor weather and during periodic inspections. Closed May 27 - Jul. 14, 2020 for gondola renovation work.)
  • 2,900 yen (adult round-trip fare)

Shinminato Kittokito Market

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.

  • 25 min. by car from Shin-Takaoka Sta.
  • +81-766-84-1233
  • 1 Kaiomachi, Imizu, Toyama
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Open All year around

Shirahige Jinja Shrine

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.

  • 5 min. by car from JR Omi-Takashima Sta.
  • +81-740-36-1555
  • 215 Ukawa, Takashima City, Shiga

Shiraito Falls

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.

  • 25 min. bus ride from Karuizawa Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen) -> 5 min. on foot
  • +81-267-42-5538
  • Nagakura, Karuizawa Town, Nagano

Shitennoji Temple, Sohonzan, Washu

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.

  • 5 min. walk from Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Sta. on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line
  • +81-6-6771-0066
  • 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
  • Apr.-Sep. 8:30-16:30 *21st of each month 8:00-17:00
    Oct. to Mar. 8:30-16:00 *21st of each month 8:00-16:30
    Rokujido 8:30-18:00 *21st of each month from 8:00
  • No designated days closed (some temporary closures of gardens)
  • Central building / Adults: 300 yen, High school and university students: 200 yen
    Treasure hall / Adults 500 yen, High school and university students: 300 yen
    Honbo garden / Adults: 300 yen, Elementary school up to university students: 200 yen

Shogawa Gorge Cruise

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.

  • 80 min. bus ride from Shin-Takaoka Sta.
  • +81-763-82-0220
  • 73-5 Shogawa-machi Komaki, Tonami City, Toyama
  • Regularly Scheduled Cruises
    Normal Hours: 8:30-17:05
    Winter Hours: 9:00-16:30
    Spring Hours: 9:00-17:05
    Short Cruises (Reservations Required)
    Normal Hours: 10:00-15:30
    Winter Hours: 10:30-15:00
    Spring Hours: 10:30-15:30
  • Open every day
  • Regularly Scheduled Cruises: 2,800 yen
    Short Cruises: 1,000 yen

Shojin Buddhist Cuisine (Gyokusyoin)

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.

  • 15 min. walk from Nagano Sta.
  • +81-26-232-2546
  • 471, Motoyoshicho, Nagano City, Nagano

Shorinzan Darumaji Temple

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.

  • About 20 min. by bus from Takasaki Sta.
  • 296 Hanadaka, Takasaki, Gunma
  • 9:00-17:00

Skiing

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?

Skijam Katsuyama

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.

  • Approx. 60 min. by Keifuku Bus from JR Fukui Sta. East Exit bus stop. (Direct bus to ski slopes, runs only during the season)
  • +81-779-87-6109
  • 170-70 Katsuyama City, Fukui
  • Lifts operate 8:00-17:00 (may vary by day or season)
  • Open daily during the season
  • One-day lift pass 4,700 yen

Snow Monkeys / Jigokudani Yaen-koen

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.

  • 5 min. walk from JR Nagano Sta. to Nagaden (Nagano Electric Railways) Nagano Sta.
    -> 45 min. by Nagaden Yudanaka Line limited express train to Yudanaka Sta.
    -> 15 min. by Nagaden Bus Kanbayashi Line to Kanbayashi-onsen bus stop
    -> 30 min. walk to the park
  • +81-269-33-4379
  • 6845 Hirao, Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano
  • [Apr.-Oct.] 8:30-17:00
    [Nov.-Mar.] 9:00-16:00
    *Subject to change
  • Open 365 days
  • Adults (18 and over): 800 yen
    Children (6-17): 400 yen

Snow Peak Head Office and Camp Field

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.

  • 40 min. (17.5km) from JR Tsubame-Sanjo Sta. or Sanjo-Tsubame IC (Hokuriku Expressway).
    There is no bus stop nearby, so please use your own car, rental car or taxi.
  • +81-256-41-2222
  • 456 Nakanohara, Sanjo City, Niigata
  • 9:00-19:00
  • Wed.
  • Please check the website.

Soba Buckwheat Noodles

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.  

Soto Zen Head Monastery Sojiji-soin

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.)

  • +81-768-42-0005
  • KO-1-18 Monzen machi-Monzen, Wajima City, Ishikawa
  • 8:00-17:00
  • Open 365 days a year
  • Adult 500 yen
    High School Students / Junior High School Students 400 yen
    Elementary School Students 200 yen

Strawberry farm youichirouen

Sugadaira kogen Snow Resort

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!

  • 55min. by bus from Ueda sta.

Suigo-No Sato Maruyama

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.

  • Approx. 11 min. by bus from JR Omihachiman Sta. to Maruyama bus stop
  • +81-748-32-2333
  • 1467-3 Maruyama-cho, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga
  • Apr.-Nov. (Rowboat)
    Dec.-Mar. (Rental boat / reservation required)
    See the homepage for departure time
  • Open 365 days
  • 2,200 yen (The houseboat takes about one hour)

Suijo Bus Aqua-Liner

Cruise on the Okawa River (formerly Yodo River) in seasonal beauty, and enjoy the views of Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle.

  • Osakajokoen Sta. on the JR Loop Line
  • +81-6-6942-5511
  • (Osakajo Pier)2 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka
  • 11:00-16:00, varies seasonally
  • Irregular holidays in weekdays of Jan. and Feb., afternoon of Jul. 25
  • Adults: 1740 yen, children: 870 yen

Sukiyaki

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.

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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.

  • 3 min. walk east of Sumiyoshitaisha Sta. on the Nankai Main Line
    5 min. walk west of Sumiyoshihigashi Sta. on the Nankai Koya Line
    Right outside Sumiyoshi-toriimae Sta. on the Hankai Line
  • +81-6-6672-0753
  • 2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
  • Apr.-Sep. 6:00-17:00
    Oct.-Mar. 6:30-17:00
  • Never

Taga Taisha Shrine

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. by train (the ohmi railway) from JR Hikone Sta. to Taga-Taishamae
  • +81-749-48-1101
  • Taga, Taga Town, Inukami District, Shiga
  • 8:30-16:00
  • Open 365 days
  • Garden admission 300 yen (Free to enter shrine grounds)

Taiza Snow Crab(Taiza-gani)—The King of The Crabs

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.

Takada Castle Cherry Blossom Viewing for 1 Million People

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.

  • Take an Echigo Tokimeki Railway train from JR Joetsumyoko Sta. to Takada Sta. -> 20 min. walk (Shuttle buses run from Joetsumyoko Sta. during this event)
  • +81-25-543-2777 (Joetsu Tourism Convention Association)
  • Takada Park, Motoshiro-cho, Joetsu City, Niigata
  • [Period] From early to mid-Apr.
  • Free viewing. Entrance charge required for the building in the park (200 yen for the Takada Castle sanju yagura three-story turret)

Takanami-no-Ike Pond

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.

  • 40 min. drive from Itoigawa Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
  • +81-25-556-2327
  • 19336 Kotaki, Itoigawa City, Niigata
  • 9:00 to 16:00 (Restaurant open 11:00 to 15:00)
  • Mid Nov. through late Apr.
  • Free (Fees apply for boats and other activities)

Takaoka Cast Metal

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.

Takasaki Daruma

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

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.

  • Approx. 5 min. walk from Omi-Takashima Sta.
  • 1400 Katsuno, Takashima City, Shiga
  • See the homepage of each facility for details.

Takayama Festival

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.

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

This museum displays some of the gorgeous yatai festival floats, designated as national Important Cultural Properties, that are actually used during the Takayama Festival.

  • 15 min. walk from JR Takayama Sta.
  • +81-577-32-5100

Takayama Jinya

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.

  • 10 min. walk from JR Takayama Sta.
  • +81-577-32-0643

Takayama Ramen

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.

Take-no-Michi (Bamboo Path)

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.

  • Take the Hankyu Bus from JR Mukomachi Sta. to Higashiyama Walk 5 min.
  • Muko Tourist Association: +81-75-963-6504
  • Terado-cho Shibayama and Mozume-cho Nagano, Muko City, Kyoto
  • Open every day
  • Open every day
  • Free admission

Takidanji Temple

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.

  • Approx. 23 min. by Keifuku bus from JR Awara-onsen Sta. bus stop to Mikuni Sta. bus stop, approx. 6 min. walk / Approx. 20 min. by taxi from JR Awara-onsen Sta.
  • +81-776-82-0216
  • 1-7-15 Takidani, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui
  • 8:00-17:00 (close at 16:30 Nov.1 to end of Feb.)
    (last admission is: 30 min. before of close)
  • Open 365 days
  • 500 yen

Takumi no Sato

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.

  • Approx. 25 min. by bus from Jomo-Kogen Sta. on JR Joetsu Shinkansen
    Approx. 20 min. by car from Tsukiyono IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
  • +81-278-64-2210
  • 847 Sugawa, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma
  • 9:00-17:00 (till 16:00 during early Nov. to mid-Mar.)
  • Jan.1 (except for the shop and the restaurant in Horaku-kan)
    *Closures may vary by workshop facility
  • Vary according to trials

Tangram

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.

  • Take scheduled shuttle buses from Iiyama Sta or shuttle buses from Nagano Sta.(reservation needed).
  • +81-026-258-3511
  • 3575-8, Furumi, Shinano Machi Town, Nagano
  • Inquiries Required
  • Inquiries Required
  • Check the Website

Tarai-bune (tub boats)

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.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

This route connects Toyama and Nagano prefectures, and features the famous Snow Corridor, with walls of snow 20 meters tall.

  • 5 min. walk from JR Toyama Sta. to Dentetsu Toyama Sta. -> 60 min. by Toyama Chitetsu Railway to Tateyama Sta.
  • +81-76-432-2819
  • From Tateyama-machi, Nakaniikawa-gun, Toyama to Omachi City, Nagano
  • Impassable Dec.1-Apr.15 (depending on the amount of snowfall)
  • [One-way from Tateyama Sta. to Ogizawa Sta.] Adults: 8,290 yen
    [Round-trip from Tateyama Sta. to Murodo Sta.] Adults: 4,310 yen
    [Round-trip from Tateyama Sta. to Kurobeko Sta.] Adults: 10,790 yen, etc.
    Varies by station(s) used

Teisho-ji Temple

Teisho-ji Temple is the Saku area’s greatest ancient temple, fitted with all seven traditional structures found in large-scale buddhist monasteries.

  • 10 min. by taxi from Namezu Sta. (JR Koumi Line)
  • +81-267-68-7433
  • 1580-3, Maeyama, Saku City, Nagano

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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.

  • 5 min. walk from Osakako Sta. on the Osaka Metro Chuo Line
  • +81-6-6576-6222
  • 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku, Osaka
  • 10:00-22:00 (varies seasonally; closed for severe weather); final boarding 21:30
  • Varies
  • General admission: 800 yen (age 3 and up)
    Those with handbooks: 400 yen (up to 1 accompanying care person)

Tempura

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.

Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street

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.

  • Right outside Ogimachi, Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome, and Minami-morimachi Sta. on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line and Temma Sta. on the JR Osaka Loop Line.
  • 1 through 7 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka
  • Varies by location
  • Varies by location

The Expo ’70 Commemorative Park – Japanese Garden

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.

  • 15 min.walk from Koen-higashiguchi Sta. on the Osaka Monorail
    20 min. walk from Bampaku-kinen-koen Station
  • Expo Memorial Park Information Center: +81-6-6877-7387
  • Senribampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka
  • 9:30-17:00 (admissions close 30 minutes before facilities)
  • Wed. (closed the follow day when holidays fall on Wed.; open every day 4/1 through Golden Week and every day in October and November), 12/28-1/1
  • Adults: 260 yen, Elementary and middle school students: 80 yen, Large group discounts and mutli-use tickets available

The Former Nakagomi School

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.

  • 5 min. on foot from Namezu Sta. (JR Koumi Line)
  • +81-267-68-7433
  • 1877-1, Nakagomi, Saku City, Nagano
  • 9:00-17:00 (until 16:00 Nov.-Mar.)
  • Adults: 250 yen
    Children: 120 yen

The Hokkoku Road & Unnojuku Post Town

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.

  • By Train: 5 min. taxi ride from Tanaka Sta. (Shinano Railway)
    5 min. taxi ride from Oya Sta. (Shinano Railway)
    By Car: 5 km / 10 min. from Tobu-Yunomaru IC
  • +81-268-62-1111
  • 10:00-15:00

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

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.

  • 3 min. walk from the west exit of Kita-Urawa Sta. on the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line (located inside Kita-Urawa Park)
  • +81-48 -824-0111
  • 9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa Ward, Saitama City, Saitama
  • 10:00-17:30 (last admission to exhibition rooms at 17:00)
  • Mon. (open for holidays and for Saitama Pref. People’s Day), new year holidays, and on days when maintenance is being performed
  • Free admission to building
    Exhibition admission:
    MOMAS Collection—Adults: 200 yen, high school and university students: 100 yen
    Special Exhibitions—Varies by exhibition

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

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.

  • Right outside Naniwabashi Sta. on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line
    5 min. walk from Yodoyabashi Sta. on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line and Keihan Railway
    5 min. walk from Kitahama Sta. on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line and Keihan Railway
  • +81-6-6223-0055
  • 1-1-26 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
  • 9:30-17:00 (admissions close 16:30)
  • Mon. (closed the following day when holidays fall on Monday), New Year holidays (12/28-1/4), other temporary closures
  • Adults: 500 yen, High school and university students: 300 yen, Middle school students and under free
    Separate fees apply for planned and special exhibitions

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama

In addition to viewing exceptional bonsai and related exhibits, you will learn about the history of this type of tree cultivation.

  • By JR Utsunomiya Line from JR Omiya Sta. to Toro Sta.
    → 6 min. walk
  • +81-48-780-2091
  • 2-24-3 Toro-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama City
  • [Mar.-Oct.] 9:00-17:00
    [Nov.-Feb.] 9:00-16:00
  • Thu. (open if Thursday falls on a holiday), year-end & New Year holidays, and occasionally as required.
  • Adults: 300 yen

The Railway Museum

This museum features exhibits about the railways of Japan and around the world, including hands-on exhibits like model trains.

  • 3 min. by the New Shuttle from JR Omiya Sta. to Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan (Onari) Sta.
    -> 1 min. walk
  • +81-48-651-0088
  • 3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Saitama

To-ji Temple

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.

  • Approx. 15 min. walk from JR Kyoto Sta.
  • +81-75-691-3325 
  • 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 9:00–17:00
  • Please inquire. (Free admission to Mieido House and Jikido Hall)

Togakure Ninja Museum

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.

  • By Train: 60 min. by Togakushi line bus from Nagano Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
    By Car: 30 km / 60 min. from Nagano IC, 18 km / 30 min. from Shinanomachi IC
  • 3688-12, Togakushi, Nagano City, Nagano
  • Late Apr. to late Nov.
    9:00-17:00 (Entrance until 16:30)
  • Adults: 600 yen, Children: 400 yen

Togakushi Shrine

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.

  • By Train: 70 min. Togakushi line bus from Nagano Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
    By Car: 30 km / 60 min. from Nagano IC. 18 km / 30 min. from Shinanomachi IC
  • +81-26-226-5626
  • 3506, Togakushi, Nagano City, Nagano

Togakushi Snow World, Togakushi Ski Resort

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.

  • Tokyo Sta. -> Nagano Sta. (1 hr. 25 min.) -> Bus (60 min.) → Togakushi Snow World
  • +81-6-6941-3044
  • 381-4101 3682 Togakushi, Nagano-Shi, Nagano
  • Weekdays: 8:30-16:30
    Weekends and Holidays: 8:30-16:30
  • New Year holidays (Dec. 28-Jan. 1)
  • Adult Lift Ticket: 4,000 yen
    Junior Lift Ticket: 2,500yen
    Senior Lift Ticket: 3,200yen

Toge no Kamameshi

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.

Tojinbo Cliffs

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.

  • 40 min. by Keifuku Bus from JR Awaraonsen Sta. to Tojinbo bus stop -> 5 min. walk
  • +81-776-82-5515 (Sakai City Mikuni Tourist Association)
  • Tojinbo, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui

Toki Forest Park

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.

  • 45 min. by car from Ogi Port
    15 min. by car, 20 min by bus from Ryotsu Port
  • +81-259-22-4123
  • 383-2 Niibo Nagaune, Sado City, Niigata
  • 8:30-17:00
  • Mar.-Nov.: open seven days a week / Dec.-Feb.: closed on Mon. (if Mon. is a public holiday, it will be open but closed the following day), New Year holidays
  • Adults: 400 yen
    Children: 100 yen

Toki no Kane (“Bell of Time”)

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.

  • 2 min. walk from the CO-EDO Loop Bus Kura-no-machi bus stop.
  • +81-49-222-5556 (Kawagoe City Tourist Information Office)
  • 15-7 Saiwai-cho, Kawagoe City, Saitama

TOKYO

Tokyo Cruising

Enjoy sightseeing along the Sumida River or Tokyo Bay while cruising on a restaurant boat, water bus, or houseboat.

TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN®

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.

  • 8 min. by JR Sobu Line rapid express from JR Tokyo Sta. to Kinshicho Sta.
    -> 3 min. by Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line to Oshiage Sta. 'SKYTREE'
  • [Domestic calls] 0570-55-0634
    [International calls] +81-3-5302-3470
  • 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
  • 8:00-22:00 (last admission: 21:00)
  • None scheduled

Tokyo Tower

Completed in 1958, this 333-meter tower has been a Tokyo landmark for generations. Two observation decks are available, 150 and 250 meters up.

  • Akabanebashi StationOedo LineAkabanebashi Exit5 min on foot.
  • +81-3-3433-5111
  • 4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo
  • 9:00-23:00
  • Open 7 days a week (For the latest information on hours, closed days, fees, etc., visit the official website or contact the facility directly.)
  • Adults ¥1,200
    * Prices vary by plan and age.
    * For the latest information on hours, closed days, fees, etc., visit the official website or contact the facility directly.

Tomb of Emperor Nintoku (Daisen Kofun)

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.

  • 10 min. walk from Mozu Sta. on the JR Hanwa Line
  • +81-72-245-6201
  • 7-1 Daisencho, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka
  • No charge

Tomioka Silk Mill

Registered as a World Heritage in June 2014. By enabling the mass production of raw silk, these facilities contributed to the popularization of silk.

  • 40 min. by Joshin Dentetsu line from Joshin Dentetsu Takasaki Sta. to Joshu-Tomioka Sta.
    -> 15 min. walk
  • +81-274-64-0005 (Tomioka Silk Mill)
  • 1-1 Tomioka, Tomioka City, Gunma
  • 9:00-17:00 (last admission: 16:30)
  • Year-end (Dec.29-31)
  • Adults: 1000 yen

TOYAMA

Toyama Bay Sushi

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.

Toyama Black Ramen

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.

Traditional Crafts Center of Shigaraki

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.

  • Approx. 5 min. wallk from Shigaraki Kohgen Railway Shigaraki Sta.
    *Change to the Shigaraki Kohgen Railway at Kibukawa Sta.
  • +81-748-82-2345
  • 1142 Nagano, Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Thu. (if a holiday then closed the following day)

Tsukemono Steak

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!

Tsukiji Outer Market

Over 400 vendors selling fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, cooking utensils, and all kinds of other food-related items can be found here.

  • Approx. 15 min. from JR Tokyo Sta. by Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line
  • +81-3-3541-9444
  • 4-16-2 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Tsuruga Red Brick Warehouse

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. from Tsuruga Sta. via Tsuruga Excursion Line Bus
  • +81-770-47-6612
  • 4-1 Kanegasaki-cho, Tsuruga City, Fukui
  • 9:30-20:00 (Diorama Building 9:30-17:30)
  • Wed.
  • 400 yen

Tsutenkaku Tower

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.

  • 3 min. walk from Ebisucho Sta. on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line
    10 min. walk from Dobutsuen-mae Sta.
  • +81-6-6641-9555
  • 1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
  • Adults (high school students and over): 800 yen, Elementary and middle school students, 5 yeas old and over: 400 yen

Tulips along the Funa River

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.

  • 10 min. by car from Tomari Sta. (Ainokaze Toyama Railway). Approx. 3 min. by car from Asahi IC (Hokuriku Expressway).
  • +81-765-83-1100
  • Funakawashin, Asahi Town, Shimoniikawa-gun, Toyama
  • Flowers bloom around mid-Apr. of each year

Ueda Castle

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.

  • 12 min. walk from Ueda Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
  • +81-268-22-4100
  • 6263-I, Ninomaru, Ueda City, Nagano

Ueno no Mori

The many attractions in this area include Ueno Park, the Ueno Royal Museum, Ueno Zoo, and Ueno Ameyoko Shopping Street.

Umeda Sky Building (Kuchu Teien Observatory)

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.

  • 9 min. walk from JR Osaka Sta., Osaka-umeda Sta. on the Hankyu Railway and Umeda Sta. Osaka Metro Midosuji Line, Higashi-Umeda Sta. on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line, and Nishi-Umeda Sta. on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line
  • +81-6-6440-3901
  • 1-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka
  • Varies by facility
    Kuchu Teien Observatory: 9:30-22:30 (varies seasonally; admissions close 22:00)
  • Varies by facility
  • Kuchu Teien Observatory admission fees:
    Adults: 1,500 yen
    Age 4-12: 700 yen

Umekoji Park

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.

  • Approx. 15 min. walk from JR Kyoto Sta.
  • +81-75-352-2500
  • 56-3 Kankiji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Unazuki Hot Springs

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.

  • Walk from JR Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta. to Shin-Kurobe Sta. -> Take Toyama Chitetsu Main Line to Unazukionsen Sta.
  • +81-765-62-1021
  • Unazukiuonsen, Kurobe, Toyama

Uriwarinotaki (Breaking Waterfall)

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.

  • Approx. 50 min. from JR Tsuruga Sta. to JR Kaminaka Sta., approx. 4 min. by bus to Tentokuji
  • +81-770-62-0186
  • 37-1-3 Tentokuji, Wakasa Town, Fukui
  • Always open to the public
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Usaburo Kokeshi

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.

  • Approx. 30 min. by car from Takasaki Sta. on JR Hokuriku Shinkansen
    Approx. 10 min. by taxi from Yagihara Sta. on JR Joetsu Line
    Approx. 20 min. by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
  • +81-279-54-6766
  • 1591 Nagaoka, Shinto-mura, Kitagunma-gun, Gunma
  • 8:00-16:50
    *Factory noon break noon - 12:50
  • New Year holidays (Dec.29-Jan.4)
    Wed. (factory only. Sosaku Kokeshi gallery and the store are opened)

Usui 3rd Bridge (Megane Bashi)

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.

  • Approx. 40 min. by car from Annakaharuna Sta. on JR Hokuriku Shinkansen
    Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. on foot on the Abt promenade or approx. 15 min. by bus from Yokokawa Sta. on JR Shin-Etsu Line
    Approx. 15 min. by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
  • +81-27-393-1111 (Matsuida Branch Office, Annaka City)
  • Sakamoto, Matsuida-machi, Annaka City, Gunma

Usui Pass Observation Platform

Visitors are thrilled by the magnificent scenery of the Yatsugatake Mountains, Akaishi Mountains, Mt. Asama, and more.

  • 15 min. by taxi from Karuizawa Sta.; 5 min. walk from the parking area (Seasonal buses available: http://www.karuizawa-on.com/kkbc/)
  • +81-267-42-5538 (Karuizawa Information Bureau for Tourists)
  • Tougemachi, Karuizawa Town, Kita-Saku-gun, Nagano

Usuitouge Tetsudo Bunka Mura

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.

  • Approx. 30 min. by car from Annakaharuna Sta. on JR Hokuriku Shinkansen
    Approx. 1 min. on foot from JR Yokokawa Sta. on Shin-Etsu Line
    Approx. 10 min. by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
  • +81-27-380-4163 (Usui Touge Tetsudo Bunka Mura)
  • 407-16 Yokokawa, Matsuida-machi, Annaka City, Gunma
  • [Mar.-Oct.] 9:00-17:00
    [Nov.-Feb.] 9:00-16:30
    *Last entrance: 30 min. before the closing time.
  • Tue. (the following day if falls on a holiday), and New Year holidays (Dec.29-Jan.4)
  • [Individuals] Adults: 500 yen, Children: 300 yen
    [Groups (over 15 persons)] Adults: 400 yen, Children: 240 yen
    Free for children under elementary school age

Vories Memorial Hall

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.

  • Approx. 8 min. by bus from JR Omi-Hachiman Sta. to Kajiya-cho bus stop
  • +81-748-32-2456
  • 11 Jionjichomoto, Omi-Hachiman City, Shiga
  • 10:00-16:00 (requires telephone reservation)
  • Mon, Holidays, other irregular days (closed from Dec.1-Jan.15 for changing of exhibits)
  • Free admission

Wajima Kiriko Art Museum

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.

  • +81-768-22-7100
  • 6-1 Marine Town, Wajima City, Ishikawa
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Open 365 days a year
  • Adults: 630 yen
    Children 15-17: 480 yen
    Children 6-14: 370 yen

Wajima Morning Market

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.

  • +81-768-22-7653 (Wajima Asaichi Association)
  • Asaichi-dori Ave. Kawai-machi, Wajima City, Ishikawa
  • 8:00-Noon
  • 2nd Wednesdays and the 4th Wednesdays every month. Jan.1-Jan.3

Wajima-nuri laquerware

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.

Wakasa-wada Beach

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".

  • Approx. 94 min. from JR Tsuruga Sta. to JR Wakasa-Takahama Sta., Approx.15 min. walk
  • +81-770-72-0070 (Wakasa-Takahama Tourism Association)
  • Wada, Takahama town, Fukui
  • Always open to the public
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Wakura Onsen (Hot Spring)

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.

  • JR Wakura-onsen Sta.

Wakura Onsen Omatsuri Hall

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.

  • 20 min. walk from JR WakuraOnsen Station
  • +81-767-62-4332
  • 2-13-1 Wakura-cho, Nanao City, Ishikawa
  • 9:00-17:00
  • every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, New Year holidays
  • Adults: 800 yen
    Children 6-15 years old: 400 yen
    Children under 6: free

Water Tubing and White water Rafting

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.

  • JR Ishiyama Sta. 15 min. by bus
    Alight at the "Kaeruiwa" bus top
  • +81-77-533-5112
  • 1215-5 Ishiyamanango Town, Otsu City, Shiga
  • 8:00-20:00
  • 5,000 yen and up

White-Walled Storehouses Along the Seto River

The most popular place in Hida Furukawa, known for its secluded charm. The white-walled storehouses here line the road for half a kilometer.

  • 5 min. walk from JR Hida-Furukawa Sta.
  • +81-577-73-3180 (Hida City Tourist Information Center)
  • Furukawa-cho Ichino-machi, Hida City, Gifu

Winter cherry trees

From fall to the beginning of winter, there are small double-petalled blossoms on these cherry trees in Jomine Park and Sakurayama Park.

World Heritage Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Village

These clusters of thatched-roof houses in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

  • 1 hr. 15 min. from JR Kanazawa Sta. by Hokuriku Railroad Bus or Nohi Bus to Shirakawa-go bus stop
    1 hr. 55 min. by World Heritage Bus from JR Takaoka Sta.
    50 min. by Nohi Bus from JR Takayama Sta.
  • +81-5769-6-1013 (Shirakawa-go Tourist Information Center)
  • Ogi-machi, Shirakawamura, Ono-gun, Gifu

World Heritage Site, Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Village

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.

  • 60 min. by World Heritage Bus from JR Shin-Takaoka Sta., OR: [Ainokura Village] Take Johana Line from JR Shin-Takaoka Sta. to Johana Sta. -> 30 min. by Kaetsuno Bus to Ainokuragachi bus stop [Suganuma Village] 20 min. from Ainokuraguchi bus stop to Suganuma bus stop
  • +81-763-66-2468 (Gokayama Tourist Information Center)
  • Ainokura / Suganuma, Nanto City, Toyama

Yakisaba somen (Yokaro)

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.

  • Approx. 5 min. walk from Nagahama Sta.
  • +81-749-63-3663
  • 7-8 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City,Shiga Pref.
  • Open at 10:30(Closed when sold out)
  • Mon.
  • from 950 yen

Yamacho Valley

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.

  • 15 min. bus ride from Shin-Takaoka Sta.
  • +81-766-75-9614
  • 6 Konmadashi-machi, Takaoka City, Toyama
  • 10:00-17:00 (varies by store)
  • Closed irregularly (varies by store)

Yamanaka-nuri lacquerware

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.

Yanaka / Nezu / Sendagi (YANESEN)

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.

Yellowtail (Buri)

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.

Yokokan Garden

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.

  • Approx. 10 min. walk from JR Fukui Sta.
  • +81-776-21-0489
  • 3-11-16 Hoei, Fukui City, Fukui
  • 9:00-19:00 (close at 17:00. Nov.6 to end of Feb.)
  • New year holidays
  • 210 yen

Yoshizaki Gobo Temple Remains

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.

  • Approx. 15 min. by taxi from JR Awara-onsen Sta.
  • +81-776-75-1904 (Shinshu Sect Otani School Yoshizaki Branch Temple)
  • Yoshizaki, Awara City, Fukui
  • Always open to the public
  • Open 365 days
  • Free

Yumekyobashi Castle Road

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.

  • Approx. 20 min. walk from JR Hikone Sta.
  • Honmachi, Hikone City, Shiga
  • See the homepage for detailed opening hours.

Yunokuni-no-mori

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.

  • 35 min. ride on CANBUS from JR Kaga Onsen Sta.
  • +81-761-65-3456
    Fax +81-761-65-3344
  • NA-3-3 Awazu Onsen, Komatsu City, Ishikawa
  • 9:00-16:30
  • Open 365 days
  • Adult: 550 yen
    Junior High & High School Students: 440 yen
    Children (4 or above): 330 yen

Yuttari Park (Footbath)

Zenkoji Temple

An aboundance of cultural heitage articles can be found on the grounds of Zenkoji Temple, built some 1400 years ago.

  • 15 min. by route bus from JR Nagano Sta. to the Zenkoji Daimon bus stop
  • +81-26-234-3591
  • 491-i, Nagano-motoyoshi-cho, Nagano City, Nagano

Zenkoji Temple Nakamise Street

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.

  • 15 min. by route bus from JR Nagano Sta. to the Zenkoji Daimon bus stop

Zip Tour

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)

  • 30 min. by shuttle bus from Joetsu-Myoko Sta. (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
    8 min. by car from Arai IC (Joshin-etsu Expressway)
  • +81-255-75-1177
  • 1966 Ryozenji, Myoko City, Niigata
  • 9:00 / 11:00 / 13:00 / 15:00
  • Tue., Thu.
  • 13 years +: 6,000 yen
    10 to 12 years old: 3,000 yen

Zuiryuji Temple

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.

  • Approx. 15 min. walk from JR Shin-Takaoka Sta.
  • +81-766-22-0179  
  • 35 Sekihon-machi, Takaoka City
  • 9:00-16:30
  • Adults: 500 yen

“BIWAICHI” – cycling around the perimeter of Lake Biwa (BIWAICHI RENTAL CYCLING)

“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.

  • Maibara Sta., east exit 1F
  • Maibara Sta., East exit 1F, Maihara,Maibara City, Shiga Pref
  • 9:00-17:00
  • Irregular & Winter Season (Mid-December through Mid-February)
  • Two-day bicycle rental: from 6,500 yen for a hybrid bicycle and from 7,000 yen for a road bicycle

Nishiyama Park

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.

  • 20 min. walk from JR Sabae Sta.
    1 min. walk from Nishiyama-Koen Sta. on the Fukutetsu (Fukui Railway) Line
  • +81-778-51-1001
  • 3-7-20 Sakura-machi, Sabae City, Fukui
  • Park always open
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Free