Japan's northern island Hokkaido, is nature's
paradise, used to be the Ainu land, but before
Ainu, it was the land for every animals,
plants and rocks and rivers. Sapporo attracts
many winter visitors for the February Snow
Festival, when snow figures become famous
constructions and cartoon characters.
Otaru is famous for its beautiful Canal which
reminds us the pioneer days of Japan, and
for the Sushi Restaurant Street offers us
the freshest sushi in the world. The largest
ski slopes in the area, the Niseko Ski Resort
is situated not far from Otaru.
Hakodate was the last place for Samurai who
was surrendered by new government, Meiji.
|Furano is famous for its beautiful lavender
fields, which blooms
in full color from June
to July. Note that
Hokkaido has no rainy
season. Mt.Taisetsu is the center of Hokkaido island
surrounded by many hot springs.
Biei has what you cannot see in other part
In the eastern and northern part of Hokkaido,
The Kushiro Shitsugen is an extensive national
park with beautiful lakes, such as Lake Mashu,
Lake Akan and Lake Kussharo are spread around
the outskirts of northern Kushiro. Shiretoko
Peninsula has the best primitive landscape
covered with ice cube from Sea of Okhotsk
in winter time (best time to visit Hokkaido).
The summer becomes most "hottest"
season for Tohoku people (in spirit), the
festivals include the Aomori Nebuta Festival,
where people parade up on the main street
with floats of warrior figures, the Akita
Kanto Festival, where more than 200 kantos
(bamboo poles hung with lanterns) sway on
the boulevard, and the Sendai Tanabata Festival,
which is one of the three major festivals
in Tohoku. Northern Tohoku, Hirosaki Castle is a national
important cultural building. The Shirakami
mountain range that velvets to Aomori and
Akita is as a world heritage. Kakunodate
is a historic town with samurai residences
and storehouses. Hiraizumi was originally
modeled of Kyoto and is the site of the noted
Chusonji Temple built in 1109. It is famous
for its gold covered Amitabha Hall and Golden
Southern Tohoku centered by Sendai, the largest
city in Tohoku called the 'forest capital'.
Mt.Zao, located between Yamagata and Miyagi
prefectures, attracts skiers and onseners.
Yamadera Temple has its famous poem, 'Shizukesaya
Iwani Shimiiru Seminokoe' by Basho MATSUO
who eventually found Maktub in a dewdrop
of a single leaf.
is the castle town of
Nearby Mt.Bandai and Lake
is world-renowned for its
natural beauty in
Fukushima gave itself a bad name, worst name,
on google search (T.T)
Niigata, about 90 minutes from Tokyo, is
one of the world's snowiest areas and, as
such, attracts large numbers of skiers throughout
the winter. Sado Island in Niigata is the
fifth largest of Japan's islands on the way
to Russia. The island made Japan's instruction
to the west (Europe) due to its gold mine.
Central Honshu have the backbone of Japan,
the Northern Japan Alps and Southern Japan
Alps, which rise to 3,000m and more.
Mt.Fuji is one of the most famous mountain
throughout the world, and is the symbol of
Japan, now became the world heritage even
with self defence force practice field attached.
Izu Peninsula is a popular resort area for
Tokyo people. There are open-air hot-springs
that view Mt.Fuji and/or the Pacific Ocean.
2020 is another milestone not only for Tokyo
but for all Japan.
Nagoya is the largest city in central honshu
holds the Expo 2005, recently opened unique
airport called Centrair with hot spring inside
the terminal. Nagoya Castle, originally a
residence and military headquarters for Tokugawa
Ieyasu. In 2027, it is only 40 minutes away
from Tokyo with Mag-Lev ride at top speed
Hida-Takayama where you feel the best of
traditional Japan. Shirakawago is an intermountain
village registered as a world heritage site.
Old wooden houses called Gassho-Zukuri, constructed
with thatch, remains as it used to be for
The Kenrokuen in Kanazawa is one of Japan's
three most beautiful gardens. Kanazawa has
21st Century Museum as well. The Noto Peninsula
has unique atomosphere stick into the Japan
Sea. A 90 minutes train ride from Kanazawa
via Fukui takes you to Eiheiji Temple, celebrated
as one of the headquarters of the Soto sect
of Zen Buddhism. 2015 started Shinkansen
connected to Tokyo direct.
Tateyama mountains and Kurobe canyon are
knows as a cool point of summer time. Tateyama
Kurobe Alpine Route is not JR, but very recommended
for the scenic route.
Nagano became world-famous as the host for
the 1998 Winter Olympics. The Zenkoji Temple
is a representative old temple of Nagano.
The main tower of Matsumoto Castle in the
city of Matsumoto is nicknamed as Crow Castle
because of its black walls. Monkey hot spring
cannot be missed in winter time.
Of course, the capital of Japan, Tokyo, is
located center of Japan. The region not only
has the biggest city in the world (along
with Shanghai and Mexico City), but also
has some premitive beauties in nature such
as Nikko, Okutama, Mitsumine and more. Nikko
remains of historical constructions reflect
its glory during the Edo Period when it flourished
as an area associated with the Tokugawa Shogun.
Day trips to popular sightseeing areas and
historical sites can be made from Tokyo.
Such areas include Yokohama, which has one
of the largest ports in Japan, the ancient
city of Kamakura, which used to be operated
by Ashikaga Samurai Shogun in 12 and 13 centuries,
and the hot-springs area of Hakone, which
orginated in the old Nara Period (8 century).
Oze has a nice walking trail over wetland
located 1,400m above sea level, extending
through Gunma, Fukushima and Niigata, three
prefectures. Kusatsu, Ikaho, Shima, Takaragawa
and Nasu are the famous for hot-spring.
Kyoto had been Japan's capital for over 1,200
years (from AD794), and during that time
became the best of Japanese art, culture,
religion, and thought. Located some 500km
west of Tokyo, Kyoto can be reached in 2
hrs. 20 min. by Shinkansen super express
Nara was also a major center of Japan's arts,
crafts, literature, and industries. The most
famous and national treasured class attraction
is Todaiji Temple, where the Great Buddha
sits under the wooden roof. And Horyuji Temple
is the oldest temple complex in Japan.
Osaka is the central city of west Japan with
a population of 3 million. The Osaka castle
is the symbol of their heart and spirit,
although they lost their originality by adding
the Universal Studio :p
Kobe is the one of Japan's main ports as
well as the Japan's main China Town, along
with Yokohama. Nearby, Akashi has national
longest bridge connects Awaji Island. Mt.
Rokko, located near Kobe city, has one of
the spectacular night view over the port.
Himeji Castle is registered as a world cultural
Mt. Koya was founded in 816 by Kobo Daishi
Kukai, the great Shingon sect of Buddhism,
the monastery is consist of over 120 temples.
Kumano Kodo, which is an old religious pilgrimage
path, has achieved world heritage registration
in 2004. People come to this path after the
Shikoku 88 temples pilgmirage.
Lake Biwa with its small sacred island inside
is the largest lake in Japan, it offers various
chances like fishing, swimming, boating and
The Japan's Mediterranean Sea, Seto-Naikai,
is surrounded by the three main islands of
Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Because of the
strategic reason, during World War, Japan
made her best battleships in this area (Yamato
and more). Chugoku locates in the far west
of Honshu, main island. Shikoku (literally
four countries), Japan's fouth largest island,
can be reached via the Seto Ohashi Bridge
by JR trains.
Tottori Sand Dunes lasts 5km along the Japan
Sea where you can ride 'imported' camel.
Izumo Shrine, which origins go back to the
times of Japanese myth, is situated in the
eastern part of Shimane Prefecture known
as the Izumo sacred region where so-called
8 million gods gather, the number is very
similar to Sikh. The atmosphere of a historical
castle town can be felt in Matsue, which
is referred to as the 'Water Capital' because
of her bordering to lakes, seas and rivers.
The higest peak of the Chugoku region is
Mt. Daisen where you can ski in winter time.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial and The Dome
are symbols of everlasting peace, portraying
the horror of atomic bombs which we don't
want to see anymore anywhere in our universe.
Warehouses with white colored wall stand
along the Kurashiki River in Kurashiki. Miyajima
is included as one of the Three Views of
Japan, is an island in the Seto Inland Sea,
also called as floating shrine. The Itsukushima
Shrine is located on the island and is known
as the center of the island's belief.
The 4th biggest island of Japan has 4 of
12 original castles. Marugame, Matsuyama,
Uwajima and Kochi. Also 88 Temples which
attract young and old for their enlightment
and impermanence of life and death.
Matsuyama holds the
oldest hot-spring in
Japan called Dogo
Onsen. The Shimanto River
is one of the clearest
streams in Japan (no
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Located in the north of Kyushu, Fukuoka is
the transport hub of Kyushu, also connected
to South Korea by ferry and flight, as well
as the center of economy and administration.
Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine is the God of education,
sister of Yushima Shrine in Ueno, Tokyo.
A port town, Nagasaki, developed her ties
with foreign countries especially Holland
and China in early era. Huis Ten Bosch is
a theme park with 17th century Holland. A
Nagasaki Peace Park was established at the
epi-center of the atomic bomb blast to appeal
the forever peace.
The generous nature of Kyushu where Japanese
Emperor landed from heaven, has stunning
hot springs and mountains, can be seen in
Beppu, Aso, Kirishima and Takachiho. The
Aso Panorama Line, a large-scale landscape
on the plateau access to the active vocano
Mt. Aso. Kumamoto Castle, constructed in
1608, is one of Japan's three beautiful castles.
Beppu is a hot-springs town with one of the
greatest quantity mineral water from the
earth. Yufuin is another well-known hot springs
region in mountain area, surrounded by beautiful
Southern Kyushu is pleased with a warm climate
throughout the year which has almost a tropical
atmosphere. Sakurajima is most active mountains
in the island, errupts ashes all over the
city (almost everyday). The "sand bath"
where one is buried under heated sand evaporated
by underneath hot-spring, is a specialty
of Ibusuki in southern Kagoshima-ken. One
of the largest evergreen forests in Japan
can be observed on Yakushima Island, located
4 hours slow ferry ride from Kagoshima port,
you can feel the 8,000 years giant trees
as you might have seen on Mononoke-Hime (Princess-Mononoke).
Amami islands are the Christmas present from
the USA in 1953.
|OKINAWA and ISLANDS
Okinawa is world-class beautiful seas and
white sand beaches of the tropical island.
The Shuri Castle belonged to the Ryukyu Dynasty,
which reigned in Okinawa for 450 years from
1429 till Japan's lost World War (when USA
occupation started). And all Okinawa islands
were refunded from the USA in 1972. Kita-Daitoujima
and Minami-Daitoujima were inhabited only
after 1900. The first settle came from Hachijo-jima
(south of Tokyo). The main island has one
mono-rail from the airport to the city center.
Western most island called Yonaguni is only
110km away from Taiwan, yes, you can see