Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a route with famous sightseeing spots, such as the Kurobe Dam and Yuki no Otani (Gorge of Snow).
Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine
Izumo Grand Shrine is one of the most important shrines of the Shinto religion. Some say that this shrine was built in the 600s, and nowadays, the Izumo Grand Shrine is a popular spot for matchmaking and the god of marriage, packed with over 2 million visitors
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, also known as Takahashi Castle, is a yamashiro (mountain castle) built in 1240. It has one of the highest watchtowers in Japan.
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
The Bikan Historic Quarter of Kurashiki is split by a picturesque canal and home to a number of different museums.
Located right on the canal banks in the heart of the historical quarter Kurashiki Bikan, Ryokan Kurashiki is a traditional inn with a long history.
This is one of the most popular Shinto shrines for tourists and locals alike that is dedicated to the deified spirits of the Meiji Emperor and his consort, and is located near the trendy Harajuku area, just beside the JR Yamanote Line’s Harajuku station. A
The symbol of Asakusa, Sensoji Temple is known as the oldest temple in Tokyo, founded in 628 after two fishermen hauled up a small golden statue of Bodhisattva Kannon from the Sumida River and despite trying to get rid of it, it kept surfacing in their nets, s
Located on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba is a spacious and modern district that is excellent for shopping and entertainment. Due to its newness, it is popular amongst young people. You could spend a whole day on the island, indulging yourself in recre
Tsukiji Fish Market
Formerly scheduled to move to Toyosu this November, 2016, the world’s largest wholesale fish market is set to remain at Tsukiji for another two years, which is great news for tourists who want to catch the tuna auction at the wholesale section. Only 120 visito
Located in central Tokyo, the 333m-high Tokyo Tower was built in 1958 and provides a great bird’s eye view of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, and its sky-soaring counterpart, the Tokyo Skytree, on a clear day. This was Japan’s tallest structure until the completion of the Tok
Kabukicho used to have a connotation as a seedy red light district for the underworld – today, tourist attractions such as the Robot Restaurant and the Samurai Museum are located in this district. It remains as an entertainment district, with many links to red
Takashimaya is a national department store chain and a former purveyor to the Japanese Imperial Household Agency.
Tokyo Skytree is a 634-meter high broadcasting and observation tower built in 2012. It is currently the tallest structure in Japan and the tallest tower in the world.
Isetan Shinjuku is a large department store just a short walk west of Shinjuku station.
The Hikarie building is a modern shopping mall and event space in Shibuya with a great range of places to shop, eat and drink.
Shibuya Crossing is one of the most famous spots in Tokyo. It is located just outside the Hachiko exit of Shibuya station.
Takaoka Big Buddha
Takaoka Big Buddha is one of Japan's most famous Buddha statues, and its reconstruction lasted 26 years.
Kurobe Gorge Railway
The Kurobe Gorge Railway, also called Kurobe Gorge Torokko Densha, is a train line that runs from Unazuki all the way to Keyakidaira along Kurobe river, a distance of approximately 20 km.
One of the three great castles of Japan, Nagoya Castle is especially famous for its roof's golden shachihoko (mythical animal – half tiger, half carp – which protects the castle from fire) and its historical significance in the unification of Japan in the 1500
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu (shrine) has a significant place in Japanese history as it is said to enshrine the "Kusanagi-no-tsurugi" sword which is one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan.
Inuyama Jokamachi Castle Town
A city in the northwestern part of Aichi prefecture, Inuyama features a "jokamachi" or ancient Japanese castle town area around the Inuyama Castle vicinity.
Located in Aichi Prefecture, Inuyama Castle was built in 1537 by Lord Oda Nobuyasu. It's also home to the oldest existing watchtower in Japan.
Osu Shopping District
Located within Osu 2nd and 3rd streets, this shopping area contains over 1,200 shops and restaurants. It features clothing stores, electrical appliance shops, secondhand boutiques, cafes, restaurants, maid cafes, and more. Events are held throughout the year,
Nagoya TV Tower
Located only a short 3-minute walk from Hisayaodori Station, this tower was constructed in 1954, making it the oldest tv tower in Japan. Standing 180 meters tall, it features a 360-degree observation deck from which visitors can see some of Nagoya’s top landma
Situated in Nagano prefecture and completely surrounded by nature, this area is commonly visited by avid hikers and nature enthusiasts. The area is known for its vast virgin forests of birch trees and larch trees, home to many wild animals. Designated as a nat
Located next to Kanazawa Castle, this traditional garden with an area of 11.4 hectares is one of the "Three Great Gardens of Japan". It houses a big pond called "Kasumigaike" as well as the oldest fountain in Japan which operates using the natural pressure of
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
This museum displays artworks and creations from many fields, such as music, the performing arts and film.
Higashi Chaya District
Located in the historic city of Kanazawa, Chaya is the largest of three traditional entertainment districts where geisha used to entertain people by performing dances and playing traditional musical instruments. It is lined with preserved townhouses from the E
Noto Kongo Coast
A 14-kilometer stretch of some of the most rugged coastline on the Noto Peninsula, complete with interesting rock formations and Japan’s oldest wooden lighthouse.
Shibuya 109 is a women's fashion mall and a true landmark of the Shibuya area. Its brother, the 109 Men's mall, is located just on the other side of the street.
The Kiyomizu temple harks back 1,200 years since its foundation and gets its name, meaning “pure water temple”, from the pure waters of the waterfall. It is located on top of a peak on the Higashiyama mountain range and is famous for its wooden stage that seem
JR Arashiyama Station
A lot of people visit Arashiyama to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall. Arashiyama is a nationally-designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. The district is famous for the monkeys that reside in it as well as a large bamboo fo
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (Kyoto)
One of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Shrine was voted the Top Thing To Do In Kyoto in 2016. Its seemingly endless row of vermillion torii gates is a signature photo spot for tourists and a symbol of Kyoto. The shrine venerates Inari, the Shint
Kodaiji Temple is set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens, with tea houses and a museum.
Hankyu Umeda Main Store
Located in front of Umeda Station, this store was renovated and re-opened in 2012 as the largest department store in Japan.
The Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles, with its five tiers, 40m height and impressive rock wall comprising 40,000 rocks, is a symbol of Osaka not to be missed. It is surrounded by a moat and a sprawling 106ha castle park, and the castle and its surr
This shopping street is one of Osaka's oldest and busiest shopping destinations, which runs about 600 meters in length.
This large-scale downtown is located along the south bank of the Dotonbori canal from Dotonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge. The area is filled with countless restaurants and amusement facilities such as theaters playing Bunraku shows - a form of traditi
Hep Five Ferris Wheel
Centrally located in Osaka, the Hep Five Ferris Wheel is a landmark of the Kita area, or north area, and is linked to HEP Five, a shopping complex with an assemble of over 100 trendy fashion and accessories shops catering to the young crowd from the teens to e
Yodobashi Camera (Multimedia Umeda)
Yodobashi Camera is a large electronics stores chain. There is also a food court in this particular store.
Located right in front of the east exit of Kanazawa Station, this gate, called "Tsuzumimon" in Japanese, is directly connected to a huge steel-and-glass structure, the Motenashi Dome. Its design is based on traditional Japanese hand drums or tsuzumi. The gate
Completed in 2005, this modern station is the main entry point for visitors to Kanazawa. It features many souvenir shops as well as different types of traditional Japanese food shops.
Senmaida Rice Fields
Located in Shiroyone town on steep slopes along the seaside, these 1,004 small rice paddies cover an area of 3.8 hectares. The average size for a single rice paddy is about 20 square meters. Shiroyone Senmaida, literally "A Thousand Rice Paddies in Shiroyone",
Located about 10 minutes east of the Izumo Grand Shrine is Inasanohama, a beach said to welcome all the deities on their way to Grand Shrine. To this day, the welcoming ritual continues, and this shrine has become a power spot for worshipers. This beach is al
Yaegaki Jinja Shrine
Shinto shrine for the God Susanoo and Princess Kushinada. This shrine is dedicated to marriage and matchmaking.
Tamatsukuriyu Jinja Shrine
Tamatsukuriyu Jinja is a Shinto shrine that is famous for its "Negai Ishi", or wishing stone.
Built in 1903, this lighthouse is the tallest in Japan, measuring in at 43.65 meters and is listed as one of the top 100 most beautiful lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse is pearly white, a stark contrast from the blue sky and ocean. Stunning views of th
Hinomisaki Jinja Shrine
The shrine, built about 380 years ago, is composed of the upper shrine "Kami no Miya" and the lower shrine "Hishizumi no Miya".
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Izumo has many spots deeply related to Japanese mythology, and this museum displays objects related to the history and culture of the Izumo Grand Shrine. Visitors will be able to experience the mythical and ancient Japan through these exhibitions. If you're
With a circumference of 44 kilometers, this lake is popular for the scenic view it offers. This brackish lake is the 7th largest lake in Japan. The lake is particularly well known for the sunset scenery which can be viewed from observatory floor by Shirakata P
Nagoya Station (including the JR Central Towers) is the largest train station by size in the world and offers a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience to visitors.
Sakae is an area located in Nagoya city filled with various types of shopping, entertainment and restaurants.
Ise Jingu (Geku)
Ise Jingu is located in Mie Prefecture and is a shrine spread out over a large area of land surrounded by trees in a tranquil forest. Its 2 main shrines, Naiku (inner shrine) and Geku (outer shrine), make up one of Shinto's holiest and most important sites in
Ise Jingu Shrine (Naiku)
Ise Jingu, consisting of Naiku (inner shrine) and Geku (outer shrine), is one of Shinto's holiest and most important sites in Japan.
Hida Takayama, located in Gifu prefecture, is renowned for its traditional wooden buildings and temples. Red lacquered bridges cross the Miyagawa River that flows through this small town, offering a magnificent view of the mountains of Hida in the distance.
Shirakawa-go is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its villages with traditional Gassho-zukuri houses. These are large wooden houses built with thatched roofs, which are made especially to withstand the weight of the large amounts of snow that fall here
JR Central Towers
JR Central Towers is a complex with department stores, shops and restaurants located in Nagoya station.
Midland Square is a 247-meter high building with a rooftop observatory called the "Sky Promenade".
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise offers trips across Ashinoko lake in pirate ships from three different ports around the lake.
Hakone Avenue of Japanese Cedar Trees
The Avenue of Japanese Cedar Trees is a 500-meter long trail connecting Moto-Hakone to Onshi Hakone Park, built over 400 years ago to protect travelers from the cold wind and the strong sunshine.
Established in the Edo period (1603-1868), this is the last teahouse on the old Tokkaido road, a highway which linked Edo (today's Tokyo) with Kyoto during that time. This rest stop serves weary travelers traditional beverages and snacks. For drinks, the shop
Hakone is a famous hot spring resort in the prefecture of Kanagawa. Yumoto is the most famous area in Hakone, with a long history and many ryokans (traditional inns).
Hakone Jinja Shrine
Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone, this holy site is located along the shores of Lake Ashi, Ashinoko in Japanese. Hakone Shrine is especially known throughout Japan as a famous power spot.
Lake Ashinoko, sometimes called Lake Ashi, is located within Hakone National Park. Reportedly, on clear days visitors can see both Mount Fuji and the Hakone Shrine from here. The area is decorated with pirate ships, and boat tours are available for visitors.
Hakone Gora Park
Located on the steep slope above Gora Station, Gora Park is a western style landscape park. It is a relaxing place to unwind and enjoy the scenery and views of Hakone.
Hakone Tozan Railway
This is the only mountain railway in Japan. On arrival at Hakone-Yumoto Station, the Hakone Tozan Train is immediately visible on its platform. This train takes passengers up Hakone's steep hills. Enjoy the passing scenery, and feel the sharp curves and steep
This railway station is both a terminus on the Hakone Tozan Line and for the Hakone Tozan Cable Car. Gora Station has the highest altitude of any station in Kanagawa Prefecture.
A central hub for many JR train lines, this station also services many subway lines as well as the Shinkansen (bullet trains). It is also a vibrant and busy area for shopping, dining and gift purchases.
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Directly connected to Ginza Station, this newly opened shopping mall houses about 125 stores, including Tokyu Hands's new venture Hands Expo as well as Danish lifestyle brand Skagen. Its exterior means to recreate the appearance of traditional Edo Kiriko glass
This traditional Japanese teahouse is one of the largest in the entire Higashiyama Chaya (teahouse) district of Kanazawa. Teahouses are where distinguished guests are entertained by geisha while enjoying drinks and light meals. In the evening, admission is onl
Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
Most of Japan's gold leaf is produced in Kanazawa. This museum exhibits local ware decorated with gold leaf and educates its visitors about the relationship between Kanazawa and gold leaf production, as well as the production process itself. Closed for the end
Kanazawa Castle, next to Kenroku-en Garden, was originally built in the 16th century and has been subsequently restored in its totality.
Shin Yamabiko Bridge
The Shin Yamabiko Bridge, also called the New Yamabiko Bridge, is the first bridge the Kurobe Gorge Railway crosses on its way along Kurobe river.
Mount Tate, or Tateyama in Japanese, is one of the most popular peaks for keen walkers and hikers. Choose a trail that matches your experience level and visit one of the many shrines and onsens that dot the way.
Tsurugidake, also known as Mount Tsurugi, is located in the eastern area of Toyama Prefecture.
Shomyo Falls measures a height of 350 m, making it Japan's tallest waterfall. It can be accessed by bus from Tateyama station or by car, followed by a 30 minute walk through nature. Closed in winter.
Nawate-dori Shopping Street
Lined with traditional craft, confection, and antique shops, Nawate-dori is a shopping street near Matsumoto Castle. Here, visitors can find plenty of frog themed goods.
Nakamachi-dori Shopping Street
Located close to Matsumoto Castle, Nakamachi-dori is a shopping street with traditional-style buildings that house shops, cafes, and restaurants. On a stroll here, visitors can shop for traditional crafts, snacks, and clothing.
Tamatsukuri Hot Springs Area
This is an onsen area of Tamatsukuri, known as the “baths of the gods”. Traditional ryokan (Japanese inns) can be found here along Tamayu River, where you can enjoy the free natural hot spring foot baths. With muted colors, this street evokes the feeling of a
Built between 1607 and 1611, this feudal castle is one of the few remaining medieval castles in Japan remaining in their original wooden form. Nicknamed the "black castle" or "plover castle", the castle has been registered as a national treasure in 2015.
This is a temple of the Rinzai school of Japanese Zen Buddhism in Takahashi's old preserved town in Okayama.
Bicchu Takahashi Old Town
The once thriving castle town around Matsuyama Castle has been preserved, so now travelers can visit well kept up residences of samurai, merchants and craftsmen, plus historical museums.
Kibitsu Jinja Shrine
Kibitsu Jinja is a shrine located in Okayama-shi and is said to have been the model for "The Legend of Momotaro".
This city located in Okayama Prefecture contains a preserved canal area from the Edo era. Now, there are museums, shops, and exhibition in the former storehouses along the canal.
The Ohara Museum is the first museum of Western art in Japan and home to works by some of the great masters. Closed during the end of year holidays.
Kurashiki Canal Traditional Boat Tour
The tour on the traditional boats offers a new view of Kurashiki and its beautiful white-walled townhouses. Tickets can be purchased at the Kurashiki Tourism Office.