Another time lost in Japan
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
Pokemon Center Yokohama
The Pokemon Center is a store specializing in Pokemon goods and the wide range of original Pokemon goods are the most popular items at Pokemon Center.
Kinkaku-ji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto where the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.
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
Sanjusangendo is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure had been destroyed in a fir
The Nijojo Castle was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. It was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of the first shogun of the Edo era, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The palace served as the residence and office of the shogun during his visits to Kyoto. T
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
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Located within Kyoto Gyoen Garden, this palace is situated in the heart of the city. In the past, access to Kyoto Imperial Palace was only granted to those, who had booked an official tour, but this practice has been abolished. Now visitors are allowed to roam
Bamboo Alley (also known as the Bamboo Groves) in Arashiyama is a popular place to stroll or cycle around.
Located in Kyoto's Higashiyama district, this two kilometer-long stone path is set along a canal and is a particularly beautiful route to follow during cherry blossom season. The walkway derives its name, Philosopher's Path, because one of Japan's most well-kn
Developed in the Middle Ages, this Kyoto district is located in front of Yasaka Shrine. Originally, it was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. Over time, Gion evolved to become Kyoto's most famous geisha district. Its street
K's House Kyoto
K's House Kyoto is a clean and comfortable backpackers' hostel located close to Kyoto station that accommodates groups as well as individual travellers.
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
This structure forms one of two large temples located in the center of Kyoto. The location makes up the primary headquarters of Japan’s most prominent Buddhist sect, the Jodo-Shin – or True Pure Land – Sect. The temple was split from its sister shrine, Nishi H
Nagahama Castle Historical Museum
Toyotomi Hideyoshi spent time in this castle of his in the Sengoku period. Today it has been turned into the Nagahama Castle Historical Museum and exhibits material related to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Nagahama etc.
Hikone Castle is the centrepiece of Hikone and is the former residence of the Ii family. The castle is also designated a national treasure in Japan.
Rabbit Cafe Mimi
Rabbit Cafe Mimi is a rabbit cafe (Usa-cafe in Japanese), which is filled with rabbits. The rabbits freely roam the playroom where you can pet them, play with them or just watch them go about their business as you have a drink (coffee or tea).
MaiDreamin Cafe (Ikebukuro)
Located on the lively Sunshine Street in Ikebukuro, this two-story cafe on the fourth and fifth floor of the Asahi Kaikan Building is part of a popular chain of maid cafes. MaiDreamin boasts several locations in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and even Bangkok, Thailand.
Shikoku Village (Mura)
Shikoku Village is an open-air museum which reconstructed old folk houses of the Edo and Taisho era from all over Shikoku.
Aoshima Island (Cat Island)
Aoshima is a small island off the coast between Shikoku and Honshu, just off the coast of Ehime famous for it's feline population.
Built in 1603 on Mount Katsuyama, this flatland-mountain castle is listed as National Cultural Property. It is accessible from the city central via Matsuyamajo Ropeway or on foot.
Dogo Onsen Hot Spring
Located close to Dogo Onsen Station, this historic hot spring spa is one of the oldest in Japan, its history stretching back over 1,000 years.
Ritsurin Garden is one of Japan's most famous Japanese gardens. It was created and owned by the successive leaders of the Sanuki-Takamatsu clan in the Edo period, and has now been appointed as a place of special scenic beauty, and is acclaimed not only in Japa
Built in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa, this traditional Japanese garden is the most popular site in Okayama and famous for its view of Okayama Castle. Along with Kenroku-en Garden and Kairaku-en Garden, it is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Koraku-en Garde
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
This park was built between 1950 and 1964. The Peace Memorial Museum at the southern end of the park was opened in 1955. Since 1952, the park has been the scene of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, held annually in the morning on August 6th.
Atomic Bomb Dome
The A-Bomb Dome, known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The building served as a location to promote Hiroshima's industries. When the bomb exploded, it was one of the few buildings to remain
Misen is a mountain on Miyajima Island, the peak of which can be reached by the Miyajima Ropeway.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, at the southern end of the Peace Memorial Park, has continuously appealed for the elimination of nuclear arms and the realization of permanent world peace.
Shukkeien Garden is a compact and skillfully landscaped Japanese garden close to Hiroshima Castle.
Hiroshima castle is an iconic castle constructed by Mori Terumoto, one of the most significant servants ("Godairo") of the famous samurai Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
Fukuyama Castle, also called Hisamatsu Castle, was built in 1622 by Mizuno Katsunari.
Located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay, Miyajima, formally known as Itsukushima, is one of Hayashi Razan's "Three Views of Japan", a list of Japan's three most celebrated scenic sights. The island is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritag
Tottori Sand Dunes
These sand dunes span over 30 km², making it the largest dune system in Japan. Created by sediment deposits carried from the Chugoku Mountains , the dunes have existed for over 100,000 years. Camels and horse carts are available for rent to explore the dunes.
Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory
This museum is dedicated to the works of Gosho Aoyama, a local artist most famous for creating the globally successful manga Conan Detective/Case Closed. Fans and nonfans alike can tour Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory areas, such as Aoyoma World, to learn more abou
Conan Ohashi Bridge
This bridge and accompanying road feature large sculptures of characters from the popular manga and anime series Conan Detective/Closed Case. Conan Ohashi Bridge and the so-called Conan Road lead from other, similar attractions in the town of Hokuei, namely "C
Yura Station (Conan Station)
Decorated with images of Conan Edogawa, the main character from the internationally successful manga and anime "Detective Conan (Case Closed)", this station in Tottori Prefecture features "Conan" stairs, seats, a waiting room and trains. The manga's creator, G
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
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.
In 1673, the lord of the Iwakuni Domain, Hiroyoshi Kikkawa, built the first version of the Iwakuni Bridge in three months. When it was washed away, the second version that was built lasted for 276 years until it was destroyed by a typhoon in 1950. Following re
Iwakuni Castle, built in 1601 by Kikkawa Hiroie, was the residence of the Iwakuni clan at the beginning of the Edo era.
Iwakuni Castle Ropeway
Located at the end of Kikko Park and close to the Kintaikyo Bridge, this convenient route takes you up to the lookout at Iwakuni Castle in about 3 minutes. From the lookout point, you can see the city's famous landmarks below and the ocean beyond.
Canal City Hakata
Canal City Hakata is a popular mall in Fukuoka with lots of shops and restaurants.
Pokemon Center Fukuoka
Fukuoka City's Pokemon Center is located on the 8th floor of JR Hakata City, Hakata Station.
Fukuoka Castle (Maizuru Park)
Fukuoka Castle, also known as Maizuru Castle, was the residence of the Kuroda family, Fukuoka clan, at the beginning of the Edo era.
JR Hakata Station
Hakata Station is the main station of the city and the starting station of the Limited Express Kamome which connects Hakata and Nagasaki.
Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine
Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine is dedicated to Tenjin, the deified form of Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning. Opening hours vary for the Grand Hall and museums.
This is an active volcano which has been known as one of the major symbols of Kagoshima Prefecture. Many tourists spots, such hot springs, shrines and parks, are located in the area.
Sengan-en Garden (UNESCO)
Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden and home, passed down in the Shimadzu family for over 350 years. In July, 2015 Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan were designated as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites related to Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution.
Sakurajima Visitor Center
The Sakurajima Visitor Center is a 10-15 minute walk west of the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal.
At an altitude of 373 meters, the Yunohira Observatory provides visitors with the closest permitted views of the Sakurajima volcanic crater.
This castle, also known as Ginnan Castle (Ginkgo Castle), was built at the end of the 15th century by the Kato and Hosokawa family.
Sakuranobaba Josaien, located at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, is a tourist facility dedicated to the history, culture and food culture of Kumamoto. The facility closes at 17:30 from December to February.
Aoshima Beach is a center for marine sports in Miyazaki where you can enjoy swimming, surfing, sailing and yachting.
Miyazaki Science Center
The Miyazaki Science Center is an interactive science museum and planetarium, located east of Miyazaki station.
Miyazaki station is Miyazaki City's central train and bus station and houses a tourist information as well as several shops, cafes and restaurants.
The flowers of this garden can be enjoyed in full bloom throughout the year. Located on the southern slope of a mountain, the garden offers an extensive view of Nagasaki Harbor. Aside from being a garden, it also is an open air museum with many mansions of the
At 333m high, Mount Inasa, also known as Inasayama, offers a beautiful panoramic night view.
Mount Inasa Observation Platform
Rising 333 meters above sea level, Mount Inasa offers views of Nagasaki's city center. The mountaintop features a glass-enclosed circular domed observatory with a 360-degree view. On clear days, visitors can see as far as Unzendake or Goto. The summit can be r
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
This museum was built to contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realisation of lasting world peace by providing information to show the devastation caused by the nuclear bomb.
Shimabara Castle, also known as Moritake Castle, was built in 1624. It was the Shimabara clan's center of power during the Edo era.
Beppu is Japan's most famous Onsen (hot spring) resort city, and produces more thermal hot spring water than any where else in the country.
Aoba Castle (Sendai Castle Ruins)
The Sendai Castle Ruins, or officially Aoba Castle, is the place where the Date family resided during their reign. Although the castle was designated a National Historic Monument, very little has been restored.
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.
Shibu Onsen Hot Spring is a 1300-year old hot spring resort located in Nagano prefecture.
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
Wakayama Castle was built by Lord Toyotomi Hidenaga in 1585. It was the residence of the Kishu Tokugawa family, one of the three branches of the Tokugawa clan.
Tama Train and Kishi Station
The Tama Train (or Tama-den) is themed around Tama, a famous cat that has become a stationmaster of Kishi station.
This castle was built on a mountain top in Atami in the year 1959. This nine-storey building is not a historic site, but rather a museum about the castles of Japan and a scenic lookout. It faces the picturesque Nishikigaura Bay and can be reached either by bus
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
Takayama Jinya is located in the Hachiken-machi area of Takayama. It is open 8:45-5:00 from March to July, September to October, 8:45-6:00 in August, and 8:45-4:30 in November to February.
Kanazawa Castle, next to Kenroku-en Garden, was originally built in the 16th century and has been subsequently restored in its totality.
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
Nagamachi Samurai District
Located to the south of the city center at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, this district shows visitors how samurai and their families used to reside. With its well-preserved residences, entrance gates, earthen walls, cobbled streets, narrow lanes and
Located in the Higashi Chaya District, this former geisha house is considered a national treasure. Visitors can experience the living conditions of geisha during the 19th century. Ochaya Shima consists of two floors, with three entertaining rooms per floor. Al
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
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
Located in the old entertainment district Higashi Chaya, this store offers a wide array of gold-leaf items, including crafts, accessories, food and cosmetics. Hazuka features a tea ceremony room, modeled after a tea room used by 16th-century feudal warlord and
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
Kazuemachi Chaya District
Located between Nakano Hashi Bridge and Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge, this area is one of three old geisha districts in Kanazawa. Along the river, visitors can find rows of traditional chaya, teahouses where geisha used to entertain their guests by performing dance
Drawing influences from Japanese, Western and Chinese cultures, this shrine is located in downtown Kanazawa.
Machida Squirrel Garden
This cafe features squirrels and other animals in a garden in Machida. Each of the 200 squirrels in the garden have names marked on their homes. Visitors can also see guinea pigs, tortoises, rabbits, chipmunks, and prairie dogs. When visiting this cafe, long s
A beautiful tree-lined river bank, which is popular for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring or illuminations in winter.
Uobei (Shibuya Dogenzaka)
Uobei is a sushi restaurant chain with several locations all over the country. This particular branch is located just west of the Hachiko exit of Shibuya station.
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is spread across seven hectares and is dedicated to preserving buildings of historical significance. There are various exhibits on throughout the year. Check their website for details.
Ikebukuro Boy's Love Academy
Also called "ike-gaku", roughly translating to "school of hunks", this themed cafe with an all-male staff is especially popular with female anime fans, but all genders are welcome. Besides being handsome and acting charming towards their guests, the waiters ar
Shinyokohama Raumen Museum
The "Raumen" Ramen Museum in Yokohama is the world's first food-themed amusement park and is dedicated to the noodle dish for which Japan is renowned. The interior decoration replicates 1958 Japan, the year the first instant ramen noodles were invented. Select
Great Buddha of Kamakura (Daibutsu)
Located on the grounds of Kotoku-in Temple and approximately 5-10 minutes from Hase Station on the Enoden electric railway line, this bronze adaptation of Amida Buddha stands 13.35 meters tall. Embodying enlightenment and compassion, the Great Buddha of Kamaku
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).
Edo Wonderland is a theme park where you can experience a reproduction of an Edo period village.
Tokyo Disney Land
Tokyo Disneyland is a well known theme park that's popular with locals and tourists alike.
Tokyo Disney Sea
This 176-acre fantasy theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort is located just outside Tokyo in Urayasu, Chiba. It first opened its door in 2001. In 2013, it attracted an estimated 14 million visitors, making it the fourth-most-visited theme park in the world. Di
Universal Studios Japan / USJ
Located around 1 hour by bus from the Kansai International Airport, the Universal Studios Osaka is now most famous for attracting the crowds for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction area. This is the first Universal Studios theme park footprint in As
Ofuna Kannon-ji Temple
A Buddhist temple marked by a 25-meter tall statue dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon, Ofuna Kannon-ji Temple also houses an atomic bomb cenotaph to remember the victims of the bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The temple also runs
Sasuke Inari Jinja Shrine
The Sasuke Inari is a shrine dedicated to the shinto kami (deity) Inari Ōkami. You reach the main building of the sanctuary after a long flight of steps passing under many tori which may remind you of the famous Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.