Hakodate – 函館

At the entrance of Hokkaidō, surrounded by nature, there is a fascinating city with a western atmosphere: Hakodate is the third major city of the island after Sapporo and Asahikawa. History of the city Hakodate is a port-city located in Kameda Peninsula, which is part of Oshima Peninsula, in Southern Hokkaidō. The …

Kōchi – 高知

Kōchi is the major city in Kōchi Prefecture, home to about 340,000 people and also many sightseeing spots. The Kuroshio ocean current influence makes Kōchi a warm city, compared to other towns located at the same latitude. In fact, Summer comes earlier in Kōchi than anywhere else. The city, with palm …

Nagasaki – 長崎

During the Japanese isolation in the Edo period, the only place in Japan which retained contact with the West was in the Kyushu region. We are talking, of course, about Nagasaki!     This port-oriented city saw a great development during the isolation period, called “sakoku”. At the time, Dejima Island, …

Kurashiki – 倉敷

    Kurashiki, an oldo merchant town in Okayama prefecture. As a former main hub of commerce and transportation, the city developed a dense net of canals, some still present nowadays. What’s special about Kurashiki? Kurashiki flourished especially during the Edo period as a main distribution point of rice in …