Aoshima – 青島

Aoshima is a small Island in Shouthern Kyūshū‘s Miyazaki prefecture: here you can feel the tropical atmosphere of this region. What kind of place is Aoshima? Aoshima isn’t far from Miyazaki City, the main city of Miyazaki Prefecture. Its area is about 4.4 hectares wide, with a perimeter of 860 meters. The island is …

Nikkō – 日光

Have you ever been to the Tōshō-gū Shrine, in Nikkō city? Registered as World Heritage site, it is a huge shintō shrine located in a rich natural environment, about 150 km north to Tōkyō. What’s special about Nikkō?  If we talk about Nikkō’s symbol, Tōshō-gū Shrine comes immediately to our minds. Many shrines …

Kanazawa – 金沢市

Kanazawa city, in Ishikawa Prefecture, offers many traditional attractions, such as gardens, castles and historic districts. What’s special about Kanazawa? Kanazawa is a city with a long history: especially, Kanazawa area developed under the domain of the Kaga clan in the Edo period. Escaped from WW2 raids, Kanazawa’s heritage maintains the ancient …

Matsushima – 松島

Matsushima, located in Miyagi Prefecture, is one of Tohoku Region’s most visited spots: it is one of the the three most famous landscapes of Japan, together with Amanohashidate, in Kyōto Prefecture. and Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture. What’s special about Matsushima? Miyagi Prefecture’s Matsushima is reachable in 30 minutes by train from Sendai’s urban area. While …

Hiraizumi – 平泉

In the southern part of Iwate Prefecture, in the northern Tōhoku region, you can visit the historic town of Hiraizumi. This small town is famous for its many World Heritage sites, beginning from Chūson-ji’s Golden Hall. Introduction Being located near the Kitakami river, Hiraizumi flourished thanks to transportation by water since …