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 …

Fuji 5 lakes

In 2013, Japan’s first symbol Mount Fuji has finally been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Since then, Mount Fuji has been getting more popular in and outside the country. The Fuji Go-ko are five lakes located by the mountain’s feet! The five lakes of Mount Fuji Mount Fuji takes …

Okayama – 岡山

The city of Okayama is located in the Chūgoku region, Western Japan. During the Edo period, Okayama was a flourishing castle town, also thanks to its strategic position as merchant town and seaport. Also today this city revests an important role, as demarcation point between Kansai and Chūgoku regions. What’s special …

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 …

Sakurajima – 桜島

Kagoshima, the main southernmost city of Kyūshū Island, is symbolized by its active volcano “Sakurajima“, one of the most famous landmarks of this region. What’s special about Sakurajima? Thanks to its mild climate, the geographic conformation with the volcano and the strong dialect, Kagoshima is often related to Naples (Italy). The two …

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 …