1. Nanzen Temple’s Suirokaku Aqueduct [Sightseeing Spots] (Photo by www.japan-talk.com) Nanzen Temple is the head temple of the southern faction of the Rinzai school of Buddhism. With its large triple gate welcoming worshippers and its splendid temple building, it’s one  of the many temples in Kyoto filled with modest charm. Its biggest charm is the Suirokaku […]

Kumamoto (熊本市 Kumamoto-shi) is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefectureon the island of Kyushu, Japan. As of April 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 737,812 and a population density of 1,900 persons per km2. The total area is 389.53 km2. Greater Kumamoto (熊本都市圏) had a population of 1,460,000, as of the 2000 census. As of 2010, Kumamoto Metropolitan Employment Area has a GDP of US$39.8 billion. It is not […]

Shōdo Island (小豆島 Shōdoshima) is an island located in the Inland Sea of Japan. The name means literally “Island of Small Beans”, which technically refers to the azuki bean but today would more fittingly refer to the soy bean or olive as the island has traditionally been a producer of soy sauce and now is even better known for its olive plantations. There are two […]

Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) is the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes with train and direct bus connections to Tokyo. A hot springresort town with various tourist attractions and views of Mount Fuji is located around the lake’s eastern end, while the northern and western shores are mostly undeveloped. The best views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from the lake’s northern shores and […]

Fukui City (福井) is the capital of Fukui Prefecture along the Sea of Japan. While Fukui’s city center does not offer many major tourist attractions, multiple sites of interest are found in the forested hills and along the rocky coastlines outside of the city. Foremost among them is Eiheiji Temple, a headquarter of Zen Buddhism. Furthermore, there is […]

Ise (伊勢市 Ise-shi), formerly called Ujiyamada (宇治山田), is a city located on the eastern tip of Kii Peninsula, in central Mie Prefecture (formally in Ise Province), on the island of Honshū, Japan, facing Ise Bay. Ise is home to Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shintō shrine in Japan, and is thus a very popular destination for tourists. The Ise Shrines consist of two major shrines that stand several kilometers apart […]

Beppu (別府市 Beppu-shi) is a city in Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan, at the west end of Beppu Bay. As of March 31, 2017, the city had a population of 122,643 and a population density of 980/km2 (2,500/sq mi). The total area is 125.13 km2 (48.31 sq mi). Beppu is famous for its hot springs. Beppu is situated between the sea and the mountains. The city was founded on April 1, 1924, and […]

Chiba (千葉市 Chiba-shi) is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It sits about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of the center of Tokyo on Tokyo Bay. Chiba City became a government-designated city in 1992. In February 2016, its population was 972,861, with a population density of 3,580 people per square kilometer. The city had an area of 271.76 square kilometres (104.93 sq mi). Chiba City is one […]

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート, Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route) is a unique and spectacular route through the Northern Japan Alps which is traversed by various means of transportation including cablecars, trolley buses and a ropeway. Completed in 1971, the route connects Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture with Omachi Town in Nagano Prefecture. The section between Tateyama Station and Ogizawa is closed […]

Tottori (鳥取市 Tottori-shi) is the capital city of Tottori Prefecture in the Chūgoku region of Japan. Within Japan the city is best known for its sand dunes which are a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from outside of the prefecture. It is the largest sand dunes in Japan, which cover over 30 square kilometers of coast to the north of the city center. The sand dunes […]