33 days in East Asia Itinerary

33 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Drive to Aberdeen Dyce Airport, Fly to Narita International Airport, Drive to Katori
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Katori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tottori
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsue
— 1 night
Drive
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Izumo
— 1 night
Drive
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Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Train
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazaki
— 1 night
Fly
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Nara
— 1 night
Train
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Otsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
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Sado
— 1 night
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Kitashiobara-mura
— 1 night
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Osaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Aomori
— 1 night
Train
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Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 8 nights
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Katori

— 2 nights
Katori is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 81,240 and a population density of 310 persons per km2. Get some historical perspective at Yasaka Shrine and Suwa Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsunomiya Torii Gashi and Katozu Twelve Bridges. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fukushin Dry Goods Store, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ino Tadataka, examine the collection at Chiba Prefectural Central Museum Otone, and sample the tasty concoctions at Tokun Sake Brewery.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Katori visit app.

Inverness, UK to Katori is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Inverness in March, you will find days in Katori are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Katori

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinotakiryusui Temple, kick back and relax at Olive Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Nakayama Senmaida, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Daihonzan Shodoshima Daikannon Bushiji Temple. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Meiro no Machi, don't miss a visit to Hoshoin no Shimpaku, don't miss a visit to MeiPAM, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shodojima 88 Holy Sites Visiting, then don't miss a visit to Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiko-ji Temple.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tonosho-cho trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Katori to Tonosho-cho takes 11 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tottori.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tottori

— 1 night
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagata Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hijiri Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Keian-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongan-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tottori sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tonosho-cho to Tottori takes 4 hours. March in Tottori sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Matsue

— 1 night
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Kokki Sake Breweries, enjoy breathtaking views from Sanin Godo Bank Honten Observation Deck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Yuaka Well, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iya Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Matsue trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Tottori to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Izumo

— 1 night
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Koryo Kunibiki Coast, make a trip to Jukusha (East / West), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine Haiden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine Kaguraden, then don't miss a visit to Sogano Yashiro, and finally contemplate the long history of Karakama Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Izumo route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Izumo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Izumo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Hatsukaichi

— 1 night
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): head outdoors with Paddle Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyama Shrine, take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tahoto, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiraito River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi travel planner.

Traveling by car from Izumo to Hatsukaichi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Kaminoshima Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Magome Catholic Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Michael Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, then contemplate the long history of Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Nagasaki by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums

Miyazaki

— 1 night
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, tee off at Phoenix Country Club, engage your brain at Miyzaki Science Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Aoshima Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Aoshima Bypass Outbound Parking Observation Deck, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyazaki trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Nagasaki to Miyazaki by car takes about 5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Nara.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums · Outdoors · Spas · Childrens Museums

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, don't miss a visit to Todaiji Keidaicho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkeji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishinokyo District.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Nara sightseeing planner.

Getting from Miyazaki to Nara by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Nara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Otsu.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Otsu

— 1 night
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiyoshitoshogu, steep yourself in history at Ritsuin Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Remains of Shigain-mon, contemplate the long history of Enryaku-ji Yokawachudo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jogyodo and Hokkedo (Ninaido), and finally steep yourself in history at Enryaku-ji Shakado.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Otsu trip builder app.

Getting from Nara to Otsu by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Otsu dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Otsu

Historic Sites

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Sampoiwadake, take a stroll through Ogimachi, then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), and finally contemplate the long history of Nagase house.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura road trip website.

Getting from Otsu to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Otsu in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Shirakawa-mura. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for gifts at Harada Sake Brewery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Takayama road trip website.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Takayama, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): head outdoors with Tokusawa, get outside with Karasawa Carl, head outdoors with Konashidaira, then explore the striking landscape at Dakesawa Wetlands, then get outside with Mt. KItahodaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Okamiya Shrine. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, see the interesting displays at Old High School Memorial Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Former Catholic Church Priest House, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Matsumotojo Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Karuizawa-machi

— 1 night
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
On the 13th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Fomer Asabuki Sansohotel Suikyuso Hotel, tee off at Karuizawa 72Golf North Course, play a few rounds at Seizan Golf Course, take an in-depth tour of Karuizawa Station Building Memorial, then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Union Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Karuizawa-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Karuizawa-machi are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sado.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Museums

Sado

— 1 night
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chokokuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daizen Shrine No Stage, sample the tasty concoctions at Obata Sake Brewery, then get answers to all your questions at Kirarium Sado, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nanaura Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sawada Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sado route planning site.

Drive from Karuizawa-machi to Sado in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kitashiobara-mura.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Kitashiobara-mura

— 1 night
On the 15th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Yanagi Numa, go for a walk through Rurinuma Swamp, explore the activities along Aonuma, contemplate the waterfront views at Bentennuma, then admire the verdant scenery at Bandai Kogen, and finally fly down the slopes at Urabandai Ski Place.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kitashiobara-mura holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sado to Kitashiobara-mura takes 6 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kitashiobara-mura can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaki.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Osaki

— 1 night
Ōsaki is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan., the city had an estimated population of 132,930 and a population density of 167 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsen Shrine, then make a trip to Jigokudani Walking Path, then head outdoors with Onikobe Onsen Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Araogawa Shrine.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaki trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kitashiobara-mura to Osaki in 3 hours. Traveling from Kitashiobara-mura in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Osaki, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Osaki

Historic Sites · Spas · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Aomori

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, delve into the distant past at Komakino Ruins, then hit the slopes at Hakkoda Ski Area, then get outside with Hakkoda Gourda Line, and finally hit the slopes at Moya Hills.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aomori trip planner.

You can drive from Osaki to Aomori in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Osaki in April; daily highs in Aomori reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Hakodate

— 1 night

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Hachiman Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shinoridate Remains, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yukura Shrine, then see where the action happens at Hakodate Bicycle Race Track, then take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kameda Hachimangu Shrine.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate online sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Aomori to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Sapporo

— 8 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get in touch with nature at Sapporo Teine and Hokkaido Backcountry Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like White Isle Niseko and Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Onsen Resorts (in Rankoshi-cho), Otaru (Otaru-shi General Museum, Tomioka Catholic Church, &more) and Niseko-cho (Soga Hokuei Stone Circle & Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yotei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, and explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in April, you will find days in Sapporo are little chillier (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Chiba Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Tottori Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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Shimane Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Art Museums
Shimane Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is Matsue. It is the second least populous prefecture in Japan, after its eastern neighbor Tottori. The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. It is divided into the Izumo Region in the East, the Iwami Region in the West and the Oki Region, a small group of islands off the northern coast. Most of the cities are near the shoreline of the Sea of Japan. Izumo Taisha in Izumo City is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture, which also claims to have jurisdiction over the South Korea-controlled island of Liancourt Rocks (Korean: Dokdo(獨島), Japanese: Takeshima(竹島)).HistoryEarly historyThe history of Shimane starts with Japanese mythology. The Shinto god Ōkuninushi was believed to live in Izumo, an old province in Shimane. Izumo Shrine, which is in the city of Izumo, honors the god. At that time, the current Shimane prefecture was divided into three parts: Iwami, Izumo, and Oki. That lasted until the abolition of the han system took place in 1871. During the Nara period, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro read a poem on Shimane's nature when he was sent as the Royal governor.

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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Kyushu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.

Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Shiga Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Shiga Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which forms part of the Kansai region in the western part of Honshu island. It encircles Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The capital is Ōtsu.

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Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.

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Fukushima Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Sites · Castles
Fukushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Fukushima.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was part of what was known as Mutsu Province.The Shirakawa Barrier and the Nakoso Barrier were built around the 5th century to protect 'civilized Japan' from the 'barbarians' to the north. Fukushima became a Province of Mutsu after the Taika Reforms were established in 646.In 718, the provinces of Iwase and Iwaki were created, but these areas reverted to Mutsu some time between 722 and 724.The province of Fukushima was conquered by Prince Subaru in 1293. This region of Japan is also known as Michinoku and Ōshū.The Fukushima Incident took place in the prefecture after Mishima Michitsune was appointed governor in 1882.2011 earthquake and subsequent disastersThe 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused significant damage to the prefecture, primarily but not limited to the eastern Hama-dōri region.

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Miyagi Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Miyagi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. The capital is Sendai.

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Aomori Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori prefecture was known as the northern part of Mutsu Province.During the Edo period the Hirosaki clan began building a seaport at the current city of Aomori. There were green woods near the city which were used as landmarks for the ships that came into port. These green woods called aoi-mori is where Aomori got its name. The prefecture came into existence in 1871. The town of Aomori was established in 1889. The town was incorporated as a city in 1898 with a population of 28,000. On May 3, 1910, a fire broke out in the Yasukata district. Fanned by strong winds, the fire quickly devastated the whole city. The conflagration claimed 26 lives and injured a further 160 residents. It destroyed 5,246 houses and burnt 19 storage sheds and 157 warehouses. At 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 1945, a squadron of American B29 bombers bombed over 90% of the city.Radio Aomori (RAB) made its first broadcast in 1951. Four years later, the first fish auctions were held. 1958 saw the completion of the Municipal Fish Market as well as the opening of the Citizen's Hospital. In the same year, the Tsugaru Line established a rail connection with Minmaya Village at the tip of the peninsula.

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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.