59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 4 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chino
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nara
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyotango
— 1 night
Drive
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Nantan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takatsuki
— 1 night
Drive
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Ikeda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sakaiminato
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mine
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shimonoseki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sasebo
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Shop till you drop at Asakusa and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Get in touch with nature at Meguro River and Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 in Minatomirai--about 34 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 24th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

Billum, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billum to Tokyo. Traveling from Billum in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Nikko

— 4 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Visiting Nikko National Park and Kegon Falls will get you outdoors. Head to Sano Premium Outlet and Sano City Tourist Associationfor some retail therapy. Step out of Nikko with an excursion to Mikamoyama Park in Tochigi--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marunuma Kogen Ski Place, and explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Nikko driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 1st (Fri), stop by Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop, stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

Getting from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in March, plan for little chillier nights in Yamanouchi-machi, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 2 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen, don't miss a visit to Ogama, then walk around Nanohana Park, then take a spin around town with Shin-etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shonen-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, explore the world behind art at Hokusai-kan, then see the interesting displays at Chisana Kurinoki Art Museum, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Kiyotsu Gorge.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 2 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 5th (Tue), hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course, stroll through Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then snap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and finally stroll through Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Hakuba, hit the slopes at Tsugaike Kogen, admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam, then take in panoramic vistas at Kurobe Dam Rest House, and finally get great views at Shin Tembo Hiroba Rainbow Terrace.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip planner.

Drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. In April in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chino.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Chino

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of an impressive mountain, the city of Chino offers rural and man-made attractions in a wild, remote location.
Get outdoors at Mt. Kiso Komagatake and Kirigamine Marshland. Head to Michi-no-Eki Minami Alps Murahase and Resort Outlet Yatsugatakefor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Takato Castle Remains Park (in Ina), Kofu (Shosenkyo & Kakuembo) and Kirigamine Nature Conservation Center (in Suwa). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, take in the dramatic scenery at Tateshina Otaki Fall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lake Suwa Geyser Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mishakaike Pond.

Before you visit Chino, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Chino takes 2 hours. In April in Chino, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Chino

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Hamamatsuya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Sankodai, Lake Kawaguchi, &more), Susono (Keigashima Canyon & Goryuno Falls) and Fuji (Mt. Iwamoto & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planning site.

Getting from Chino to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Chino in April, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Nara

— 5 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Studio Yamato Zakura and Nara Family. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Yamanobe Street. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Sakurai (Mount Miwa & Hase-dera Temple), Senryuji Temple (in Yamatotakada) and Kashihara (Kashihara Jingu & Kashihara City Tourism Exchange Center Kashihara Navi Plaza). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Nara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Nara hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Hayakawa Hamonoten. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Amanohashidate View Land, stroll around Kasamatsu Park, and then steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): explore the activities along Isoshimizu, enjoy the sand and surf at Amano Hashidate Beach, take in the views from Kaisenkyo Bridge, admire the striking features of Chion-ji Temple Tahoto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, and finally look for gifts at Surumeya.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Miyazu itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kyoto to Miyazu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyotango.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kyotango

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stroll around Ajiwai no Sato, then look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Tenki Tenki Tango, and then cruise along Tango Matsushima Outlook.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyotango vacation planner.

You can drive from Miyazu to Kyotango in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Nantan.

Things to do in Kyotango

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Nantan

— 2 nights
Nantan is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.As of August 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 32,771 and a population density of 53 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sasayama Castle Daishoin, explore the historical opulence of Sasayama Castle Old SIte, take a stroll through Castle Town, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Unitopia Sasayama, and finally look for gifts at Taisho Roman Kan. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village, take a stroll through Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura, and then take an in-depth tour of Miyama Museum of Folk Art.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nantan trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Kyotango to Nantan in 1.5 hours. In April in Nantan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Takatsuki.

Things to do in Nantan

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Classes

Side Trip

Takatsuki

— 1 night
Takatsuki is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.As of 2016, the city had an estimated population of 350,914 and a population density of 3,300 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get outside with Takatsuki Forest Center.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Takatsuki trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Nantan to Takatsuki by car takes about an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Takatsuki can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ikeda.

Things to do in Takatsuki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Ikeda

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Satsukiyama Zoo, then stroll through Satsukiyama Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at Lalaport Koshien, and finally try to win big at Hanshin Horse Racetrack. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens, then stroll around Shukugawa Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakayama-dera, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Mino.

Discover how to plan a Ikeda trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Takatsuki to Ikeda by car takes about an hour. In April in Ikeda, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Ikeda

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Visiting Four-M and Shin Satoyama will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka route planner.

Osaka is very close to Ikeda. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Himeji

— 3 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Matsue Swimming Beach and Mt Shosha hiking. Do your shopping at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan and Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Awaji (Awaji Highway Oasis & Awajihanasajiki). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji travel route builder.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sakaiminato.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Sakaiminato

— 2 nights
Sakaiminato is a city in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.HistoryAn Imperial decree in July 1899 established Sakai as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.Sakaiminato was founded on April 1, 1956. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): snap pictures at Sakai Water Service Bridge, look for gifts at Sakai Port Seafood Shopping Center, then examine the collection at Mizuki Shigeru Museum, then don't miss a visit to Youkai Shrine, and finally make a trip to The Mizuki Shigeru Road. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Gegege no Yokairakuen, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yumigahama Beach, and then snap pictures at Eshima Ohashi Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sakaiminato online attractions planner.

Getting from Himeji to Sakaiminato by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Himeji in May, Sakaiminato is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mine.

Things to do in Sakaiminato

Museums · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Mine

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Beppu Bentenike, enjoy breathtaking views from Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory, hike along Akiyoshidai Observation Trail, then explore the fascinating underground world of Akiyoshido, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hyakumaizara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Mito, then buy something for everyone on your list at Fuji Grand Ube, then stroll around Tokiwa Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Yamaguchi Ube Airport Obsevation Deck.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mine trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Sakaiminato to Mine in 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sakaiminato in May since evenings lows in Mine dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Mine

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shimonoseki

— 2 nights

Fugu Capital

A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
Visiting Sugao Waterfall and Cobalt Blue Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Shimonoseki: Kitakyushu (Kokura Castle, Tanga Ichiba, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Tsunoshimao Bridge, wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, enjoy the sand and surf at Shiokaze Cobalt Blue Beach, and don't miss a visit to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side).

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimonoseki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mine to Shimonoseki takes an hour. Traveling from Mine in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Shimonoseki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Sasebo

— 1 night
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
On the 16th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sasebo trip maker tool.

Getting from Shimonoseki to Sasebo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Sasebo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks
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Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

3.9
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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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Yamaguchi Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Bridges · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Yamaguchi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Chūgoku region of the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Yamaguchi, in the center of the prefecture. The largest city, however, is Shimonoseki.HistoryYamaguchi Prefecture was created by the merger of the provinces of Suō and Nagato. During the rise of the samurai class during the Heian and Kamakura Periods (794–1333), the Ouchi family of Suō Province and the Koto family of Nagato Province gained influence as powerful warrior clans. In the Muromachi Period (1336—1573), Ouchi Hiroyo, the 24th ruler of the Ouchi family conquered both areas of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Ouchi clan imitated the city planning of Kyoto. They gained great wealth through cultural imports from the continent and trade with Korea and Ming Dynasty China. As a result, Yamaguchi came to be known as the "Kyoto of the West," and Ouchi culture flourished. Sue Harutaka defeated the 31st ruler of the Ouchi clan. The Sue clan was then defeated by Mōri Motonari, and the Mōri family gained control of the Chugoku region. Yamaguchi was ruled as part of the Mōri clan domain during the Sengoku period. Mōri Terumoto was then defeated by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. He was forced to give up all his land except for the Suō and Nagato areas (current-day Yamaguchi Prefecture), where he built his castle in Hagi. Mōri sought to strengthen the economic base of the region and increase local production with his Three Whites campaign (salt, rice, and paper).

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