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Hokkaido is one of the four major islands located at the northernmost tip of Japan. On the island of Japan, it is the second largest after Honshu.
About half of Hokkaido is a mountainous area, and it is characterized by many lands with less inclination.


There are many ski resorts and natural hot springs in Hokkaido, and it ranks # 1 every year in Japan's tourist attractions rankings.


Popular tourist spots
Asahiyama Zoo


Asahiyama Zoo is one of Hokkaido's leading tourist destinations. It is a popular zoo with the third largest number of visitors in Japan. The animals are displayed so that they can act freely in an environment close to nature. The breeder gives food to the penguins and seals while explaining the features in detail.

Mount Hakodate


Mount Hakodate is a mountain in Hakodate, Hokkaido, at an altitude of 334 m and a circumference of about 9 km.
The night view of Hakodate is one of the three major night views in Japan. From the observation deck, you can overlook the beautiful night view of the Hakodate city area.

Noboribetsu Onsen


Noboribetsu Onsen is a hot spring that represents Hokkaido. There are 9 types of hot springs in Noboribetsu Onsen, which are high quality and popular. There is good transportation with just one hour from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo, and many people are visiting there.



Goryokaku is a fortress designated as a special historic site in the country. It is a French-style, star-shaped fortress, first made in Japan. The last battle between the Tokugawa shogunate army and the government army was held. (Hakodate War)
Now it is Goryokaku Park, a beauty spot for cherry blossoms.

Otaru Canal


The Otaru canal is a canal built by reclaiming the coastline. The canal is 1,140 m long.
Guests can enjoy walks and cruising while looking at the historic buildings. It is beautifully lit up at night and the light is beautifully reflected on the water surface of the canal.



The Tohoku region is located in the northeastern part of Honshu, the largest island in Japan.
The Tohoku region consists of Aomori Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Akita Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, and Fukushima Prefecture.


There are many rural areas and good quality rice is produced.
You can enjoy lakes such as "Twelve Lakes in the Shirakami Sanchi", "Towada Lake" and "Zao's okama" and the scenery unique to heavy snowfall areas.
In addition, festivals such as "Aomori Nebuta Festival", "Akita Kantou Festival" and "Yamagata Hanagasa Festival" are also famous.


Popular tourist spots
Hirosaki-jo Castle (Aomori)


Hirosaki Castle is a castle located in Hirosaki City. The castle tower of Hirosaki Castle is one of the 12 towers in existence.
Currently, the site of Hirosaki Castle is Hirosaki Park. Hirosaki Park is a famous spot for cherry blossoms, with about 2600 cherry blossom trees.

Ryusen-do stalactite cave (Iwate)


Ryusen-do is one of the three major stalactite caves in Japan.
The total extension of Ryusen-do is currently known and is 4,088m, of which 700m is open to the public. There are eight underground lakes found, three of which are open to the public.

Sendai Yagiyama Zoo (Miyagi)


Sendai Yagiyama Zoological Park is a zoo that attracts about 500,000 visitors a year.
About 140 species and 550 animals are bred, including beasts such as lions and polar bears and birds such as penguins.
Sumatra tiger is especially popular.

Kakunodate Buke-yashiki (Akita)


Kakunodate is called Michinoku's small Kyoto.
A lot of samurai residences remain in the cityscape like the Edo period. It is a popular tourist destination and attracts about 2 million people a year. It is also a beauty spot of cherry blossoms.

Yama-dera temple (Yamagata)


Yamadera is a temple that was built about 1100 years ago. The official name is Risshaku-ji.
There are 1015 stone steps, and it is said that earthly desires disappear each time climb.

Takayu Onsen (Fukushima)


Takayu Onsen is a hot spring located at an altitude of 750 m. With over 400 years of history, it is one of Japan's leading sulfur-rich hot spring.
Nearby attractions include Takayu-Santaki falls and Mount Azuma kofuji.


The Kanto region is located to the east of Honshu, the largest island in Japan.
The Kanto region consists of Ibaraki Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo Metropolis, and Kanagawa Prefecture.


It is the center of Japan's politics and economy, the most developed region.
A third of Japan's total population lives in the Kanto region.
Although it is a densely populated area, there are also many natural parks.


Popular tourist spots
Hitachi-kaihin-koen Park (Ibaraki)


"Nationally-managed Hitachi Seaside Park" is one of the tourist attractions representing Ibaraki Prefecture. The park is about 200 hectares and has a large flower garden.
There are also facilities for children to enjoy, such as the amusement park and the Athletic Plaza in the forest.

Kegon-no-taki Waterfall (Tochigi)


Kegon-no-taki Waterfall is one of the three major waterfalls in Japan. The height of the waterfall is 97 meters.
There is a tour site near the waterfall basin, which can be reached by elevator. Tourists can watch the powerful waterfall basin from nearby.

Kusatsu-Onsen (Gunma)


Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's leading hot springs. Kusatsu Onsen is located at a high altitude of 1200 m.
There are many tourist hotels, resort hotels, pensions, various types of lodging, and souvenir shops.

Tove Jansson Akebono Childrenfs Forest Park (Saitama)


The Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park is a park with a motif of the world of the masterpiece "Moomin fairy tale".




Kamogawa-Seaworld (Chiba)


Kamogawa-Seaworld is an aquarium in Boso Peninsula, Chiba Prefecture.
Kamogawa-Seaworld breeds about 800 river and sea creatures. The performance of the exciting killer whale is popular. Visitors can take pictures and play with dolphins.

Ueno Zoo (Tokyo)


Ueno Zoo is the first zoo opened in Japan, with the largest number of visitors in Japan.
The Giant Panda, who came to the zoo in 1972, had a panda boom in Japan. About 500 species of animals are bred.

Minato Mirai 21 (Kanagawa)


Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 is a sightseeing spot representing Yokohama in the area facing Yokohama Port.
Many sightseeing spots in Yokohama, such as Landmark Tower and Red Brick Warehouse, are located here and in the vicinity.


The Chubu region is located between Tokyo and Osaka.
The Chubu region is divided into three regions, the "Khoshinetsu region" near the Kanto region, the "Hokuriku region" on the Sea of Japan side, and the "Tokai region" on the Pacific side.


- Khoshinetsu region: "Niigata Prefecture" "Yamanashi Prefecture" "Nagano Prefecture"
- Hokuriku Region: "Toyama Prefecture" "Ishikawa Prefecture" "Fukui Prefecture"
- Tokai region: "Gifu Prefecture" "Shizuoka Prefecture" "Aichi Prefecture" "Mie Prefecture"
Mie Prefecture belongs to the Kinki region.


The Sea of Japan side is a heavy snowfall area, and the center is a mountainous area.
The industrial area spreads on the Pacific side.


Popular tourist spots
Bandai-Bashi Bridge (Niigata)


Bandai-Bashi Bridge is the first bridge bridged to the Shinano River in Niigata City.
This bridge is a symbol of Niigata City and is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. It features beautiful continuous arches and is made of sturdy stone.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama)


Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the world's leading mountain sightseeing routes.
It is located between "Ogizawa Station" in Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture, and "Tateyama Station" in Tateyama Town, Toyama Prefecture, with a total length of 37.2 km. In the middle of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, there is the famous "Kurobe Dam".

Kenrokuen garden(Ishikawa)


Kenrokuen Garden is a Japanese garden designated as a country's special scenic spot.
The Kaiyuchisen style garden, built in the Edo period, is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. Kenrokuen Garden is over 100,000 square meters, and there are ponds and waterfalls in the garden.

Tojinbo (Fukui)


Tojinbo is a rock wall designated as a national natural monument and scenic spot.
The quay has a height of more than 20 meters. There are approximately 1km of "columnar joint" rock walls that are connected by columnar rocks, and there are only 3 such places in the world. There are a promenade, a sightseeing boat and a shopping street in Tojinbo.

Fujikyu Highland (Yamanashi)


Fujikyu Highland is an amusement park famous for its thrilling attractions.
There are over 10 scary rides, including the world's largest large roller coaster. Other haunted houses are also popular.

Nozawa Onsen (Nagano)


Nozawa Onsen is a hot spring discovered in the Nara period.
It is called Japan's leading hot spring from abundant hot water and high quality hot water.
It is also famous for its large ski area and the Nozawana pickle.


Takayama City Sanmachi Traditional Building Conservation Area (Gifu)


Country selection Important traditional buildings preservation area "Furui-machinami" is a place called "Hida's Small Kyoto".
There are residences built in the middle of the Meiji period from the end of the Edo period. It is also called the city that leaves the original landscape of Japan.

Fuji Safari Park (Shizuoka)


Fuji safari park is a safari park of the largest class in Japan.
In the "Safari zone", you can travel by bus or car on the set course outdoors and observe animals nearby. Visitors can ride the jungle bus and give food to lions and bears. In addition, in the "Fureai Zone", visitors can give food to kangaroos, capybaras, etc.

Inuyama-jo Castle (Aichi)


Inuyama Castle is one of the five castles for which the castle tower has been designated as a national treasure.
Inuyama Castle was founded in 1537 by Oda Nobunaga's uncle. The alias is called Hakutei Castle. The castle tower is the oldest wooden castle tower in Japan.


The Kinki region is located in the midwest of Honshu, Japan's largest island.
The Kinki region consists of Mie Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Wakayama Prefecture.
It is Japan's second largest urban area after the Kanto region and an economic zone.


Kinki is pronounced "kinky" in English, and is called "Kansai" for overseas use.
The Kansai region does not include "Mie Prefecture," but "Kansai" will be used on this website.


In the land of the royal castle from ancient times, there was a Japanese capital until Tokyo capital relocation.
For this reason, many old burial mounds, shrines and temples remain.


Popular tourist spots
Toba Aquarium (Mie)


Toba Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Japan.


There are 12 sections that reproduce nature, and about 1200 species of organisms are upkeep.
Visitors can watch the sea lion performance show on site.

Lake Biwa (Shiga)


Lake Biwa is a lake with the largest area and reservoir capacity in Japan.
It is said that it was made about 4 million to 6 million years ago in an ancient lake with only 20 places in the world.


There are many sightseeing spots around Lake Biwa, and cruise ships are also operated.

Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine (Kyoto)


Fushimi-Inari Taisha is the Inari Shrine's Grand Head Shrine, which is found all over Japan.


The establishment was reported as 711 years, and it was believed before the Heian period.
The torii tunnel called Senbon Torii is famous.

Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)


Universal Studios Japan is a Hollywood movie theme park.


The number of visitors is the highest among universal studios in the world. (2016)
Attractions based on Japanese animation are also popular.

Himeji-jo Castle (Hyogo)


Himeji Castle is one of the world's most famous castles that has been registered as a World Heritage Site in Japan.


The four white castle towers and the walls surrounding it are likened to egret, also called egret castle.

Todaiji Temple (Nara)


Todai-ji Temple is a temple registered as a World Heritage Site.


It is a temple built by the Emperor Shomu in the Nara period, and is also famous for its "Great Buddha of Nara".

Adventure world (Wakayama)


Adventure World is a theme park that combines a zoo, an aquarium and an amusement park.
There is a gPanda Loveh displaying the giant panda's family, a gSafari Worldh where animals are released on large grounds, and a gMarine Worldh where you can enjoy sea animal performances.


The Chugoku region is located to the west of Honshu, Japan's largest island.
The Chugoku region consists of Tottori Prefecture, Shimane Prefecture, Okayama Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, and Yamaguchi Prefecture.


Chugoku Mountain Range is in the center, and it is divided into "San-in region" on the Japan Sea side and "Sanyo region" on the Seto Inland Sea side.


The Sea of Japan side has a large amount of snowfall and there is also a ski resorts.
There are industrial areas in Hiroshima and Okayama on the Seto Inland Sea side.


Popular tourist spots
Tottori Sand Dune (Tottori)


Tottori Sand Dune is a coastal sand dune designated as a national natural monument.
It is a typical sandy sand dune in Japan, 2.4km north to south, 16km east to west, 90m maximum elevation difference.
It was made little by little over 100,000 years.
About 1.3 million tourists visit annually.

Izumo Taisha Shrine (Shimane)


Izumo-taisha Shrine is an old shrine, just like the Ise Grand Shrine.
The current main hall was built in 1744 and is about 24 meters high.
Izumo-taisha Shrine is famous as a god of marriage.

Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter (Okayama)


Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter is a popular tourist destination representing Okayama Prefecture.
It is lined with traditional buildings.
There are many cultural facilities, including the Ohara Museum of Art, which has collected worldwide famous paintings.

Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Museum (Hiroshima)


The Maritime Self-Defense Force Museum is a facility that aims to publicize the Maritime Self-Defense Force.
This is the first museum in Japan to display a huge submarine.
Guests can be boarded on a real huge submarine.


Tsunoshima-Ohashi bridge (Yamaguchi)


Tsunoshima Ohashi bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges in Japan.
Of the toll-free remote island bridges, Tsunoshima Ohashi bridge is the second largest length in Japan. (Total length 1,780 m)
It is used for many TV commercials and locations for dramas.


Shikoku is the smallest of the four major islands.
The Shikoku region consists of Tokushima Prefecture, Kagawa Prefecture, Ehime Prefecture, and Kochi Prefecture.


Shikoku is connected to Honshu by "Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Ohnaruto Bridge", "Seto-ohashi Bridges" and "Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Bridges".


The north faces the Seto Inland Sea and the south faces the Pacific Ocean.
It is rich in nature, including Japan's last limpid stream and beautiful valleys.
Shikoku has different cultures and food cultures in each of the four prefectures.


Popular tourist spots
Iyakei (Tokushima)


Iyakei is a valley about 10 kilometers in length.
A deep V-shaped valley continues.
One of Japan's three major Secret areas, it is a popular attraction for autumn leaves.


Ritsurin-koen Garden (Kagawa)


Ritsurin-koen Garden is Kaiyu style feudal lord garden with a history of nearly four hundred years, which has been designated as the country's special scenic victory.
It became 3 stars in Michelin green guide.


Matsuyama-jo Castle (Ehime)


Matsuyama Castle is one of the castles with only 12 castle towers in Japan.
There are 21 buildings designated as Important National Cultural Properties.

Katsurahama (Kochi)


Katsurahama Beach is a scenic spot representing Kochi and is called the beauty spot of the moon.
In mountain behind, there was the castle "Urado castle" of Chosokabe Motochika, which unified Shikoku during the warring period.
The Katsurahama Park includes the Katsurahama Aquarium and the Tosa Dog Center.


Kyushu is the third largest island in the main four islands.
Okinawa Prefecture is a prefecture consisting of more than 150 islands located between Kyushu Island and Taiwan.
The Kyushu / Okinawa region consists of "Fukuoka Prefecture" "Saga Prefecture" "Nagasaki Prefecture" "Kumamoto Prefecture" "Oita Prefecture" "Miyazaki Prefecture" "Kagoshima Prefecture" "Okinawa Prefecture".


In the center of Kyushu Island is the Kyushu Mountains. And there is still a lot of nature left.
In addition, there are many volcanoes such as "Mt. Aso", "Mt. Sakurajima" and "Mt. Kirishima" on Kyushu Island, so there are also many hot springs.


Islands belonging to the Kyushu / Okinawa region are also blessed with beautiful nature.


Popular tourist spots
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Fukuoka)


Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the god of learning "Sugawara no Michizane".
More than 8.5 million people visit the temple every year.
The main hall, which was rebuilt in 1591, is designated as a National Important Cultural Property.

Niji-no-Matsubara (Saga)


Niji no Matsubara Pine Grove is a nation's special place of scenic beauty and one of Japan's three largest Pine Groves.
There are approximately 1 million black pines in a place about 4.5 km long and about 0.5 km wide.

Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki)


Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park that reproduces the 17th century Dutch cityscape.
Guests can enjoy the extensive flower garden, illuminations and many attractions.


Kurokawa Onsen (Kumamoto)


Kurokawa Onsen is a hot spring located in the north of Mt. Aso at an altitude of 700 m.
It is one of Japan's most popular hot spring resorts, and it has been 2 stars by Michelin Green Guide.

Yufuin Onsen (Oita)


Yufuin Onsen is a hot spring located at the foot of Yufudake, one of Oita's most famous tourist spots.
Yufuin Onsen is a hot springs resort area popular with women.



Takachiho-kyo Gorge (Miyazaki)


Takachiho-kyo Gorge is a canyon designated as a national scenic and natural monument.
Along the canyon there is a promenade where you can see the "Manai Falls", "Sennin no Byobuiwa" and "Yaritobi Bridge".


Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots (Kagoshima)


The Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots is a facility that displays material on the Imperial Japanese Army Air Corps's attack.
About 4,500 remembrance tokens such as photos and farewell notes are displayed.

Ishigaki Island (Okinawa)


Ishigaki Island is located about 400 km southeast of Okinawa Island and about 270 km east of Taiwan.
It is an island at the center of the Yaeyama Islands, and a base for going to remote islands.
In addition, it is one of the representative diving points in Japan, and many divers visit.

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