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Gokayama: Discover the charms of this traditional Japanese village and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Gokayama is a historic area located in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture, Japan.

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Tokorozawa guide: exploring the birthplace of Japanese aviation

Nestled in the suburban sprawl northwest of Tokyo, Tokorozawa is a bustling commuter town in Saitama Prefecture.

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Discovering Numazu: A charming coastal city in Shizuoka Prefecture

Numazu, located in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture at the northwestern end of the Izu Peninsula, is a city that combines history, natural beauty, and modern attractions.

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Kappabashi: Tokyo's Kitchen Town for Restaurant Supplies and Unique Souvenirs

Nestled between Tokyo's popular Ueno and Asakusa districts, Kappabashi is a bustling shopping street known for its extensive array of restaurant supplies, kitchenware, and quirky food-theme

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Okachimachi: A Vibrant Shopping Hub in the Heart of Tokyo

Nestled in the bustling heart of Tokyo, Okachimachi is a unique shopping district that captivates visitors with its lively atmosphere and diverse offerings.

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The Best Amusement Parks to visit in Japan

Japan's impressive roster of world-beloved amusement parks are just another way of having fun when visiting the island nation!

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Edo Castle: The Seat of Power during the Tokugawa Shogunate

Edo Castle was the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. It was the center of political power in Japan during the Edo period.

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Hita guide: Discover the charming "Kyoto of Kyushu" in Oita Prefecture

Nestled in the mountains of northern Kyushu, Hita is a charming city often called the "Kyoto of Kyushu" due to its historic streets modeled after the ancient capital.

Discovering the Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue in Odaiba, Tokyo

The impressive life-sized Unicorn Gundam statue is a must-see attraction in Odaiba, Tokyo.

Hiji guide - Discover the hidden gems of this charming town in Oita Prefecture

If you're looking to explore the lesser-known parts of Japan, the small town of Hiji in Oita Prefecture is a hidden gem worthy of your attention.

Kokura: A historic castle town in the heart of Kitakyushu, Japan

Nestled in the heart of Kitakyushu, Kokura is an ancient castle town with a rich history dating back to the Edo period.

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Oedo antique market: discovering Japan's largest outdoor antique fair

The Oedo antique market is the largest outdoor antique market in Japan, attracting a wide range of visitors including a growing number of international tourists.

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Kita Senju guide: exploring the historic Edo-period post town in northern Tokyo

Nestled in the Adachi Ward of northern Tokyo, Kita Senju is a district with a rich history as a former Edo-period post town.

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Kyoto station: a must for travellers to Japan

Kyoto Station is one of Japan's largest and most important railway stations.

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Kotoku-in: The temple of the Great Buddha of Kamakura

Nestled in the historic city of Kamakura, Kotoku-in is a renowned Buddhist temple famous for its monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha, commonly known as the Great Buddh

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Sakae: Exploring the vibrant heart of Nagoya, Japan

Nestled in the bustling city of Nagoya, Sakae is one of the main commercial districts along with the Nagoya Station area.

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Fuchu Guide: Discover the Spiritual and Historical Wonders of Western Tokyo

Nestled in western Tokyo, metropolitan Tokyo's Fuchu is a hidden gem that often escapes the radar of tourists.

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Narai-juku: a beautifully preserved Edo period post town in Nagano

Narai-juku is a historic post town located in the Kiso Valley of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Kanda Myojin Shrine: a revered Tokyo landmark blending tradition and modernity

Nestled near the bustling tech hub of Akihabara, Kanda Myojin Shrine, also known as Kanda Shrine, stands as one of Tokyo's most historic and influential shrines.

Sumida River: Exploring Tokyo's iconic waterway

The Sumida River is one of Tokyo's most iconic and historically significant rivers, winding its way for 27 kilometers through the heart of the city.

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Aoyama, Tokyo: An elegant guide to shopping, dining and culture

Flanked by the trendy hubs of Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi, the chic streets of Aoyama and Omotesando offer a sophisticated respite for well-heeled shoppers and culture seekers.

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Yushukan museum: Japan's controversial military museum

The Yushukan is a military and war museum located within Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.

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Yamadera, a mystical mountain temple in the heart of Japan's Tohoku region

Located in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City, Yamadera is a scenic Buddhist temple complex founded over a thousand years ago in 860.

Discover the Tokyo suburb of Chofu: outdoor adventures, cultural gems, and family fun

Just a short train ride west of central Tokyo lies the delightful suburb of Chofu, a treasure trove of family-friendly attractions and outdoor recreation

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Discover Tachikawa: A vibrant city on Tokyo's western edge

Tachikawa is a city of 180,000 located on the western outskirts of Tokyo.

Sangenjaya: Uncovering Tokyo's hidden gem

Nestled in the heart of Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, Sangenjaya, affectionately known as "Sancha" by locals, is a neighborhood that often flies under the radar of tourists.

Dejima: The Dutch Trading Post That Was Japan's Window to the World

For over 200 years during Japan's period of isolation in the Edo era, the small artificial island of Dejima in Nagasaki harbor served as the sole point of contact and exchange between Japan

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Exploring Hachioji: A Hidden Gem in Western Tokyo

Nestled in the foothills of the Okutama Mountains, Hachioji is a charming western suburb of Tokyo, often overlooked by tourists.

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Minoo Park: A Natural Oasis on the Outskirts of Osaka

Nestled in the forested valley just north of Osaka's urban sprawl, Minoo Park is a popular destination for nature lovers and those seeking a break from the city.

Kameido Guide: Exploring the Charming Shitamachi Neighborhood in Tokyo

Nestled in Tokyo's Koto Ward, Kameido is a vibrant district that effortlessly blends traditional shitamachi charm with modern amenities.

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Nanzoin Temple Fukuoka: Discover the world's largest bronze reclining Buddha statue

Nestled in the serene mountains of Sasaguri, Fukuoka Prefecture, Nanzoin Temple is a hidden gem that attracts visitors with its colossal reclining Buddha statue, t

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Kameoka Guide: Discover the Charm of this Historic Castle Town Near Kyoto

Nestled in the heart of Japan's Kansai region, just 20 km west of Kyoto, lies the charming city of Kameoka.

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Kofukuji temple: a historical and cultural gem in Nara, Japan

With a history spanning over 1,300 years, Nara's Kofukuji temple is one of the oldest and most influential Buddhist temples in Japan.

Omoide Yokocho: a lively and nostalgic alley in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Tucked away near the bustling West Exit of Shinjuku Station, Omoide Yokocho is a warren of narrow alleys that transports visitors to a different era.

Exploring Mount Hiei: A sacred mountain and the cradle of Japanese Buddhism

Mount Hiei is a historically significant mountain located northeast of Kyoto on the border of Kyoto and Shiga prefectures.

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Tokoname: Japan's pottery capital and home to traditional teapot craftsmanship

Nestled on the coast of Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, the city of Nagoya is renowned worldwide for its long history of ceramics production.

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Tsumago: Stepping back in time in a beautifully preserved Edo period post town

Nestled in the heart of Japan's Kiso Valley lies Tsumago, one of the best preserved post towns from the Edo-period.

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Hida Furukawa guide: exploring the charming old town in the Japanese Alps

Nestled in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture, just a short 15-minute train ride from Takayama, lies the charming town of Hida Furukawa.

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Uguisudani, Tokyo's little-known railway station, between history and leisure

Located in Tokyo's Taito district, Uguisudani station is often regarded as a mere stopover between Ueno and Nippori stations. Yet this district is brimming with history and surprising activities.

Exploring the Charming Neighborhood of Kuramae in Tokyo

Nestled between the tourist hotspot of Asakusa and the more gritty Asakusabashi, Kuramae is a quaint neighborhood in Tokyo that offers a unique blend of history, traditional craftsmanship, and cont

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Shimbashi: Discover the historic and lively district in the heart of Tokyo

Nestled in the heart of Tokyo, Shimbashi is a district in Minato ward that effortlessly blends rich history, vibrant nightlife, and a diverse culinary scene.

Kuwana Guide: Exploring the Historic Post Town Near Nagoya

Nestled in Mie Prefecture, just a short train ride from Nagoya, lies the charming city of Kuwana.

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Tokyo Fashion Week as a visitor to Japan

Undeniably influential to the development of the modern fashion landscape, Tokyo is widely considered a mecca for fashion enthusiasts for its distinct range of aesthetics and environment that allow

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Ushiku Daibutsu: Discover the towering Buddha statue in Ibaraki, Japan

Located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Ushiku Daibutsu is one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world.

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Exploring the turbulent history and modern reconstruction of Fushimi Momoyama Castle in Kyoto

Nestled in the southern reaches of Kyoto, Fushimi Momoyama Castle, also known as Fushimi Castle, stands as a testament to Japan's tumultuous past.

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Exploring Okubo, Tokyo's vibrant Koreatown

Nestled in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo, lies Okubo, a neighborhood that has transformed into a bustling Koreatown over the past few decades.

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Hibiya Park: A green oasis in the heart of Tokyo

Nestled in the bustling center of Tokyo, Hibiya Park offers a peaceful 16-hectare escape from the surrounding urban landscape.

Hachijō island: A subtropical paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers

Situated 287 km south of Tokyo in the Philippine Sea, Hachijō island is a stunning volcanic island that is part of the Izu island chain and the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

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Irasshai Paris: the ultimate Japanese destination in the heart of the French capital

Irasshai is a new concept store dedicated to Japanese cuisine and culture, located in central Paris.

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Kimono Forest: A colorful textile art installation in the heart of Arashiyama, Kyoto

Nestled in the western part of Kyoto, Arashiyama is a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty, historic sites, and scenic attractions.

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New places to discover in Japan in 2024

Will you be traveling to Japan this year? Dive into an enchanting journey through new places to discover.

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Tanegashima: Exploring the fascinating history, culture and activities of Japan's island

Nestled in the East China Sea, Tanegashima is the second largest of the Ōsumi Islands belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

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Pontocho: Kyoto's Enchanting Alley of Dining, Entertainment, and Geisha Culture

Nestled along the western bank of the Kamogawa River, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most atmospheric and charming dining and entertainment districts.

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Koenji: exploring Tokyo's retro and bohemian neighborhood

Tucked away in western Tokyo, Koenji is a neighborhood that marches to the beat of its own drum.

Ginkakuji - The Silver Pavilion temple of Kyoto

Nestled in the serene hills of eastern Kyoto, Ginkakuji is a stunning Zen temple renowned for its exquisite architecture and tranquil gardens.

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TeamLab Borderless: reopened and reimagined at Azabudai Hills

Few art collectives have garnered the international recognition and appeal of the TeamLab group, initially founded in 2001 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Azabudai Hills: Japan's tallest building blends commerce and culture

The newest addition to the Mori JP Development Project roster of skyscrapers in Tokyo, Azabudai Hills, stands as the current tallest building in Japan, only being eclipsed by Tokyo Skytre

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Onsen Kyoto: Your Guide to the Best Hot Springs in Japan's Ancient Capital

Kyoto is renowned for its temples, gardens and traditional culture, but it also offers a relaxing onsen experience.

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Dogo island guide - explore the natural wonders and cultural treasures of Japan's hidden gem

Dogo island, the largest of the Oki islands located off the coast of Shimane prefecture, offers a perfect getaway for nature lovers and culture enthusiasts.

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Horyuji Temple: The World's Oldest Wooden Buddhist Structures

Located in the tranquil city of Nara, Horyuji Temple is one of Japan's oldest temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Discovering the unique blend of cultures in Fussa, a charming city in western Tokyo

Nestled in the western part of Tokyo, Fussa is a captivating city that effortlessly blends American and Japanese cultures.

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Discovering the authentic rural charm of Miyama, Japan's thatched roof farmhouse village

Nestled in the mountains about 50 kilometers north of Kyoto city, Miyama is a remote rural area known for its over 200 traditional thatched roof farmhouses, or kayabuki.

Sensō-ji: Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.

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Omotesando: Tokyo's luxury shopping boulevard and architectural wonder

Omotesando is a tree-lined avenue that stretches from Harajuku to Aoyama in Tokyo's Shibuya district.

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Yamaguchi Guide

All the way on the southern end of Honshu Island, just north of Kyushu, is Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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Kaga Onsen: Rejuvenating hot springs amidst majestic nature and ancient traditions

Nestled between the rugged coast of the Sea of Japan and the sacred peak of Mount Hakusan, Kaga Onsen is a captivating 1300-year-old hot spring resort area in southwestern Ishikawa

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Ochanomizu: Exploring Tokyo's historic tea water district

Ochanomizu is a historic neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan, known for its association with the Shogun's tea during the Edo period, its vibrant music and sports equipment scene, and its proximity to majo

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Kyoto Imperial Palace: a historic gem in the heart of Kyoto

Emperors, empresses, princes and concubines lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho. Today the former imperial palace welcomes visitors and transports them back in time.

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Kyoto University

Kyoto University is a renowned national research university located in Kyoto, Japan.

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Harry Potter Studio Tour in Tokyo

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter, and explore the wonders of the Wizarding World at the new Warner Bros. studios in Tokyo!

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Yasaka shrine: history, festivals, and visitor information

The brightly painted Yasaka-jinja Shrine is one of the city's best known and most popular landmarks, especially the two-story vermilion entrance gate at the end of Shijo-dori Avenue.

KYOTOPHONIE

Created in 2023, Kyotophonie is an international music event held in Kyoto Prefecture, bringing together dozens of artists from all over the world, performing in unique settings and staging in

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We tried Monya, a kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo

We tried out the Monya restaurant in Tokyo, which specializes in kaiseki meals!

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Travelling alone in Japan: Our top tips for a solo trip

Freedom, cultural immersion, and unforgettable encounters: solo travel in Japan will be an experience like no other.

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Traveling to Japan: Tips for traveling with the Family

Traveling with the family can be one of the most rewarding experiences to have, especially to Japan. Take a look at the following tips to ensure a great time for adults and children alike!

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Yamagata: Travel guide

Yamagata Prefecture is located in Tohoku, on the northwest coast of Honshu.

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Top 10 parks and gardens in Tokyo

While Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, its atmosphere remains particularly peaceful and welcoming, in part thanks to its many green spaces.

Tama and Shima, Tokyo's secret islands

While Tokyo is often seen as a busy and bustling megacity, its lesser-known maritime territory could not be any more different.

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Discover Kinosaki Onsen, the village with 7 hot springs

Famous for 7 mystical hot springs, Kinosaki Onsen is a village with more than 1,300 years of history and culture.

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Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland: Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disney Resort is the world's most visited theme park. Tokyo Disneyland is located in Chiba a short journey from Tokyo Station.

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Top 5 of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Tokyo

In Tokyo, Christmas and its festivities have managed to find their place to become real unmissable events.

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The most beautiful autumn illuminations in Kyoto

If you're visiting Kyoto during the fall, know that you are in the right place at the right time!

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Top 5 of the most beautiful autumn illuminations in Japan

Very popular in Japan, autumnal illuminations arrive at the same time as the Koyo and embellish the moment when the leaves turn red.

Top 5 bars with the best views of Tokyo

It is well known that the Japanese capital has a real effervescence that varies depending on the district.

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5 views of Tokyo available for free

With its countless buildings, its two towers, and Mount Fuji in the background, Tokyo from the sky is a treat for the eyes as well as for the heart.

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Mountain hikes near Tokyo

Not far from the capital, there are some nice hikes to do in a day to escape Tokyo's crowds and neon lights. Mount Takao is the most famous, but there are many others ...

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Naoshima Island Tour

There are no temples, shrines or medieval castles to visit on this island in the Japanese inland sea (Setouchi), but seven spaces dedicated to contemporary art,  bathed in sunshine.

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KYOTOGRAPHIE

KYOTOGRAPHY is the Kyoto International Photography Festival, now recognized as one of the world's leading photographic events.

Yosakoi Soran Matsuri Festival

The Yosakoi festival takes place every year, in June, in the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.

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Venus Fort

Venus Fort is part of the Palette Town complex in Tokyo's waterside Odaiba district, and is one of the many attractions the area offers.

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MORI Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON TeamLab Borderless

The MORI Building Digital Art Museum is a jewel of TeamLab, a Japanese artistic collective that continues to gain in popularity.

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Nakagin Capsule Tower

South of the Ginza district, near Shinbashi, is a unique building that stands out in the landscape of Tokyo skyscrapers, the Nakagin Capsule Tower.

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Cherry blossoms along the water in Tokyo

There is no right or wrong way to view cherry blossoms, sakura, in Japan. However, there as some preferred spots in each region and city.

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Tokyo Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots

See a listing of Tokyo's best cherry blossom viewing spots including Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and the moats of Edo Castle.

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Venus Fort

On the artificial island of Odaiba, Venus Fort shopping mall presents another side of Japan, an extravagant facet advocating delusions of grandeur.

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One day visit to Nara

Spend a day in Nara to see where the arts, architecture and Buddhist religion first flourished.

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Yoyogi Koen

Yoyogi Park in Shinjuku is the ideal stop after a studious morning spent visiting temples and shrines. You will feel carefree upon leaving the park, which has a festive atmosphere.

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Tokyo Imperial Palace 皇居

The Imperial Palace, or Kokyo, is centrally located in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, very near Tokyo Station. Kokyo is home to the Emperor of Japan and his family, and is where Edo Castle once stood.

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The National Stadium is a sports complex located in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo.

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The National Crafts Museum

Recently moved from its original location in Tokyo to Kanazawa in the Ishikawa prefecture, the National Crafts Museum is a great asset in the conservati

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Tenryuji

Tenryuji is the most important temple in the Arashiyama area of west Kyoto.

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Koishikawa Shokubutsuen Garden

With more than 16 hectares, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen stands out as an essential garden in the Japanese capital.

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Kiyomizu-dera, 'Pure Water Temple' in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera is a very popular place to visit for visitors who want to discover Kyoto's history.

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Hama-Rikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Located in the Shiodome district these beautiful gardens, with its 25 hectares, are a retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.

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Hakone Open Air Museum

This unusual museum is experienced by way of a walk through a hundred sculptures in a natural setting.

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Tokyo Big Sight

The Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) in Odaiba Tokyo is one of the country's premier exhibition arenas and convention centers, a venue for a busy calendar of events.

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Miraikan

Here you can experience Japanese technology in all its forms: Robots, Space exploration and a planetarium. Welcome to the future.

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Sado Island Guide

The history of Sado Island, north of Nagano, is one of both a land of exile and the gold rush. Today, it is primarily a destination for seasoned hikers and a center of taiko drumming.

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Byodoin Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Byodoin temple is considered the height of expression of the aristocratic art of the Heian Period (794-1185).

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Awaji Island

Awaji island (Awaji-shima) in Japan's Inland Sea is linked to Honshu island via the Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge, and to Shikoku island via the Naruto Ohashi Bridge.

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Nezu Museum

The 7,000 works from the collection of Kaichiro Nezu are exhibited within an oasis of peace and greenery, a few minutes from Omotesando.

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Kamikochi

Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi Valley with its breathtaking views and scenery will create a lasting memory.

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Sumiyoshi Taisha

Sumiyoshi Taisha, in southern Osaka, is claimed to be one of the oldest shrines in Japan.

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Tofukuji

Located in the south-east of Kyoto, Tofukuji is a large open temple complex, with 23 sub temples. The temple is famous for its stone and moss gardens and has the largest Zen temple gate in Japan.

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Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa Kyoto

Katsura Rikyu, situated in southwest Kyoto, is one of the two Imperial Villas in the ancient capital (the other is Shugakuin Imperial Villa).

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Sanjusangendo

Sanjusangendo, in the Higashiyama district, is a Buddhist temple with a well guarded secret interior. Discover its celebrated works of art.

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Toji Temple

Steeped in history, the Toji complex spans the years from its expansion in the ninth century to its current collaboration with the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in France.

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Nagoya Castle

Destroyed during the Second World War, all that remained of Tokugawa's prestigious castle was the main keep. But gradually, the palace is rising from the ashes.

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Yokohama Landmark

This huge skyscraper offers visitors a stunning 360° view of the old fishing port, Yokohama.

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Yamate

A city transformed by international trade, the Yamate and Motomachi neighborhoods give Yokohama a western feel.

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Nanzenji, Kyoto

If you're looking for the quintessential Japan don't miss Nanzenji.

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Heian Jingu

The shrine is dedicated to the two most important Japanese emperors and built to celebrate the Kyoto 1100th anniversary and named Heian, the city's former name.

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Daitokuji Temple Kyoto

Daitokuji is a functioning Rinzai Zen temple complex in northwest Kyoto.

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The Philosopher's Path, Kyoto

Running from Nanzenji Temple to Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) in the northeast of Kyoto, the Philosopher's Walk is a roughly 2 km path that follows the beautiful Shishigatani Canal lined with many ch

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Kurashiki

A preserved old merchant town, pretty Kurashiki's historic warehouses, have been converted into museums, boutiques and restaurants.

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Sengakuji Temple

This Buddhist temple of the Edo era (1603 - 1868) was the scene for one of the most famous samurai stories, 47 Ronin. 

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Nakano Broadway, Tokyo

Nakano, or Nakano Broadway, in Tokyo is a temple for otaku, Japanese pop-culture superfans, where you will find manga, anime, figurines and robots.

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts. Located in Gunma Prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, it attracts onsen lovers all year round. 

 

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Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park is the oldest zoo in Japan.

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Akasaka

Between its embassies and its excellent restaurants, Akasaka, located North of Roppongi, is one of the most exclusive areas in Tokyo.

 

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Ueno Park

Ueno Park, in Taito ward, is home to Tokyo's most famous cherry trees, art galleries, museums, temples, a zoo, street entertainers, the odd proselytizer, and more than the odd crow.

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Oji's Inari Matsuri

North of the capital, Oji is a small district full of charm.

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Daikanyama

One stop from Shibuya, the Daikanyama area brings together fashion boutiques, terraces, restaurants and bookstores. The perfect place to explore and escape the excesses of the capital.

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Todaiji Temple

Todaiji incites interest by its imposing statue of Buddha, its status as the first sacred Buddhist site in the province can not be put aside. The grandeur of this site commands respect.

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Shinagawa

On first impressions, Shinagawa is in an impersonal business district full of skyscrapers. However, this old fishing village once the water's edge has a rich history to discover.

Traditional looking street in Kawagoe, with clock tower in the background

Kawagoe

Discover Japanese history through architecture, from the time of the Tokugawa shogun to warehouses from the Meiji period and the architecture of the Taisho era.

Bridge over the lake to wooden buidlings with a tree in the foreground.

Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a resort town, with beautiful scenery, museums and hiking trails for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

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Yasukuni Shrine

At the heart of an arrangement of memorial buildings for soldiers who died whilst fighting for the Emperor. The shrine seems so peaceful yet Yasukuni Jinja became very controversial.

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Tokyo Dome

What city can boast having an impressive stadium, an amusement park and a spa with natural hot springs, all in one location and in the center of the city? Tokyo of course! 

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Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Shinjuku Gyoen Park, nicknamed the ‘urban oasis’, is one of the largest parks in Tokyo.

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Kokyo, Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace, or Kokyo, is centrally located in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, very near Tokyo Station. Kokyo is home to the Emperor of Japan and his family, and is where Edo Castle once stood.

Door looking out to a crowded courtyard and torii

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Located in the heart of Tokyo in a wooded area of over 100,000 trees, Meiji-Jingu is one of Japan’s most famous shrines and is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.

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Roppongi

Roppongi is well known for its nightlife. As well as it’s nightlife it offers excellent shopping, dining and museums for visitors to enjoy. 

 

Neon lights of Shinjuku with car lights from a busy road

Shinjuku

Formerly residential, the exciting Shinjuku area, dominated by the city hall, by the famous architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005), is a concentration of skyscrapers and department stores.

Abashiri, Hokkaido Guide

Abashiri is located on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea, 350 km from Sapporo, northeast of Hokkaido.

Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari Taisha

South of Kyoto, the torii of Fushimi Inari Taisha, traditional gates at the entrance to Shinto shrines, lined up in their thousands on the mountainside. This is a must-visit place in

Zen garden at Ryoanji in Kyoto

Ryoanji Temple Kyoto

Ryoanji Temple located in the northwest of Kyoto is home to Japan's best known stone garden. Now a World Heritage Site this a must see attraction in Kyoto.

A rope bridge over a river in Iya Valley

Iya Valley

Located in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island, the region of Iya is a Japanese jungle.

 

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Korakuen Garden

When it comes to Japan's most beautiful gardens, Korakuen garden is regarded as one of the best, along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kairakuen in Mito.

 

Exterior of Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto is said to have one of Japan's biggest and most impressive castles in the country. It is a true reflection of Japan's ancient castles.

Exterior of Tokyo Internation Forum

Tokyo International Forum

The Tokyo International Forum is a vast convention center, concert venue and exhibition space in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, bordering the lively Yurakucho area, near Tokyo S

Crowds of people in a street, lined with shops, shop and cafe signs.

Ameyayokocho

Voices calling out from behind their stalls, traders dealing with customers. The smell of fresh fish, spices and candy tempt passersby. Welcome to Ameyayokocho. 

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Saihoji (Kokedera) Temple

Plants mark the passing of the seasons. Here, nearly 120 varieties of moss have created a color palette of infinite varieties of yellow and green. Welcome to the Kokedera Moss Temple.

Traditional wooden temple building

Daigoji Temple

Located in southeast Kyoto Daigoji Temple was founded by Shobo in 874. Now a World Heritage Site the temple is a great place to see the changing of the leaves.

Cherry Blossom in front of Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle is just across the Ishikawa Bridge from Kanazawa's prime attraction, the Kenrokuen Garden. Both sites are must-sees on a visit to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture.

The gardens at Okochi Sanso Villa

Okochi Sanso Villa

The late great silent movie actor Denjiro Okochi was a major star from the 1920's until his death in 1962.

Pine trees on land overlooking Matsushima Bay

Matsushima

Matsushima is famous for its view of over the bay, considered one of Japan's Three Great Sights. However, it offers visitors ancient cultural treasures as well. 

Waterfall into a pool below surrounded by plants and trees.

Iriomote

Iriomote Island is the largest island of the Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama-shoto), the group of 19 sub-tropical islands in the deep south western waters of Okinawa P

Kodaiji temple and it's garden

Kodaiji Temple

Located in a beautiful part of Higashiyama Ward, Kodaiji sits atop a slight hill. The temple is a jewel of Momoyama Period architecture.

Memorial at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Park

The symbol of a national tragedy and now preserved as a peace memorial, dedicated to promoting peace and looking to a brighter future.

Neon lights of a robot at the Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

Robot Restaurant

Flighting robots, futuristics choreography and other scenes of science fiction: the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku features performances straight out of anime movies.

 

Bus in the middle of a small busy street in Tokyo

Kichijoji

Kichijoji gets a passing mention in most guidebooks for Inokashira Koen, a park celebrated for its spring cherry blossom viewing.

Hozu River Cruise in Kyoto

Hozu River Boat Cruise

Take a traditional boat along the Hozu River to Arashiyama, a relaxing way to see this beautiful part of Kyoto.

View of Osaka from Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas in Abeno ward, Osaka, is Japan's tallest building at 300m, 4m taller than the next tallest building in Japan. Its observation deck offers a fantastic view of Osaka.

Mountains and greenary around Mt Mitake

Mount Mitake

Mount Mitake, located in Ome, in western Tokyo and part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, is one of Tokyo's favorite day trip destinations, rivaling the popularity of Mount Takao.

Yufuin town with hills in the background

Yufuin

Yufuin is a small town of around 36,000 people nestled in the picturesque valley below Mount Yufu-dake near Beppu on the southern island of Kyushu.

Kujukushima

Kujukushima National Park

Located in Sasebo, in Nagasaki prefecture, it is one of the most beautiful panoramas in Japan.

The blue pond of Biei

Biei Blue Pond, Hokkaido

In recent years, the blue pond of Biei, Aoi-ike, has become a must-visit sight on Hokkaido Island in northern Japan. But why is the pond so blue?

The five lakes of Shiretoko

The six most beautiful lakes in eastern Hokkaido

These six large lakes in eastern Hokkaido will not fail to surprise and amaze you with beautiful scenery that you will not forget. Explore these majestic lakes in northern Japan.

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Todai-ji, the temple to the great Buddha of Nara

The Todai-ji is an important Buddhist temple located in the heart of the city of Nara, in Kansai.

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Public transportation in Osaka?

Subway, train, bus... As in all major Japanese cities, public transport in Osaka is abundant and very efficient. A short guide to finding your way around in the capital of Kansai, Osaka.

La porte du château d'Obi

Obi city tour

Nicknamed the "little Kyoto" of Kyushu, Obi is a small castle town attached to the city of Nichinan, in the south of Miyazaki prefecture.

Meoto Iwa rocks - Mie prefecture

10 things to see in Mie Prefecture

Famous for its beautiful temples, Mie is one of the most sacred prefectures in Japan.

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The 'Married Couple Rocks' of Meoto Iwa

Meoto Iwa, literally "Married Couple Rocks" or "Husband and Wife Rocks," are sacred rocks located in the sea near Futami, a small town in Ise, Mie

Lake Utonai

Lake Utonai, a blue gem on the island of Hokkaido

Located an hour and a half from Sapporo, Lake Utonai is a small blue pearl lost in the middle of the Hokkaido countryside.

Kamikochi valley

Kamikochi

Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi valley remains, for those lucky enough to have gone there, a lasting memory.

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What to do in Tokyo when you suffer from jet lag?

With an eight-hour time difference between the two countries in winter (and seven hours in summer), a flight from France to Japan can be intense.

The Rocks of Ise

The Kii Peninsula

The Kii Peninsula is the largest peninsula on Honshu and stretches south-east from Osaka and is considered Kansai's spiritual heart.

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Miyazaki City

Miyazaki is a pleasant city located in the Miyazaki prefecture, in the southeast of the island of Kyushu.

Le funiculaire pour atteindre sans effort le sommet du Mont Kuramayama près de Kyoto.

Kurama excursion

"Washed again in Kurama, we had ascended to the sky without uttering a word, our hands knotted, riveted to the immense trees, drunk with azure and light. "

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The Miura Peninsula, seaside coast near Tokyo

Only about an hour by train from Tokyo, the Miura Peninsula, little known to visitors, is a rustic region bordered by rugged coastlines and spectacular views of Mount Fuji.

The best excursions around Osaka

If you spend a few days in Osaka, you may want to venture out of the city.

Hanamikoji, le coeur du quartier de Gion

Gion & Higashiyama in Kyoto

The traditional neighborhood of Gion along with its Geisha has contributed to making Kyoto famous. Despite an urban metamorphosis, the spirit of Kyoto positively asserts itself here.

Where to buy a yukata without breaking the bank in Tokyo?

Much lighter than the kimono, the yukata is an essential item of clothing for the summer season.

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

Emperors, empresses, princes, and concubines... lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho, the ancient Imperial Palace of Japan.

Avec ses 70 hectares, le parc Yoyogi est le poumon vert de Tokyo.

The many facets of Yoyogi Koen Park

The Yoyogi Park will be the ideal stop after a studious morning visiting temples and shrines.

Château de Wakayama

Wakayama town

In the heart of Kansai, Wakayama, capital of the prefecture of the same name, offers its riches to passing visitors.

Musée international du manga

The international manga museum

The Kyoto International Manga Museum invites you to discover or rediscover, far from Western clichés, an art in its own right in Japanese culture: manga.

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Visiting Odaiba with children

Odaiba has been transformed, a small fortress in Tokyo Bay, built in 1853, has been transformed into a man-made island entirely dedicated to entertainment and relaxation. Today, Odaiba is a fa

The Byodo-in Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, recently renovate in 2014, the Byodo-in is located in the center of the small town of Uji, not far from Kyoto.

Ôkunoshima

Visit of Ôkunoshima island

Ôkunoshima, declared " kyukamura ", literally "village to rest", is a small island located off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture in the Setouchi Sea (Inland Sea of Japan).

L'entrée du Golden Gai.

Shinjuku's Golden Gai District

Six narrow and crowded alleys, sometimes linked by even narrower passages, some two hundred tiny and outdated stalls, a bit decrepit: welcome to Golden Gai.

Quartier Shinsekai

Shinsekai district tour

Although its name means New World, Shinsekai Quarter is the unmistakably retro charm of Osaka that you absolutely must visit.

Kamakura: a Japanese Zen city

Kamakura is often called "the city of the samurai" because the former political capital of Japan was established and then controlled by warlords for nearly three centuries.

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Pure Land Gardens at Shitennoji Temple

The Pure Land Gardens at Shitennoji Temple in Osaka are a representation of a landscape called a Pure Land, a mythical landscape common to Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia.

Surnommée la petite Edo, Kawagoe jouant un rôle important dans le commerce et les décisions économiques liées à Tokyo.

Kawagoe, journey to the Edo period

From buildings linked to the famous Tokugawa shoguns, warehouses from the Meiji era, passing through the typical constructions of the Taisho era, stroll through the stree

Pain et petites boules

What are the best bakeries in Tokyo?

In the land of sushi, bakeries abound. There are said to be more than 10,000 throughout Japan and several thousand in Tokyo. It is difficult to make a selection as there are so many good bakeries.

A Tokyo et dans les alentours, il n'y a très peu de pépinières à bonsai.

The passion for bonsai in Tokyo: between shops and museums

Even in the immense Tokyo, it is not easy to satisfy your passion for bonsai ... From the shop to the museum, here are the tips of Vivre le Japon!

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Tondabayashi Guide

Tondabayashi guide: Tondabayashi in Osaka Prefecture includes the Jinaimachi district, a well preserved historic village that dates back to the 16th century.

 Kinashi's evergreen bonsai trees.

Kinashi Bonsai

This small neighborhood in the town of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku is home to some 270 bonsai specialists who alone produce 80% of the country's bonsai pines.

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Toyooka City Guide

Toyooka City Guide: Toyooka is located in northern Hyogo Prefecture and includes sites that are part of the UNESCO San'in Kaigan Global Geopark west from Tottori.

L'observatoire de la mairie de Tokyo

Tokyo City Hall, Shinjuku Twin Towers Observatory

The Empire State Building is to New York what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. But what about the city of Tokyo? Which building really makes the identity of the Japanese capital?

The Daichi-ji boat.

Daichi-ji garden

Amidst lush vegetation stands the Daichi-ji zen temple.

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Heian Shrine Gardens

Heian Shrine Gardens: the Shin-en Gardens of Kyoto's Heian Shrine cover about 8 acres and were designed by Ogawa Jihei and later Mirei Shigemori.

Great Buddha, Kamakura

Spiritual Retreats Near Tokyo

With its many buildings and bustling center, hectic Tokyo is not necessarily the city that we think of when we talk about spiritual retreats in Japan.

Le mont Nantai et le lac Chuzenji

Nikko National Park Travel Guide

Nikkô is very famous for its Tôshô-gu temple, but it is above all a very vast mountainous natural area, with multiple hiking trails. Ideal destination for a one or two day excursion near Tokyo.

The village of Asuka, the first capital of Japan

The village of Asuka was the first known capital of Japan but is today less known.

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Kashihara Guide

Kashihara Guide: Imai Town is an area of preserved Edo and Meiji period buildings in Yagi, Nara near Kashihara Shrine.

Construit en 1612 par le shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543-1616), le Sengaku-ji reste aujourd’hui un lieu religieux prisé des japonais

Sengakuji temple and its 47 samurai

This Buddhist temple from the Edo era (1603-1868) was the theater of one of the most famous samurai stories.

La ruelle piétonne Takeshita-dori dans le quartier de Harajuku

Harajuku, the fashion district of Tokyo

Frequently visited by young people in their trendsetting clothing, Harajuku is a continually evolving area where excentric fashion meets luxury stores and vintage stores.

Particulièrement apprécié, le jardin de Shinjuku attire les japonais, les touristes et les photographes pendant toute la fleuraison des cerisiers.

Shinjuku Garden, a breath of fresh air in Tokyo

Shinjuku Garden, nicknamed "urban oasis", is one of the most important parks in the capital.

In Tokyo, Taito arcades (Akihabara) terminals together the most talented hardocre gamer.

Tokyo for otakus

The otaku are young people (or not so young) who devote their time and their money to their interest: the world of manga, animes, figurines, idols, and video games.

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Where to admire hydrangeas in Tokyo?

Emblematic flowers of the rainy season, hydrangeas, or "ajisai " in Japanese, herald the arrival of summer and the end of spring.

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The Arashiyama district in Kyoto

Located west of Kyoto, the small district of Arashiyama has gained great popularity with tourists.

Cosplay in japan

Cosplay has become an element of the everyday landscape in Japan.

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Where to eat the best ramen in Tokyo?

Ramen, a specialty noodle in broth, is one of the classics of popular Japanese cuisine.

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Aokigahara, a thousand-year-old Japanese forest

Aokigahara, aka, the Sea of Trees, is a forest on the northwestern foot of Mount Fuji. Locally, it is also known as Jukai or "Sea of Trees" because of its high density of trees b

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Amakusa Islands Guide

The Amakusa Islands are a group of beautiful islands between Kumamoto and Nagasaki prefectures, and have played a major part in the history of Christianity in Japan.

The crowded alleys of Harajuku shelter a displaced culture where the only limit is imagination.

Takeshita dori: the iconic street of Harajuku

Takeshita dori: the crazy alley in Harajuku. Colorful crowd, costumed, grimaced, with colored hair, discolored; vintage, avant-garde or cosplay shops.

La gare Takanawa Gateway sur la Yamanote Line au sud de Tokyo

Takanawa Gateway Station

Takanawa Gateway is the 30th station of the JR Yamanote Line. Designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, its construction began in February 2017.

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Hokekyoji Temple Cherry Blossom

Hokekyoji Temple near Tokyo is an important Nichiren-sect temple famous for its cherry blossom in season and several historical temple halls and pagoda.

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The Kutsuna archipelago: the island of Gogo-shima

Located in the Seto Inland Sea, Gogoshima is part of the Kutsuna archipelago which includes about 30 islands, 9 of which are inhabited.

La foire du coq à Asakusa

Festival in Asakusa: Tori no ichi

The rooster market is a typically Japanese traditional event where Kumade, "lucky rakes", are sold in a colorful and lively atmosphere.

Tokyo: the Ginza district

High-end boutique addicts love the chic and shocking district of Ginza. Enthusiasts of contemporary architecture come to admire buildings tending to an innovative perfection of lines and shapes.

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Otaimatsu Festival Nara

Otaimatsu Festival Nara: the Otaimatsu Fire Ceremony at Nigastsu-do Temple in Nara takes place in March; young monks carry huge, flaming torches around the open balcony of the temple.

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The best karaoke places to sing in Tokyo

Want to push the song? During your visit to the Japanese capital, be sure to try the famous karaoke bars, emblems of Japanese leisure.

The kamiramon, thunder gate marks the entrance to the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa (Tokyo).

Asakusa district

One of the capital's most popular districts, both tourists and locals shop here before going to Senso-ji temple.

Une station enneigée des Alpes japonaises.

The Japanese Alps

In the Chûbu region, between Kansai and Kanto, stand the Japanese Alps: a large and majestic mountain range whose various mountains exceed 3000 meters in altitude.

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Takahashi Guide

Takahashi guide: Takahashi is a small castle town in the mountains of Okayama Prefecture. Highlights include Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle, Raikyuji Temple and Ishibiya-cho.

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The Popular Festivals of Mie Prefecture

The festivals (matsuri) in Japan are colorful moments that often reveal another side of the Japanese: their customary reserve gives way to exuberance but perfectionism is always in order,

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Shimane Cultural Treasures

Shimane cultural treasures: Shimane is an undervalued area of Japan and includes such riches as the Kaka Harbor and caves, Yuushien Garden and Mihonoseki.

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Arita Guide

Arita in Saga Prefecture in Kyushu is the historic center of porcelain production in Japan. Arita-ware pottery is now world famous and exported all over the globe.

Le toit du Kurama-dera

The Kurama-dera temple

There is no doubt that Kyoto concentrates an unparalleled quantity of temples and shrines.

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The Fukui Dinosaur Museum (Kanazawa)

Since July 14, 2000, you can visit the largest dinosaur museum, if not the world, at least for Japan. Located in Fukui, not far from the traditional city of Kanazawa.

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Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion Kyoto

In the shadow of Kyoto's northwestern hills, sits a jewel of the ancient capital: Rokuon-ji temple, better known as Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion.

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Nagasaki City Highlights What to See and Eat In Nagasaki

Nagasaki city highlights: read an in-depth travel guide on what to see and where to eat in this historic, port city on the west coast of Kyushu.

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Where to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido?

The northern island of Hokkaido is the last of Japan's regions to enjoy sakura blooms during spring. The latter intervenes there between the end of April and mid-May.

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Tendo Guide Yamagata

Tendo guide Yamagata: read a travel guide to the city of Tendo, the home of shogi (Japanese chess) in Yamagata Prefecture, northern Japan close to Sendai.

Admire the "yozakura", night cherry trees, at Osaka Castle Park

Top 4 places to see cherry blossoms in Osaka

Discover the best sakura spots in the western capital of Osaka!

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Kinosaki Onsen Attractions

Kinosaki Onsen attractions: fun things to see and do in Kinosaki Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture in addition to hot spring bathing - temples, museums, walks and the cable car.

The Joei-ji garden

Yamaguchi City

At the south-eastern tip of the island of Honshu, a stone's throw from the southern Kyushu, the city of Yamaguchi sits quietly on the banks of the Ichinosaka river.

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Tokyo Yayoi Kusama Museum

Inaugurated in October 2017 in the Waseda district of the Shinjuku, the Yayoi Kusama Museum celebrates the ever-changing and extraordinary work of the visionary contemporary artist.&n

En plus du parc et du zoo, le quartier de Ueno est rempli de temples et de sanctuaires.

Ueno: a district and a park with a thousand facets

Walks in the fresh air or visiting museums: you can spend more than a day discovering the magnificent park and the popular Ueno district, which is home to one of the largest markets in the

Top 5 of Fukuoka in the summer by our Travel Angel, Yoann

This summer, set sail for the south! Our on-site Travel Angel, Yoann , advises you on the best activities to do in Fukuoka.

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Tokyo station to get to the imperial palace

More than a hub, Tokyo station is rich with history surpassing its existence for over a century.

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Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima

The Shinto shrine of Itsukushima and its famous torii gate are located on the island of Miyajima, south of Hiroshima.

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The essential visits to do in Yokohama

Just half an hour by train (limited express service) from Tokyo, Yokohama, with over 3.7 million people, is Japan's second-most populated city.

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Izushi Travel Guide

Izushi guide: read a travel guide to the small, historic, castle town of Izushi in northern Hyogo Prefecture which retains its original Edo Period layout.

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Onigajo rock formation

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range" in 2004, the Onigajo site in Kumano is a natural monument steeped in legends in

La charmante petite ville hors du temps de Sawara, dans la préfecture de Chiba

Discover the Chiba prefecture and its beaches

Little known to tourists, Chiba prefecture, located east of Tokyo, is worth a detour.

Tunnel de cerisiers en fleurs

Where to see cherry blossoms in Tohoku?

When the cherry trees of Tokyo are about to blossom, it is then that the Tohoku region awakens, from Sendai to Aomori, the progression of "sakura" moves slowly from the beginning of April to mid-Ma

Le Daibutsu au temple Kôtoku-in de Kamakura

The Top 10 to visit Kamakura by our Travel Angel, Isabelle

The unrevealed and side roads: Isabelle, our Travel Angel with more than 20 years of experience on-site, reveals her ten favorites in Kamakura.

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Matsuo Kannonji Temple

In Ise, the Matsuo Kannon-ji dedicated to the goddess of mercy Kannon is the subject of several beliefs and legends that are particularly popular in Mie Prefecture.

Goryokaku fortress seen from the tower

Goryokaku park

Goryokaku is a fortress inspired by Vauban's construction techniques, built in order to establish the power of the shogun in this region.

Nishi koen park steps, near Terumo jinja shrine, Fukuok

The best places to see cherry blossoms in Fukuoka

Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu, is one of the first places in Japan where the cherry blossoms flower. This year they will start to bloom around 21 March, 2020.

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Suzuka Quasi-National Park

The quasi-National Park of Suzuka, between sea and mountains with its beautiful natural formation, offers serenity and relaxation... 

Tsutsujigaoka Park

Top Three Places for Hanami in Sendai

The cherry blossoms, or sakura, are the great attraction of early spring in Japan, during which the population goes out picnicking in the parks under the swollen branches of pink flowers.

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Ibusuki Naval Air Base Memorial

Ibusuki Naval Air Base Memorial: read a guide to a World War II era memorial dedicated to the young kamikaze pilots who flew suicide missions at the end of the Pacific conflict.

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Discovery of the city of Iga Ueno

Located in the province of Mie, Iga Ueno was the birthplace of the famous poet Matsuo Basho and is renowned as the "ninja homeland".

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Olympic Games 2020 - Martial Arts

Very important for the Japanese, there will be three martial arts during the 2020 Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo.

The Onosho canal borders the samurai district

Nagamachi District

Considered one of the most powerful Japanese feudal lords, daimyo, in the country, Toshiie Maeda (1538-1599) established his warriors in the city in the Nagamachi dist

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10 things not to miss in Mount Fuji

You have decided to climb Mount Fuji, with one goal in mind: to reach the summit at 3,776 meters above sea level.

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Hananoiwaya-jinja in Kumano, Japan's oldest shrine

Since the 8th century, the Hananoiwaya-jinja in Kumano has been recognized as a high place of Japanese cosmogony given the tombs it houses; that of Izanami, the co-creating deity of the world and o

Wajima seen from the sky (Noto peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture)

Wajima

Located about 12 miles north of Monzen, Wajima is the largest city in the north of the Noto Peninsula.

Visit a salt factory in the Noto peninsula

Salt production is very developed in the Noto peninsula. One of the rare places in the country where the salt workers maintain the traditional method of harvesting called agehamashiki seien.

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Kyoto Top 10 by our Travel Angel, Saki

Kyoto away from the crowds: Saki, our Travel Angel residing on-site, reveals her ten favorites in Kyoto. What to see in Kyoto? Which temples to visit in Kyoto?

Le yukata, kimono léger

How to rent a yukata in Japan?

The yukata (a kimono made of light fabric) is the ideal garment for the heat and humidity of Japanese summers.

Des éventails, souvenir artisanal made in Kyoto.

What are the souvenirs to bring back from Kyoto?

Kyoto, its temples, its landscapes ... but that's not all! Make room in your suitcases and go shopping. Here are our tips on what souvenirs and gifts to buy in Kyoto.

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Kashikojima or Kashiko Island

Kashikojima is a little hidden treasure, yet very easy to access, especially by a train operated by the Kintetsu Railway company.

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Traveling to Mie with the Kintetsu Shimakaze

The Kintetsu Shimakaze is a luxury tourist train that departs from the major cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya to arrive in Kashikojima in Mie Prefecture for an unforgettable experience.

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Nishi Chaya District

Located to the west of the city, Nishi Chaya is one of the three teahouse districts of Kanazawa.

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Souvenirs to bring back from Kanazawa

Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture) has been known for centuries for its high-quality crafts.

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Culinary specialties of Mie prefecture

Mie Prefecture, located east of the Kii Peninsula, is part of the Kansai region.

The cherry blossoms along the Philosophers Path in spring

The Philosopher's Path, Kyoto

The Philosopher's Path (Tetsugaku no Michi in Japanese) in northeast Kyoto gets its name from a famous philosopher who regularly walked this route for quiet contemplation.

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Osaka Castle

A little out of the way, surrounded by skyscrapers and a wall that gives it the appearance of a fortress, Osaka Castle, imposing and majestic, watches over the city.

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Osaka Kaiyûkan Aquarium

Located at the water's edge, Osaka lives to the rhythm of the ocean. In Japan more generally, the sea is never far and its imprint is anchored in the landscape.

La vie nocturne de Roppongi regorge de boites de nuits et de bars à d'hôtesse.

Roppongi, the party district

Roppongi is a famous district in the heart of Tokyo: bubbling, party animal, trendy, or even arty, we can add many qualifiers to it.

 A street of traditional houses in Takayama

The best free activities in Takayama

Got lost in Tokyo? Templed out in Kyoto? Want to visit a rural and picturesque area? Takayama is for you.

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Aomori Onsen

Some of Japan's most fascinating ryokans are in remote Aomori Prefecture. These beautiful ryokans, traditional Japanese inns, transport guests into Japanese history.

Bandai Asahi National Park

Located in the Tohoku region in the north of Japan's main island and stretching all around Mount Bandai, Bandai Asahi National Park will delight nature lovers. And this, in all seasons!

Daio Wasabi Farm

Nagano prefecture is home to Daio Wasabi Farm, the largest wasabi farm in Japan! Open all year round, you can learn all the secrets of this key ingredient of Japanese cuisine with a guided tour.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Visiting Tokyo during the 2020 Olympic Games

Between Olympic events, spectators will also be able to discover Japanese culture in the heart of Tokyo.

Higashiyama

Ten of the best free activities in Kyoto

Like many other cities, it's possible to enjoy Kyoto through various free tours and activities. Discover which shrines, parks, side streets and famous sites are free to explore in Kyoto...

Visit a soba factory in Echizen

Echizen Soba no Sato is a soba factory in Echizen city.

A busy street lined with izakaya

5 of the best izakaya in Tokyo

Izakaya are typical Japanese dining establishments, similar to a tapas bar, where it's possible to eat and drink, often at a counter. It's also the favorite place for a casual post-work drink.

Yakushima

Yakushima Island

Subtropical and rainy, Yakushima is home to a special vegetation that attracts hikers: thousands-of-years-old cedars, thought to be the oldest trees in the country and the inspiration for the fores

Le sanctuaire Meiji-jingu à Tokyo

Top 5 unmissable Shinto shrines in Tokyo

Japanese shrines are places of worship for Shintoism, the original religion of Japan. During a trip to Japan, they are undoubtably among the most beautiful discoveries you'll make.

Aqua Park Shinagawa

Aqua Park Shinagawa is in the heart of the Japanese capital, a beautiful renovated aquarium to delight young and old alike.

La vallée Todoroki

5 hiking spots near Tokyo to admire the autumn leaves

If Tokyo is famous for its parks and gardens which offer magnificent colors during the Koyo season, the Japanese capital is not the only place in Kanto where it is possible to admire the beauty of

Where to sample and buy sake in Osaka

Called nihonshu by the Japanese, sake enjoys an international reputation.

Tottori Sand Museum

Discover gigantic ephemeral sculptures of sand, gathered in a vast room at the Tottori Sand Museum.

Avec son rouge éclatant et son allure de tour Eiffel, la tour de Tokyo est l'un des symboles de la capitale nippone

Tokyo Tower

Higher, lighter, more colourful... The Tokyo Tower was intended when it was created as a modernized version of the Eiffel Tower.

The Daibutsu temple Kotoku-in Kamakura

Kamakura Daibutsu

All that remains of the ancient Kotoku-in temple is its jewel which, for centuries, has marked its existence: the Great Bronze Buddha.

Yamanote Line Food Tour: 5 specialties to discover

Every neighborhood on the Yamanote line is unique. Whether it's the architecture, the people, or the shops, each station has its own identity. That goes for the food, too!

Le train Kairi

Kairi, the gourmet train

"The important thing is not the destination, but the trip itself".

View on the vegetation of Kairaku-en

Kairaku-en

One of Japan's three most famous gardens, along with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama, Kairaku-en displays its abundance of flowers in Mito, Ibaraki prefecture, just

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Onjuku

Onjuku is a placid seaside town in Chiba Prefecture renowned for its surfing beach, and an easy train ride from Tokyo.

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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane and is the head shrine of 10,000 Tenjin Shrines across Japan.

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Where to stay during the Osaka World Expo

World Expo 2025 will be held in Osaka, Japan, on the island of Yumeshima.

Getaways around Osaka ( To do during World Expo 2025 ! )

The Osaka World Expo 2025 promises to attract visitors from all over the world, offering a platform to discover technological, cultural and environmental innovations.

How to get around Osaka during World Expo Osaka 2025

Osaka, a dynamic metropolis and Japan's third-largest city, is preparing to host the 2025 World Expo.

Jeux de lumière de l'exposition

World exhibitions in Japan

World's fairs have played a crucial role in showcasing innovation, culture and progress on a global scale. Japan has hosted several of these prestigious events.

Photo of the 1970 World's Fair

What to see and do during World Expo 2025 in Osaka?

World Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan, from April 13 to October 13, is a must-see event under the theme "Designing the society of the future, imagining our life of tomo

Discover the Welcome Suica

Specially designed for tourists on short and medium-term trips. Discover Welcome Suica travel cards!

Naoshima Island

Resumption of tourism in Japan : What You Need to Know !

This is it! Japan has finally relaxed all restrictions for travelers since the 11st of October. 

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Ghibli Park

Located in the Aichi Expo Memorial Park, near the city of Nagoya, Ghibli Park is the most prominent attraction of the end of the year.