Japan Trip

Nara – A Brief Guide

1300 years ago Nara was the capital of Japan, and was the birthplace for much of Japan's modern culture. Nara has some of the oldest temples and shrines in the world, spread over a small area so is well worth...

Yokohama – A Brief Guide

This bustling port city was one of the first places in Japan to welcome foreign trade; a pivotal moment in Japan's history. The city is proud of its international past and makes a pleasant day trip from Tokyo.

Kanazawa – A Brief Guide

Kanazawa is one of the largest towns on the coast of the Sea of Japan, noted for its beautiful gardens and restored castle. The city has a thriving arts and craft scene, as well as a distinct style of local...

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Nagasaki – A Brief Guide

Nagasaki is famous for being the target of the second atomic bombing, but also has a rich history as one of the few ports to allow western trade with Japan.

Sapporo – A Brief Guide

Sapporo is the main city in Hokkaido and is known for its lively nightlife and vibrant festivals. Sapporo has some of the best cuisine outside of Tokyo, and the best skiing and winter sports in Japan.

Beach in Okinawa| © Ricardo Manguel via Flickr

Okinawa Prefecture – An Overview

This string of tropical islands off Japan's southern tip are home to some of the best beaches and dive spots in the whole country. There's also unspoilt rainforests, welcoming locals, unique culture and great food.

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