Japan Trip


features on cities and towns to visit

Mt Takao | © ajari via Flickr

Mt Takao Soba Ritual

Mt Takao's Yakuoin Temple might be famous for its firewalking but Feb 22nd has something a little different in store - a ritual dedicated to soba noodles.

Shikoku – An Overview

Nestled south of Honshu in the Inland Sea, Shikoku is Japan's fourth largest island. Shikoku has a slow pace of life; it's the perfect place to get back to nature and relax away from Japan's hectic cities.

Osaka – A Brief Guide

Osaka is Japan's 3rd largest city and a major port but often left off tourist itineraries. However it's a vibrant modern city with a historic castle, amazing food and friendly locals.

Sapporo TV Tower | © Arjan Richter via Flickr

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.

Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel in Yokohama

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.

The 15m tall bronze Buddha at Todai-ji

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 the short...

Traditional wooden temple gate at Kanazawa Station

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 cuisine...

A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima

Hiroshima – A Brief Guide

Destroyed by the first atomic bomb in 1945, Hiroshima is now a self-styled centre for peace and the vibrant city shows little evidence of previous horrors. Most of the city can be covered in a day, but Hiroshima is a...

Entrance to Takayama Jinya

Takayama Guide

Nestled in the mountains of the Hida region, Takayama is a taste of rural Japan. It's home to several sake breweries, morning markets, traditional temples and some of the most beautiful Shinto festivals in Japan.

The Red Torii Gate at Miyajima | © Japan Trip


Take an easy day trip from Hiroshima to see one of Japan's most famous sights - the floating torii gate and shrine at Miyajima. The island also has great views and hiking on Mt Misen and a well preserved traditional...

Mt Fuji from Lake Ashi, Hakone

Hakone – The Basics

Approximately 90km west of Tokyo is Hakone - an area on the shore of Lake Ashi with several pretty towns and villages, as well as picturesque views over the lake to Mount Fuji and onsen hot spring baths. The area can be...

The Golden Pavilion

Kyoto – The Basics

Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and is home to hundreds of shrines, several imperial buildings, traditional teahouses and the majority of the remaining geisha training houses. It's also a great base for day trips...

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