Destinations

Nagoya

Designated city in Chūbu, Japan

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Takamatsu

city in Japan

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Matsuyama

city in Japan

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Wakkanai

Wakkanai is the northernmost city in Japan. It has a population of about 37,000, and is in the subdistrict of Soya in northern Hokkaido. It is Japan's gateway to Russia's Sakhalin Island.

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Mount Fuji

mountain in Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Japan

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Ōkunoshima

island

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Yaeyama Islands

island group

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Tokyo

special municipality that builds up the center of Tokyo. occupying the site of historical Edo and the former city of Tokyo. For each ward, see Q5327704

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Yakushima

island in Kagoshima, Japan

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Osaka

city in Japan

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Sendai

city in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

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Kanazawa

capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

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Kyoto

city in Japan

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Nagasaki

capital of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan

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Nara

city in Japan

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Miyajima

island in Hiroshima, Japan

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Sapporo

city on Hokkaido, Japan

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Shiretoko National Park

unspoiled wilderness at Hokkaido's northeasternmost tip

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Sado Island

city in Niigata Prefecture, Japan

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Hiroshima

city in Japan

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Sights

Fukuoka

capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

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Okayama

city in Japan

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Kamakura

city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

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Ōtsu

city in Japan

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Hokkaido

one of the main islands of Japan

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Mazda

automotive brand manufacturer

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Matsue

city in Japan

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Shinjuku

one of 23 special wards of Tokyo

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Kyushu

third largest island of Japan

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Uji

city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

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Shikoku

smallest of the four main islands of Japan

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Shibuya

special ward of Tokyo

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Numazu

city in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

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Funabashi

City in Chiba Prefecture, Japan

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Sado, Niigata

city in Niigata Prefecture, Japan

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Tama, Tokyo

city in Tokyo, Japan

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Kuril Islands

island chain located in Northeast Asia administered by Russia

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Hakone

town of Japan

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Tokyo Tower

observation tower

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Niseko, Hokkaido

town in Hokkaidō, Japan

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

This heart-wrenching museum documents the atomic bomb and its aftermath, from scale models of the city "before" and "after" to melted tricycles and other displays and artifacts related to the blast. Some are extremely graphic, evocative, and quite disturbing. The rest of the museum describes the post-war struggles of the hibakusha and an appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons in the world today. Be warned: a visit here, while absolutely worthwhile, will ruin your day. Allow plenty of time afterward to decompress.

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Himeji Castle

Japanese castle complex

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Kamigamo Shrine

Shinto shrines in Kyoto, Japan

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Mount Aso

mountain in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

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Kongōbu-ji

Buddhist temple in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

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Mori Art Museum

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Meiji Shrine

Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Japan

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Nagoya Castle

Japanese castle located in Nagoya, central Japan

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Shuri Castle

Ryukyuan gusuku castle

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Tōshōdai-ji

Buddhist temple in Nara Prefecture, Japan

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Taketomi Island

island in Okinawa, Japan

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Tokyo Disney Resort

Disney resort in Tokyo

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Umeda Sky Building

Skyscraper in Osaka

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Its skeletal remains of the are the most recognizable symbol of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. In another lifetime, the building was one of the city's best-known sights for an entirely different reason; designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel in 1915, the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall (and its fanciful green dome) had a bold European style in a grimy, crowded city with few modern flourishes. Because the explosion took place almost directly above the building, the walls remained largely intact, even as the dome shattered and the people inside were killed by the heat of the blast. Initially, as the city rebuilt, it was left alone simply because it was more difficult to demolish than other remains in the area; gradually, the A-Bomb Dome became the symbol it is today. The "Hiroshima Peace Memorial" was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996 amid some controversy — the United States and China both voted against the nomination for reasons related to the war. Today, the benches around the Dome are a favorite spot for Hiroshima natives to read, eat lunch, or simply relax.

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Shimogamo Shrine

Shinto shrines in Kyoto, Japan

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Matsue Castle

castle

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Basilica of the Twenty-Six Holy Martyrs of Japan (Nagasaki)

Built soon after the end of the Japanese government's Seclusion Policy in 1853. It was built in honor of the Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan, nine European priests and seventeen Japanese Christians who were crucified in 1597 by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

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Yonaguni

island in Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa, Japan

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Tokyo Disneyland

theme park in Japan, owned by The Oriental Land Company

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Katsura Imperial Villa

building in Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

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Hatoma

island

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Ginza

district of Chūō-ku, Tokyo

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National Bunraku Theatre

theater

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Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum

Entry ¥250 (more when special exhibitions are held). 09:00-17:00 (last entry at 16:30). Housed in three long brick buildings, restored armouries from the time when the area was used by the Imperial Japanese Army, it features a chronological display of local history in a modern and well-laid-out setting. There is also an area for hands-on history, where you can try on various outfits, including samurai armour. As with most tourist sites in Kanazawa, an English-language pamphlet is available.

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Odaiba

town located in Minato-ku, Tokyo

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Inuyama Castle

one of the 12 Japanese castles still in existence which were built before the Edo period

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Sapporo JR Tower

The newly redeveloped building near JR Sapporo Station marks the center of the city. It is higher than the TV tower observatory is. Affording panoramic views. As a bonus for men, the observation level has a men's room with a view!

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Hiroshima Castle

The original Carp Castle (Rijō) was built in the 1590s by Hideyoshi's warlord Terumoto Mōri, predating the city itself. It was destroyed by the atomic bomb, by which time it was serving as a military headquarters, and reconstructed in 1958. Some of the original stone foundations can still be seen. Today, the castle grounds are a nice place for a walk, and definitely Hiroshima's favorite place for hanami (cherry blossom parties), with more than 350 sakura trees. The five-story castle museum is an attractive reconstruction of the 16th century donjon, with interesting relics and armor to see (and try on), as well as some informative displays about the history of the castle and the city. The view from the top is worth the entrance fee all by itself. No elevators are available - visitors will be walking the five stories by stairs.

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Tokyo DisneySea

theme park in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan

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Hikone Castle

castle

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Mount Hiei

mountain in Shiga Prefecture, Japan

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Osaka Museum of History

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Mount Koya

mountains in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

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Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine

Located on the castle grounds, this concrete shrine has great significance to locals, having been rebuilt after the atomic blast and now the center for most annual Shinto traditions in the city. But other than a historical marker, there's not much to see for travelers, other than festivals (especially New Year's Eve).

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Japanese Alps

mountain range

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Tsūtenkaku

observation tower

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Akihabara

town located in Chiyoda, Tokyo

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Kenroku-en

The most famous sight in Kanazawa, the Garden of Six Attributes is considered one of Japan's Top 3 gardens. Once the outer pleasure gardens of the Maeda Lords, it gradually expanded to take over the entire block. While not completed in its final form until the waning years of the Edo Shogunate, it still represents one of the peaks of Japanese strolling garden design. The way in which water is piped from many kilometres upstream to fill its streams and ponds before going on to fill the castle moats is one of the great engineering feats of the Edo period. In part of the grounds, and with a steep separate ¥700 entrance fee, is the Seisonkaku Villa, built by a Maeda lord for his mother. Only part of it remains today, but is a rare example of existing daimyo palace architecture. The upper floor, with its bright blues and reds, is in distinct contrast to the muted earth tones of Kyoto style. During cherry blossom season, entry to the park is free and it's open and lit up until 21:00. There will be many guides yelling from their electronically amplified megaphones: "These gardens are particularly famed for their tranquility, appreciate the peace and stillness"!

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Japan Alps

series of high snow-topped mountains in the center of Honshu

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Asakusa

town located in Taitō-ku, Tokyo

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Nagasaki

Rebuilt after its destruction in the atomic bombing, Urakami Cathedral was once the largest church in Asia.

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Sumida River

Japanese river which flows through Tokyo

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Matsumoto Castle

building in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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Kanazawa Castle

At the center of Kanazawa is the former site of Kanazawa Castle. It has been vacated by the national university, which took over the site once used by the Ninth Division of the Imperial Army, the castle is public space now for the first time in its 400-plus years of history. The imposing Ishikawa Gate (石川門), so named as it faced the Ishikawa district, was once a side entrance to the castle grounds, but after several fires and man-made destruction, it is one of the few original buildings left on the site, the other being the Sanjikken Nagaya (三十間長屋) storehouse near the top. However the long Gojikken Nagaya (五十間長屋) that once guarded the castle palace has been rebuilt according to traditional methods, and is open to the public for ¥300.

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Tokyo Racecourse

horse racing venue

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Fuji Five Lakes

lake

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Osaka Science Museum

science museum

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government

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Nakanoshima

Sandbank in Osaka, Japan

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Izu Peninsula

peninsula

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Marugame Castle

park

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Gion

neighborhood in Kyoto city, Japan

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Roppongi

neighborhood in Minato-ku, Tokyo

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Shizutani School

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Hirosaki Castle

castle in Hirosaki, Aomori prefecture, Japan

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Nara Park

park

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Bunkyo Civic Center

building in Tokyo, Japan

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Ueno

town located in Taitō-ku, Tokyo

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Mount Hōei

mountain in Japan

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Uwajima Castle

building in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan

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Inokashira Park

park

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Dōgo Onsen

hot spring in the city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, Japan

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Fuji Rock Festival

in Niigata Prefecture, Japan

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Mount Misen

mountain in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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Shukkei-en

While it's not one of Japan's Top 3, this compact and beautifully landscaped Japanese garden is well worth a visit, and an ideal place to decompress from the atomic bomb sites. Despite more and more high-rises peeping over the trees recently, Shukkeien can feel like an entirely different world, with little paths crossing ponds on bridges and winding their way around graceful teahouses and waterfalls. Visitors can feed the fish and turtles occasionally swimming near the paths. It's directly behind the Prefectural Art Museum, and combined admission tickets are available.

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Children's Peace Monument

Lerennially draped in thousands of origami paper cranes folded by schoolchildren across Japan in the memory of the young bomb victim Sadako Sasaki (see Literature).

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Sanrio Puroland

amusement park

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Harajuku

District in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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Oyama Shrine (Ishikawa)

Built in the early Meiji period to honor the founding father of the Kaga Domain, Maeda Toshiie. It is notable for a unique gate with stained-glass windows that is a fusion of Japanese and Western architecture. The back gate to the shrine is also one of the few remaining parts of the original castle: a gate from the palace compound that escaped destruction when it was moved to the shrine. "Oyama" was the original name for the hill on which Kanazawa Castle was built.

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Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

World Heritage Site in Japan

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Maruoka Castle

castle

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Kanamara Matsuri

annual festival in Kawasaki, Japan

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Fukusai-ji

Buddhist temple in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

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Ritsurin Garden

park

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Aioi Bridge

bridge in Hiroshima, Japan

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Zuihōden

Shinto shrines in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

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Namba

human settlement in Japan

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Hanshin Racecourse

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Arashiyama

human settlement in Japan

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Honkawa Elementary School Peace Museum

Of the more than 400 students and teachers who were in the school when the bomb exploded, only one student and one teacher survived. After a new school was built, this section of the original structure was kept as a museum, housing a small collection of photos and artifacts.

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Sentō Imperial Palace

garden

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Nakayama Racecourse

horse racing venue

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Iya Valley

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Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum

Like Honkawa, part of the original school building that remained standing after the atomic bomb has been converted into a museum. In the days after the explosion, survivors used the school's chalk to leave messages for lost friends and family members on its blackened walls.

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Kyoto Racecourse

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Myōryū-ji

The tour guides insist there is no connection between the 'Ninja Temple' and actual ninja assassins. But with 23 rooms and 29 staircases, an impressive array of trapdoors and hidden rooms, and a sepukku (ritual suicide) chamber, it is easy to see why people would make that assumption. Visitors cannot enter the temple except through the tours, so call ahead to book a tour. The tour is conducted in Japanese, but they give travellers a folder with English translations. Local lore has it that there was an underground tunnel from the castle to the temple, to allow the Maeda lords an escape route in case of attack. However, no documentary proof of this has been found, and, like the ninjas, it merely adds to the myths of the place. Unfortunately, the staff have a well-deserved reputation (amongst Japanese and foreigners) for being rude and unhelpful. ¥1,000 for adults and ¥700 for primary school pupils, and you're supposed to make a reservation in advance, although they can usually squeeze you in if there's space and you don't mind waiting for your tour to begin. The hour-long tour is well worth the price.

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Yoshiki-en

Really nice garden that is worth a visit because it is free. Can be coupled with the Isui-en Garden as the entrances are right beside each other.

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Iōjima, Nagasaki

human settlement in Japan

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Shinsekai

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Toyosu Market

fish market in Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Shunkō-in

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Momijidani Park

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Yanesen

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Japan

Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon (日本) in Japanese, is an island nation in East Asia. Its insular character has allowed it to develop a unique and very intricate culture, while its closeness to other ancient Far Eastern cultures, in particular China, has left lasting influence. Despite belonging to a forever warring nation, both internally and overseas, Japan's people had historically always placed emphasis on inner balance, tranquility and natural beauty. These traditional values have become increasingly important now that Japan has grown to be one of the world's most densely-populated countries, and its legendary work ethic makes life in its cities quite hectic.

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