1 of 45 . Yokohama

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Yokohama

Yokohama, a Japanese city south of Tokyo, was one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade, in 1859. It contains a large Chinatown with hundreds of Chinese restaurants and shops. It’s also known for Sankei-en Garden, a botanical park containing preserved Japanese residences from different eras, and the seaside Minato Mirai district, site of the 296m Landmark Tower. ..Readmore

2 of 45 . Shirakawa-go Village

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Shirakawa-go Village

Shirakawa is a village located in Ōno District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is best known for being the site of Shirakawa-gō, a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri ..Readmore

3 of 45 . Nikko

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Nikko

Nikko is a small city in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, in the mountains north of Tokyo. It’s the site of Toshogu, the famed Shinto shrine established in 1617 as a lavish memorial for Tokugawa Ieyasu, founding ruler of the Tokugawa shogunate, or Edo Period. The shrine comprises the gilded Yomeimon Gate, the main sanctuary set in a cedar grove and the tomb itself. ..Readmore

4 of 45 . Nagoya

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Nagoya

Nagoya, capital of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, is a manufacturing and shipping hub in central Honshu. The city’s Naka ward is home to museums and pachinko (gambling machine) parlors. Naka also includes the Sakae entertainment district, with attractions like the Sky-Boat Ferris wheel, which is attached to a mall. In northern Naka is Nagoya Castle, a partly reconstructed 1612 royal home displaying Edo-era artifacts. ..Readmore

5 of 45 . Mount Fuji

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Mount Fuji

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. ..Readmore

6 of 45 . Kanto Region

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Kanto Region

The Kantō region (関東地方 Kantō-chihō?) is a geographical area of Honshu, the largest island of Japan.[1] The region includes the Greater Tokyo Area and encompasses seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa. Within its boundaries, slightly more than 45 percent of the land area is the Kantō Plain. The rest consists of the hills and mountains that form the land borders. ..Readmore

7 of 45 . Kanazawa

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, on Japan’s central Honshu Island. It's known for well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums and regional handicrafts. Kenrokuen Garden, begun in the 17th century, is celebrated for its classic landscape designs incorporating ponds and streams. Adjacent Kanazawa Castle was built in the 1580s, after the defeat of the Peasant’s Kingdom, Japan's only Buddhist fiefdom. ..Readmore

8 of 45 . Ishikawa

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Ishikawa

Ishikawa is a prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshu. Sitting on the coast of the Sea of Japan, the capital city of Kanazawa is home to the “perfect garden” of Kenroku-en, designed to be beautiful during every season. The adjacent Kanazawa Castle, once home to feudal lords, has been partly reconstructed. Across the Asano River, teahouses from the Edo period have been preserved in the Higashi Chaya District. ..Readmore

9 of 45 . Ibaraki

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Ibaraki

Ibaraki is a Japanese prefecture bordering the Pacific Ocean northeast of Tokyo. The capital city Mito, in the prefecture’s center, is known for Kairakuen Park, where myriad plum trees bloom in late February and March. West of Mito, the city of Kasama is famed for its Inari shrine, decorated with sculptures of flowers and dragons. Southwest of Kasama, the dual peaks of Mount Tsukuba offer hiking trails. ..Readmore

10 of 45 . Ashi Lake, Hankone

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Ashi Lake, Hankone

Hakone, in Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park west of Tokyo, is a mountainous town known for its hot springs resorts (onsen) and views of the iconic volcano Mount Fuji. It also encompasses Hakone Shrine, a Shinto shrine with a red “torii” gate overlooking Lake Ashi, which can be toured by boat, as well as the boiling sulphur springs of the Owakudani Valley. ..Readmore

11 of 45 . Gifu

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Gifu

Gifu is a city located in the south-central portion of Gifu Prefecture, Japan, and serves as the prefectural capital. The city has played an important role in Japan's history because of its location in the middle of the country. ..Readmore

12 of 45 . Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

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Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is a national park in Yamanashi, Shizuoka, and Kanagawa Prefectures, and western Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. It consists of Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes, Hakone, the Izu Peninsula, and the Izu Islands ..Readmore

13 of 45 . Fuji Five Lakes

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Fuji Five Lakes

Fuji Five Lakes is a region at the base of Mount Fuji, Japan. It comprises Yamanaka, Kawaguchi, Saiko, Shōji and Motosu lakes. At its heart is Fujiyoshida city, with its Yoshida Trail up Mount Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland amusement park and the Fujiyama Onsen hot springs with wooden bathhouses. Nearby Lake Kawaguchi is known for its resorts and museums. Just west, Lake Saiko is famed for its trout and Aokigahara forest. ..Readmore

14 of 45 . Tohoku Region

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Tohoku Region

Tohoku, a region of Japan’s Honshu Island, is known for its volcanoes, mountainous terrain and skiing. It's home to the tiny, pine-covered islets of Matsushima Bay, and Lake Towada, a huge crater lake renowned for its bright-blue color and surrounding forests. Tohoku's biggest city is Sendai, site of the Osaki Hachimangu Shinto shrine and ornate Zuihoden, the tomb of feudal lord Date Masamune. ..Readmore

15 of 45 . Nara City, Kansai Region

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Nara City, Kansai Region

Nara is the capital of Japan’s Nara Prefecture, in south-central Honshu. The city has significant temples and artwork dating to the 8th century, when it was Japan’s capital. Deer roam in Nara Park, site of Tōdai-ji temple. Daibutsu, Tōdai-ji's 15m-high bronze Buddha, is displayed in a large wooden hall. On the park's east side is the Shinto shrine Kasuga Taisha, which dates to 768 A.D. and more than 3,000 lanterns. ..Readmore

16 of 45 . Kyoto city in Kanai Region

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Kyoto city in Kanai Region

Kansai is a region in the south of Honshu, Japan's main island. In its center is the city of Kyoto, Japan's capital from 794 to 1869. Its canalside Philosopher’s Walk is home to Buddhist temples like Ginkaku-ji, with its pine-framed pond, and Nanzen-ji, with a renowned Zen garden. Directly south is the city of Nara, Japan's 8th-century capital. Nara Park is home to Todai-ji temple and free-roaming deer. ..Readmore

17 of 45 . Itsukushima Gate, Itsukushima Shrine

18 of 45 . The deer god ad Nara. Photo by Nick Jackson

19 of 45 . Traditional Japanese mountain village. Photo by Nick Jackson

20 of 45 . Tokyo from above. Photo by Nick Jackson

21 of 45 . The carp pond at Asakura. Photo by Nick Jackson

22 of 45 . The Reiki garden of the Silver temple, Kyoto. Photo by Nick Jackson

23 of 45 . The Japanese bullet trains. Photo by Nick Jackson

24 of 45 . Shrine at Maruyama Park, Kyoto. Photo by Nick Jackson

25 of 45 . Purification water at a temple. Photo by Nick Jackson

26 of 45 . Mount Fuji. Photo by Nick Jackson

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Mount Fuji. Photo by Nick Jackson

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. ..Readmore

27 of 45 . Japanese couple praying at Senso-Ji temple, Asakura. Photo by Nick Jackson

28 of 45 . Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto. Photo by Nick Jackson

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Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto. Photo by Nick Jackson

Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level, and includes trails.. ..Readmore

29 of 45 . Burning incense at the Kyoto Cherry Blossom festival. Photo by Nick Jackson

30 of 45 . Asakura temple, Tokyo . Photo by Nick Jackson

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Asakura temple, Tokyo . Photo by Nick Jackson

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II ..Readmore

31 of 45 . Arashiyama bamboo forest. Photo by Nick Jackson

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Arashiyama bamboo forest. Photo by Nick Jackson

Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It also refers to the mountain across the Ōi River, which forms a backdrop to the district. Arashiyama is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. ..Readmore

32 of 45 . Sumo Ryogoku Kokugikan

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Sumo Ryogoku Kokugikan

Ryōgoku Kokugikan, also known as Ryougoku Sumo Hall, is an indoor sporting arena located in the Yokoami neighborhood of Sumida, one of the 23 wards of Tokyo in Japan, next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. ..Readmore

33 of 45 . Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

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Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

Sprawling wholesale fish market with an array of seafood & viewing areas for a popular tuna auction. ..Readmore

34 of 45 . Kinkakuji temple

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Kinkakuji temple

Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually. ..Readmore

35 of 45 . Japanese garden

36 of 45 . Japanese garden

37 of 45 . Japanese tea room

38 of 45 . Japanese garden

39 of 45 . Fuji moutain

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Fuji moutain

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. ..Readmore

40 of 45 . Geisha in Kyoto

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Geisha in Kyoto

Geisha (芸者 ?) (/ˈɡeɪʃə/; Japanese: [ɡeːɕa]), geiko (芸子 ?), or geigi (芸妓 ?) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers. ..Readmore

41 of 45 . Japanese green tea

42 of 45 . The Budha at Kamakura

43 of 45 . Geisha in Kyoto

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Geisha in Kyoto

Geisha (芸者 ?) (/ˈɡeɪʃə/; Japanese: [ɡeːɕa]), geiko (芸子 ?), or geigi (芸妓 ?) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers. ..Readmore

44 of 45 . Fuji moutain sunrise

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Fuji moutain sunrise

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. ..Readmore

45 of 45 . Floating Torri gates of Itsukushima temple