Chubu

Chubu

Chubu means “middle” or “center”, accurately reflecting its position locating between the two Japanese poles of Kansai (Kinki) and Kanto. The region includes the major city of Nagoya as well as along Pacific and Sea of Japan coastlines, many high-altitude mountains such as Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps. The Japanese Alps divide the region into the Pacific side, sunny in winter, and the Sea of Japan side, snowy in winter.

Chubu

AichiFukuiGifuIshikawaNaganoNiigataShizuokaToyamaYamanashi
AichiFukuiGifu
IshikawaNaganoNiigata
ShizuokaToyamaYamanashi

Aichi

Aichi is situated in the center of Japan and is roughly divided into a mountainous, hilly area and a plain. It has been a pivotal point for traffic between western and eastern Japan, and has flourished as a base for industries for centuries. The major industries of the prefecture are the ceramics in Seto and Tokoname, the automobile manufacturing in Toyota, and the woolen textile industry in Ichinomiya.

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Nagoya, Aichi

Atsuta-jingu Shrine
Atsuta-jingu, founded in the 2nd century and rebuilt in 1935, has been revered as the most important shrine in Japan along with Ise-jingu Shr …  more »
History
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a combination of zoo, botanical garden and amusement park.
It covers an area of about 84 hectare.
In …  more »
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International Design Center NAGOYA
International Design Center NAGOYA was established aiming to be a stimulation for new design.
The facility holds permanent and special exhibi …  more »
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Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle was built on the site of an older castle owned by the Imagawa and Oda clan by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612 for his ninth son Yoshina …  more »
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Nagoya TV Tower
Nagoya TV Tower, built in 1954 as the first broadcasting tower in Japan, is a 180 meter-high steel tower erected on the 100 meter-wide boulev …  more »
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Noritake Garden (Noritake-no-Mori)
Noritake Garden is a complex facility featuring a tableware maker Noritake.
Noritake china has been exported to many countries since 1876.
In …  more »
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Tokugawa Art Museum
The museum was established in 1935 on the site of the former Tokugawa mansion, Tokugawa-en.
Nearly 10,000 heirloom objects of the Tokugawa fa …  more »
Museum / Gallery
TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry Technology
TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry Technology exhibits Toyota’s textile machinery, which was one of the core industries that helped buil …  more »
Museum / Gallery

Fukui

Fukui is located in the northwest part of the Chubu region and faces the Sea of Japan to the north. On its east side lies the land made up of a mountainous country linked to the Tateyama Mountain Range and Fukui Plains. By contrast, its western part consists of a stretch of hills and a relatively narrow flatland. The city of Fukui thrived as the former castle town of Shibata Katsuie, a war lord in the 16th century, then later as the seat of the government of a daimyo in the Tokugawa family from the 17th century to the 19th century. The city is dotted with historic remains that reflect its prosperity in those days.

Awara Onsen Yatai-mura 'Yukemuri Yokocho'
There are nostalgic Yatai-style food stalls gathered on the small street called “Yukemuri Yokocho”.
In this area just in front of Awara-Yunom …  more »
Food / Shopping
Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
In this aquarium located in front of Echizen Matsuhima, 400 species of marine lives can be seen, such as headfish, penguin and dolphin.
You c …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Echizen Ono Castle
Echizen Ono Castle was built in 1575 by Kanamori Nagachika, a subordinate of Oda Nobunaga.
It changed hands time and time again due to war an …  more »
HistoryLandmark
Eihei-ji Temple
Eihei-ji Temple was established in 1244 by Dogen Zenji.
In the 350,000 square-meter precincts surrounded by 700 year-old cedars, there are ov …  more »
History
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is located near the Japan’s largest findspot of dinosaurs.
The museum exhibits more than 30 skeletal prepar …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Tojinbo Tower
Tojinbo Tower stands very close to Tojinbo cliffs as its name suggests.
From the 55 meters high observation tower (100 meters high above sea  …  more »
EntertainmentLandmark

Gifu

Located in the center of Honshu, with more than 80% of its total area occupied by forests, Gifu Prefecture spreads out from the mountainous Hida region to the flat Nobi Plains downstream from the Kiso-sansen (Three Kiso Rivers). The Hida Mountain Range, rising to a height of 3,000 meters above sea level, is part of Chubu-Sangaku National Park. The Ryohaku Mountains, with a vast forest of Japanese beech and alpine plants, are part of Haku-san National Park. The rows of traditional thatched roof houses at the World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, located at the foot of Mt. Haku-san, are a must-see.

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Takayama, Gifu

Takayama is a well-preserved old town which attracts many tourists from all over the world. Local museums and famous morning markets are indispensable for learning more about town.
Shirakawa-go is a village which is known for farmhouses with steep thatched roofs called Gassho-zukuri. This traditional style is a motif of hands giving prayers. The village was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Gokayama in 1995.

Amo-toge Pass (Amo Natural Park)
Amo Natural Park is a large natural park located between Hida City and Shirakawa-go.
A virgin forest of beech trees and a swamp with white ar …  more »
NaturePark / Garden
Binen Yumeromu Museum
Binen Yumeromu Museum exhibits paintings and wood carvings created by a local artist Mineshi Itaya.
The art works produced by bold compositio …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Doburoku Festival Hall
Doburoku Festival Hall is located in the grounds of the Shirakawa Hachiman-jinja Shrine, one of the venues of Doburoku-Matsuri Festival held  …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Former Toyama Family Residence Museum
The Gassho style house was built around 1827 by carpenters from Noto.
The 14 meters tall, four-story house is the biggest Gassho style house  …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Gassho Style House Colony (Gassho-zukuri Minka-en)
In 1968 the residents of the Kazura District decided to move out of the village and tried to sell their Gassho style houses.
Concerned that t …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Jin Homura Art Museum
Jin Homura Art Museum exhibits the art works of Jin Homura, an artist and admirer of Shirakawa-go.
He set up his studio in this Gassho style …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Kanda Family House
Kanda family is a branch of the Wada clan, a village headman in Shirakawa village.
The family built their house here and built up a sake brew …  more »
History
Local Industry Studio 'Ji-Ba Kobo'
Ji-Ba Kobo is a studio where Shirakawa-go’s local products and crafts are demonstrated and sold by the seniors.
The studio’s came from the Ja …  more »
Food / Shopping
Miboro Dam / Miboro Dam Side Park
Miboro Dam is a 131-meter high and 401-meter wide rock-fill dam which is constructed of clay and rocks.
You can learn about the history of t …  more »
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Michi-no-Eki Shirakawa-go
Michi-no-Eki Shirakawa-go is a rest house which sells local products and souvenirs of Shirakawa-go.
The thatched-roof on this building is the …  more »
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Myozen-ji Temple
Myozen-ji is known for its thatched roof gate “Shoro-mon”.
According to historic records, zelkova trees were felled for the construction of t …  more »
History
Nagase Family House
The family whose pedigree continued for 250 years, and because the family practiced medicine from the first to third generation, there are ma …  more »
History
Ogimachi Castle Ruins
Ogimachi Castle was a typical mountain castle of medieval times which was built on a high hill in Ogimachi.
The castle was owned by Yamashita …  more »
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Shiramizu-no-taki Waterfall
Shiramizu-no-taki Waterfall is located in Hakusan National Park.
The 72 meters high and 8 meters wide waterfall is designated as a natural mo …  more »
Nature
Shiramizu-no-yu Spa
Abundant hot spring water flowing from the foot of Mt. Hakusan is known as “blessing hot water of having children”.
The non-recycling hot spr …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Toyota Shirakawa-go Eco Institute
Toyota Shirakawa-go Eco Institute is an environmental study facility with lodging accommodations.
It is managed by the non-profit organizati …  more »
EntertainmentSpa / Hot spring
Wada Family Residence
Built in the mid Edo Period (1603 – 1868), this well-preserved house is the largest remaining Gassho style house in Ogimachi quarter.
Wada fa …  more »
History

Ishikawa

Ishikawa is located in the center of Honshu facing the Sea of Japan, and is divided into the Noto and Kaga districts. The northern part is the Noto-hanto Peninsula that juts out into the Sea of Japan. Its coastline reaches as long as 580 kilometers. Since Ishikawa stretches long and narrow from north to south, the topographies of the Noto and the southern Kaga districts are significantly different.

Kanazawa Castle Park
Kanazawa Castle has been the residential castle of the Maeda family since Toshiie Maeda first entered the castle in 1583 and basic fortificat …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Kenroku-en Garden
Kenroku-en Garden, first laid out in 1676 and enlarged to its present size of about 10 ha.
in the early 1800s, was an outer garden of Kanaza …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Nagamachi Bukeyashiki
This traditional samurai residential area is said to have got its name from the fact that the family of a chief retainer named Naga resided t …  more »
History
Nagamachi Yuzen-kan
Nagamachi Yuzen-kan exhibits Kaga Yuzen dyeing products, such as Kimono, hanging scroll, and other handicrafts.
They offer a complete explana …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Nomura Residence
Nomura Residence is the only residence which is open to the public in Nagamachi quarter.
The old house surrounded by traditional tile-roofed  …  more »
History
Oyama-jinja Shrine
Oyama-jinja Shrine was established in 1599 in dedication to the first lord of Kaga Domain (today’s Ishikawa and Toyama) Maeda Toshiie and his …  more »
History

Nagano

Nagano is an inland prefecture situated in the central part of Honshu that spreads across the Central Highland, also known as the Roof of Japan. Because it is situated between the Kanto and Kansai regions, it developed while being influenced by the cultures of both eastern and western Japan.

Daio Wasabi Farm
Utilizing natural spring water supplied by the Northern Alps is the biggest Wasabi farm in Japan called “Daio Wasabi Farm”, covering an area  …  more »
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Kaminari-daki Waterfall
Kaminari-daki Waterfall (Thunder waterfall) is so called because of its thunderous noise.
The waterfall is also called “Urami-no-taki (Back-v …  more »
Nature
Mount Asama-yama / Onioshidashi-en Park
Mt. Asama-yama is a 2,568 meters high volcano located on the border of Nagano and Gunma prefectures.
Climbing is currently limited on the mo …  more »
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Narai-juku
Narai-juku is a post station on the Nakasendo Highway founded in the Edo Period (1603 – 1868).
It is said to have been one of the most prospe …  more »
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Shichimi-otaki Waterfall
After passing through a narrow mountain trail from Shichimi Onsen Hot Spring, you will be moved as you watch the majestic Shichimi-otaki Wate …  more »
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Yataki Waterfall
Yataki Waterfall is famous for its powerful 180 meter drop with 8 tiers, giving the impression of a classical landscape painting.
You can see …  more »
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Karuizawa, Nagano

Former Mikasa Hotel
Mikasa Hotel was opened in 1906 and operated for 64 years since then.
It was designated as a national important cultural asset after its clos …  more »
History
Kumoba-ike Pond
This artificial pond is the perfect spot for a walk in the woods.
It features a path whereby visitors can walk around the lake in about 20 mi …  more »
Nature
Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street
The charming shopping area is known as Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza, originally developed by the shops based in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood to deal wit …  more »
Food / Shopping
Shaw Memorial Chapel (Shaw House Museum)
It is the oldest church in Karuizawa built in 1895 by A.C.
Shaw, a Canadian missionary who built the foundations of today’s Karuizawa.
The lo …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Shiraito-no-taki Falls (in Karuizawa)
Shiraito-no-taki Falls is one of the major tourist spots in Karuizawa.
The falls located along the Shiraito Highland Way is only 3 meters in  …  more »
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Komoro, Nagano

Komoro Castle Ruins / Kaiko-en Park
Komoro Castle was constructed in 1554 by Takeda Shingen.
The castle was built in a location lower than the surrounding towns and was given t …  more »
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Komoro City Toson Memorial Hall
Toson Memorial Hall is in the premises of Kaiko-en Park.

Shimazaki Toson is a distinguished author active in the Meiji, Taisho and early S …  more »

HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Komoro Kogen Art Museum
Komoro Kogen Art Museum is a unique building located near the top of Mt. Iizuna-yama.
The museum displays many paintings created by the artis …  more »
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Shakuson-ji Temple (Nunobiki Kannon)
Shakuson-ji Temple is said to have been established in 724 by a high priest Gyoki.
From the temple at the top you can see Mt. Asama.

One of …  more »

History
Takamine-kogen Highland
Takamine-kogen is particularly beautiful in summer and autumn.
Many wild flowers bloom on here from June to September.
There is a visitor cen …  more »
Nature

Matsumoto, Nagano

Centered around the national treasure Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto has thrived as a castle town for over 400 years. Located in Nagano Prefecture, the central part of Japan, the history and culture of Matsumoto have been nurtured in the area’s beautiful natural environment. It commands a spectacular view of the Japan Alps, which are over 3,000 meters in altitude to the west, and the Utsukushi-ga-hara-kogen Highlands, which is 2,000 meters in altitude, to the east.
Visitors to Matsumoto can enjoy nature during all four seasons such as special events for cherry blossom and moon viewing at Matsumoto Castle as well as Japanese culture such as traditional festivals and music. It is also intriguing to see the contrast between the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and the modern art museum featuring Yayoi Kusama, the old streets with modern cafes, the old buildings and the modern architecture of Matsumoto Performing Arts Center.

Asama Onsen Hot Spring
With over 1,000 years of history, the Asama Onsen hot spring area has traditionally been a place of relaxation in Matsumoto.

Successive lo …  more »

Spa / Hot spring
Former Kaichi School
Founded in 1873, the former Kaichi School is the oldest elementary school in Japan.
At the end of the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912) and the begi …  more »
History
Fukashi-jinja Shrine
Fukashi-jinja enshrines Ume-no-Tenjin (plum tree deity), a god associated with tests and examinations.
During examination season, many studen …  more »
History
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
In both quality and quantity, the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum is one of the most prominent wood-block print museums in Japan.
The 10,000 piece colle …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Kamikochi / Kamikochi Onsen Hot Spring
Kamikochi, at the height of 1,500 meters, is a perfect example of the beauty of the Japanese mountains.
It is certainly a great destination  …  more »
NatureSpa / Hot spring
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle, which is the oldest castle in Japan, still containing it is original wooden donjons, has 5 layers but 6 floors and is one o …  more »
HistoryLandmark
Matsumoto City Museum
Located on the right-hand side of the castle grounds as you enter from downtown, the Matsumoto City Museum tells the story of the city from i …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Matsumoto City Museum of Art is a municipal museum with a huge outdoor exhibit of an artist from Matsumoto, Yayoi Kusama’s giant piece “Mabor …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum
Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum showcases antique western and Japanese timepieces that Mr.
Chikazo Honda collected throughout his life.
The m …  more »
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Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum
Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum was established in 1962 by a Matsumoto’s craft researcher Muneyoshi Yanagi to exhibit his collection of folkcrafts …  more »
History
Nakamachi-dori Street
The chief feature of the Nakamachi area is the “Namako-kabe”, or the black and white geometric design of the old Kura store houses lining the …  more »
Food / ShoppingHistory
Nawate-dori Street
As a castle town thrived around the castle for centuries, there are many old buildings and rows of houses in Matsumoto which show us what Jap …  more »
Food / ShoppingHistory
Norikura-kogen Plateau
Norikura-kogen is an immense plateau, which lies to the east of Mt. Norikura.
From the highest pinnacle of Kengamine (3,026 meters), the plat …  more »
NatureSpa / Hot spring
Shirahone Onsen Hot Spring
Nestled in the mountains, the term “secret host spring” is perfect for Shirahone Onsen.
The hot spring is so highly-regarded people have said …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Tobira Onsen Hotspring
Tobira Onsen Hotspring is a secluded hot spring area which stands quietly among the mountains at the foot of the Utsukushi-ga-hara Highland i …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Utsukushi-ga-hara Onsen Hot Spring
Utsukushi-ga-hara Onsen Hot Spring, located on the foot of Utsukushi-ga-hara-kogen Highlands, has an historic and long-settled atmosphere.
It …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Utsukushi-ga-hara-kogen Highlands
Located in the northernmost part of Yatsugatake Chushin National Park, Utsukushi-ga-hara-kogen Highlands is one of the largest tablelands in  …  more »
Nature

Nagano-shi, Nagano

Chokoku-ji Temple
Chokoku-ji Temple, with the striking Orca ornaments and Rokumonsen emblem that adorns its roof, is the Sanada family temple.
Rokumonsen is si …  more »
History
Daimon-cho
As you get closer to Zenko-ji Temple, you will find more old storehouses and merchant houses reminiscent of the romantic Taisho Period (1912  …  more »
Food / ShoppingHistory
Former Yokota Family Residence
The building is the residence of Yokota Family, a middle-class Samurai who served as the county magistrate of the Matsushiro Domain.
It is sa …  more »
History
Joyama Park
Joyama Park located on the east side of Zenko-ji Temple is the oldest park in Nagano city.
The park was constructed in the Meiji Period (1868 …  more »
Park / Garden
Karukaya-san Saiko-ji Temple
Karukaya-san Saiko-ji Temple was established in 1831.
The temple is famous for “E-toki”, a Japanese Buddhist practice of story telling with B …  more »
History
Kawanakajima Kosenjo (Old Kawanakajima Battlefield)
Tradition has it that Takeda Shingen of Kai Province (today’s Yamanashi) and Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo (today’s Niigata) had a head-to-head ba …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
M-WAVE (Nagano Olympic Memorial Arena)
For the people of Nagano City, the memories or the exciting games played in the uniquely shaped athletic facilities in the city are unforgett …  more »
EntertainmentMuseum / Gallery
Matsushiro Castle Ruins
At the time of the historically famous Battles of Kawanakajima (1553 – 1564) between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, Matsushiro Castle, or …  more »
History
Matsushiro-so (Matsushiro Onsen Hot Spring)
Matsushiro-so is a hot spring inn operated by the local government.
It is famous for its peculiar reddish-brown Matsushiro Onsen hot spring a …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Nagano Prefectural Art Museum / Higashiyama Kaii Gallery
Nagano Prefectural Art Museum located in Joyama Park is the only prefectural art museum in Nagano prefecture.

The museum exhibits works by …  more »

Museum / Gallery
Okususobana Natural Garden
Throughout Okususobana-keikoku Valley lies a forest of giant beech trees spread around the source of the Susobana-gawa River basin.
The trees …  more »
Sanada Treasures Museum
The long-established Sanada family from east Shinshu expanded their influence as a local ruling family and survived turbulent times from the  …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Tenkyu-ji Temple
Tenkyu-ji Temple was originally called Kakuso-ji, but the name was changed by Sanada Nobuyuki in the Edo Period (1603 – 1868) to console the  …  more »
History
Togakusi-jinja Shrine
Togakushi has long been known as a sacred place where Japanese Yamabushi (mountain priests) practice asceticism since the Heian Period (794 – …  more »
History
Zenko-ji Nakamise-dori Street
Zenko-ji Nakamise-dori Street is a stone-paved street spreading out from Nio-mon Gate of the Zenko-ji Temple.
It is said that around 7,777 st …  more »
Food / ShoppingHistory
Zenko-ji Temple
Zenko-ji Temple is an ancient temple which is believed to have been built about 1400 years ago.
The Hondo main hall of the temple is typical  …  more »
History
Zozan-jinja Shrine / Zozan Memorial Museum
In 1868, Meiji government ended Tokugawa Shogunate’s isolationist foreign policy and began negotiations with other countries.

Zozan Sakuma …  more »

HistoryMuseum / Gallery

Niigata

Niigata Prefecture, a long prefecture facing the Sea of Japan, is situated in the center of Honshu, the largest of Japan’s four main islands. It prospered as a port on the sea of Japan during the Edo period in the 17th and 18th centuries, and, after the 19th century, developed as a base for trade with Russia and South Korea.

Enki-kan
Enki-kan is a reconstruction of the Saito family’s Mansion, the house of a merchant who flourished in Niigata from the Meiji (1868 – 1912) to …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Furumachi
Furumachi is the oldest part of the Niigata City.
Unfortunately, a great fire in 1955 destroyed the old time atmosphere.
Today this district  …  more »
Food / Shopping
Hakusan-jinja Shrine
Hakusan-jinja Shrine has been revered as a local tutelary god for more than 400 years.
It is now worshiped as a god of marriage, drawing larg …  more »
History
Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall
The memorial hall was originally built in 1883, and was used as a prefectural parliament for some 50 years.
This is the only building remaini …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery

Shizuoka

Shizuoka Prefecture, with a population of 3.79 million, is located in nearly the center of the Japanese archipelago, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Mt. Fuji and the southern Japan Alps to the north. The average yearly temperature of approximately 17 degrees Celsius makes it a very mild climate, and except for the northern mountain district, hardly any snow falls on the level ground, even in winter. Shizuoka Prefecture, which is also located between the two major cultural climates of Tokyo and Osaka, has its own unique natural features which cannot be associated with either of these.

Izu, Shizuoka

Banjo-no-taki Waterfall
Banjo-no-taki Waterfall that is 20 meters high and 6 meters wide is located up the Jizodo-gawa River, a tributary of the Kanto-gawa River.
In …  more »
Nature
Cape Koibito-misaki
Cape Koibito-misaki is a tourist spot which has sister ties to Two Lovers Point in Guam.
An observation deck at the cape offers a view of Mou …  more »
Nature
Chikurin-no-Komichi (Banboo Forest Path)
Chikurin-no-Komichi is a scenic pedestrian walkway that meanders along the Katsura-gawa River.
Surrounded by tall bamboo trees on both sides, …  more »
Nature
Cycle Sports Center
The sports center offers a wide range of biking experiences, from a 5 kilometer circuit and mountain bike course for serious cyclists to ride …  more »
Entertainment
Haccho-ike Pond
Haccho-ike Pond is a crater lake of Mt. Amagi-san.
It is known familiarly as “Izu-no-Hitomi (The Eye of Izu)” because of its round shape and  …  more »
Nature
Hako-yu Spa
Shuzenji Onsen is the oldest hot spring in Izu.
It is said that the second Kamakura Shogun Minamoto-no-Yoriie bathed in the hot spring 800 ye …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Ikadaba Wasabi Paddies
Naka-Izu is the foremost center of Wasabi (Japanese horseradish) production in Japan because Wasabi requires rich natural surroundings and cl …  more »
Nature
Izu Tsukigase Bairin Plum Grove
At Tsukigase Bairin, 1,500 Japanese plum trees blossom in the vast 6.2 hectares ground fertilized only with organic fertilizer.
The panoramic …  more »
Nature
Joren-no-taki Waterfall
The waterfall, which has been selected one of the top 100 waterfalls in Japan, is the most scenic waterfall of Izu, surrounded by the natural …  more »
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Matsubara Park (World's Largest Flower Clock, Kogane-no-Yu)
The World’s Largest Flower Clock is decorated with 10,000 flowers of the season.
Music can be heard every hour.
The clock measures 31 meters  …  more »
Park / GardenSpa / Hot spring
Myotoku-ji Temple
Myotoku-ji Temple is a weird temple known for being dedicated to the “deity of the toilet” offering relief for health problems related to the …  more »
History
Nakaizu Winery Hills
Nakaizu Winery Hills produces 12 types of wines and offers tours to visitors.
Surrounded by grape vineyards, the structure built in Napa Vall …  more »
Food / ShoppingNature
Old Amagi Tunnel
The old Amagi Tunnel was built in 1904.
It was part of the Shimoda Route that extends north-south across Izu Peninsula and has been Important …  more »
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Omi-no-Sato Kitara
Eco-tourism is thriving in Naka-Izu, offering visitors farm stay experiences.
Omi-no-Sato Kitara is an eco-tourism base where visitors can fi …  more »
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Shigetsu-den
Shigetsu-den is a library built for dedication and storage of Buddhist sutras by Hojo Masako, the mother of the assassinated Shogun Minamoto- …  more »
History
Showa-no-Mori Kaikan
Showa-no-Mori Kaikan consists of Amagi Wasabi-no-Sato, the Izu Museum of Modern Literature, a forest information center called Mori-no-Jouhou …  more »
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Shuzen-ji Temple
Shuzen-ji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple said to have been founded by Kukai (Kobo-Daishi) in 807.
The temple is located at the heart of …  more »
History
Shuzenji Niji-no-Sato Park
Niji-no-Sato Park is a 50-hectare spacious theme park sits in a scenic environment.
The park has various cultural zones which includes repro …  more »
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The Grave of Minamoto-no-Noriyori
Minamoto-no-Noriyori was a son of Minamoto-no-Yoshitomo, the other son being Yoritomo.
A military commander of the early Kamakura Era (1185 – …  more »
History
Toi Beach
Toi Beach is the largest swimming area on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
The beach, selected as one of Japan’s 88 best beaches by Minist …  more »
Nature
Toi Ivory Art Vault - Jewelpia
Toi Ivory Art Vault – Jewelpia offers a look into an extensive collection of 300 art works.
Their exhibits include the largest screens in th …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Toi Kinzan Gold Mine
Toi Kinzan was Izu’s largest gold mine, which had a working mine for roughly 400 years.
The gold mine tunnels extend more than 100 kilometers …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Tokko-no-yu Spa
Tokko-no-yu is a hot spring gushes beside the Katsura-gawa River.
This is the symbol of Shuzenji Onsen Hot Spring, where in the past people u …  more »
HistorySpa / Hot spring

Toyama

Surrounded by steep mountains and spreading its fields as if to embrace the deep bay, Toyama prefecture is a small area, only 50 kilometers in radius, with the prefectural capital Toyama City at its center. Over the years, Toyama has enjoyed a relationship with other countries located on the opposite shore, such as countries on the Asian Continent and the Korean Peninsula. With its advantages and rich experience, Toyama has played an active role as the center of the Northwest Pacific Region.

Gokayama
Gokayama is a prefectural natural park including Kamitaira, Taira and Toga villages.
In this area there are many houses preserved in the cla …  more »
History
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam is the largest dam in Japan and was built in 1963 by the Kansai Electric Power Company.
It took 7 years to complete by more than 1 …  more »
NatureOthers
Kurobe-kyokoku Gorge
Kurobe-kyokoku Gorge, the deepest V-shaped gorge in Japan, is the route of the tram going through from Unazuki Onsen to Keyakidaira.
Along th …  more »
Nature
Miyazaki-Sakai Beach (Hisui Beach)
Miyazaki-Sakai Beach is also called “Hisui Beach (Jade Beach)” because raw jade stones are washed up here.
Jade stone has been appreciated as …  more »
Nature
Uozu Aquarium
Uozu Aquarium is the only aquarium in Toyama, which exhibits 400 species of 10,000 fishes all over the world, including the marine lives in T …  more »
Entertainment
Uozu Morning Market
Uozu Morning Market began in 1995 to give an opportunity to sell Uozu’s local products directly to the citizens and tourists.
The market is h …  more »
Food / Shopping

Yamanashi

Yamanashi is encircled by the mountains and mountain ranges designated as national and quasi-national parks, such as Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park, Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, Yatsugatake-Chushin Quasi-National Park, and the South Japan Alps National Park. It is a prefecture where nature abounds with varying spectacular views of lakes and valleys.

Fuji Yuusui-no-sato Aquarium
The aquarium, located in Sakana Park, specializes in freshwater fishes that live in river or lake.
The aquarium uses freshwater spring from M …  more »
Entertainment
Katsunuma Budo-no-Oka Winery
Katsunuma town is famous for its grape and wine.
Budo-no-Oka (or Grape Hill) is a winery located at the top of a small hill surrounded by gra …  more »
Food / ShoppingMuseum / GallerySpa / Hot spring
Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters.
It is the most iconic mountain in the country, with elegant ridge lines.

The …  more »

Nature
Oshino-hakkai
The area around Oshino village was used to be a bottom of Lake Utsu-ko which was once connected to Lake Yamanaka-ko.
Then the lake dried up a …  more »
Nature
Shosen-kyo Gorge
In the 4-kilometer gorge along the Arakawa River, you can see mountain craigs, oddly-shaped rocks, 180 meters high Kakuenbo rock and a famous …  more »
Nature
Shosen-kyo Ropeway
Shosen-kyo Ropeway takes you from Sengataki Station to Panoramadai Station at the top of Mt. Rakanji-yama (Yasaburo-dake) in 5 minutes.
From  …  more »
Nature
Yamanaka-ko Hana-no-Miyako Park / Seiryu-no-Sato
Hana-no-Miyako Park is a theme park that features flowers.
It consists of free area and pay area.
In the free area, you can see various flowe …  more »
EntertainmentPark / Garden

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