Mt. Fuji & Nature

Mt. Fuji & Nature Why do the Japanese love Mt. Fuji? It is not just because it is the highest peak in Japan. The magnificent summit reaching above a lush, green, forest; the mysterious silhouette reflected in the water; the mountain's changing visage through the seasons shows the real beauty of nature. No matter how often you see it, it never fails to impress. Just one hour...

Hamamatsu Industry and Enterprise Tourism

Hamamatsu Industry & Technology Hamamatsu Industry & Technology - Creative Minds It was the son of a local blacksmith who attached a small engine to a bicycle and therefore became the originator of the "Pon-pon" the pet name for the first generation of motorcycles. His name, Soichiro Honda. Torakusu Yamaha started out fixing broken organs, and wound up forming the Yamaha Corporation...

Mikkabi town (Mikkabi-cho) in Oku Lake Hamana Area of Hamamatsu

Mikkabi town (Mikkabi-cho) in Oku Lake Hamana Area of Hamamatsu The Oku Lake Hamana Area [(Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho), Flower viewing around Oku Lake Hamana (Hamanako), Inasa town (Inasa-cho) and Mikkabi town (Mikkabi-cho)] is called the "Backroom of Enshu", offering good tours of famous temples, shrines, gardens and flowers. Visitors can also enjoy beautiful scenic spots, ancient promenades, and many kinds of fruit and...

Shizuoka Arts & Folk Crafts

Shizuoka Arts & Folk Crafts Shizuoka is famous for its woodcrafts and other traditional crafts, and has a historical reason for the presence of so many traditional crafts in the area: Many famous artisans -- carpenters, sculptors, lacquer ware makers, as well as the craftsmen who made architectural fittings -- were brought here to help construct Sumpu Castle, where the feudal Lord...

Sai village (Sai-mura) in Shimokita Peninsula adjacent to Mutsu City

Hotokegaura coast Sai occupies the western coastline of Shimokita Peninsula, facing the inlet to Mutsu Bay from the Tsugaru Strait. The village has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. The 2 kilometer long Hotokegaura Coastline, near the village of Sai, along with Mt.Osore, is Shimokita's most famous tourist...

Oze National Park

Oze National Park tour Oze is home to many beautiful flowers, including skunk cabbages that bloom in marshes during the thawing season and daylilies that show their vivid yellow petals as the surrounding mountains turn green. The area's rich floral environment is a result of interaction among its marshes, mountains, lakes, rivers, forests and local animals. These beautiful...

Dining in Ishigaki

Yaeyama Kamaboku, Dining in Ishigaki There is a lot of dining in Ishigaki! It's popularity as a tourist destination has allowed for the flourishing of many different kinds of restaurants. There are japanese style izakayas, yakiniku restaurants, big eating places, small eating places....everything to satisfy your hunger. Enjoy! Famous Yaeyama cuisine includes Yaeyama Soba, Yaeyama Kamaboku,...

Mie Prefecture - a destination on your visit to Japan

Mie Prefecture - a destination on your visit to Japan Located near the very center of Japan, Mie offers easy access from Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Mie has prospered as a corridor between eastern and western Japan since ancient times. Blessed with a mild climate and spectacular setting between mountains and the sea, Mie features many sites that reflect the rich historical legacy of the region. Mie is known for...

Iwaki Yumoto Onsen (hot springs)

Iwaki Yumoto Onsen (hot springs) It is an only hot spring village in Hama Street, which water is from old Joban coal mine shaft. Known as one of the three famous hot springs in Japan. It was opend 1200 years ago. The water is plentiful (5000 liter per minute) , and good for many diseases. It is convinient for sightseeing around here, such as Nakoso no Seki (an old barrier), Spa Resort...

Inuyama City

Inuyama City Inuyama 犬山 (pop. 70,000), just 25km north of Nagoya, has the oldest original castle in Japan. Although it isn't very old by European or Asian standards (even Japan's oldest temple is 800 years older), nor very big, it has the particularity of being the only castle privately owned nowadays. The Narusune family have been their happy possessors since 1618....

Izu Peninsula Popular Beaches and Surrounding Hot Spots

Izu Peninsula Popular Beaches and Surrounding Hot Spots Izu Peninsula area mainly consists of the beach breaks around Shimoda city, with white sand and beautiful water. Because of its jagged coastline, every point has different ideal conditions. It's a very popular area due to its scenic location and sightseeing spots, so a lot of city surfers visit here. Owing to its rolling verdant hills, numerous hot springs...

Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge and Geibikei (Geibi) Gorge Area

Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge and Geibikei (Geibi) Gorge Area Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge Area [Also Japanese locally called Genbikei (厳美渓/ Genbi Gorge)] The dance of emerald sprays... A beautiful valley refined since time begin. Hot Spring and History Crossing - Sendai feudal lord Date ("Dah-tay") Masamune used to boast, "Matsushima and Genbikei/ Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge" are two great places of scenic beauty and he visited...

Nagoya City

Nagoya City The city of Nagoya, capital of Aichi prefecture, with a population 2.2 million, is the core city of the third-largest metropolitan area in Japan. Since leyasu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate government, built Nagoya Castle in 1612; Nagoyo has developed into a leading industrial city. With the success of Expo 2005, Aichi Japan, Nagoya is...

Nagoya Flea Markets

Nagoya Flea Markets The Osu Kannon Temple hosts an outdoor flea market on the 18th and 28th of every month. Arrive early and pray at the temple for good fortune as you haggle for the best deals on antiques, art and household items. While it’s usually reserved for the Chunichi Dragons and their doomed opponents, in the off season Nagoya’s boys of summer lend their field to...

Things To Do in Takine-machi (Takine Town)

Takinemachi (Takine Town), Tamura-shi (Tamura City) Abukuma Cave Beautiful creation of nature built in 80 million years. In the cave of total length of approximately 600m, you can find an ever-changing mysterious world with large stalactites hanging from the ceiling and stalagmites piled up like bamboo shoots. The greatest attraction in the cave is "Takine Palace" where you can find precious stalactites...