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Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) is a popular hot spring town in Kansai. The town is full of ryokans (Japanese style lodge) and hotels that have...

Uji

Uji (宇治) is a popular tourist spot known for it's many centuries old shrines and temples, 2 of which are listed as UNESCO World...

Himeji

Himeji is most famous for it's castle, which became a World Heritage Site in 1995.  It's a great place to check out on the...

Takayama

Takayama is a beautiful town in the Japanese Alps.  It is famous for it's festivals, markets and old-fashioned atmosphere.  It makes for a nice...

Ise Shrines

The Ise shrines are often regarded to be in the top 3 shrine areas in Japan.  The simple, yet spectacular shrines really have to...

Nara

Nara iorr a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of great shrines and temples, not far from Kyoto and Osaka.  A must-visit for most travelers coming to...

Kobe

Kobe (神戸) is a stylish city not far from Kyoto and Osaka, that is known as one of the first ports in Japan to open...

Hiroshima

Hiroshima (広島) can be an extremely emotional, sad place, but it's one that must be visited.  During World War 2 a nuclear bomb destroyed...