Traditional towns in Japan for budget travellers

Japan is an amazing mix of tradition and technology, and visitors here should make sure they get a good mix! Traditional towns are great for budget travellers, as you can spend lots of time walking around and, for free, taking lots of great pics.

Highlights

All traditional towns, cities and areas

Bitchu-Takahashi – Secret mountain castle

For some reason completely unknown to most tourists, including Japanese tourists, Bitchu-Takahashi (備中高梁) presented one...

Exploring Yanaka

Yanaka is a peaceful neighborhood that is perfect for a morning stroll and that rewards...

Goddess of Kannon (FREE)

The Goddess of Kannon (仙台大観音) is a spectacularly huge statue of Kannon, the Deity of Mercy, near Sendai in Tohoku....

Hida Furukawa

Hida Furukawa is a nice little day trip from Takayama.  It is a compact town...

Izu Peninsula

Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島) is a famous hot spring and sightseeing destination, and a popular side trip...

Kakunodate

Kakunodate (角館) is an old samurai town with a rich history and lots to see. Near...

Kurashiki – stroll around the old merchant town

Kurashiki (倉敷) is a historic town near Okayama known for its merchant past and old-fashioned...

Kusatsu Onsen – stunningly unique hot spring town

Kusatsu Onsen (草津温泉) is a hot spring town in the Japanese Alps, and popular with...

Matsue – half price heaven!

Matsue (松江) is a pleasant castle city, known as the 'city of water' due to...

Matsuyama and Dogo Onsen – Shikoku’s special hot spring city

Matsuyama (松山) is a popular tourist city in Shikoku, best known for Dogo Onsen (道後温泉). Considered to...

Megijima

The best Shikoku island for budget travellers, Megijima (女木島) has beaches, caves and art on offer....

Nagasaki

Nagasaki (長崎), just like Hiroshima, is an extremely emotional place to visit, but well worth...

Narita City

Got some time to kill before or after a flight at Narita Airport? Narita City...

Nikko

One of Japan's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Nikko is a great way to spend...

Obuse

Obuse is a lovely little town near Nagano.  The old-fashioned streets and countless interesting temples provide...

Ogijima

The smaller brother to Megijima, Ogijima (男木島) is also worth a visit if you have...

Otaru

Otaru (小樽) is one of the main tourist hotspots in Hokkaido, well known all over...

Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Shirakawa-go (白川郷) and nearby Gokayama (五箇山) are secluded World Heritage villages known for their vernacular farmhouse-style houses...

Shiraoi Ainu Museum

The Shiraoi Ainu Museum (アイヌ民族博物館) offers an interesting glimpse into the Ainu people, the original...

Takayama

Takayama is a beautiful town in the Japanese Alps.  It is famous for it's festivals,...

Uji

Uji (宇治) is a popular tourist spot known for it's many centuries old shrines and...

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