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(1) - (99)   ranking of most visited destinations

Hokkaido
Shiretoko (92) National park on an unspoiled peninsula.
Rishiri and Rebun (132) Small islands near Hokkaido's northern tip.
Daisetsuzan (91) Hokkaido's largest and wildest national park.
Niseko (82) Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.
Furano (42) Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.
Sapporo (16) The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.
Otaru (27) Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
Noboribetsu (56) Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
Hakodate (26) Southernmost city on Hokkaido.
Onuma Park (131) National park 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.
Akan National Park (63) National park with beautiful lakes.
Lake Toya (72) Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
Lake Shikotsu (114) Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.
Asahikawa (57) City in central Hokkaido famous for its zoo.
Rusutsu (118) Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
Jozankei Onsen (113) Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.
Tomamu (159) Large ski resort in central Hokkaido.
Kushiro Marshlands (95) Marshlands populated by Japanese cranes.
Abashiri (64) Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.
Matsumae (171) The only former castle town on Hokkaido.

Tohoku
Yamadera (103) Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.
Dewa Sanzan (129) Three sacred mountains with shrines.
Sanriku Coast (151) Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.
Shimokita Hanto (127) Remote peninsula famed for Fear Mountain.
Lake Towada (81) Caldera lake famous for autumn colors.
Matsushima (41) Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.
Hiraizumi (74) Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.
Kakunodate (93) City with nicely preserved samurai district.
Zao (79) Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.
Hachimantai (112) Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.
Hirosaki (73) Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.
Bandai (125) Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.
Appi Kogen (166) Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region.
Ginzan Onsen (174) One of Japan's nicest, old-fashioned onsen towns.
Shirakami Sanchi (133) Mountain range with virgin beech forests.
Aizu (52) Small city known for its samurai history.
Sendai (22) Largest city in the Tohoku Region.
Aomori (46) City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.
Morioka (163) Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.
Akita (60) Prefectural capital best known for its festival.
Kitakami (153) Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.
Fukushima (135) Prefectural capital with a few attractions.
Iwaki (138) City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.
Naruko Gorge (161) Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.
Kamakura Festival (169) Festival in Yokote with lots of small snow houses.
Tono (174) Rural town known for its folktales and legends.

Kanto
Tokyo (1) Japan's capital and largest city.
Ogasawara Islands (157) Remote islands 1000 kilometers south of Tokyo.
Nikko (11) Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.
Kamakura (7) Small city full of historic treasures.
Manza Onsen (163) Hot spring resort with Japan's most sulfuric waters.
Hakone (10) National park with views of Mount Fuji.
Yokohama (5) Japan's second largest city.
Oze National Park (115) Popular hiking destination with a marshland.
Kusatsu Onsen (55) One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.
Izu Oshima (149) The largest island among the Izu Islands.
Kairakuen Garden (101) Spacious garden famous for plum trees.
Minakami (98) Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.
Kawagoe (36) Former castle town known as the Little Edo.
Ikaho Onsen (94) Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.
Nasu-Shiobara (123) Resort area with hiking trails and hot springs.
Kinugawa Onsen (65) Hot spring resort with theme parks near Nikko.
Saitama (66) City north of Tokyo with a few places of interest.
Narita (17) Site of Tokyo's international airport.
Kawasaki (69) Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
Tomioka (173) Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

Chubu
Mount Fuji (29) The country's most iconic landmark.
Alpine Route (87) Spectacular route through the Northern Alps.
Shirakawa-go (43) Mountainous region, known for its farmhouses.
Kamikochi (68) Popular mountain resort in the Japanese Alps.
Kiso Valley (67) Valley with nicely preserved post towns.
Yamanouchi (103) Home of hot spring bathing monkeys.
Takayama (23) Preserves one of Japan's nicest old towns.
Kanazawa (20) City rich in culture and history.
Fuji Five Lakes (15) Lake resort at the foot of Mount Fuji.
Sado Island (103) Large island off the coast of Niigata.
Okuhida (111) Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama.
Kurobe Gorge (135) Scenic gorge with a small sightseeing train.
Izu Peninsula (34) Hot springs and natural scenery.
Matsumoto (32) City famous for its beautiful original castle.
Hakuba (49) One of Japan's best ski resorts.
Gujo-Hachiman (106) Small town in rural Japan with castle.
Yuzawa (89) One of Japan's leading ski resort towns.
Furukawa (122) Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama.
Echigo Tsumari (144) Idyllic countryside staging modern art.
Nagano (21) Former olympic city famous for its temple.
Obuse (154) Pleasant town famous for chestnuts and Hokusai.
Shosenkyo Gorge (119) Nice gorge famous for autumn colors.
Norikura (147) Mountain and highland in the Northern Japan Alps.
Nozawa Onsen (110) Old fashioned hot spring and ski resort.
Gero Onsen (80) Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.
Kaga Onsen (117) A collection of four historic hot spring towns.
Noto Peninsula (97) Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines.
Karuizawa (40) Upmarket mountain resort town.
Inuyama (50) Former castle town north of Nagoya.
Bessho Onsen (150) Small hot spring town with beautiful temples.
Nagoya (9) Japan's third largest economic center.
Shizuoka (53) Prefectural capital with views of Mount Fuji.
Fukui (90) Prefectural capital nearby Eiheiji Temple.
Lake Hamanako (78) A seaside lake with hot spring baths.
Fujinomiya (142) City at the southern base of Mount Fuji.
Togura Kamiyamada (174) Foreigner-friendly onsen town with historic fortress.
Takato Castle Park (174) Castle ruins covered by cherry trees.

Kansai
Kyoto (2) For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.
Mount Koya (39) Atmospheric temple mountain.
Nara (4) Japan's first permanent capital.
Osaka (3) Largest city of the Kinki Region.
Kinosaki (77) Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
Himeji (13) Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
Ise Shima (30) Site of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrines.
Yoshino (88) Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot.
Uji (24) City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
Kumano (96) Pilgrimage destination on the Kii Peninsula.
Amanohashidate (62) One of Japan's three most scenic views.
Kobe (8) Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
Iga Ueno (51) Former castle town famous for ninja.
Asuka (85) The cradle of the Japanese civilization.
Hikone (47) Castle town at the shores of Lake Biwa.
Koka (129) Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
Miyama (170) Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

Chugoku
Miyajima (12) Island known for its shrine and large torii gate.
Hiroshima (6) Regional capital with a tragic history.
Inujima Island (159) Small island turned into a modern art site.
Bitchu-Takahashi (143) Pretty town with original mountaintop castle.
Akiyoshidai (154) Karst plateau with large limestone cave.
Matsue (58) Former castle town near Izumo Taisha.
Tomonoura (161) Picturesque, old-fashioned fishing town.
Iwakuni (61) Site of the picturesque Kintai-kyo Bridge.
Kurashiki (37) City with a picturesque, historic canal area.
Onomichi (82) Port town with many slopes and temples.
Hagi (71) Castle town with preserved samurai district.
Tsuwano (158) Rural town with nice samurai district.
Iwami Ginzan (126) Former silver mine with world heritage status.
Okayama (31) Famous for one of Japan's three best gardens.
Tottori (86) Prefectural capital known for its sand dunes.
Yamaguchi (54) Pleasant city at the western end of Honshu.
Mount Daisen (121) Tallest mountain in the Chugoku Region.

Shikoku
Naoshima (108) Small island with a lot of modern art.
Iya Valley (144) Remote valley in the center of Shikoku.
Uchiko (140) Countryside town formerly known for its wax.
Matsuyama (45) Largest city of Shikoku with a beautiful castle.
Kotohira (84) Site of Shikoku's most popular shrine.
Kochi (48) Nice city with a southern flair.
Takamatsu (44) Capital of Kagawa Prefecture.
Ozu (171) Small city with nice castle, old town and villa.
Shodoshima (116) Island in the Seto Inland Sea know for olives.
Marugame (152) Port city in Kagawa, known for its castle.
Naruto (76) City well known for its whirlpools.
Tokushima (70) A city best known for its dance festival.
Uwajima (168) Secluded port town with original castle.

Kyushu
Yakushima (99) Subtropical island with ancient cedar forest.
Kurokawa Onsen (119) Hot spring town with attractive town and baths.
Nagasaki (18) Attractive port city with a moving history.
Yufuin (75) Rural yet trendy hot spring town near Beppu.
Takachiho (109) Mountain town steeped in mythology.
Aso (35) Active volcano with a huge ancient caldera.
Kirishima (100) National Park with volcanic mountain range.
Kagoshima (33) Southernmost of Kyushu's major cities.
Beppu (25) Japan's capital city of hot springs.
Fukuoka (14) Kyushu's largest and most vibrant city.
Satsuma Peninsula (133) Rural peninsula with hot springs in southern Kyushu.
Dazaifu (38) Historic town south of Fukuoka.
Kumamoto (28) Modern city most famous for its castle.
Huis Ten Bosch (127) Amusement Park themed after a Dutch town.
Udo Shrine (144) Shrine constructed in a cliff side cave.
Kunisaki Peninsula (167) Interesting, rural peninsula north of Beppu.
Miyazaki (59) City in southeastern Kyushu.
Shimabara Peninsula (137) Peninsula with active volcano near Nagasaki City.
Arita (140) One of Japan's most famous pottery towns.
Kuju Mountains (139) Volcanic mountain range in Kyushu.
Kitakyushu (102) Industrial city at the northernmost tip of Kyushu.
Minamata (147) From pollution site to environmental model city.
Usuki (165) Town known for its unique stone Buddhas.

Okinawa
Yaeyama Islands (107) Okinawa's southernmost island group.
Okinawa Island (19) Okinawa Prefecture's main island.
Miyako Island (123) Subtropical island with excellent beaches.
Kume Island (156) Small island west of Okinawa Honto.

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By Attraction
Temples A list of Japan's most famous temples.
Shrines A list of Japan's most famous shrines.
Gardens A list of Japan's most famous gardens.
Castles A list of Japan's most famous castles.
Historic districts Japan's best historic districts and towns.
Open Air Museums Exhibiting Japan's architectural heritage.
Contemporary Art A list of sites to see contemporary art.
Hot Springs Hot springs can be found all over Japan.
National Parks A list of Japan's national parks.
Hiking A guide to hiking in Japan.
Museums A list of some of Japan's best museums.
Aquariums A list of Japan's best aquariums.
Theme Parks A list of Japan's best amusement parks.
Cherry Blossoms During March, April or May in most of Japan.
Autumn Leaves During October or November in most of Japan.
Flowers A list of flowers popular in Japan.
Hands-on Activities About hands-on activities that can be enjoyed in Japan.
Winter Sports Skiing and snowboarding in Japan.
Where to find snow A list of places with snow during winter.
Drift Ice (Ryuhyo) About the drifting sea ice seen in Eastern Hokkaido.
Festivals Every municipality has at least one.
Cormorant Fishing (Ukai) A traditional fishing method using cormorants.
Christmas Illuminations Popular in cities across Japan.
Under Construction A list of sights affected by renovation or construction works.

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