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Top Destinations in Japan

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•• Yamadera Scenic temple on a steep mountainside. •• Dewa Sanzan Three sacred mountains with shrines. Ginzan Onsen One of Japan's nicest, old-fashioned onsen towns. Lake Towada Caldera lake famous for autumn colors. Sanriku Coast Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami. Matsushima Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets. Zao Volcano with hot spring and ski resort. Shimokita Hanto Remote peninsula famed for Fear Mountain. Hiraizumi Tohoku's former cultural and political capital. Hachimantai Mountainous region with rustic hot springs. Kakunodate City with nicely preserved samurai district. Hirosaki Former castle town in Northern Tohoku. Aizu Small city known for its samurai history. Appi Kogen Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region. Bandai Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands. Tono Rural town known for its folktales and legends. Shirakami Sanchi Mountain range with virgin beech forests. Naruko Gorge Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors. Sendai Largest city in the Tohoku Region. Aomori City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri. Kamakura Festival Festival in Yokote with lots of small snow houses. Kaminoyama Onsen Onsen town with castle and fruit farms. Fukushima Prefectural capital with a few attractions. Kitakami Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region. Akita Prefectural capital best known for its festival. Morioka Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes. Iwaki City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort. Sakata Commercial center at the Sea of Japan coast.
••• Mount Fuji The country's most iconic landmark. •• Alpine Route Spectacular route through the Northern Alps. •• Shirakawago & Gokayama Mountainous region, known for its farmhouses. •• Kamikochi Popular mountain resort in the Japanese Alps. •• Kiso Valley Valley with nicely preserved post towns. •• Yamanouchi Home of hot spring bathing monkeys. •• Takayama Preserves one of Japan's nicest old towns. •• Kanazawa City rich in culture and history. Fuji Five Lakes Lake resort at the foot of Mount Fuji. Kurobe Gorge Scenic gorge with a small sightseeing train. Sado Island Large island off the coast of Niigata. Okuhida Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama. Matsumoto City famous for its beautiful original castle. Izu Peninsula Hot springs and natural scenery. Gujo-Hachiman Small town in rural Japan with castle. Hakuba One of Japan's best ski resorts. Yuzawa One of Japan's leading ski resort towns. Nagano Former olympic city famous for its temple. Echigo Tsumari Idyllic countryside staging modern art. Furukawa Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama. Nagoya Japan's third largest economic center. Nozawa Onsen Old fashioned hot spring and ski resort. Noto Peninsula Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines. Takato Castle Park Castle ruins covered by cherry trees. Norikura Mountain and highland in the Northern Japan Alps. Obuse Pleasant town famous for chestnuts and Hokusai. Gero Onsen Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama. Inuyama Former castle town north of Nagoya. Karuizawa Upmarket mountain resort town. Kaga Onsen A collection of four historic hot spring towns. Bessho Onsen Small hot spring town with beautiful temples. Shizuoka Prefectural capital with views of Mount Fuji. Fukui Prefectural capital nearby Eiheiji Temple. Takaoka Famous for its bronze casting industry. Fujinomiya City at the southern base of Mount Fuji. Toyama Capital city of Toyama Prefecture. Lake Hamanako A seaside lake with hot spring baths. Togura Kamiyamada Foreigner-friendly onsen town with historic fortress. Kofu Prefectural capital surrounded by vineyards.
••• Yakushima Subtropical island with ancient cedar forest. •• Kurokawa Onsen Hot spring town with attractive town and baths. •• Nagasaki Attractive port city with a moving history. •• Amami Oshima Subtropical island between Kagoshima and Okinawa. Takachiho Mountain town steeped in mythology. Yutoku Inari Shrine One of Japan's three best Inari shrines. Yufuin Rural yet trendy hot spring town near Beppu. Aso Active volcano with a huge ancient caldera. Kagoshima Southernmost of Kyushu's major cities. Satsuma Peninsula Rural peninsula with hot springs in southern Kyushu. Beppu Japan's capital city of hot springs. Kirishima National Park with volcanic mountain range. Fukuoka Kyushu's largest and most vibrant city. Kunisaki Peninsula Interesting, rural peninsula north of Beppu. Kumamoto Modern city most famous for its castle. Dazaifu Historic town south of Fukuoka. Udo Shrine Shrine constructed in a cliff side cave. Huis Ten Bosch Amusement Park themed after a Dutch town. Yoshinogari Park Best archeological site about the Yayoi Period. Amakusa Remote islands with a large Christian population. Shimabara Peninsula Peninsula with active volcano near Nagasaki City. Arita and Imari One of Japan's most famous area for pottery. Hirado Former site of the Dutch trading post. Kuju Mountains Volcanic mountain range in Kyushu. Usuki Town known for its unique stone Buddhas. Miyazaki City in southeastern Kyushu. Karatsu Coastal city known for castles and pottery. Takeo Onsen Onsen town with smooth waters and long history. Kitakyushu Industrial city in the north of Kyushu. Minamata From pollution site to environmental model city. Ureshino Onsen Onsen town with very smooth hot spring waters. Munakata Taisha Three shrines and a sacred, off-limit island. Goto Islands Remote islands off the coast of Kyushu.