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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. Matsushima Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets. Towada Caldera lake famous for autumn colors. Sanriku Coast Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami. Hiraizumi Tohoku's former cultural and political capital. Shimokita Hanto Remote peninsula famed for Fear Mountain. Zao Volcano with hot spring and ski resort. 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. Kaminoyama Onsen Onsen town with castle and fruit farms. 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. Sakata Commercial center at the Sea of Japan coast. Kitakami Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region. Fukushima Prefectural capital with a few attractions. Akita Prefectural capital best known for its festival. Morioka Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes. Iwaki City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.
••• 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. •• Takayama Preserves one of Japan's nicest old towns. •• Yamanouchi Home of hot spring bathing monkeys. •• Kanazawa City rich in culture and history. Kurobe Gorge Scenic gorge with a small sightseeing train. Fuji Five Lakes Lake resort at the foot of Mount Fuji. Okuhida Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama. Sado Island Large island off the coast of Niigata. Izu Peninsula Hot springs and natural scenery. Matsumoto City famous for its beautiful original castle. 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. Furukawa Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama. Nagano Former olympic city famous for its temple. Echigo Tsumari Idyllic countryside staging modern art. Nagoya Japan's third largest economic center. Takato Castle Park Castle ruins covered by cherry trees. Nozawa Onsen Old fashioned hot spring and ski resort. Noto Peninsula Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines. 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. Bessho Onsen Small hot spring town with beautiful temples. Kaga Onsen A collection of four historic hot spring towns. Shizuoka Prefectural capital with views of Mount Fuji. Fukui Prefectural capital nearby Eiheiji Temple. Fujinomiya City at the southern base of Mount Fuji. Takaoka Famous for its bronze casting industry. Toyama Capital city of Toyama Prefecture. Kofu Prefectural capital surrounded by vineyards. Lake Hamanako A seaside lake with hot spring baths. Togura Kamiyamada Foreigner-friendly onsen town with historic fortress. Kakegawa Small city famous for tea. Myoko Volcano with multiple ski areas along its slopes Tsuruga Mid-sized city with a prominent port.
••• 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. Yutoku Inari Shrine One of Japan's three best Inari shrines. Takachiho Mountain town steeped in mythology. Yufuin Rural yet trendy hot spring town near Beppu. Kirishima National Park with volcanic mountain range. 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. 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. Usuki Town known for its unique stone Buddhas. Arita and Imari One of Japan's most famous area for pottery. Kuju Mountains Volcanic mountain range in Kyushu. Ureshino Onsen Onsen town with very smooth hot spring waters. Hirado Former site of the Dutch trading post. Miyazaki City in southeastern Kyushu. Munakata Taisha Three shrines and a sacred, off-limit island. Karatsu Coastal city known for castles and pottery. Kitakyushu Industrial city in the north of Kyushu. Takeo Onsen Onsen town with smooth waters and long history. Minamata From pollution site to environmental model city. Goto Islands Remote islands off the coast of Kyushu. Tokunoshima Subtropical island south of Amami-Oshima