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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. Ouchijuku Former post town along a trade route. Shimokita Hanto Remote peninsula famed for Fear Mountain. Lake Towada Caldera lake famous for autumn colors. Sanriku Coast Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami. Oze National Park Popular hiking destination with a marshland. Matsushima Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets. Zao Volcano with hot spring and ski resort. Hiraizumi Tohoku's former cultural and political capital. Kakunodate City with nicely preserved samurai district. Hachimantai Mountainous region with rustic hot springs. Hirosaki Former castle town in Northern Tohoku. 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. Aizu Small city known for its samurai history. Sendai Largest city in the Tohoku Region. Aomori City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri. Kitakami Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region. Akita Prefectural capital best known for its festival. Fukushima Prefectural capital with a few attractions. Morioka Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes. Kamakura Festival Festival in Yokote with lots of small snow houses. Iwaki City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort. Kaminoyama Onsen Onsen town with castle and fruit farms.
••• Mount Fuji The country's most iconic landmark. •• Alpine Route Spectacular route through the Northern Alps. •• Shirakawa-go 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. Izu Peninsula Hot springs and natural scenery. Matsumoto City famous for its beautiful original castle. Hakuba One of Japan's best ski resorts. Gujo-Hachiman Small town in rural Japan with castle. 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. Nagoya Japan's third largest economic center. Echigo Tsumari Idyllic countryside staging modern art. Obuse Pleasant town famous for chestnuts and Hokusai. Shosenkyo Gorge Nice gorge famous for autumn colors. Norikura Mountain and highland in the Northern Japan Alps. Nozawa Onsen Old fashioned hot spring and ski resort. Noto Peninsula Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines. Gero Onsen Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama. Karuizawa Upmarket mountain resort town. Inuyama Former castle town north of Nagoya. 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. Toyama Capital city of Toyama Prefecture. Lake Hamanako A seaside lake with hot spring baths. Takato Castle Park Castle ruins covered by cherry trees. Togura Kamiyamada Foreigner-friendly onsen town with historic fortress. Takaoka Famous for its bronze casting industry.
••• 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. Yufuin Rural yet trendy hot spring town near Beppu. Aso Active volcano with a huge ancient caldera. Kirishima National Park with volcanic mountain range. Kagoshima Southernmost of Kyushu's major cities. Beppu Japan's capital city of hot springs. Fukuoka Kyushu's largest and most vibrant city. Kumamoto Modern city most famous for its castle. Satsuma Peninsula Rural peninsula with hot springs in southern Kyushu. Dazaifu Historic town south of Fukuoka. Udo Shrine Shrine constructed in a cliff side cave. Kunisaki Peninsula Interesting, rural peninsula north of Beppu. Huis Ten Bosch Amusement Park themed after a Dutch town. Yoshinogari Park Best archeological site about the Yayoi Period. Yutoku Inari Shrine One of Japan's three best Inari shrines. Usuki Town known for its unique stone Buddhas. Arita and Imari One of Japan's most famous area for pottery. Shimabara Peninsula Peninsula with active volcano near Nagasaki City. Kuju Mountains Volcanic mountain range in Kyushu. Miyazaki City in southeastern Kyushu. Kitakyushu Industrial city in the north of Kyushu. Minamata From pollution site to environmental model city. Karatsu Coastal city known for castles and pottery. Amakusa Remote islands with a large Christian population. Hirado Former site of the Dutch trading post. Ureshino Onsen Onsen town with very smooth hot spring waters. Takeo Onsen Onsen town with smooth waters and long history. Munakata Taisha Three shrines and a sacred, off-limit island.