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Niigata

Niigata

Arrival of the colorful autumn! Highly-recommended spots to view autumn foliage!

Autumn is the season where leaves turn red and yel…

Niigata

Tsukioka Onsen: Sulfur hot spring called “bijin no yu,” or “hot spring of beauty”

Located at a 40-minute drive from Niigata City, Ts…

Niigata

Enjoy early summer in Japan!

Enjoy early summer in Japan! Here are some highly …

Niigata

Welcome to Japan in the cherry blossom season

There are great places to view cherry blossoms in …

Niigata

Yuzawa Kogen/Niigata Prefecture

©Yuzawa Kogen Yuzawa Kogen/Niigata Prefecture Goin…

Niigata

Bandai Bridge

When you walk from Niigata Station, you will pass …

Niigata

Alpine Flower Park

Alpine Flower Park is an alpine garden open betwee…

Niigata

NIIGATA

When you walk from Niigata Station and pass Bandai…

Niigata

Koshihikari

The brand-name rice Koshihikari originated in Niig…

Niigata

Sake

Speaking of food in Niigata, don’t forget sa…

Niigata

Furumachi

Furumachi has been an entertainment district home …

Niigata

Exile island

In the middle ages, hundreds of Japanese aristocra…

Niigata

SADO

In Sado Island, there are two mountain ranges: O-S…

Niigata

Gold Mine

Sado was long known for gold and silver deposits a…

Niigata

GALA YUZAWA

Only here! Let’s go to the snow resort ̶…

Niigata

“Snow Country”

“Snow Country” was published in 1937 a…

Niigata

Senami Onsen

In 1904, hot spring water gushed forth at a drilli…

Niigata

Sake

Taiyozakari and Shimeharitsuru are famous. Taiyo S…

Niigata

ECHIGO-YUZAWA

As the town has many public baths and private faci…

Niigata

Ruins of Murakami Castle

Traditional houses dotted here and there in windin…

Niigata

Salmon

Schools of salmon swim up the Miomote River in aut…

Niigata

Machiya-zukuri Houses

There are unique-style buildings called machiya-zu…

Niigata

Ponshu-kan

Ponshu-kan, a sake museum in Echigo, displays many…

Niigata

Iyoboya Kaikan Museum

Schools of salmon swim up the Miomote River in aut…

Niigata

MURAKAMI

Haiku poet Matsuo Basho stayed in this historical …

Niigata

Enjoy a winter trip, various snow activities, gorgeous views, onsen, and more!

There are many attractive places where you can ful…

Niigata

Welcome to Japan’s autumn season of color!

Welcome to Japan’s autumn season of color! Here ar…

Niigata

NIIGATA / SADO / ECHIGO YUZAWA

Niigata is famous for its rice, its sake and its s…

Niigata

NIIGATA / SHONAI

Shonai (the northwestern area of Yamagata Prefectu…

Toyama

Toyama

Firefly squid

In spring, Toyama Bay is famous for firefly squid.…

Toyama

Festival in Yatsuo

Yatsuo, a hilly town, is well known for Owara Kaze…

Toyama

Midagahara

Midagahara, a high moor at altitude 2,000 meters, …

Toyama

Mirages

Mirages, for example, scenery on the “opposi…

Toyama

History of Toyama

Toyama was ruled by strong neighboring clans or pr…

Toyama

TOYAMA

A journey of Toyama, Kurobe and Tateyama starts at…

Toyama

Yuki no Otani

As snow removal operations proceed, 20-meter high …

Toyama

Kurobe Dam

Kurobe Dam is the largest arched-dome type dam in …

Toyama

Unazuki Onsen/Kurobe Gorge

Kurobe Gorge is surrounded by precipices. The secu…

Toyama

KUROBE

Kurobe Gorge is surrounded by precipices. The secu…

Toyama

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

“Mountains of around 3,000 meters are strung…

Toyama

Daikanbo

Daikanbo commands splendid panoramic views of the …

Toyama

TATEYAMA

Mountains of around 3,000 meters are strung togeth…

Toyama

Unazuki Onsen

Located in Toyama Prefecture, the Unazuki Onsen no…

Toyama

TOYAMA / KUROBE / TATEYAMA

Toyama Prefecture is surrounded on three sides by …

Ishikawa

Ishikawa

Higashi Chaya-gai

Higashi Chaya-gai near the Asano-gawa river is an …

Ishikawa

KAGA ONSEN-KYO

Katayamazu Onsen Located near Lake Shibayama-gata,…

Ishikawa

Nagamachi Buke-yashiki

The Nagamachi Buke-yashiki site is an area where m…

Ishikawa

Kenrokuen

In the center of the town is Kenrokuen, designated…

Ishikawa

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanaz…

Ishikawa

NOTO

Sightseeing Chirihama The Chirihama Beach Driveway…

Ishikawa

KANAZAWA

Kanazawa is an old town sandwiched between the Sai…

Ishikawa

ECHIZEN / KAGA

The Hokuriku area including Echizen, Fukui Prefect…

Ishikawa

KANAZAWA / NOTO

A trip to the castle town of Kanazawa and the Noto…

Fukui

Fukui

Bomboo dolls

As Echizen has heavy snow during winter, it is ble…

Fukui

Eihei-ji Temple

Eihei-ji Temple is the head temple of the Buddhist…

Fukui

TOJINBO / AWARA

Tojinbo, a series of steep cliffs along a 1-km coa…

Fukui

FUKUI

Eihei-ji Temple is the head temple of the Buddhist…

Fukui

Ruins of Fukui Castle

The prefectural buildings are located on the ruins…

Fukui

Tojinbo cliffs

Tojinbo, a series of steep cliffs along a 1-km coa…

Fukui

ONO / KATSUYAMA

Ono is called “Little Kyoto” in Hokuri…

Fukui

ECHIZEN / KAGA

The Hokuriku area including Echizen, Fukui Prefect…

Nagano

Nagano

Arrival of the colorful autumn! Highly-recommended spots to view autumn foliage!

Autumn is the season where leaves turn red and yel…

Nagano

Togura Kamiyamada Onsen

A retro-flavored onsen resort with unspoiled scene…

Nagano

Cooling Off in Summer, Japan

As many places in Japan are unbearably hot and hum…

Nagano

Enjoy early summer in Japan!

Enjoy early summer in Japan! Here are some highly …

Nagano

Welcome to Japan in the cherry blossom season

There are great places to view cherry blossoms in …

Nagano

Ueda Castle Park/Nagano Prefecture

Ueda City Multimedia Information Center Ueda Castl…

Nagano

Shibu Onsen

Located in Nagano Prefecture in the Honshu mainlan…

Nagano

Tokugyobo

On the back street behind the Omote-Sando you can …

Nagano

Zenko-ji Temple

Zenko-ji Temple, erected in the center of the city…

Nagano

Okaidan Meguri (Tour in the Pitch Dark Tunnel)

Okaidan Meguri or the “Tour in the Pitch Dar…

Nagano

Soba(buckwheat)

Togakushi is known as one of the soba buckwheat pr…

Nagano

NAGANO

Nagano City is the gateway to Shinshu. The city ho…

Nagano

TOGAKUSHI

Togakushi is located in the north from the center …

Nagano

Togakushi Shrine

First, let’s visit Togakushi Shrine. Chusha,…

Nagano

Tanaka Honke Museum

There are some museums and exhibitions including T…

Nagano

Jigokudani Onsen

Take the bus from Yudanaka Station for 15 minutes …

Nagano

Rokuzan Art Museum

In Rokuzan Art Museum, works of Ogiwara Rokuzan (1…

Nagano

SUZAKA

Take the Nagano Line from Nagano Station to the Su…

Nagano

AZUMINO

Wasabi horseradish is a must condiment for sushi. …

Nagano

Yudanaka Shibu Onsen-kyo

Yudanaka Station, the last stop on the Nagano Rail…

Nagano

Hachimen Daio Footbath

After a walk, take a rest at Hachimen (“Eigh…

Nagano

South of Karuizawa station

On the south side of Karuizawa Station, you can en…

Nagano

Shopping

Let’s wrap up this trip to Shinshu by enjoyi…

Nagano

Karuizawa Yacho no Mori

Another charm of Karuizawa is the opportunity to c…

Nagano

KARUIZAWA

Karuizawa is one of the oldest and most popular su…

Nagano

Kyu-karuizawa

Let’s take a walk to Kyu-karuizawa. The cent…

Nagano

Nakamachi-dori Street

Nakamachi-dori Street is lined with storehouses wi…

Nagano

Ogato

After walking along a broad trail sandwiched betwe…

Nagano

Yokko Sanso

A further one-hour walk from here will take you to…

Nagano

Former Kaichi School

Former Kaichi School is a quasi-Western style buil…

Nagano

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle, a national treasure, has a woode…

Nagano

Taisho-ike Pond

There is walkable promenade from Taisho-ike Pond, …

Nagano

MATSUMOTO

Matsumoto, a town that prospered as a castle town,…

Nagano

Shirahone Onsen

Shirahone Onsen is a hot spring resort whose water…

Nagano

Yake-dake

A mountain fuming white smoke is the 2,455-meter M…

Nagano

Tatamidaira

When you go up Tatamidaira (2,700 meters) by shutt…

Nagano

KAMIKOCHI

As one of the most famous mountain resorts in Japa…

Nagano

NORIKURA

Norikura Kogen, stretching east of Mount Norikura-…

Nagano

UTSUKUSHIGAHA

Located east of Matsumoto, this plateau is the lar…

Nagano

Utsukushigahara Open-Air Museum

The Utsukushigahara Open-Air Museum is at the end …

Nagano

Suwa Taisha

Suwa Taisha shrine complex consists of four shrine…

Nagano

Lake Suwa

You can go round the lake in about 30 minutes by c…

Nagano

Suwa Taisha shrine complex

Suwa Taisha shrine complex consists of four shrine…

Nagano

SUWA

Suwa is a hot spring resort with a 400-year histor…

Nagano

TATESHINA

Tateshina Plateau spreads along the western foot o…

Nagano

KIRIGAMINE

Kirigamine Plateau is well known for fog. The diff…

Nagano

Hokusaikan

Hokusaikan displays more than 40 of Hokusai’…

Nagano

OBUSE

Let’s go on to Obuse, a town famous for its …

Nagano

Enjoy a winter trip, various snow activities, gorgeous views, onsen, and more!

There are many attractive places where you can ful…

Nagano

Welcome to Japan’s autumn season of color!

Welcome to Japan’s autumn season of color! Here ar…

Nagano

SHINSHU (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 46)

Nagano Prefecture is blessed with magnificent moun…

Nagano

AROUND MATSUMOTO (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 53)

Nagano Prefecture is geographically in the center …

Nagano

MATSUMOTO (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 13)

Catch an enchanted glimpse of the Japanese country…

Nagano

YUDANAKA ONSEN

Yudanaka Onsen is one of hot spring areas that is …

Yamanashi

Yamanashi

Welcome to Japan in the cherry blossom season

There are great places to view cherry blossoms in …

Yamanashi

GO AND SEE THE GRAND VIEW OF MT. FUJI THIS SUMMER

As many of you know, Mt. Fuji was registered on th…

Yamanashi

MT. FUJI IN SUMMER

■Recommended Summer Destinations Surrounding Mt. F…

Yamanashi

Fuji Visitor Center

From Kawaguchiko Station: 20 min on foot 6663-1 Fu…

Yamanashi

Saiko Komori Ana (Bat Cave)

One of the largest lava caves in this area with ho…

Yamanashi

The Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

The Itchiku Kubota Art Museum was awarded three st…

Yamanashi

Oshino Hakkai

Oshino Hakkai is famous for its excellent water. F…

Yamanashi

Saiko Iyashi-no-sato Nemba

Saiko Iyashi-no-sato Nemba has charming thatched-r…

Yamanashi

Oishi Park

Oishi Park in Fuji-Kawaguchiko Town offers a fine …

Yamanashi

YAMANASHI

An area abundant in nature, Yamanashi is home to b…

Gifu

Gifu

Traveling on Nagaragawa Railway

att.JAPAN Issue 61, Autumn/2012 Nagaragawa Railway…

Gifu

Shirakawa-go

att.JAPAN Issue 61, Autumn/2012 Shirakawa-go is on…

Gifu

Hida Takayama

att.JAPAN Issue 61, Autumn/2012 Visitors to Hida T…

Gifu

Gero Onsen Hot Spring

Gero Onsen, one of the three most famous hot sprin…

Gifu

Gifu / Nagara River

att.JAPAN Issue 61, Autumn/2012 The Nagara River i…

Gifu

Gujo Hachiman

att.JAPAN Issue 61, Autumn/2012 Gujo Hachiman is a…

Gifu

GIFU (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 61)

att.JAPAN Issue 61, Autumn/2012 One of the intrigu…

Gifu

HIDA CITY

The city of Hida, in which Hida-Furukawa is locate…

Gifu

TAKAYAMA

In terms of both history and geographical location…

Gifu

HIDA

■Enjoy a walk downtown wearing kimono Furukawa onc…

Sizuoka

Sizuoka

Cooling Off in Summer, Japan

As many places in Japan are unbearably hot and hum…

Sizuoka

Suruga Bay

Suruga Bay is famous for being the only place in J…

Sizuoka

Yumigahama Beach

Yumigahama Beach, which literally means a “b…

Sizuoka

Shizuoka local food

Shizuoka local food has recently been popular. Shi…

Sizuoka

Nihondaira

Nihondaira, at an altitude of 307 meters, is famou…

Sizuoka

Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige

The scenery of Yui appears in “The Fifty Three Sta…

Sizuoka

Toro Archaeological Site

Toro Archaeological Site in Shizuoka City exhibits…

Sizuoka

Miho no Matsubara

“Miho no Matsubara,” beautiful pine tree forests a…

Sizuoka

Miho no Matsubara

Miho no Matsubara (literally meaning “Pine Groves …

Sizuoka

Tea

The area on the west side of the Oi River is one o…

Sizuoka

Sumpu Castle

Sumpu Castle, famous as the retirement home of Tok…

Sizuoka

Kano River

Yugashima is located at the southernmost point of …

Sizuoka

SHIZUOKA

Let’s start from JR Shizuoka Station. A walk of ab…

Sizuoka

Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

After Tokugawa Ieyasu lived his later life and pas…

Sizuoka

Horai Bridge

Horai Bridge, constructed in 1879 and still in use…

Sizuoka

Oigawa Railway Line

The Oigawa Railway Line, extending from JR Kanaya …

Sizuoka

Ochanosato Museum

The Tea Museum called Ochanosato Museum in the Kan…

Sizuoka

SHIMADA

In the Edo Period, building a bridge or crossing b…

Sizuoka

Kiwi Fruits Country Japan

Kiwi Fruits Country Japan is Japan’s largest kiwi …

Sizuoka

KAKEGAWA

Kakegawa Castle is said to have been built in the …

Sizuoka

Izu Peninsula

The Izu Peninsula is located at the eastern end of…

Sizuoka

Kakegawa Castle

Kakegawa Castle is said to have been built in the …

Sizuoka

Seafood

“Fresh seafood is one of the charms of Izu a…

Sizuoka

Himono (dried fish)

Fresh sashimi is often considered the best possibl…

Sizuoka

Foods from Mountains

Speaking of food – from the mountains this t…

Sizuoka

Shuzenji

Shuzenji is the oldest onsen on the Izu Peninsula …

Sizuoka

Koibito-Misaki (Lovers’ Cape)

Toi is the oldest and largest onsen town on the we…

Sizuoka

Tokko-no-yu

“””Tokko-no-yu”” is …

Sizuoka

Love Call Bell

On a clear day, another impressive view is that of…

Sizuoka

Shimoda Yamatokan

Shimoda Yamotokan is located beside the pure white…

Sizuoka

Yugano Onsen and ryokan Fukudaya

Another hour’s walk takes walkers to Yugano …

Sizuoka

Kawazu-zakura

The Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms bloom in late Ja…

Sizuoka

Tokaikan

Tokaikan is a wooden 3-storied building near the M…

Sizuoka

SHIZUOKA: IZU (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 56)

Shizuoka Prefecture is located in the center of th…

Sizuoka

Atami-baien

With 730 Ume ‘plum’ trees, some bloomi…

Sizuoka

Kawazu Nanadaru (Seven Waterfalls)

Passing through the tunnel, two-hours more takes h…

Sizuoka

SHIZUOKA: EASTERN REGION (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 58)

Travelers in Shizuoka Prefecture can always enjoy …

Sizuoka

SHIZUOKA: CENTRAL REGION (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 57)

Travelling in Shizuoka Prefecture is wonderfully a…

Sizuoka

Izu no Odoriko “The Dancing Girl of Izu”

“Have you ever seen the movie titled “…

Sizuoka

SHIZUOKA

Blessed with a mild climate and beautiful natural …

Sizuoka

Inatori Onsen

Surrounded by the blue ocean and mountains, Inator…

Sizuoka

Fujikyu Highland

Fujikyu Highland Theme Park is home to many attrac…

Sizuoka

Mt. Fuji Climbing

Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776…

Sizuoka

IZU

History, nature, hot springs, seafood and even mou…

Sizuoka

SHIZUOKA (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 44)

Situated near the midpoint of Japan, Shizuoka Pref…

Sizuoka

MT. FUJI

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,7…

Aichi

Aichi

Going Back to Japan of 400 Years Ago? Travel Through Time in Aichi!

Located roughly in the center of the Japanese arch…

Aichi

Atsuta Jingu Shrine

The shrine has a long and distinguished history an…

Aichi

The Nagoya Public Aquarium

The Nagoya Public Aquarium for a demonstration of …

Aichi

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle, built by Tokugawa Ieyasu as the res…

Aichi

Sakae

Sakae, another thriving area of Nagoya City. Shopp…

Aichi

The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Te…

Aichi

Nagoya TV Tower

Nagoya TV Tower, Japan’s first radio tower built i…

Aichi

The Tokugawa Art Museum

The museum houses more than 10,000 pieces of highq…

Aichi

Tokugawaen

Tokugawaen is a beautiful daimyo garden of the Edo…

Aichi

Noritake Garden

Noritake Garden, a recreational area in the old No…

Aichi

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park shows the development of…

Aichi

The Museum Meiji-mura

The Museum Meiji-mura is an outdoor museum of buil…

Aichi

NAGOYA

Nagoya City was the domain of one of the three top…

Aichi

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle, built in 1537, is on the hill over…

Aichi

Nagoya City Science Museum planetarium

Nagoya City Science Museum planetarium, with its i…

Aichi

Boat Race Gamagori

At Boat Race Gamagori, races are held in the eveni…

Aichi

Ukai

In summer, ukai (traditional cormorant fishing) ca…

Aichi

INUYAMA

A 25-minute ride from Nagoya Station on a limited …

Aichi

Gamagori Orange Park

Gamagori Orange Park is a citrus fruit park surrou…

Aichi

Take-shima Island

Take-shima Island, a small island with a circumfer…

Aichi

Laguna Gamagori

Laguna Gamagori is a marine resort complex with a …

Aichi

GAMAGORI

A 35-minute ride on the JR Tokaido Line from Nagoy…

Aichi

Daiju-ji Temple

Daiju-ji Temple is well-known as a family temple o…

Aichi

Haccho Miso no Sato

At Haccho Miso no Sato, a facility of miso produce…

Aichi

OKAZAKI

Okazaki is the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the …

Aichi

Okazaki Park

Okazaki Park includes the tower of Okazaki Castle …

Aichi

HANDA

Handa has been a town for the brewing industry sin…

Aichi

TOKONAME

Tokoname is one of the six sites where ceramic war…

Aichi

MINAMICHITA

To get to Minami Chita from Nagoya Station, take t…

Aichi

NAGOYA (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 12)

Visit a historic castle, and experience Japanese c…

Aichi

THE 2005 WORLD EXPOSITION IN AICHI (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 21)

The 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan is the f…

Aichi

AICHI/NAGOYA (ATT.JAPAN ISSUE 58)

Aichi Prefecture is one of the leading areas for m…