Japan Travel Guide

  • Cherry Blossoms at Seto Riverside Park
    Cherry Blossoms at Seto Riverside Park
    by taigaa001
  • Eiheiji Temple
    Eiheiji Temple
    by Rabbityama
  • Warei Shrine
    Warei Shrine
    by Rabbityama

Japan Highlights

  • Pro
    His_Beloved profile photo

    His_Beloved says…

     Japan is a beautiful, clean, and friendly country, not to mention safe! You really don't have to worry so much about getting ripped off or mobbed by touts, everything is very orderly and systematic. 

  • Con
    ClareyD profile photo

    ClareyD says…

     Can be expensive, surprisely low-tec outside of the big cities, earthquakes, typhoons, landslides, Squat toilets 

  • In a nutshell
    naruto profile photo

    naruto says…

     12-storey Department Stores and Giant Video Screens, UNESCO World Heritage sites and Hot Springs!!! 

Map of Japan
CLICK FOR INTERACTIVE MAP

Tokyo

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Tokyo_to/Tokyo-969164/TravelGuide-Tokyo.html

4100,10126,249

Kyoto

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Kyoto_fu/Kyoto-973793/TravelGuide-Kyoto.html

1915,6117,385

Osaka

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Osaka_fu/Osaka-971424/TravelGuide-Osaka.html

873,2517,318

Nagoya

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Aichi_ken/Nagoya-972794/TravelGuide-Nagoya.html

406,1090,176

Hiroshima

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Hiroshima_ken/Hiroshima-976509/TravelGuide-Hiroshima.html

386,939,131

Shinjuku

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Tokyo_to/Shinjuku-970271/TravelGuide-Shinjuku.html

110,320,55

Nara

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Nara_ken/Nara-972494/TravelGuide-Nara.html

254,1033,81

Kobe

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Hyogo_ken/Kobe-974466/TravelGuide-Kobe.html

183,547,122

Narita

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Chiba_ken/Narita-972483/TravelGuide-Narita.html

133,237,24

Sasebo

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Nagasaki_ken/Sasebo-970809/TravelGuide-Sasebo.html

119,209,39

Fukuoka

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Fukuoka_ken/Fukuoka-977422/TravelGuide-Fukuoka.html

258,453,196

Yokohama

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Kanagawa_ken/Yokohama-968136/TravelGuide-Yokohama.html

297,920,132

Sapporo

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Hokkaido/Sapporo-970848/TravelGuide-Sapporo.html

177,432,174

Takayama

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Gifu_ken/Takayama-969625/TravelGuide-Takayama.html

153,530,215

Himeji

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Hyogo_ken/Himeji-976628/TravelGuide-Himeji.html

180,424,29

Nikko

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Tochigi_ken/Nikko-972359/TravelGuide-Nikko.html

292,895,214

Hamamatsu

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Shizuoka_ken/Hamamatsu-976995/TravelGuide-Hamamatsu.html

92,240,93

Okayama

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Okayama_ken/Okayama-971721/TravelGuide-Okayama.html

102,323,79

Kanazawa

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Ishikawa_ken/Kanazawa-975118/TravelGuide-Kanazawa.html

135,355,98

Hakone

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Kanagawa_ken/Hakone-977041/TravelGuide-Hakone.html

119,465,8

Okinawa

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Okinawa/Okinawa-971699/TravelGuide-Okinawa.html

46,40,38

Niigata

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Niigata_ken/Niigata-972387/TravelGuide-Niigata.html

134,309,82

Nagasaki

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Nagasaki_ken/Nagasaki-972849/TravelGuide-Nagasaki.html

151,373,98

Miyajima

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Hiroshima_ken/Miyajima-973226/TravelGuide-Miyajima.html

109,389,0

Yokosuka

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Kanagawa_ken/Yokosuka-968104/TravelGuide-Yokosuka.html

23,40,19

Nagano

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Nagano_ken/Nagano-972868/TravelGuide-Nagano.html

81,184,112

Kamakura

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Kanagawa_ken/Kamakura-975455/TravelGuide-Kamakura.html

138,473,17

Kumamoto

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Kumamoto_ken/Kumamoto-974036/TravelGuide-Kumamoto.html

77,186,98

Kawasaki

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Kanagawa_ken/Kawasaki-974769/TravelGuide-Kawasaki.html

54,127,52

Odawara

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Kanagawa_ken/Odawara-971935/TravelGuide-Odawara.html

26,81,18

Kitakyushu

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Fukuoka_ken/Kitakyushu-974557/TravelGuide-Kitakyushu.html

101,195,62

Chiba

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Chiba_ken/Chiba-977782/TravelGuide-Chiba.html

57,120,43

Matsumoto

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Nagano_ken/Matsumoto-973562/TravelGuide-Matsumoto.html

55,199,206

Toyama

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Toyama_ken/Toyama-969020/TravelGuide-Toyama.html

48,93,91

Shizuoka

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Shizuoka_ken/Shizuoka-970087/TravelGuide-Shizuoka.html

95,272,93

Sendai

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Miyagi_ken/Sendai-970718/TravelGuide-Sendai.html

82,183,150

Naha

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Okinawa/Naha-972787/TravelGuide-Naha.html

55,166,138

Matsuyama

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Ehime_ken/Matsuyama-979296/TravelGuide-Matsuyama.html

106,158,86

Harajuku

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Tokyo_to/Harajuku-976903/TravelGuide-Harajuku.html

46,179,0

Otaru

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Hokkaido/Otaru-971261/TravelGuide-Otaru.html

47,156,31

Hakodate

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Hokkaido/Hakodate-977044/TravelGuide-Hakodate.html

81,245,107

Iwakuni

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Yamaguchi_ken/Iwakuni-975770/TravelGuide-Iwakuni.html

25,28,16

Koyasan

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Wakayama_ken/Koyasan-974135/TravelGuide-Koyasan.html

34,153,0

Beppu

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Oita_ken/Beppu-977838/TravelGuide-Beppu.html

79,172,109

Misawa

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Aomori_ken/Misawa-973311/TravelGuide-Misawa.html

14,32,13

Utsunomiya

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Tochigi_ken/Utsunomiya-968548/TravelGuide-Utsunomiya.html

25,61,50

Gotemba

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Shizuoka_ken/Gotemba-977124/TravelGuide-Gotemba.html

26,85,25

Atami

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Shizuoka_ken/Atami-977958/TravelGuide-Atami.html

37,106,128

Fuji-Hakone-Izu-kokuritsu-koen

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Fuji_Hakone_Izu_kokuritsu_koen-977507/TravelGuide-Fuji_Hakone_Izu_kokuritsu_koen.html

182,670,0

Fuji

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Japan/Shizuoka_ken/Fuji-977513/TravelGuide-Fuji.html

42,126,27

Tokyo

See all 4100 Tokyo Tips
  • Asakusa

    Tokyo Things to Do

    As you pass through Hozomon you will see the Five Storey Pagoda to your left. This, like other buildings in the complex, dates originally from 942 but has been many times destroyed by fire and rebuilt. Most recently, fires from the World War Two Tokyo air raids razed it to the ground, and it was rebuilt through donations made by faithful Buddhists...

    more
  • Park Hyatt Tokyo

    Tokyo Hotels

    The Park Hyatt Tokyo is everything I expected from the highest quality of hotels. All of the staff...

    more
  • McDonald's

    Tokyo Restaurants

    Every country has unique items at McDonald's and Japan is no different. We made it a point to visit McD's once during our trip and got to partake in these delicious Japanese items: - Ebi-O-Filet: Similar to a fish filet but made with "ebi" (Japanese for shrimp) pattie - Shaka Shaka: Special seasoning to add to fries - Green Tea McFlurry If you...

    more

Kyoto

See all 1915 Kyoto Tips
  • Gion (Geisha district)

    Kyoto Things to Do

    For the most part our “Essential Honshu” tour, booked through Inside Japan, didn’t include any extras, leaving us free to explore with the group or alone. But an exception to this was the Walking Tour of Gion that had been arranged for us in Kyoto. Gion is one of the main Geisha districts in Kyoto, and arguably its most famous. Our tour was led...

    more
  • Hotel Granvia Kyoto

    Kyoto Hotels

    We stayed 3 nights at Kyoto Granvia Hotel from Feb. 27 to Mar 1, 2008. We paid Yen 17,600 per night,...

    more
  • Kaiten zushi

    Kyoto Restaurants

    One of the must-have eating experiences on any visit to Japan is a visit to a kaiten or conveyor- belt sushi restaurant, and this one in Kyoto is a great example. On the ground floor (or first floor I guess, since the Japanese follow the US convention in numbering floors) is a counter where diners perch on stools and choose from the plates that...

    more

Osaka

See all 873 Osaka Tips
  • Tennoji park

    Osaka Things to Do

    Also in the park is the zoo. Entrance fee is 500 Yen / 150 Yen for children. The zoo is open from 9:30 - 17:00. closed on monday. There are some modern exhibits, like the one about africa. And we think it is a nice place to visit with children. Some 360° pictures can be seen on this website:...

    more
  • Dotonbori Hotel Osaka

    Osaka Hotels

    I've personally stayed in this hotel twice in my previous 2 trips to Osaka. Famous for their...

    more
  • Dotonbori Street

    Osaka Restaurants

    I could give you a long list of recommended places to eat but I'm afraid they would be useless to you. The action at the street level is so thick that a tourist has little chance of being able to locate one specific location, unless they can read Japanese and have a GPS. I don't think it's to your benefit to spend a lot of time hunting down...

    more

Nagoya

See all 406 Nagoya Tips
  • Nagoya Castle

    Nagoya Things to Do

    The year 2013 will see another get-together of world tourists to Nagoya probably since 2005 when the Expo was held. It is not only the opening of Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle but another tourist attraction Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden will be much refreshed. Nagoya castle had two grand palaces, Honmaru Palace adjacent to castle keep and...

    more
  • Marriott Nagoya

    Nagoya Hotels

    I stayed here 3 nights with my wife. Our business partner booked us for Yen 22,500 per night. When I...

    more
  • Shrines & Temples

    Nagoya Favorites

    The shops at Ossu-Kannon have some really great deals and some really unique stores. I found a complete kimono set for only about 10,000 yen (about $75 US). Just get off at the Kamemaezu or Ossu-Kannon stops on the tsurumai line. Hidaka matsuri (the naked festival) is the most insane celebration I have ever seen. It is a practice almost 1000 years...

    more

Hiroshima

See all 386 Hiroshima Tips

Shinjuku

See all 110 Shinjuku Tips
  • Shinjuku Overview

    Shinjuku Things to Do

    Shinjuku is often nicknamed as "New Tokyo" mainly because of cluster of skyscrapers some of which still waiting to be open. It is home to some of Tokyo's most popular prestigious hotels such as PARK HYATT, TOKYO HILTON and KEIO PLAZA hotels. To name three major spots in Shinjuku, Tokyo Metropotalian Government Building, Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, and...

    more
  • Citadines Tokyo Shinjuku

    Shinjuku Hotels

    1-28-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture, 160-0022, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Shinjuku i-Land Tower

    Shinjuku Things to Do

    Shinjuku Skyscrapers Tip: Shinjuku i-land Tower opened in 1995 is best known by the LOVE sculpture near the main entrance of the building. The main tower is as tall as 190 meters, and has fourty-four floors. The building has been used as offices, shopping spaces and condominium. The complex also has a shopping and restaurant mall.

    more

Nara

See all 254 Nara Tips
  • Todaiji Temple

    Nara Things to Do

    Todaiji Temple (東大寺), or the Great Eastern Temple is the most famous temple of Nara, and also one of most important in all of Japan. The temple was constructed in 752, but the building has been rebuilt, and the present structure dates back to 1692. This massive building was the largest wooden building in the world until the...

    more
  • Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki

    Nara Hotels

    After a disappointing stay at the Super Hotel in Kyoto, I thought that this branch would be similar...

    more
  • Yagyu Iris Garden

    Nara Things to Do

    In the far northeastern area of the city near the border with Kyoto Prefecture Nara's Yagyu area is home to a large iris garden. There are paths throughout the garden so it's good for a stroll when the flowers are in bloom. The garden is open from May to early July. Mid-June is typically when the irises here are at their best. I came a bit late in...

    more

Kobe

See all 183 Kobe Tips
  • Meriken Park & Harborland

    Kobe Things to Do

    in this area, you can do a lot. there is the mosaic mall just on the other side from kobe tower, all the cafe and restaurants there have the sea view. i wrote a review about the aswome fisherman market restaurant , check it and rate it please. this mall have a lot of shops, not cheap and not expensive, about average in japan. there is a dinning...

    more
  • Portopia Hotel

    Kobe Hotels

    Nice Hotel but in business district price was approx Sing $ 138 p night , not including breakfast...

    more
  • Kobe City Museum

    Kobe Things to Do

    The Kobe City Museum is a local history museum. The museum houses the largest collection of Namban art (art from the initial days of contact with the West) in Japan. The museum includes ancient artifacts uncovered from Hyogo, including haniwa, dotaku bells, and tools.The most interesting exhibits are those of Western contact and how Western...

    more

Narita

See all 133 Narita Tips
  • Naritasan Calligraphy Museum, Japan ...

    Narita Things to Do

    Naritasan Park is a large garden with a gross area of 165,000 m2, located behind the main building of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. Especially noteworthy are the flowering trees and shrubs around Monju pond and Ryuju pond, displaying exquisite colors through all seasons. Inside the park is also a calligraphy museum (fee charged), where many...

    more
  • Richmond Hotel Narita

    Narita Hotels

    970 Hanazakicho, Narita, Chiba Prefecture, 286-0033, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Narita is Great City!

    Narita Things to Do

    -Narita Airport is proclaimed “safe” by Delta Airlines after the radiation and earthquake crisis (just thought I would throw that in there for some of you doubtful travelers) :)-Narita Town is a great attraction that is close to the Narita Airport. Its a few minutes away from the airport by train. Narita town has a famous temple, dozens of...

    more

Sasebo

See all 119 Sasebo Tips

Fukuoka

See all 258 Fukuoka Tips
  • November Grand Sumo Tournament

    Fukuoka Sports & Outdoors

    Grand Sumo Tournaments are held six times annually, and in Fukuoka one of them is held in November. In 2013 season, November tournament is now being held at Fukuoka Kokusai Center from November 10 to 23. The detailed information can be found at http://sumo.pia.jp/en/sumo11.jsp

    more
  • Hotel Nikko Fukuoka

    Fukuoka Hotels

    I really relaxed to stay in this hotel. This hotel is typically authentic one. Westren style hotel...

    more
  • Kyushu Pass

    Fukuoka Transportation

    From Hakata Station it is possible to purchase a Kyushu rail pass either for Northern Kyushu or for the whole of Kyushu. We always purchase the 3 day Northern Kyushu pass for 7000 yen and have used it to go to Kumamoto, Beppu, through Aso, Nagasaki and Kitakyushu.The 5 day pass for Norhern Kyushu is 9000 yen. 3 day pass fo all Kyushu is 14.000 yen...

    more

Yokohama

See all 297 Yokohama Tips
  • Shin-Yokohama Station

    Yokohama Transportation

    In Yokohama, the Shinkansen trains stop at Shin-Yokohama Station, where you can transfer quickly to the JR Yokohama Line, and Yokohama Municipal Subway Line 3. This station opened in 1964 with the establishment of the first Shinkansen line. Japan has one of the most extensive and advanced rail systems in the world with numerous private and...

    more
  • Navios Yokohama

    Yokohama Hotels

    The Navios Yokohama is well situated in the waterfront area of Yokohama. It is a short walk to a...

    more
  • Riding the Bullet - Shinkansen to...

    Yokohama Transportation

    Japan has one of the most extensive and advanced rail systems in the world with numerous private and municipal companies providing service local and long distance, usually at reasonable prices compared to other forms of transportation. One of the most outstanding examples of Japan's trains is the Shinkansen, which literally means "new trunk line."...

    more

Sapporo

See all 177 Sapporo Tips
  • Motorcycle Rental in Sapporo

    Sapporo Transportation

    It is possible to rent a Motorcycle in Sapporo. There are a number of rental shops. The one I use is the Eagle Motorcycle Rental shop located in Shiroshi Don't think about renting a motorcycle to ride in the snow ( November to April ). Outside winter, Hokkaido provides some excellent riding opportunities. Be sure to bring your International Drivers...

    more
  • Sapporo Grand Hotel

    Sapporo Hotels

    This is Hokkaido's first Western Style hotel, founded in 1934. It's a 5 or 6 star hotel and very...

    more
  • Motorcycle Rental in Hokkaido

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Yes, Motorcycle rental in Hokkaido is not only possible, it is highly recommended. From May till October Hokkaido offers motorcycle riders some of the most scenic routes in the world. There are a number of places that rent Motorbikes. My favourite is Eagle Motorcycles in Sapporo. Bikes available range from 1300cc to the 50cc Honda Cub. The Honda...

    more

Takayama

See all 153 Takayama Tips
  • YAKAI IN STORAGE

    Takayama Things to Do

    You can observe and take pictures of the Yakai before the parade(s).Close to half of them are stored in the Festival Floats Exhibit Hall and the remaining in their own personal Garage tucked away on side streets.Note: There are Twelve ' Yakai ' total.

    more
  • Best Western Hotel Takayama

    Takayama Hotels

    Great hotel, lovely room, beautiful mountain spring water, comfy bed. Dinner in the hotel restaurant...

    more
  • THE PUPPET SHOW

    Takayama Things to Do

    The Karakuri Performance takes place at the Otabisho which is in and around Takayama Jinya.Two performances a day lasting about 20 minutes.Huge crowds show up so you have to stake out a place at least an hour before the performance to get close enough to see anything.

    more

Himeji

See all 180 Himeji Tips
  • English Service... :-)

    Himeji Nightlife

    I was staying a couple of days in Himeji with my friend and we found out this new bar. The bartenders are from Europe, the other one's name was Frank, he was from Austria, and then there was Matthew from United Kingdom. They said there is also more European people working there. It's a simple small bar and it has a warm feeling. You can sing...

    more
  • Comfort Hotel Himeji

    Himeji Hotels

    For about $50.00 a night this is a great place to stay. The rooms are perfect for one with every...

    more
  • Engyoji Temple

    Himeji Things to Do

    Engyoji Temple is the name of the large temple complex that sits atop Mount Shosha. It is the 27th temple along the Saigoku 33 Temple Pilgrimage. The complex was built in 966 after the priest Shoku was said to have spoken to Monju (the God of Wisdom) and was told that anyone who ascends this mountain will be spiritually cleansed.The experience of...

    more

Top Japan Hotels

Osaka Hotels
873 Reviews - 2517 Photos
Okinawa Hotels
46 Reviews - 40 Photos
Nagoya Hotels
406 Reviews - 1090 Photos
Takayama Hotels
153 Reviews - 530 Photos
Narita Hotels
133 Reviews - 237 Photos
Shinjuku Hotels
110 Reviews - 320 Photos
Kobe Hotels
183 Reviews - 547 Photos
Yokohama Hotels
297 Reviews - 920 Photos
Odawara Hotels
26 Reviews - 81 Photos
Ito Hotels
2 Reviews - 10 Photos
Fukuoka Hotels
258 Reviews - 453 Photos
Komatsu Hotels
30 Hotels
Hakone Hotels
119 Reviews - 465 Photos
Kamakura Hotels
138 Reviews - 473 Photos
Hakodate Hotels
81 Reviews - 245 Photos

Instant Answers: Japan

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

106 travelers online now

Comments

Japan

taigaa001's Profile Photo

Kyoto and Tokyo are the most well-known cities in Japan but the country of rising sun has countless great places to see. Start from Top 100 popular destinations and you will find about a lot more...