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Japan Destinations

Japan has a great many attractions that will entice tourists from all over the World.  Whether it be the beautiful landscapes, the state of the art sports venues, the technology, the food or the history, there is enough to keep you tantalised until it's time to go home.

We have listed below our top destinations that we feel offer the most for people visiting Japan.  Among them is Tokyo, the more well known of our destinations.  In Tokyo you will find a wealth of attractions including palaces, monasteries, shrines, landmarks and amusement parks.  The list really does go on!

Top Destinations

  • Sapporo

    Susukino area of Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan.
    A large clock tower and trendy shopping center. Odori Avenue Park is the location of a magnificent snow festival.

    Sapporo in western Hokkaido is divided up in a grid pattern, and is the largest city on the island. Odori Avenue Park stretches from east to west in the center of the city, and is a symbol of the city - full of art objects, fountains, lilac and acacia plants and lots of flowerbeds. To the north stand trading companies, financial institutions and local government offices, while to the south is a large underground shopping mall, which as the city's main shopping center is always busy. It is connected directly to Sapporo Station, which is the transportation hub for all of Hokkaido and the place to board JR lines, the subway, and both local and tourist buses.

    The city contains many essential sights: the Sapporo City Clock, which has been marking time for over a century; the old Hokkaido government building, a neo-baroque building known as "Red Brick" that is lit up after dark; and the poplars outside Hokkaido University (formerly Hokkaido Agricultural College).

    Odori Avenue Park is more than 1,400 meters long. In summer it is full of beer gardens, while in winter it becomes the location for a snow festival. During the festival, this big park is lined with magnificent snow statues and beautiful ice statues.
  • Tokyo

    Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, JapanOne of the most populous cities in the world. A thriving center of economy, culture and industry.

    Tokyo consists of the southwestern part of the Kanto region, the Izu Islands, and the Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and the place where over 13 million people live, making it one of the most populous cities in the world. When the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu established a government there in the early 17th century, the area started to develop, spreading out around his residence, Edo Castle. Most of the city was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and then again by the bombing in the WWII, however, Tokyo was able to achieve a remarkably rapid recovery both times.

    Tokyo is not only the political and economical center of Japan, it has also emerged as a center of the world economy and culture. There are a number of attractions in Tokyo that should not be missed. There are large-scale downtown areas, including Ginza where famous shops from around the world stand side by side, the sleepless Shinjuku that has become the "new city center of Tokyo," Asakusa which is reminiscent of the traditional Edo (the former name of Tokyo), and Shibuya that starts the trends for the young people. Other unique areas include the computer town Akihabara, a dense retail area where numerous electronic shops compete against each other, attracting many shoppers from Japan and overseas, and Tsukiji, an open-air wholesale food market catering to shops and consumers everywhere in Japan.
  • Osaka

    Osaka Castle in spring
    Osaka Castle with its huge lawn park. The bustling Umeda Underground Mall and Namba are also main attractions.

    Osaka prefecture located in the center of Kinki region in the Midwest Japan covers the smallest prefecture land area in Japan, but boasts of largest population and highest population density second only after the capital, Tokyo. Mountains surround three sides of the prefecture and the west faces the arc-shaped Osaka Bay. Since it is close to former capitals of Japan Kyoto and Nara, it prospered as an important point for land and water transportation as well as a commercial city.

    In the Osaka City is the Osaka Castle with a five-layer donjon as its core, on a lawn park that stretches for about 60,000 square meters. During the cherry blossom season in the spring, this park is especially crowded with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) crowd. Osaka's north gate, Umeda, has a gigantic stretch of underground mall that houses many restaurants, fashion and sundry goods stores.

    In contrast to Kita with Umeda as its core, Minami is an area with core cities Namba, a popular business and shopping district, and Dotonbori with many restaurants on both sides of Dotonbori-gawa River. Minami is known as a town of public entertainment and has many theaters and cinemas.

    Tenpo-zan Harbor Village, which has a 112 meter-high Ferris wheel, shopping mall and Kaiyukan Aquarium, one of the biggest aquarium in the world, and ATC(Asia Pacific Trade Center), Japan's largest outlet mall, are also popular. Suntory Museum Tempozan will close thier doors on Dec. 2010.
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  • Kyushu

    Wisteria tunnelThe southern island of Kyushu is dotted with volcanoes and consequently is a hot spring paradise. Finnair flies directly from its hub in Helsinki to Fukuoka, with affordable flight prices. The fairytale like tunnels of Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu are a must see whilst you're journeying around this island, as are the forest trails of Yakushima island, where you can see some of the world's oldest cedar trees. Nagasaki with its Robot Hotel and unique history, Mt Aso, an active volcano, and the hot spring 'hells' of Beppu are also activities to tick off your Kyushu 'to see' list. You can even take a hot spring completely buried in sand in Ibusuki, Kagoshima, or try some of the country's best ramen at Fukuoka's night stalls. 

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