Japan is divided into many regions, the most famous of which is Kanto. This area encompasses Tokyo and lies on the eastern side of the main Japanese island of Honshu. Exploring the Kanto region of Japan extends beyond a visit to Tokyo.
A cluster of 20 or so islands off the west coast of the main island of Okinawa attracts an increasing numbers of tourists each year. These beautiful islands, known as the Kerama Islands, have gained a reputation for some of the best scuba diving in the world. They have also become a popular resort destination for luxury travelers. Exploring the Kerama Islands in Okinawa should be on any traveler’s bucket list
It can be challenging for small towns in Japan to differentiate themselves, but Kusatsu, nestled in the western part of Gunma prefecture, has done just that. This famous hot springs resort town heralds tourism as its largest industry. The natural hot springs, or onsens, feed into man-made pools and public baths. One of the largest hot springs and the main tourist attraction is Yubatake, which translates to “hot water field.” You’ll need at least one full day to visit Yubatake.
Japan’s highest mountain, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mt Fuji, has been a source of inspiration for artists and pilgrims throughout the ages. You’re likely familiar with the nearly symmetrical, often snow-capped cone of Fuji-san — as the mountain is known locally — through images of Japanese classical artworks, most famously in the print series by Hokusai, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. We’ve narrowed it down to the eight best ways to view the country’s most famous site.
Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city, often lives in the shadow its big brother to the north, but it’s an exciting and unique destination. Located only 30 minutes from Tokyo by train, Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and has been an important port city since the mid-19th century. Here are three fun and funky places to visit in Yokohama.