Stunning scenery aside, the islands of Itsukushima and Ōkunoshima have one big thing in common – nobody has heard of them. Mention Itsukushima, famous for its iconic ‘floating’ orange torii (‘gate’), and you may well be faced with a blank look.
The Japanese Coast Guard Museum is housed in a distinctive white building tucked away almost unnoticed behind the busy Red Brick Warehouse area of Yokohama. The centrepiece of the museum display is a North Korean trawler that sunk whilst it appeared to be spying in Japanese waters.
Matsushima Bay is called one of the Japan’s three most scenic views together with Miyajima in Hiroshima and Amanohashidate in Kyoto.
Located in one of the most active volcanic regions in the world, Japan is also famous for its onsens (hot springs). If you’re interested in viewing Mt. Fuji, Japan’s iconic volcano, and soaking in some soothing waters, Hakone is a must visit destination and this guide is going to give you the inside knowledge to help you plan it.
The Mogami River, which runs from the north to the south of Yamagata Prefectural Nature Park, is one of the three fastest rivers in Japan.