For non-first time Kyoto travelers who seem to feel that the over-visited Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkakuji, Kinkakuji, Heian Shrine, Fushimi-inari Shrine, or Arashiyama have become too cliché for tourism, there are other numerous worthwhile treasures in Kyoto to explore, quite off the beaten path.
The third tallest peaks of Japan named the Hotake Mountain are situated near the Takayama area of Gifu prefecture. It is a snow covered region attracting a lot of tourists in the spring and early summer season. One of the biggest ropeways of Asia is situated in these mountain ranges which takes us to the top of the Hotake Mountain with an altitude of 2156 meters.
Established over 2100 years ago in the 7th year by Emperor Sujin, its rustic structures not only exude the antiquity of the site, but the sprawling territory housing approximately 40 small shrines within various sections is absolutely impressive. It is definitely worth visiting since it is known to be the head shrine in the largest shrine network in Japan that is comprised of about 4,000 shrines nationwide.
Kyoto is especially known for traditional sweets, particularly colorful (pink, green, yellow, beige, light purple) higashi dry confectionery shaped as leaves, flowers, fruits or Japanese crests, which usually accompany a bowl of matcha tea during tea ceremony.
Tateyama is a famous symbol of Toyama, and one of the three most sacred mountains of Japan. The picturesque landscape of the Tateyama range in the Northern Japan Alps draws people for many reasons - hiking in summer, snow sports in winter, onsens, food, local festivals.
This route is designed for all visitors who only have one day to visit Kanazawa and want to make the most out of it. It starts and ends at Kanazawa station. You can reach all destinations via foot or by bus (check the section below for the information about bus routes).
About 113 km or roughly 1.5 hours by train from the northwest part of the congested capital, Chichibu region in Saitama prefecture is now becoming a sought-after destination for nature wonders, mountain trekking, river cruising, hot springs onsen, historical sights, and gastronomical delights, including saké and liquor breweries.
Here we present the top 15 things to do in Fukui prefecture. The midwestern prefecture in Japan. While other parts are known for their food, scenery, or culture, Fukui is famous for dinosaur experiences.
Nagoya is one of the largest cities in Japan, and like all great cities, it has its fair share of great shopping. However, there are so many options that it can get a little confusing. But fear not, with my guide you will be well on your way to buying gifts, souvenirs, or a little something for yourself!
If you want to see the mountainside and enjoy spectacular nature, special hot spring waters, as well as finest Japanese craft, Yamanaka Onsen is the right place to go. In this article, I want to give you some ideas of what you can do in this beautiful mountainside town and how to spend a nice day there.
One Kyoto local has taken the tourism boom as an opportunity to provide a sustainably-focused day tour from Kyoto. Chuck Kayser, moved to Kyoto over 20 years ago and has been organic farming for 11 years. He is also a member of Seeds of Sustainability Kyoto, a group which hosts events throughout the city promoting sustainable ideas.