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Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is located on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan, across the Korea Strait from South Korea's Busan.It is the most famous city in Kyushu, followed by Kitakyushu. It is thebiggest city and metropolitan area west of Osaka. The city was designated on April 1, 1972 by government ordinance. Greater Fukuoka with 2.5 million people (2005 Census), is part of the heavily industrialized North Kyushu zone.Fukuoka is bordered on three sides by mountains and opens, on the north, to the Sea of Genkai. Much of the city is now built on reclaimed land, with ongoing developments in Higashi-ku building more artificial islands.
Hakone in known in history as a checkpoint on the old Tokaido Road, which linked the eastern and western parts of Japan. There are many buildings of historic interest to visit here, as well as sites connected to traditional culture. Hakone is also a showcase for art. Art-related attractions include Japanfs first open-air museum, the Hakone Open-Air Museum, as well as the Venetian Glass Museum, the Museum of Saint-Exupéry and the Little Prince in Hakone, the Pola Museum of Art, the Lalique Museum, Hakone, the Narukawa Art Museum and others boasting first-rate collections. Nature lovers will enjoy the numerous parks and botanical gardens of Hakone, including Hakone Gora Park and Onshi-Hakone Park, which feature displays of seasonal flowers. Itfs a great sightseeing spot, with attractions to enjoy throughout the year.
Explore World Heritage sites in Hiroshima and Miyajima in one day! Miyajima is konow for its Itsukushima Jinja Shrine. Its red torii gate appears to be standing in the sea during high tide. Walk through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to promoting peace around the world.
Kanazawa city sits between the Sai and Asano rivers. Its sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by the Japan Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park. Its total area is 467.77 km. Gold leaf plays a prominent part in the city's cultural crafts, to the extent that there is a gold leaf museum (Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum). Kanazawa is well-known throughout Japan for its traditional cooking, which is called Kaga Cuisine. The seafood is an area of expertise the jumbo shrimp in particular. Sushi and sashimi are also excellent.
Kyoto was the political capital of Japan before Edo ( Tokyo) for more than 1,000 years - from 794 until 1868. It remains the cultural heart of the Japanese nation, and with more than 2,000 famous temples and shrines, it is a place of pilgrimage as well as a veritable open-air museum. No fewer than 17 major sites in and around the city have gained UNESCO World Heritage status. Whether you prefer traditional kabuki theatre or modern avant-garde performance art, you can find it in Kyoto. Moreover, it is a great city for festivals, with a busy all-year programme culminating in the marvellous Gion Matsuri and the beautiful Yamaboko Junko float parade in July. And if the cultural riches and street-life buzz can be overwhelming, there is always plenty of nature offering relief nearby, whether in the city's gardens and parks ...
Nikko is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys and hiking trails.Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, in particular, are well known for their beautiful autumn colors (koyo). In the average year the colors start descending from the higher elevations of Yumoto Onsen in early October, are best around Lake Chuzenji and the Irohazaka road in mid to late October and reach the town of Nikko in the first half of November.Nik...
Okinawa is the south most region of Japan. Okinawa consists of nearly 150 islands, which are spread in a broad area (over 350 miles long). The biggest Island is Okinawa island, where the capital city, Naha is situated. It takes 2.5 hours from Tokyo, 2 hours from Osaka, and 1 hour from Kagoshima to fly to Okinawa Naha Airport. Okinawa Island Attractions: Shuri-jo Castle Park - (It's a symbol of Okinawa. You can take a picture, wearing the traditional Okinawa costume here.), Okinawa World - (It's a theme park consists of a large cave, a snake park, and more.), Himeyuri Peace Museum - (Many travelers visit here to pray for peace.), Okinawa Ocean Expo Park & International Street - (It's the main street in Naha-city. On the one mile street, there are many souvenir shops, department stores, clothing stores, hotels, and resta...
Osaka is Japan's third biggest city, and it is the heart of the country's largest urban region, which consists of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto and has a population of around 20 million people. Osaka, then famous as Naniwa, was twice the imperial capital of Japan, in the seventh and eighth centuries, but only for short periods, and the city has throughout its history been more well-known for its economic than its political power. Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka has excellent sea, air and land transportation and remains the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region. Osaka is just as busy after dark as during the daytime. The city's nightlife is legendary, with thousands of bars, restaurants and amusement park. The most famous of the night spots is the Dotonbori area, a hectic neon jungle along the Dot...
Effortlessly combination the old and the new, Tokyo is a city that defies definition. Cutting edge technology glitters beside ancient temples, flashing neon lights bathe kimono-clad women, and shining skyscrapers tower above stunning Shinto shrines. Home to over 12 million people (and more than 35 million people if you include the whole metropolis), Tokyo is a city with a history and a heart that captivates every tourist. The towering commerce districts swarm with soberly dressed corporate warriors and the demure young secretaries known as ΓÇÿoffice ladies'. The architectural anarchy and sheer crush of humanity assaults the senses. Amid the frenzy of consumerism, brash electronics outlets are crammed next to refined upscale boutiques and hordes of giggling schoolgirls swoon over pop idols and the latest fashions in gli...
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