Destinations

Below list of topics I’m populating with related blog posts over time. Stay tuned. 😊

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Mt. Akina – 秋名山

Know as Mount Haruna in the real world. Main story site of my favorite Anime / Manga series InitialD. In 2018 I visited the original setting places of InitialD story in Gunma-Prefecture. 😍

#initialD #gunma #MountAkina

Akihabara Denki Gai – 秋葉原電気街

One of Tokio’s craziest shopping and entertainment district.

#tokyo #shopping #sightseeing

Ainokura

A small village of Gassho-style houses in a magical valley in Gifu-Prefecture.

#gifu #gassho #UNESCOworldheritage

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Bouldering

Japan has a big range of nice bouldering and climbing spots.

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Chichibu Shrine – 秩父神社

A beautiful shrine in Saitama-Prefecture, where I got my first Goshuinchou (red stamp book)

#saitama #shinto #shrine

Choan-ji Temple

A beautiful forrest Buddhist temple in Hakone Prefecture that features more than 300 stone figurines hidden between the trees. A true gem.

#hakone #choanji #buddism

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Dejima

Dejima has been the only open port to Japan for 200 years during the Edo Period, when Japan was closed to the outer world by order of the shogun. This famous location has been restaurated by the city of Nagasaki and is a must visit for East Asia history buffs.

#nagasaki #historic #sightseeing #dejima

E

Edoworld

Famous entertainment park north of Tokio depicting the life in Japan during the Edo period.

Ehime

Prefecture on the island of Shikoku

F

Fuji-san – 富士山 – Mount Fuji

The iconic Mountain of Japan. I tried my first ascent in July 2018. Read my blog post here:

Mount Fuji (ascent)

Fukushima

The desaster area is barely recovering and has to live with the stigma.

Festivals

Especially in Summer there are tons of festivals all over the country. Highlights being for example the Obon week and the almost 1000 year old Gion-Matsuri in Kyoto.

#matsuri

G

Gunma

Prefecture north of Tokyo.

#gunma

Gion

The famous Geisha district in Kyoto. Beautiful tea houses and restaurants line the river. Especially in the evening a nice area for a walk or to have a glimpse at the occasional passing Geisha or Maiko.

#kyoto #geisha #gion

Gifu

Region in central Honshu, famous for it’s postcard view Gassho (=praying hands) style houses. The cute villages are one of the most magical spots in Japan.

#gifu #gassho

Ghibli Museum

The Tokio located museum features recreated sets from the globally beloved studio Ghibli movies.

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Honshu

Japans largest Island. Mount Fuji, Tokio, Kyoto and most of the other well known sights of Japan are located there

#honshu

Hokkaido

The northernmost of Japan’s 5 main islands. Famous for its harsh winters and the snow festival in the capital Sapporo.

#hokkaido #sapporo

Hakone

Lake region close to Tokio, famous for it’s iconic Mount Fuji views.

#initialD #mountfuji #hakone

Hiroshima

A bustling modern city in a beautiful bay. There is lot’s to explore in the city and its vincinity.

Hiroshima Word Peace Memorial

Hard to stomach place.

#hiroshima #sightseing #memorial #UNESCOWorldheritagesite

Hiroshima Castle

Has been rebuild after the war.

#castle #hiroshima

Hiroshima Museum of Art

#hiroshima #museum

Himeji Castle

The swan castle in Hyōgo-Prefecture is one of the most famous sights in Japan.

#himeji #castle

Hikone Castle

Another beautiful Castle located in Shiga-Prefecture at lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.

#lakebiwa #hikone #shiga

I

Izu

My favored region in all of Japan so far. A large peninsula in Shizuoka-Prefecture with lush climate and stunning scenery, rounded up by amazing beaches and views like a Hokusei painting, close to Mount Fuji.

#izu #shizuoka

Inari Fujimi Taisha

Located in Kyoto, it’s one of the most iconic shinto shrines in Japan. Well know for the tunnels of red toori that lead about 4 kilometers up the mountain.

#kyoto #temple #shinto #shrine

Ito

Harbour town located at the west coast of Izu peninsula. Has a beautiful backpacker Ryokan.

J

Japanese Alps

Japans Alps are a sight to behold. A beautiful mountain range on Honshu rising up to 3000 meters above sea level, most of them actually being volcanos. Skiing, hiking, onsen, tons of things to do there.

Read my blog post here:

Happo Pond – 八方池 – Hiking the Japanese Alps

K

Kitakyushu

Large city in the north of Kyushu

Kintai Bridge

Close to Hiroshima in Yamaguchi-Prefecture there is a spot where the old asian art of cormorant fishing is practiced at night. As a tourist you can join the fisherman on their boats.

#kintaibridge #cormorantfishing #yamaguchi

Kanazawa

Famous for it’s old town with samurai mansions, the zen garden and the international renowned museum of modern art.

#kanazawa #samurai #historic #museum

Kanazawa Museum of Modern Art

Famous for the Swimming Pool installation.

Kyoto

Rome and Kyoto share the top spot of the list with each featuring 17 Unesco World Heritage sights, more than any other city on earth.

#kyoto #UNESCOWorldheritag

Kyoto Art Museum

Kyoto Museum of Handicraft

Kokura Castle

Another raodtrip day, another Castle. 😍

#kitakyushu #castle #sightseing

Kamiyama – 神山町

A beautiful secluded hiking area in the mountains of central Shikoku.

Read my blog post here:

Kamiyama – 神山町

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M

Motonosumi Inari Shrine

Another instagramable location only reachable by car.

#shinto #shrine #ocean

N

Nakasendo

The old post route between the two capitals Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Some of it has been brought back to the state it had during the Edo period. There is a beautiful 7 km hike through the mountains on the old cobble road from the villages Magome to Tsumago. Beware of the bears and enjoy a free tea at the medieval tea house along the way.

#hiking #nakasendo #historic

Ninja Temple

Ninja Temple in Kanazawa that offers a tour of the secrets of the Ninja warrior monks.

Nara – 奈良市

The ancient capital Nara features some of the most iconic temples in the country, as well as more than 1000 free roaming deer in the temple district. Cuteness overkill. 😍😍😍

Read my blog post here:

Nara – 奈良市 – Deers and temples

Nagoya

The industrial hub is the home of the Toyota Corporation and other iconic companies of Japans industrial age.

Nagano

Famous for hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 1998, it’s a beautiful spot to go skiing in winter or alpine hiking above the clouds in Summer.

Read my blog post here:

Happo Pond – 八方池 – Hiking the Japanese Alps

Narita

Suburb of Tokio and one of the large airports. Starting point of my trips with Japancampers.

Nagasaki

Has been the gate to the western world for a long time and has a lot more to offer than the Atomic Bomb story.

O

Osaka

Ose

Beautiful little diving town in Shizuoka Prefecture with iconic Mount Fuji view.

#ose #diving #mountfuji

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R

Ritsurin Garden

Another stunning display of the Zen garden art in Japan located in northern Shikoku.

#shikoku #takamatsu

S

Shikoku

One of the 5 main islands of Japan. Connected to Honshu by several spectacular kilometer spanning bridges.

Saitama

Beautiful mountainous prefecture close to Tokio.

T

Tomioka Silk Mill

Unesco World Heritage site in Saitama-Prefecture.

#UNESCOWorldHeritage #Saitama #sightseing #historic #museum

Toyota Museum

Iconic Industrial Museum at the site of the original Toyota factory.

#nagoya #historic #sightseing #museum

U

Unazuki

Famous Spa Town with spectacular railway for tourists touring to the mountains.

#onsen #gorge #train

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