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Suggested Itinerary
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Week 1 - Tokyo
Week 2 - Tokyo,Kanto
Week 3 - Nikko
Week 4 - Tokyo
Week 5 - Kyoto
Week 6 - Osaka,Nara
Week 7 - Tokyo,Kanto
Week 8 - Hokkaido

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Japanese Pictures by City
photo albums of Japanese cities, with some introduction to the clueless

If you are traveling through the country and would like to see our pictures and information of the places which you're heading to, or if you're interested in a certain city you know at least the name of. If you know or would want to know Japan by its cities, just browse on.

Tokyo ! - Hypermodern capitalist-socialism, pop culture vs. serious business.
30 or so albums on all famous or interesting districts of the ten million people metropolis...

Kansai ! - See why kansai people never run out of energy. In neither means.
From the loud and friendly Osaka to the calm and beautiful Kyoto temple gardens...

Kanto ! - The pillars that hold Tokyo...
Natural and spiritual escapes, great cities and of course the food :) See Nikko's thousand year old temples and forests... the 21st century Yokohama and more...

Hokkaido ! - The vastness of the northern island...
Crabs, spas, volcanoes, Sapporo, Otaru, Noboribetsu... and Aomori at the northern edge of Tohoku, the passage between the two islands.

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Finding local friends who can introduce you to the regions in-depth is a good idea.

Photo: Chuzen-ji lake, Nikko National Park, Nikko district.Photo: Manju store in Chukagai - the Chinatown of Yokohama, JapanKanto region

The southeastern half of Japan's main island Honshuu is said to have the most dense population of the entire country since Tokyo ( Edo ) became the capital. But even with the huge cities now on the verge of getting built together, Kanto has many places to put the ultramodern urban areas in contrast... some of the most beautiful escapes from the Kawasaki - Yokohama - Tokyo - Chiba metropolis include the temples at Narita mountain, Nikko up at the northern end with its popular and wonderfully preserved ( what preserved, still active ) Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines... hikes in national parks all around the most picturesque lands, places you may have heard about like Mt. Fuji... and places you should visit even if you never heard of, like Kamakura...

   

Photos of Nikko and the Nikko National Park, JapanNikko
The nicest place to get faraway yet stay close. Two hours north of Tokyo, with world heritage Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and the forests of the Nikko national park.

Photos of Kamakura beach, JapanKamakura
A popular field trip destination with lots of historic temples and shrines... of which none are covered here. Since it's also at the ocean-side with a well-equipped beach offering views you just can't catch deep inside the mainland.

Photos of Yokohama, JapanYokohama
South of Tokyo, with a population of 3 million people. A huge port city with a gigantic collection of 21st century architecture at the Minato Mirai complex. Also hosts many museums and parks by the bay, and the main attraction, a sparkling gold, red and blue chinatown catering to the entire Kanto region.
Literally.

Photos of Narita, JapanNarita
Narita is not a part of Tokyo, in fact it is about two hours away by train if you don't pay for the express. But nonetheless well worth a visit by everyone for its relaxed countryside streets and alleys. Home of a beautiful, large Buddhist temple-complex on Narita-san, and a tourist-oriented but cute all the same main street.
   

Photo: Kyoto, Arashiyama district, the garden of the Tenryuu-Ji  Buddhist templePhoto: Osaka, Shinsaibashi Suji shopping arcade Kansai region

The Kansai region includes many world famous cities of which the most important from a cultural aspect is definately Kyoto. The city that has been the capital of Japan through many ages over and over again and is still said to be the most important when it comes to religion in Japan. Kansai people are said to be of somewhat outgoing in their nature, speak their minds, eat lots of food and try to live out their lives to the fullest. While Kyoto city is the modern age cultural-, Osaka is the economical and entertainment center of the area.

Digest albums: Kyoto photos, selected attractions - Osaka photos, selected attractions

   
Photos of Kyoto city, JapanKyoto
Has been the capital of Japan for many times and thus it's well guarding its cultural and architectural history. Offers more beautiful temples and shrines than any other place, which now coexist with the modern age centers in a nice blend.
Photos of the Shinkansen on the Tokyo - Kyoto line, JapanShinkansen to Kyoto
En route to Kyoto encounter some of the most beautiful landscapes of the country as a comfortable real-time slideshow. Views include Fuji san ( mount Fuji ) as well as some typical countryside moments.
Photos of Arashiyama, Kyoto, JapanKyoto, Arashiyama
The northwestern area of Kyoto, with its own train lines leading to an unbelievable district of Buddhist temples, bamboo groves, hillside gardens, Shinto shrines and the colorful atmospheric facilities around the stations catering to the visitors who arrive from all over Japan.
Photos of Kibune and Kurama, Kyoto, JapanKyoto, Kurama, Kibune
The cute twin valleys hidden on the northernmost of Kyoto offer an unforgettable walk by Kibune river, with classic ryokans ( Japanese inns ) and restaurants built in complete harmony with their surroundings, and a traditional onsen ( hot spring spa ) in Kurama.
Photos of Nara, JapanNara
Also a past capital, probably the No. 1 destination for school trips for its calm strolls of historic sights. Has the second highest density of temples and shrines to Kyoto, but being one tenth in size is much more relaxed. Most famous for the Daibutsu Den ( hall of the great Buddha ) and Nara Koen ( park ) which takes up the entire eastern area. Filled with deer walking about freely, not paying you attention unless you possess shika-senbei crackers.
Photos of Osaka city, JapanOsaka
The heart of Kansai, and probably the second most important city of Japan, Osaka is a one-of-a-kind modern merchant city with an attitude. People speak kansaiben ( kansai dialect ) which somehow has the same ring as their lifestyle... they are friendly, loud, upfront, and like to live out things. Osaka is also the proof of the fact that if you eat a lot of healthy food and don't stress yourself, you'll grow up to be tall, cheerful and healthy.
Photos of Chuo Osaka, Osaka castle, Osaka, JapanOsaka Castle, Central Osaka
The most famous historic sight in Osaka, the Osaka castle stands right in the middle of the city, equally far from the business complexes and the busy station of Umeda ( North Osaka ) and the unbelievably vibrant entertainment districts of Namba, Ebisubashi and Dotonbori ( South Osaka ). It's surrounded by its own huge park and is neighboring the Osaka Business Park.
Photos of Shinsekai, Osaka, JapanOsaka, Shinsekai
Shinsekai means New World, which conveys its purpose of being built as a new age entertainment and dining district... back in 1969. It strictly stayed the way it was. Now it's an amazing retro area with great dining, an ideal place to see how ( depressing ) the architecture was back then. But most importantly it's the home of the famous icon of Osaka, the Tsutenkaku tower.
   

Photo: Sapporo, TV Tower and the Odori Koen park winter illuminationPhoto: Otaru, restaurant front at the canalHokkaido region,
Tohoku region
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The northern end of the main island, Tohoku, and across the sea, or rather below the sea in a train tunnel you arrive to Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Much less dense in population, colder in its weather, and the agricultural flagship of the country, in Hokkaido you'll find every aspect of being in Japan while still having a feeling that you're in northern Europe. Spas, hot springs, crabs and lobsters, jinghis-khan ( the food not the person ), snow fesival, harbours and fishing towns, beer brewery from the 1860s and active volcanic landscapes are the major attractions, but even with at any given time most people being around are actually tourists, the regional center Sapporo can take on any other Japanese city with its modern architecture, busy nightlife and economy...

   
Photos of Otaru, Hokkaido, JapanOtaru
Only half an hour away from Sapporo, an ideal place to go out hunting for ( interesting ) food. Its main attraction apart of a large number of kani ( crab ) and fresh sushi restaurants is the seaside where a colonization-era scene is photographed by thousands of tourists each day. The canal and its surrounding buildings bring up a feeling of the 19th century... Germany.
Photos of Aomori, Tohoku, JapanAomori
The northernmost larger city of Honshu ( Main Island ) and an important passageway to even further north, Hokkaido. It serves as a regional center for the area, and as a midway stop for travelers as well, with a large number of hotels and a long shopping street running from the station into the heart of the entertainment district. Its most famous view is the Aomori Bay Bridge.
Photos of Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanSapporo
The largest city and the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, it's a place that the word spacious can describe best. Its geography is unique to other cities as it was planned well ahead during its foundation in the 19th century. Almost 2 million people come and go on the gridlined streets to the gigantic shopping, dining and business center around the train station in the north, to the entertainment districts including Susukino on the south, and Odori koen in the middle. Its most famous icons include the TV Tower, the Odori park itself, the colonization-era buildings of Akarenga and the Tokei-dai ( clock tower ), the Sapporo Beer-en, Japan's first beer brewery, and the view from Moiwa yama.
Photos of Noboribetsu Onsen, Hokkaido, JapanNoboribetsu
Japan is world famous for its bathing culture and spas, and within Japan the most famous attraction is definitely Noboribetsu Onsen. Located deep within a volcanic mountain range is the tourist center with nothing but hotels, spas, restaurants and shops catering to the people arriving from all over the country. The water is supplied from the nearby natural hot springs, visiting its origin is an attraction itself. Only about ten minutes away from the center you are already deep within Jigokudani ( Hell valley ), and not much further you can see the active volcano Hiyoriyama and its lakes, Oyunuma and Okunoyu, all of them offering views on nature you'll never forget.
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On the picture:  Chuzenji Lake, Nikko, Japan
Nikko

On the picture:  Todai-ji Buddhist temple, Kagami-ike ( mirror pond ), Nara, Japan
Nara

On the picture:  Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Sapporo

On the picture:  Osakajo ( Osaka castle ), Osaka, Japan
Osaka - Osakajo

On the picture:  Piers in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Otaru, Hokkaido

On the picture:  Shimokita, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shimokita

On the picture:  Yurakucho station in Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Yurakucho

On the picture:  view from Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Tower

On the picture:  Kenpo tournament, Nippon Budokan, Kitanomaru Koen, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Kitanomaru

On the picture:  Buddhist temple at Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto - Higashiyama

On the picture:  Shinagawa station, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shinagawa

On the picture:  Yoyogi park, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Yoyogi

On the picture:  Kamakura beach, Japan
Kamakura

On the picture:  The Glico neon ad in Ebisubashi, Osaka, Japan
Osaka - Ebisubashi

On the picture:  Kyoto station, Japan
Kyoto Station

On the picture:  Jinbocho Book Town, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Jinbocho

On the picture:  Aomori park, Tohoku, Japan
Aomori

On the picture: Yurakucho, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Yurakucho

On the picture:  Shinjuku station platforms, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shinjuku

On the picture:  Hama-Rikyu gardens, Shinbashi, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shinbashi


On the picture: Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Ebisu

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On the picture: Ochanomizu, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Ochanomizu

On the picture:  Takebayashi dori, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto - Arashiyama

On the picture: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shinjuku

On the picture: Ueno, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Ueno

On the picture: Harajuku cosplayers, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Harajuku

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On the picture: Stone lanterns in Nikko, Japan
Nikko

On the picture: Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto - Arashiyama

On the picture: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shinjuku

On the picture: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shinjuku

On the picture: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shibuya

On the picture: Hachiko crossing, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Shibuya

On the picture:  Shinsekai, Osaka, Japan
Osaka - Shinsekai

On the picture:  Narita, Japan
Narita

On the picture:  Shrine gates, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Akasaka

On the picture:  Main street of Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Akihabara

On the picture:  Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Aoyama

On the picture:  Buddhist temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Asakusa

On the picture:  Harbour city in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Otaru. Hokkaido

On the picture:  Kibune, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto - Kibune

On the picture:  Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Ginza

On the picture:  Buddhist temple in Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto - Higashiyama

On the picture:  Yokohama, Japan
Yokohama

On the picture:  Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine, Yoyogi, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo - Yoyogi

On the picture:  Shinkyo bridge, Nikko, Japan
Nikko

On the picture:  Todai-ji Buddhist temple, Kagami-ike ( mirror pond ), Nara, Japan
Nara

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