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Pictures: all featured Cities
photo albums of Japanese cities, with some introduction to the clueless...
take your time.
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.
to 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...
! - See why kansai people never run out of energy. In neither
From the loud and friendly Osaka to the calm and beautiful Kyoto
! - 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...
! - 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.
( 30 albums )
An ultramodern cosmopolitan metropolis with a history on its own,
and over ten million people simultaneously altering its present,
the capital of Japan, an economic and cultural juggernaut, one of
the most notable places on the face of the earth, that everyone
knows something about. It has as many sides as many faces you see
on the streets, you simply have to experience Tokyo to have a vague
idea on what it should mean to you.
Young and energetic entertainment, shopping and fashion district with
views everyone has seen at least once. Often the world debut stage
for music, movies, and games, vibrant and never boring.
- Omotesando - Jinguame
Neighboring Shibuya, a relaxed option to dive into tokyoite culture
and shopping. Hosts modern galleries, design showrooms, cafes, boutiques
For those whom this name rings a bell no introduction is needed. For
those who don't know, they probably shouldn't go there. The world
center of Anime, Manga, Games and electronics with a strong pushover
The heart of Tokyo, Japan, and probably one of the most famous cities
in the world. A more adult version of Shibuya, shopping, dining and
entertainment district, and home of the gigantic and calm imperial
Trendy and cult fashion district for everyone who likes to be stylish.
World famous for extravagance in people and even food, and the number
of boutiques per square meters is matched nowhere else in the world.
In between Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku, home of the Meiji Jingu
shrine and its surrounding gardens, as well as the Yoyogi park, the
Yoyogi stadium and a colorful lot of people visiting.
Home of Senso-ji temple, Asakusa shrine and the Azumabashi bridge,
the most famous historic views of Tokyo. Also the ideal place to buy
classic souvenirs and see a wide variety of tourists.
Elite and somewhat snobbish shopping and entertainment district, mainly
for wealthier audience. Hidden in the smaller streets you will find
all the necessary scenes and stars for a movie about a never-existed
- Yurakucho - Marunouchi
Geographic center of Tokyo, famous for the Imperial Palace, and the
home of business complexes, banks and the International Forum.
- Kanda - Ochanomizu
Scenes from Jinbocho, or "Book Town", and its more relaxed
surroundings, of universities and students in Kanda district.
Huge park in the heart of the city, only minutes away from the Imperial
Palace. Home of the Nippon Budokan national martial arts hall.
Rikugien, beautifully maintained historic traditional Japanese gardens
and strolls displaying famous scenes in all seasons. Located in Komagome.
Travel back to the 20th century to see more relaxed but somewhat late
scenes of Tokyo. Ueno park is home to many museums, galleries and
a zoo, while the Ameya Yokocho shopping arcade gives you an idea of
the old fashioned downtown markets.
Shiodome is home to the recently completed project the SIO-SITE with
21st century high-rise apartment complexes, hotels, media broadcast
centers and malls. At the Tokyo Bay end you'll find the Hama-Rikyu
gardens with breathtaking views.
The center of one of the largest districts in Tokyo, Setagaya-ku.
A nice and relaxed suburban feeling with a glimpse on how residential
areas live their lives on the streets everyday, all in the shadow
of the skyscraper of the Setagaya Business Center.
- Shibaura - Odaiba - Tokyo Teleport
Another huge project of architectural wonders, populating the entire
Odaiba Bay. Home of the Rainbow Bridge, amusement parks, business
centers, clubs and the Fuji TV broadcast center.
Tokyo Dome City hosts more than the stadium itself, there are amusement
parks, the LaQua shopping complex, the Prism Hall, and a huge hotel
overlooking the area.
South of Shibuya, north of Ebisu, a relaxed residential area and a
trendy - if somewhat pricey - small shopping district. Refined in
taste both in fashion and food with many shops offering merchandise
imported from all around the world.
Home of Ebisu Garden place, a recently built very stylish looking
shopping, dining and business complex. Less busy than the neighboring
Shibuya, and hidden around the huge station the streets showcase some
of the best clubs and restaurants.
Hidden on the map but known to everyone who cares, the south gate
exit opens to streets with the best shops for high-school age and
young adults. A likable guide for fashion, music, books, clubs,
and independent theaters.
The north side is a colorful, cute and always crowded town of small
shops, restaurants and cafes, while the south exit runs into the new
PAL avenue shopping arcade. Further south you'll arrive to Look, THE
vintage fashion clothing street.
East of Shinjuku, north of Shinjuku Gyoen ( the imperial park ) is
Yotsuya station. Even though not much of an attraction, offers lots
of calm strolls by the side of typical Tokyo buildings, without the
A famous residential area and its "open air shopping mall",
a town center with classy and stylish food, fashion, and other lifestyle
related shops from overseas cosmetics to Nihon ningyo ( Japanese doll
The station is built together with two of the world's largest department
stores, which get extremely crowded during seasonal sales. Also home
of the Sunshine 60 complex. Catering to shopping people of all ages
and style its closest relative in Tokyo would be Shinjuku.
Home of Hie Jinja ( shrine ) and its famous torii, or shrine gates,
that lead up to the top of the hill. Mainly a business center with
an atmospheric entertainment and dining district for the nearby
residents - thus somewhat close to Roppongi in feeling.
Located at the southwestern prefectural boundary it's the furthermost
end of Tokyo, offering a one-of-a-kind view from Asama Jinja ( shrine
) to the other side of the Tamagawa river.
One of the busiest, largest and most advanced stations in Tokyo, with
platforms for all Shinkansen trains that head west. Outside it's a
business center with glass and chrome colored high-rise buildings.
A nice and calm area with a typical university on one end, and a typical
relaxed shopping street on the other end of the station.
Roppongi is not Japan. It's a business, residential and entertainment
district for foreigners, thus has a definite unpleasant feel for some.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tokyo - Ebisu
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