Destinations in Japan

Japan may be a small country, but there are hundreds of destinations that offer more than you could imagine. From nature-rich and quiet regional towns where you can experience traditional Japan, to the fast-paced and bright metropolitan cities bustling with people and technology, begin to explore Japan right here.

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TAISETSU

Asahikawa City Great local resorts, after-ski entertainment and attractions Taisetsu* is a collection of magnificent mountains that form the central highlands of Hokkaido, and here you’ll find the largest national park in the country known as the Daisetsuzan National Park*. With mountains of … ...Read More

ZAO ONSEN

This traditional ski resort reigns supreme in Japan The historic hot spring town of Zao Onsen lies within the Zao Mountain Range, an impressive cluster of stratovolcanoes 40 minutes from Yamagata City. Legend has it that a wounded warrior stumbled upon the first spring-head in the area after a b… ...Read More

MARUMORI

Marumori town A wholesome country town watched over by Nekogami (Cat God) Abundant in nature and vibrant with creative people who have a love for traditional values and innovating a lifestyle of wellness for everyone. It is a truly unique town where approximately 80 stone monuments of cats d… ...Read More

TOYOOKA

Hot Spring Therapy that Heals Both the Body and Soul & Rejuvenate Your Body and Spirit in the Countryside of Japan Tucked away along Japan’s western coastline and surrounded by the natural beauty of the San’in Kaigan Geopark lies the city of Toyooka. Conveniently located only a few hours fro… ...Read More

MYOKO

The beauty of Myoko Myoko is blessed with an abundance of high quality ski resorts that are surrounded by nature-rich mountains, hot springs and recreational facilities. The area is also known for its ancient, traditional local food culture which you will surely get to enjoy during your stay. My… ...Read More

NISEKO

√  Vast quantities of Japan's best powder √  World-class facilities √  Loads of after-ski entertainment What is it that makes the snow holiday experience at Niseko so addictive? Is it the free and easy off-piste policy? The nightlife? The parks, schools and variety of snow activities to choose… ...Read More

KATASHINA VILLAGE

Ski holidays in Japan has become a staple menu item of Australian travellers, but there are still many undiscovered places around Japan. One of these hidden gems go by the name of Katashina Village. This place is tucked away in Gunma Prefecture, just under two hours from Tokyo city. Katashina V… ...Read More

SHIGA KOGEN

Shiga Kogen √ Japan's biggest ski resort area √ Hot spring heaven √ Snow Monkeys AND Snow Monsters Shiga Kogen is the collection of one of Japan’s largest ski resorts and hiking spots, conveniently located within the Joshin-etsu Kogen National Park, in Nagano Prefecture. Shiga Kogen area h… ...Read More

OMACHI

Enjoy the finer things in a hot spring town on Hakuba's doorstep Just 40 minutes from Hakuba, Omachi is local to the ski resorts of Kashimayari Sports Village and Jiigatake. Its hot spring area of Omachi Onsenkyo is set in deep forest, and skiers and snowboarders overnight here from Hakuba to en… ...Read More

KOBE

Gateway to Japan and rugby. Tokyo and very slightly to the west of Osaka is the city of Kobe. One of the most well known port city in Japan, and it is located in the Kansai region. Kobe looks up to the gorgeous mountains that surround the city and its many varied and unique sceneries attract vis… ...Read More

FUJI-KAWAGUCHIKO

The prime spot to view Mount Fuji The town of Fuji-Kawaguchiko is the gorgeous area beneath Mount Fuji that boasts abundance in nature with its four lakes, mountains and forests. Japan’s biggest icon, Mount Fuji is a stones throw away from Fuji-Kawaguchiko, giving the town the ‘best seat in the … ...Read More

Haneda Tokyo International Air Terminal

Tokyo’s very own airport, connecting Aussies to 48 destinations in Japan! Australians are starting to catch on to a better way of travelling to and further into Japan. They are discovering Tokyo International Airport, also known as Haneda Airport; the address of which is - unlike Narita - actual… ...Read More

REGIONS OF JAPAN

HOKKAIDO

The northernmost of the four main islands of Japan, Hokkaido is the second largest island in Japan. it is surrounded by three oceans: The Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Pacific Ocean. Although it has the third largest population of Japan, it is the least populated. Hokkaido has relatively pleasant weather, characterised by harsh winter accompanied by heavy snowfall, extremely low temperatures and frozen seas. It is also home to various mountains, extensive wetlands, beautiful lakes, forests, ski resorts and so much more. It’s a popular tourist hotspot among domestic and international tourists alike, who enjoy the unspoiled nature and large variety of seafood offered from the surrounding seas.

FURANO
√  Full-service outdoor playground √  Lower humidity means even drier powder snow √  Authentic local culture and hospitality Winter guests visit the city of Furano for skiing and snowboarding, b…Read More
TAISETSU
Asahikawa City Great local resorts, after-ski entertainment and attractions Taisetsu* is a collection of magnificent mountains that form the central highlands of Hokkaido, and here you’ll find …Read More
RUSUTSU
Visit a featured ski resort RUSUTSU which has just joined the Epic Pass  January and February see Rusutsu’s Side Country Park come to life, with all sorts of ungroomed fun to be had within the wes…Read More
NISEKO
√  Vast quantities of Japan's best powder √  World-class facilities √  Loads of after-ski entertainment What is it that makes the snow holiday experience at Niseko so addictive? Is it the free a…Read More
TOKACHIDAKE
For hungry riders on a raw powder diet Tokachidake is nature in the Hokkaido Powder Belt 'as is'. There are no lifts, no groomed runs, and no crowds; just pure powder to be enjoyed. The area consi…Read More
Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU & OMO7 ASAHIKAWA
Discover Hokkaido from Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU and OMO7 ASAHIKAWA  G'Day Japan! exclusive deal, saving up to 80%! Limited time only! √ Get the cheapest deals when you stay at TOMAMU for 3 nigh…Read More
OTARU
Snowed under in Hokkaido A seafood lover's paradise near Sapporo, steeped in historic charm A VISIT to Otaru is a trip back in time to nineteenth-century Japan. Beautifully maintained European he…Read More
Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Stay a while and explore Hokkaido from Hoshino Resorts Tomamu G'Day Japan! exclusive deal, saving up to 80%! Limited time only! A great snow holiday area in its own right, Tomamu is a convenien…Read More

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Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

A Guide to Japan’s Best Autumn Hikes

Tochigi Discover Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Japan. During autumn it is the perfect temperature to enjoy one of Japan’s scenic hikes. More notably, this is the time that the leaves change colour and Japan’s usually lush greenery is transformed temporarily into a complex palette of reds, oranges and yel… Read More

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TOHOKU

Tohoku region consists of six prefectures: Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima, and is located in the north-eastern part of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. Due to the strong effects of the Siberian High, it sees cool summers and snowy winters. However, some places in the pacific coast of Tohoku has much less snow than imagined. Tohoku is characterised by hilly mountains, lakes, hot springs and is a major rice production area. Various outdoor activities, rich historical sites and food experiences are offered throughout the year. Tohoku has made a significant recovery from the devastating earthquake that hit the region in 2011 but remains a place well-loved by both domestic and international travellers.

ZAO ONSEN
This traditional ski resort reigns supreme in Japan The historic hot spring town of Zao Onsen lies within the Zao Mountain Range, an impressive cluster of stratovolcanoes 40 minutes from Yamagata …Read More
MARUMORI
Marumori town A wholesome country town watched over by Nekogami (Cat God) Abundant in nature and vibrant with creative people who have a love for traditional values and innovating a lifestyle of …Read More

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Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

A Guide to Japan’s Best Autumn Hikes

Tochigi Discover Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Japan. During autumn it is the perfect temperature to enjoy one of Japan’s scenic hikes. More notably, this is the time that the leaves change colour and Japan’s usually lush greenery is transformed temporarily into a complex palette of reds, oranges and yel… Read More

Summer Festivals in Japan

Tokyo Culture Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Summertime in Japan is associated with music, dance, and festivities. Almost every area has at least one local festival (matsuri) in late summer/ early autumn, where the celebrations are mostly centred around the paddy harvest. While there are no specific dates for when the festivals occur, they ar… Read More

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KANTO

Kanto region is located in the north central part of Honshu and accounts for one-third of the total Japanese population. It consists of seven prefectures: Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi and Tokyo. Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Ibaraki are coastal, the other three prefectures are landlocked. It can be said that the Greater Tokyo Area, consisting of Tokyo Metropolis, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Saitama, Chiba and Sagamihara, is responsible for Kanto region being the heart of Japanese culture, politics and economics. This is due to the heavily industrialised and greatly urbanised nature of these areas that intertwines technology and rich pop culture together. Most of us may associate this with the immersive digital artwork and sites with high tech entertainment offered in the region, but Kanto also has rural retreats, sandy beaches, historical sites and untouched natural charm.

TOKYO
The largest city in the world by population, Greater Tokyo sprawls as far as the eye can see from the skyscrapers of Shinjuku, towards the silhouette of Mount Fuji on the horizon. One of the most …Read More
KANDA-OGAWA
Kanda-Ogawa - where skiers can shop till they drop! Kanda-ogawa is located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo - just 10 minutes from Japan’s electric city, Akihabara. Kanda-ogawa is known as the number …Read More
KATASHINA VILLAGE
Ski holidays in Japan has become a staple menu item of Australian travellers, but there are still many undiscovered places around Japan. One of these hidden gems go by the name of Katashina Village. …Read More
Haneda Tokyo International Air Terminal
Tokyo’s very own airport, connecting Aussies to 48 destinations in Japan! Australians are starting to catch on to a better way of travelling to and further into Japan. They are discovering Tokyo I…Read More
ENOSHIMA/KAMAKURA
Follow the sea breeze to Enoshima and Kamakura The Kanto region in which Tokyo is located has all sorts of landscapes and cityscapes to be enjoyed, as well as variances in local culture from place…Read More
HAKONE
A breath of fresh air, 75 minutes from Shinjuku Hakone has provided a found retreat for the Japanese people for over four centuries. Known for its hot springs, hospitality, and the gorgeous natura…Read More

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Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

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CHUBU

Located in the central area of Honshu, Chubu comprises of nine prefectures: Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka and Aichi. It is situated between Kansai and Kanto region and is often overlooked as it is regarded as merely a staging point for travelling between two regions. However, some of Japan’s most scenic landscapes, ski resorts and historical towns are located here. Not to mention Japan’s most iconic symbol, Mt Fuji! The climate here differs given that the areas are widely spread out, with the northern most area along the Sea of Japan being cooler and thus experiences heavy snowfall. Areas along the Pacific Coast, on the other hand, experience hot and humid summers. For example, Gifu is known as one of the hottest places in Japan.

SHIGA KOGEN
Shiga Kogen √ Japan's biggest ski resort area √ Hot spring heaven √ Snow Monkeys AND Snow Monsters Shiga Kogen is the collection of one of Japan’s largest ski resorts and hiking spots, conven…Read More
HAKUBA VALLEY
√ More than ten metres a season of the best powder you've never seen √ Amazing backcountry, hot springs and local dining and drinking √ International resort night life with great English tours an…Read More
NOZAWA ONSEN
√  Deep powder resort with a vast slope area √  Grand samurai-era bathhouses and inns √  Traditional hot spring healing destination The quaint village of Nozawa Onsen has long been known beyond …Read More
MYOKO
The beauty of Myoko Myoko is blessed with an abundance of high quality ski resorts that are surrounded by nature-rich mountains, hot springs and recreational facilities. The area is also known for…Read More
ECHIGO-YUZAWA
√ Prime location for enormous powder dumps √ Filled with traditional snow country charm √ Just 77 minutes from Tokyo on the bullet train Indulge in the snow, the food and the hot springs of Ec…Read More
OMACHI
Enjoy the finer things in a hot spring town on Hakuba's doorstep Just 40 minutes from Hakuba, Omachi is local to the ski resorts of Kashimayari Sports Village and Jiigatake. Its hot spring area of…Read More
MADARAO KOGEN
√ Two interconnected resorts famous for deep 'Madapow' √ Amazing tree runs, natural bowls, jumps and half-pipe √ Ski-in, ski-out accommodation with delicious local dining Madarao Kogen is an all…Read More
SHIBU ONSEN
The neighbouring town to the snow monkey park, full of charm and tradition Shibu Onsen is a quaint hot spring town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing tradition…Read More
FUJI-KAWAGUCHIKO
The prime spot to view Mount Fuji The town of Fuji-Kawaguchiko is the gorgeous area beneath Mount Fuji that boasts abundance in nature with its four lakes, mountains and forests. Japan’s biggest i…Read More
NAGANO CITY
Overview Nagano City has been a storied gateway for pilgrims en route to the iconic 1,400-year-old Buddhist temple, Zenko-ji for in excess of a millennium. However, the rest of the city offers so …Read More

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Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

The Incredible Train Rides of Japan

Yamanashi Transport GJ Editor GJ Editor

We all know that Japan is very capable of going beyond our expectations of converting something into more unique and extraordinary. The Robot Restaurant, vending machines, digital art museums and Pachinko... and train rides! While Japan is famously known for its efficient and extensive railway netw… Read More

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KANSAI

Also known as ‘Kinki’, Kansai region occupies the southern-central region of Honshu and consists of seven prefectures: Hyogo, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Osaka, Shiga and Wakayama. Keihanshin region comprises of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, and is also known as the second-most densely populated region in Japan since a vast portion of industrial production takes place here. The rivalry between regions of Kanto and Kansai is still prevalent when it comes to food, dialects and escalator etiquette. Once the cultural and historical heart of Japan, Kansai region has since developed its own unique identity. While Kyoto is commonly found on every traveller’s bucket list, other prefectures also have historical and cultural sites, breathtaking landscapes, carry out religious pilgrimages and have rich food cultures.

TOYOOKA
Hot Spring Therapy that Heals Both the Body and Soul & Rejuvenate Your Body and Spirit in the Countryside of Japan Tucked away along Japan’s western coastline and surrounded by the natural bea…Read More
OSAKA
Osaka: The Vibrant City of Old and New The world famous Osaka is the capital of west Japan; a trade and cultural hub that offers a completely different experience to that of Tokyo city. Located in…Read More
KOBE
Gateway to Japan and rugby. Tokyo and very slightly to the west of Osaka is the city of Kobe. One of the most well known port city in Japan, and it is located in the Kansai region. Kobe looks up t…Read More

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Top 10 Things to do in Shiga

Shiga Historic Sites Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

Shiga is best known for having the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. It is close to Kyoto and is a hidden gem which has a lot to offer for lovers of both nature and history and is well worth the detour. With architecturally stunning shrines and castles, beautifully sculpted gardens as well as one o… Read More

Nara’s fantastic foods and desserts

Nara Food and Drink Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

Japan has got to be one of the top destinations where there is an endless list of foods to try. Seriously, I am not kidding when I say I am definitely making a second trip to Japan just to eat. Each city has something special to offer wherever you go. Especially Nara, their food is so unique! Their… Read More

Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

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CHUGOKU

Chugoku region is located in the western part of Honshu and comprises of five prefectures: Okayama, Hiroshima, Tottori, Shimane and Yamaguchi. Being geographically close to Kyushu and Shikoku islands means Chugoku serves as an important gateway for travel towards western Japan. This is not limited to domestic travel only, as airports and seaports allow for international passenger traffic from neighbouring countries as well. Most travellers visit Hiroshima while the rest of the region is not explored as much. Despite this, it still boasts Japan’s top three landscape gardens, a World Heritage Site, sand dunes and various outdoor activities, including hiking and cycling.

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A Guide to Japan’s Best Autumn Hikes

Tochigi Discover Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Japan. During autumn it is the perfect temperature to enjoy one of Japan’s scenic hikes. More notably, this is the time that the leaves change colour and Japan’s usually lush greenery is transformed temporarily into a complex palette of reds, oranges and yel… Read More

5 Reasons to go to Yamaguchi

yamaguchi Discover Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

With so much to see in Japan, you would be forgiven for not immediately thinking of Yamaguchi prefecture when planning your next Japan trip. Some travellers may not have even heard of Yamaguchi, which is located in the Chugoku region in the most Western area of Japan's main island. However, we're h… Read More

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SHIKOKU

Located southwest of Honshu is Shikoku, the second smallest main island of Japan. It consists of four prefectures: Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime and Kochi, and remains as Japan’s secret destination. While many hidden gems yet to be discovered, Shikoku region covers a wide range of cultural, historical, spiritual, art and outdoor adventures. This includes the ‘88 Temple’ pilgrimage, Japan’s most famous dance festival, Naoshima Island, a modern art sanctuary, the charismatic bathhouse that inspired the Miyazaki’s film ‘Spirited Away’ and Naruto whirlpools. Being geographically isolated means Shikoku’s traditions and its scenic beauty has been very well preserved.

SHIKOKU
Shikoku is an island of Japan, located to the southwest of Tokyo. Its name means four countries, and as the name suggests, it is made up of four prefectures; Tokushima, Kagawa, Kochi and Ehime. Sh…Read More

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Naoshima’s Contemporary Art Museums

Kyoto Art Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Located 175km southwest of Kyoto, Naoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Like many other islands in the area, Naoshima was suffering until the 1990s due to its dying industrial waste dumps until it was completely transformed into the con… Read More

SHIKOKU

Ehime Discover GJ Editor GJ Editor

Shikoku is an island of Japan, located to the southwest of Tokyo. Its name means four countries, and as the name suggests, it is made up of four prefectures; Tokushima, Kagawa, Kochi and Ehime. Shikoku came in the second one of the top Asian destination in Lonely Planet’s Best in the Asia Pacifi… Read More

SHIKOKU

Ehime Travel Information GJ Editor GJ Editor

Shikoku is an island of Japan, located to the southwest of Tokyo. Its name means four countries, and as the name suggests, it is made up of four prefectures; Tokushima, Kagawa, Kochi and Ehime. Shikoku came in the second one of the top Asian destination in Lonely Planet’s Best in the Asia Pacifi… Read More

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KYUSHU

Kyushu is the third largest island and is located in the southern west part of Japan. Being located the closest to the Asian continent, an international port was developed and cultural exchanges between China, Korea and European countries occurred. Kyushu consists of eight prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and the islands of Okinawa. It is also known as ‘Onsen Island’ due to its mountainous geography and is also home to Japan’s most active volcano, Mt. Aso. Besides the spectacular nature the island offers that includes Yakushima, Takachiho and Sakurajima, the discovery of hidden Christian sites where Christianity used to be secretly practised has brought Kyushu to the spotlight.

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10 Best Foods in Fukuoka You Cannot Miss

Fukuoka Food and Drink GJ Editor GJ Editor

Whenever people mention Fukuoka Prefecture, most people think about the delicious food they can eat. With local dishes ranging from mouthwatering ramen to perfectly grilled yakitori, Fukuoka is truly a food heaven that will never let you down. In this Fukuoka food guide, we share the 10 best foods … Read More

Japan, Winter Illuminations Guide 2020-2021

Tokyo Event Vivianne Tran Vivianne Tran

If you're wondering what else is there to do in Japan's winter besides skiing or hot springs, then we just might have the perfect idea for you. What does Japan do best? Their awesome illuminations! Japan will tap into your wildest imagination with their divine winter illuminations that light up the… Read More

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OKINAWA

Okinawa Prefecture is Japan’s northernmost prefecture, made up of 160 islands of varying sizes. Once an independent nation known as the ‘Ryukyu Kingdom’, it created its unique culture as a fusion of its neighbouring Asian countries. One of the main distinctions of Okinawa is its subtropical climate with beautiful beaches, rich corals and undersea life—a heaven for marine and ocean activities. The language barrier here wouldn’t be so much of a problem here as Okinawans generally have a better command of English. Its untouched nature and traditional culture under the slow-paced atmosphere are highly recommended for those seeking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Relax into Island Time at Ishigakijima

Okinawa Discover Ashleigh Dollin

“We live on different time here, Island Time... you can enjoy and relax” said the receptionist checking me into the hotel. Soon I became acutely aware of the flow of Island Time, my shoulders relaxed as the stresses of daily life left my body. The pace is leisurely at Ishigakijima it almost feels … Read More

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