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Are you looking for the good old Japan of yesteryear, a land of clear, pure, flowing streams?
Located in the very center of Japan and surrounded by seven other prefectures, Gifu Prefecture boasts areas of stirking natural beauty. These include the Hida region in the north, featuring mountains with elevations over 3,000m; and the Mino region in the south, whose Nobi Plain is washed by the Three Rivers of Kiso, namely the Kiso, Nagara and Ibi Rivers. Gifu is replete with scenes of classic Japanese beauty, such as Shirakawa Village, a World Heritage site; Hidatakayama, which features streetscapes from the Edo period; and Gojohachiman, a castle town of clear streams and famous springs. Don't miss the chance to try the specialties of local Hida beef and sweetfish, or take a dip in the geothermal waters of Gero Hot Spring.Official tourism website of Gifu Prefecture
A different side of Kyoto is just a few more steps away.
Kyoto Prefecture is a destination of exceptional depth and richness. Visitors to Kyoto, site of Japan's ancient capital, can find four distinct areas that offer a different side of Kyoto, each with their own sightseeing spots and unique local products. "Seaside Kyoto" features Amanohashidate, one of Japan's Three Great Beauty Spots, as well as hot-spring resorts and fresh seafood. "Forest Kyoto" offers forest culture, black soybeans and wooden crafts. In "Tea Kyoto," take in the scenery at a tea plantation and sample matcha sweets. At the Otokuni Bamboo Grove, admire the abundance of nature and bamboo shoots. The coming winter is the perfect time to visit Seaside Kyoto, as the crab and winter amberjack fish are mouth-wateringly tasty at this time of year. Come visit a side of Kyoto beyond your imagination.Official tourism website of Kyoto Prefecture
There's a part of Hyogo that would like to meet you.
In 2018 Hyogo Prefecture celebrates the 150th anniversary of its reorganization as a prefecture following the Meiji Restoration. Situated near the center of Japan, this prefecture that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Japan is so diverse in natural features that it has been called a microcosm of Japan. Hyogo is filled with fascinating historical sites, including Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and five Japan Heritage sites. San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark and other sites of natural heritage complete Hyogo's incredible variety of sightseeing attractions.Official tourism website of Hyogo Prefecture
Welcome to Crab Country!
Bracketed by the Sea of Japan to the north and the mountains of the Chugoku Range, including Mt. Oyama, in the south, Tottori Prefecture is a destination for all seasons. In the spring, flowers bloom in an eruption of color; summer brings days at the beach swimming in gentle seas; in the fall, turning leaves paint hillsides gold and fiery red; and in winter, the land is cast in a silvery glow. These scenes of Tottori's abundant natural beauty have to be appreciated up close.
Be sure to visit the Tottori Dunes and Mount Oyama National Park, two attractions synonymous with Tottori, as well as any of the 10 hot-spring spa areas scattered throughout the prefecture.
Journey into a land of destiny.
A culture that prizes history and tradition is etched deeply on Shimane Prefecture, "the land of destiny.”
Here you can come face-to-face with many of the most famous wonders of Japan. These include Grand Izumo Shrine, where pilgrims come to pray for matchmaking; Matsue Castle, a National Treasure; Iwami Silver Mine, a World Heritage site; the town of Tsuwano, a Japan Heritage site; iron production using foot-operated bellows; and Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark.
Set out on a journey to the land of destiny.
Come to sunny Okayama, where incredible sights and delicious local dishes are everywhere.
Sunny Okayama is located in the center of western Japan. The prefecture offers a variety of sightseeing spots, from Okayama Castle to Okayama Korakuen, which is one of Japan's Three Great Gardens and awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide. Other attractions include Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area and the three famous spas Yunogo, Yubara and Okutsu, to name just a few. Distinctive local products include Muscat grapes, white peaches, Bizen ware and made-in-Japan jeans. Okayama also offers convenient access to Naoshima, an island that enjoys worldwide recognition as a hub of fine art. A warm welcome and the art of graceful service await you in Okayama.Official tourism website of Okayama Prefecture
See, eat, and drink! Come and visit exciting Hiroshima Prefecture!
Bounded by the Seto Inland Sea to the south and the Chugoku mountain range to the north, Hiroshima Prefecture is unusually blessed with natural beauty. It is Japan’s biggest producer of oysters and lemons, as well as Hiroshima wagyu, a progenitor of modern wagyu beef. It’s also a great place to find specialty foods such as okonomiyaki, the “soul food” of the people of Hiroshima Prefecture. In addition to two World Heritage sites, Itsukushima Shrine and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, it is also home to charming sightseeing locales such as Odo, Tomonoura and Go. Hiroshima Prefecture is a treasure trove of unforgettable things to see and delicious dishes to taste.Official tourism website of Hiroshima Prefecture
Oidemase! “Come on in!” to fun Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Yamaguchi Prefecture occupies the westernmost part of Japan’s main island of Honshu. Surrounded by sea on three sides, Yamaguchi boasts a long coastline of emerald-green seas, beautiful sandy beaches, and striking landscapes of bluffs and cliffs carved by rough ocean waves. Yamaguchi is a region of a thousand faces.
History buffs can explore fascinating chapters in the story of Japan. At Shoka Sonjuku, for example, the great educator Yoshida Shoin (1830?1859) taught many talented youths who later played crucial roles in the emergence of Japan as a modern industrialized nation. The prefecture is also dotted with over 50 hot-spring spas, each with its own unique character. While you’re here, don’t pass up the fugu (blowfish) cuisine and the favorite local noodle dish, kawara-soba.
Discover the appeal of Tokushima by following the hashtag #DiscoverTokushima!
Bounded by the Seto Inland Sea, the Kii Channel and the Pacific Ocean, Tokushima Prefecture is a region blessed with natural bounty and a temperate climate. Hometown cuisine varies with each village and valley, based on fresh ingredients from the sea, mountains, rivers and fields such as Naruto sea bream, Naruto wakame (edible seaweed) and Awa chicken. Popular noodle dishes include Tokushima ramen and Tarai udon.
Tokushima is famous for its traditional arts and handicrafts which include the Awa Odori dance, Otani Ware, and Awa indigo, which is so renowned for its characteristic “Japan blue” that it has been adopted in the official emblems of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. History and culture are alive throughout Tokushima, with attractions that span Awa puppet theater; bustling streets featuring udatsu, or short pillars set on beams that support ridgepoles; and the 1st to 23rd temples of the 88-temple Shikoku pilgrimage.
There's more to Kagawa Prefecture than udon noodles!
Famous for its thick, flavorful Sanuki udon noodles, Kagawa Prefecture is Japan's smallest prefecture, offering sightseeing spots that are compact yet luxurious. At low tide at Chichibugahama, if it's not too windy and the seas are calm, the tidal pools on the beach reflect the sky above like a mirror. In Kuribayashi Park, a nationally designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty, it is said that each step you take brings you a completely different vista. The park is specially illuminated for autumn from November 23 to December 2.Official tourism website of Kagawa Prefecture
Wash all of your fatigue away and come to soothing Ehime Prefecture.
Ehime Prefecture is replete with delicious food and beguiling sightseeing spots that will soothe the fatigue from your tired limbs. In addition to its famed Mandarin oranges, you’ll enjoy home-style cooking made with an abundance of fresh seafood, such as Ehime’s iconic taimeshi, or sea bream on rice.
Hot-spring attractions range from Dogo Hot Spring, beloved by the Japanese for centuries, to new open-air baths such as Asuka-no-Yu Hot Spring. The Seto Inland Sea Shimanami Sea Route showcases the natural beauty of Japan’s Inland Sea, while the ancient streetscape of Uchiko is steeped in the mood of history. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to soothing, delightful Ehime Prefecture.
The Shikoku Kochi Bakumatsu Restoration Exhibition is now open in Kochi, to rapturous applause!
A century and a half ago, Kochi Prefecture was known as Dosa Province. In those heady days when the Meiji Reformation ended the Tokugawa Shogunate, Kochi produced many of the larger-than-life individuals who shaped modern Japan. Among their names are Ryoma Sakamoto, Manjiro Nakahama (John Manjiro), Yataro Iwasaki and Taisuke Itagaki.
The Kochi Bakumatsu Reformation Museum exhibits a wide range of precious historical materials. The Museum focuses on showcasing the many locations of historical and cultural interest throughout Kochi, with emphasis on the eminent persons who emerged from Dosa.
The Museum fascinates with the charm and majesty of original historical artifacts while telling the compelling story of the great men of Kochi who made modern Japan.
Incredible tourist attractions everywhere!
Fukuoka Prefecture is the most populous prefecture in Kyushu. At the popular Hakata and Tenjin shopping districts, you can treat yourself to popular local dishes such as mizutaki (boiled ingredients served with dipping sauce); motsunabe, a hot pot made with offal, vegetables and often miso; mentaiko, seasoned walleye pollack roe; Hakata ramen; and iron-pan-grilled gyoza.
In addition to such local dishes, visitors can enjoy a visit to Itoshima, which has become a fashionable hotspot in recent years. Other attractions in Fukuoka Prefecture are shrines and temples, such as Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine in Dazaifu; the night views of Mt. Sarakura in Kitakyushu; and spa resorts such as Harazuru Hot Springs and Futsukaichi Hot Springs.