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Located 200 kilometers north-northwest of Tokyo, Kusatsu Onsen is a small hot spring town nestled in the mountains that offer various natural settings in each of the four seasons. A tourist town with a population of around 7,000, Kusatsu welcomes upwards of three million visitors each year.
Mt. Fuji is a symbolic mountain of Japan. It was registered as a world cultural heritage site “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration” in 2013. At the same time, 25 properties such as shrines, mountain trail and wind cave, which have a long history with Mt. Fuji, were also designated as components sites of Mt. Fuji.
Running north to south along Japan’s eastern coast, National Route 45 travels through the heart of Hashikami Town in southeastern Aomori Prefecture. Route 45 links Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, with Aomori City, the Aomori prefectural capital. The beautiful scenery and rich culture along its 516.9km make road trip planning easy. Hashikami Town is no exception, with both ocean and mountain views easily accessible from Route 45. Along the way to those views, you will find a variety of restaurants and shops selling local foods, goods and souvenirs. And if you happen to be traveling during the summer or late fall, you might even catch one of Hashikami’s big seasonal festivals. If you have a day, Hashikami has much to offer!
Located in western Kanagawa Prefecture, Odawara is about 35 minutes by Shinkansen from nearby Tokyo, and serves as role as the gateway to Mount Fuji, Hakone, and Izu,
Based on its rich natural environment and temperate climate, it prospered as a castle town where various forms of traditional culture thrived from the days of old, as evidenced by its many historical sites and local products.
Visit Odawara to get to know the city, its people, and its artisanship through its history, culture, noted local specialties, nature, and hands-on experiences.
Iwaizumi town is well known for its clear spring and caves across the town, including Ryusendo cave and Akka cave. 93% of the land is covered by forests and mountains, the white birches` forest and Hayasaka highland offers beautiful landscapes.
The city of Kure city changes greatly since the establishment of Imperial Navy Kure Regional Headquarters (base of the Japanese Navy) in 1889.
Prior to that it was a town of agriculture and fishery, but due to the establishment of the Chinjyufu (base of the Japanese Navy) everything, such as transportation, water supply, electricity, medical care, art, food, etc., has developed rapidly.
Do you know Ukiyoe? Ukiyoe is a classic painting popular in Japan about 300 years ago. The unique style of Ukiyoe has influenced European painters such as Van Gogh.
We went to a place where the scenery drawn on the old Ukiyo-e remains.
The Tunoshima Ohashi is a bridge built on the Japan Sea side of Shimonoseki City. The total length is 1,780 m, connecting Tunoshima and the mainland at about 1.5 km off the Amagase which is designated as the National Park.It is the second longest in Japan as a bridge of remote islands that can be passed for free.
In the past it was a scenic spot known only to locals, but the popularity rose suddenly by SNS and blogging. In the popularity ranking is always high, it is often used for CM shooting etc.Recently, many tourists of large sightseeing buses visited and became somewhat like sightseeing spots. Of course its popularity has a reason.
To the Japan Sea side of the Japanese archipelago, Toyama was a town far from Tokyo.
However, the expressway and the Shinkansen are now open, which is a very close distance.
Because it is covered with heavy snow during winter, it is difficult to go by motorcycle.
But from spring to autumn there is no problem at all.