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Nagoya, Wakayama, Mie & Osaka
Experience the local flavours of four of Japan’s most distinct regions. Good food and grand sights are aplenty no matter where you end up!
This waterfall is located in the mountainous area surrounding Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine (熊野那智大社), one of the three scared Kumano Sanzan shrines. The pilgrimage trails linking the shrines are known as Kumano Kodo (熊野古道), which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004.
The name of the cave literally means “forget-to-return”, and is so named after the Kishu Lord Yorimichi Tokugawa because the view from the cave captivated him so much that he forgot to return home. This unique hot spring is found exclusively at Hotel Urashima, where you will be treated to the magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
This shrine is divided into two major Shinto sanctuaries and visited by more than seven million worshippers annually. The Inner Shrine (内宮) is dedicated to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu (天照). Amaterasu’s Sacred Mirror, one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan (三種の神器), is also said to be found here.
Taking up 20% of Japan’s land area, Hokkaido offers plenty of wildlife and agriculture. During autumn, there are lots of seasonal foods and beautiful views to take in.
One of seven inland sea-lakes dotting the coastline of the Sea of Okhotsk, this is where you can find glasswort, a salt-marsh plant used for glass making in the past. Come autumn, the colonies of glasswort change from green to red, covering the entire area in a crimson carpet.
Located to the east of Daisetsuzan (大雪山), this narrow gorge stretches for 24km and is flanked by 100-meter-tall cliffs. Delight in the sight of the “husband and wife waterfalls”, Milky Way Falls (銀河の滝) and Shooting Star Falls (流星の滝).
Standing in the middle of a business district, this park is home to the 147.2-meter-high TV Tower, which has an observation deck where visitors can view the entire park. Flowerbeds are specially arranged to display seasonal flowers, making it a popular spot where locals gather to enjoy a meal or take walks.
Made up of seven prefectures, Kyushu is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and boasts an abundance of good food and unique attractions.
Kokonoe Yume Grand Suspension Bridge
This is the highest suspension bridge in the whole of Japan meant for pedestrians. Constructed at 777m off the ground and measuring 390m from one end to the other, it offers panoramic views of the Kuju mountain range, which is splashed in red and yellow hues during autumn.
Ibusuki Sand Bath
A popular seaside onsen resort known for its hot sand baths, this is where you can enjoy the benefits associated with a soak in onsen water without getting wet! Guests will be asked to change into yukatas before staff bury you in warm sand heated by the onsen waters bubbling underneath the coastline.
A nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty found within the Yaba-Hita-Hitosan Quasi-National Park (耶馬日田英彦山国定公園), the gorge was formed over 2.5 million years by the Yamakuni River gushing through volcanic lava. The natural formations of rocks are a spectacular sight especially in fall.
Less commercialised than most other parts of Japan, North Japan offers travellers tranquillity, unspoiled nature, and omotenashi that is hard to beat.
The name Geibi means “lion nose”, and is so named because a limestone found at the end of the gorge resembles a lion’s nose. The view along the gorge is particularly memorable during autumn. Many tourists also buy small stones to try tossing into an opening in the cliff for good luck.
The deepest lake in Japan at 423m has water that changes from jade green to deep purplish blue depending on the season and sunlight. This is also where the golden statue of Tatsuko, a legendary princess who was said to have been transformed into a dragon, can be found.
Kakunodate Samurai District
Formerly part of a castle town, this street once housed around 80 samurai families, and is considered one of the best representations of samurai architecture in the country. Six of the houses that have been preserved are open to the public so you can catch a glimpse of how the old samurai families lived.
This large island south of Honshu is made up of four prefectures, where you can find many temples, power spots and other historical landmarks.
At this rustic onsen town with a history of 3,000 years, you can unwind while strolling through the classic shopping arcades. Stop by the Dogo Onsen Honkan (道後温泉本館), a charming traditional bathhouse built during the Meiji Period. You can also find the restored Botchan Train at the retro-styled Dogo Onsen Station.
Situated upstream of the Yoshino River (吉野川), this valley was formed as a result of the river flowing down Ehime, Kochi and Tokushima prefectures. In autumn, the beautiful fall colours are reflected in the river, and you can even take a sightseeing boat tour to see the interestingly shaped rocks.
This natural phenomenon occurs when opposing tides meet at the narrow Naruto Strait. Typically, the whirlpools appear every six hours and vary in size depending on the intensity of the tides. View them up close from the decks of a sightseeing cruise, which brings you right next to them.
Discover the best that Chūgoku and Kansai regions have to offer — rich culture, cosmopolitan shopping areas and specialty local foods.
Regarded by many as a sacred Island of Gods on the Seto Island Sea, the serene spot is most recognised for its torii gate (鳥居) that appears to float on water during high tide. The Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社), a World Heritage site, is also a star attraction.
One of Japan’s oldest merchant towns, this area used to serve as an essential trade center in rice, sugar and other goods. Many of the storehouses lining the preserved canal area have been converted into museums, boutiques and cafes, so you can leisurely explore them at your own pace.
A nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty, the star attraction here is undoubtedly the Sagano Bamboo Grove, where you can admire the sunlight as it shines through the forest. You may also get to see autumn’s colours reflected on the Oi River from Togetsukyo Bridge (渡月橋).