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Japan is a developed nation in the Far East. Despite being one of the most advanced nations in the world, the country has managed to keep its traditions, culture and landscape very much intact. Although it is a very expensive destination, for those who can afford a trip to Japan, it is definitely worth the while. Quality comes at a price, and in this country, the high price that you pay is compensated by the quality received.

On this page, I would like to share with you useful travel information on Japan, with details on what to see in the cities and towns across the country, and how to get there. But first, a little introduction on Japan.
    Islands of Japan
  1. Hokkaido
  2. Honshu
  3. Kyushu
  4. Shikoku

Regions of Japan

  1. Chubu Region
  2. Chugoku Region
  3. Kansai Region
  4. Kanto Region
  5. Sea of Japan
  6. Tohoku Region

Travel Tips to Major Cities in Japan

  1. Tokyo Travel Tips (capital)
  2. Fukuoka Travel Tips
  3. Hakone Travel Tips
  4. Hiroshima Travel Tips
  5. Kagoshima Travel Tips
  6. Kamakura Travel Tips
  7. Kawasaki Travel Tips
  8. Kobe Travel Tips
  9. Kyoto Travel Tips
  10. Nagasaki Travel Tips
  11. Nagoya Travel Tips
  12. Nara Travel Tips
  13. Nikko Travel Tips
  14. Osaka Travel Tips
  15. Sapporo Travel Tips
  16. Sendai Travel Tips
  17. Yokohama Travel Tips

Map of the Prefectures of Japan

Prefectures of Japan

  1. Aichi Prefecture
  2. Akita Prefecture
  3. Aomori Prefecture
  4. Chiba Prefecture
  5. Ehime Prefecture
  6. Fukui Prefecture
  7. Fukuoka Prefecture
  8. Fukushima Prefecture
  9. Gifu Prefecture
  10. Gunma Prefecture
  11. Hiroshima Prefecture
  12. Hokkaido
  13. Hyogo Prefecture
  14. Ibaraki Prefecture
  15. Ishikawa Prefecture
  16. Iwate Prefecture
  17. Kagawa Prefecture
  18. Kagoshima Prefecture
  19. Kochi Prefecture
  20. Kumamoto Prefecture
  21. Kyoto Prefecture
  22. Mie Prefecture
  23. Miyagi Prefecture
  24. Miyazaki Prefecture
  25. Nagano Prefecture
  26. Nagasaki Prefecture
  27. Nara Prefecture
  28. Niigata Prefecture
  29. Oita Prefecture
  30. Okayama Prefecture
  31. Okinawa Prefecture
  32. Osaka Prefecture
  33. Saga Prefecture
  34. Saitama Prefecture
  35. Shiga Prefecture
  36. Shimane Prefecture
  37. Shizuoka Prefecture
  38. Tochigi Prefecture
  39. Tokushima Prefecture
  40. Tottori Prefecture
  41. Toyama Prefecture
  42. Wakayama Prefecture
  43. Yamagata Prefecture
  44. Yamaguchi Prefecture
  45. Yamanashi Prefecture

Minor Cities of Japan

  1. Aizuwakamatsu
  2. Akita
  3. Aomori
  4. Asahikawa
  5. Asakura
  6. Atami
  7. Beppu
  8. Chiba
  9. Daisen
  10. Date
  11. Dazaifu
  12. Echizen
  13. Iwaki
  14. Fujikawaguchiko
  15. Fukui City
  16. Fukushima
  17. Furano
  18. Gifu City
  19. Goshogawara
  20. Hachinohe
  21. Hakodate
  22. Hakuba
  23. Hamamatsu
  24. Hida
  25. Hirakawa
  26. Hirosaki
  27. Ichinomiya
  28. Inuyama
  29. Imabari
  30. Ise City
  31. Ishigaki
  32. Ito
  33. Iyo
  34. Kanazawa
  35. Kashiwa
  36. Katagami
  37. Katori
  38. Katsuura
  39. Kawagoe
  40. Kazuno
  41. Kisarazu
  42. Kitaakita
  43. Kitakyushu
  44. Koriyama
  45. Koyasan
  46. Kuroishi
  47. Kurume
  48. Matsudo
  49. Matsuyama
  50. Minamisoma
  51. Misawa
  52. Motomiya
  53. Mutsu
  54. Nagakute
  55. Narita City
  56. Niihama
  57. Nikaho
  58. Noshiro
  59. Obama
  60. Odate
  61. Oga
  62. Okazaki
  63. Onjuku
  64. Ono
  65. Ota
  66. Ozu
  67. Sabae
  68. Saijo
  69. Sakai
  70. Seiyo
  71. Semboku
  72. Seto
  73. Shikokuchuo
  74. Shirakawa
  75. Sukagawa
  76. Takayama
  77. Toon
  78. Towada
  79. Toyohashi
  80. Toyota
  81. Tsugaru
  82. Tsuruga
  83. Uwajima
  84. Yachimata
  85. Yanagawa
  86. Yawatahama
  87. Yokote
  88. Yurihonjo
  89. Yuzawa

World Heritage Sites in Japan

  1. Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
  2. Himeji-jo
  3. Shirakami-Sanchi
  4. Yakushima
  5. Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
  6. Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  7. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
  8. Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
  9. Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
  10. Shrines and Temples of Nikko
  11. Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
  12. Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
  13. Shiretoko
  14. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape

Nature Sites in Japan

  1. Chichibu Tama Kai National Park
    National park in a remote region of Japan rich in wildlife.
  2. Mount Fuji
    Tallest mountain and famous icon of Japan.

Other Major Tourist Attractions of Japan

  1. Mikimoto Pearl Island
    Island where pearl cultivation was first carried out.

Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi in SpringTim at Lake Kawaguchi, with Mount Fuji in the background (4 April 2008)

Japan is an island nation in East Asia. An archipelago, it comprises four main islands and many smaller islands totalling 6,852. The four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. The nation of Japan covers an area of 377,944 square kilometers, and as of 2008, has an estimated population of 128 million. Honshu is the biggest and most populous island in Japan. Tokyo, the capital as well as biggest city, is located here. There are 30 million people living in and around Tokyo, giving it one of the most highly populated metropolitan area of any city in the world.

Kurushima-Kaikyo BridgeKurushima-Kaikyo Bridge
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Planning your trip to Japan

Nationals of sixty-one countries - mostly Western nations - are allowed visa-free visits to Japan, for stays of up to 90 days, with some as much as 180 days. Nationals of other countries must obtain a temporary visitor visa before arriving.

All foreigners arriving in Japan that are above the age of 16, except those on government business and some permanent residents, are required to be electronically fingerprinted and photographed as part of immigration entry requirement. Entry will be denied if this procedure is refused.

When in Japan, you must carry your passport with you at all times - if caught without it, you will be detained until someone can fetch it for you. You could face a fine of ¥200,000 if caught without your passport.

Our meal in JapanOur meal in Japan (1 April, 2007)

International Airports in Japan

The two main gateway airports to Japan are Narita International Airport (NRT) near Tokyo, and Kansai International Airport (KIX) near Osaka. Chubu International Airport (NGO) near Nagoya also receives international flights.

Planning your travel within Japan

The most popular form of public transportation in Japan is the train. It has one of the best train systems in the world with most cities served by mass rapid transit subway trains, and intercity bullet trains called Shinkanzen.

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