Dotombori in OsakaMore Japan Places

There’s more to Japan than just Tokyo and Kyoto, as amazing as those cities are. There’s also Japan’s second largest city, Osaka, as well as Hiroshima, Sapporo, Okinawa and many other amazing places.

Osaka – Japan’s second largest city offers a lot to see and do. With Universal Studios Osaka and it’s reputation for hearty food it’s got a lot to offer.

Hiroshima – Hiroshima contains many moving monuments to remember the atomic bombing during the second world war. As well as this there are beautiful gardens, castles and even a Mazda museum.

Sapporo – Famous for its beer museum, snow festival and entertainment districts there’s a lot to do in Hokkaido’s capital city.

Hokkaido – Japan’s northernmost island is also home to its best ski fields. A winter wonderland from September to March, it has mild summers the rest of the year.

Nagano – A former Winter Olympics host city, Nagano is a great place for ski and snowboard enthusiasts as well as seeing the Nagano snow monkeys.

OkinawaOkinawa – The stunning southern islands of Japan are known for their white beaches and beautiful natural environment.

Nikko – Home to Tobu World Square and Edo Wonderland theme parks Nikko is worth a visit.

Nara – With several temples and shrines Nara is is nice place to visit that’s close to both Osaka and Kyoto.

Nagasaki – Japan’s biggest southern city is steeped in history as a trading port with the Dutch and Portuguese from the 16th century onwards.  

Kobe – The reputed birthplace of karaoke, Kobe is home to an annual light festival.

Takayama – A real life recreation of a feudal Japanese village it’s also home to the Takayama Festival.

Shikoku – Japan’s smallest of its four main islands is best known for its numerous temples and shrines and has an extensive pilgrimage walk.

Biwa – Biwa is a region that includes Lake Biwa, Otsu and Hikone.

Yamagata – Famous for the Yamadera temple.

Kanagawa – A prefecture to the south-west of Tokyo.

Naoshima Island – An island known for its art installations.

Miyajima, near HiroshimaMiyajima – A popular island with a 1200 year old shrine on it. Very close to Hiroshima.

Sakurajima, Kagoshima – A famous volcanic island off the coast of Kagoshima.

Kurashiki, Okayama – A beautiful town that escaped the ravages of the second world war. With canals, weeping willows and traditional architecture it’s a place you should consider visiting.

Kii Peninsula, Kansai – A wonderful place to quietly enjoy nature, the outdoors and some nice temples.

Mt Rokko, Hyogo – A wonderful place to enjoy Japan’s great outdoors.

Amami Oshima Island, Ryuku – A beautiful semi-tropical island in the Ryukyu archipelago.

Hiraimizu, Iwate – A small historic town home to some of Japan’s national treasures.

Kumano Kodo, Kii – A series of pilgrimage routes around the Kii peninsula.

Tottori, Tottori – A town best known for its nearby sand dunes.

Mt Koya, Wakayama – A Buddhist small town with over 100 temples.

Hoki, Tottori – A small town famous for its statue of a daemon.

Sakae – A village in the Nagano area.

Hagi, Yamaguchi – A small town on the southern tip of Honshu.

Naruto Whirlpools, Hyogo – A stretch of water in Japan famous for having the second strongest tidal whirlpools in the world.