Popular Cities in Japan

Top cities in Japan, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

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Tokyo #1 most popular location
Japan’s capital is a hurtling, modernized city in which fads come and go in days and everything seems to be electronic. Its extraordinary subway system is a test of your traveler’s nous, …
3,265travelers 350reviews 397blogs
Kyoto #2 most popular location
If Tokyo is the heart of Japan’s fast-paced, electronic, super-powered rat race, then Kyoto is where it comes down to earth with a culture-heavy, inspiring bump. The former capital (and nea…
338travelers 182reviews 161blogs
Osaka #3 most popular location
Another intense corner of urban Japan, Osaka has it's hidden gems like that of Kyoto and has the manic pace of Tokyo. The capital of Japan’s most cultural-heavy region, Kansai, Osaka was al…
351travelers 123reviews 190blogs
Hiroshima #4 most popular location
Capital of the Hiroshima Prefecture located in the Chugoku Region in Honshu, the largest island of Japan, Hiroshima has a history stretching back to the 16th century when it was first founded…
70travelers 38reviews 45blogs
Fukuoka #5 most popular location
Fukuoka is the largest city on the island of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest of Japan's islands. It is situated southwest of Honshu, Japan's main island. Present day Fukuoka is an am…
44travelers 16reviews 9blogs
Nagoya #6 most popular location
Despite being a sizeable city (Japan’s fourth largest), Nagoya seems to account for a minimal tourist draw. Perhaps it’s the financial focus, or the abundance of car manufacturing plants …
71travelers 81reviews 23blogs
Sapporo #7 most popular location
59travelers 11reviews 17blogs
Hakone #8 most popular location
Located in the far western section of the Kanagaaw Prefecture on the eastern side of Hakone Pass sits Hakone. To this day it is counted as one of the first tourist destinations in Japan, and …
5travelers 28reviews 20blogs
Takayama #9 most popular location
Takayama, a city in the Gifu Prefecture, is located as some would say "the Alps" of Japan. With 100.000 people living there it sounds like a big city, but as there are hardly any high rise th…
6travelers 27reviews 14blogs
Naha #10 most popular location
Naha is the main city of Okinawa. On first site it looks a bit 'boro-boro' or rundown, but there are many amazing aspects of this city ready to be uncovered. Bright gaudy colours line the mai…
7travelers 5reviews
Nara #11 most popular location
Shrouded from the modern travelers by its more famous cousin, Kyoto, Nara stands as one of the more beautiful and historical cities in Japan, yet despite its various temples and World Heritag…
27travelers 20reviews 38blogs
Hakuba #12 most popular location
Located on the main Honshu island in Japan, Hakuba is a town nestled in the beautiful mountains. Approximately an hours travel by bus from Nagano, the host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics, H…
7travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Yokohama #13 most popular location
Lying south of Tokyo but part of the large eastern conurbation in the Kanto region lies Japan's second largest city Yokohama. With over 3.6 million people, Yokohama has an identity of its own…
81travelers 30reviews 18blogs
Nikko #14 most popular location
Containing some of Japan's most epic scenery in the form of mountains, waterfalls, and winding trails that carve their way through the hills of the Nikko National Park, the small city of Nikk…
4travelers 18reviews 19blogs
Kobe #15 most popular location
Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan, with a population of around 1.5 million. Kobe is the capital of Hyōgo Prefecture and is situated on the Island of Honshū, about 30 km west of Osaka…
41travelers 9reviews 12blogs
Nagasaki #16 most popular location
Nagasaki is the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. It is located on the Japanese island of Kyushu. Nagasaki was one of the first areas of Japan to open up to contact with the outside world s…
22travelers 16reviews 16blogs
Narita #17 most popular location
Narita is the city that a big number of foreign travelers go through since it is where the Japan's biggest international airport is located. Although this airport is sometimes called "New Tok…
8travelers 24reviews 18blogs
Sendai #18 most popular location
16travelers 4blogs
Kanazawa #19 most popular location
11travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Hakodate #20 most popular location
Hakodate is port city on the southern tip of Hokkaido. The city is famous for its night view from the top of the local mountain and for the colonial influence that came when the port opened i…
2travelers 4reviews 7blogs
Kumamoto #21 most popular location
The city of Kumamoto is the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture on the west coast of the Japanese island of Kyushu. It has a population of around 650,000. Kumamoto has a famous restored castle…
8travelers 8reviews 4blogs
Beppu #22 most popular location
Beppu is relativly small city (120.000 inhabitans) in east part of Japan island Kyūshū. The point of interest is local high volcanic activity. When you aproach to city it looks like hell…
3reviews 3blogs
Matsumoto #23 most popular location
4travelers 4reviews 4blogs
Kamakura #24 most popular location
Kamakura is a quaint, historic town just an hour south of Tokyo by train. Dotted with beautiful temples and endowed with a casual black sand beach, Kamakura is everything Tokyo isn't. Visi…
6travelers 7reviews 10blogs
Kusatsu #25 most popular location
Kusatsu is a small Onsen town located in the north of Gunma. Set just next to the Joshin-Etsu-Kogen national park, it is surrounded by forest and mountains. The onsen town is built around…
2travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Matsuyama #26 most popular location
Located on Shikoku, the smallest of the four major islands of Japan, Matsuyama is the island’s largest city with a population of 450,000 and is 400 miles southwest of Tokyo and faces the In…
3reviews 2blogs
Kagoshima #27 most popular location
8travelers 3reviews 6blogs
Chiba #28 most popular location
Chiba is the name used to describe the prefecture neighboring Tokyo to the east as well as the capital city of that region. Most of the region lies on a large peninsula called the Boso Penins…
31travelers 6reviews 9blogs
Himeji #29 most popular location
Himeji is a city in Hyōgo Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. It has a population of around 535,000. Himeji is most famous for its beautiful castle which has been designated both a …
8travelers 2reviews 10blogs
Nagano #30 most popular location
Nagano, the capital city of the Nagano Prefecture, has a population of around 400.000 people and was in 1998 home to the Olympic Winter Games. It's a relatively quiet city, being a gateway…
15travelers 7reviews 8blogs
Furano #31 most popular location
2reviews 2blogs
Yamanouchi #32 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Miyajima #33 most popular location
Itsukushima, also known as the Shrine Island, and most popularly known as Miyajima, sits within the Setonaikai National Park in the Seto Inland Sea, just off the coast of Hiroshima. Perhaps m…
1travelers 8reviews 17blogs
Okinawa #34 most popular location
Okinawa, historically the Ryukyu Kingdom archipelago, is totally different from mainland Japan; In fact, Okinawa has its own language and a culture closer to ancient China and the Philippines…
250travelers 9reviews 12blogs
Hamamatsu #35 most popular location
Hamamatsu, home to Japan's leading automakers, musical instrument manufactures and a number of high-tech firms is also one of the most spacious cities in Japan. The city is also known for…
3travelers 1reviews
Shibuya #36 most popular location
When you hear the name "Shibuya", those in the know immediately think of the fashion mecca of youth in Tokyo. This area in the vicinity of Shibuya's main train station is an incredible array …
7travelers 16reviews 8blogs
Niigata #37 most popular location
6travelers 1blogs
Kitakyushu #38 most popular location
Kitakyushu is a city on the northern edge of Kyushu. Its name means means North Kyushu. Kitakyushu was founded in February 1963 with the merger of five municipalities: Moji, Kokura, Tobata, Y…
1travelers 1blogs
Asahikawa #39 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Shinjuku #40 most popular location
Shinjuku. One of the wonders of the world. Maybe not, but if you have never been to a big city you may think so when you come to this section of Tokyo! Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards or sect…
5travelers 11reviews 5blogs
Aomori #41 most popular location
8travelers 4reviews 2blogs
Matsue #42 most popular location
Matsue is off the beaten track as far as tourist locations in Japan. Located in the Shimane prefecture on the Japan Sea side of Honshu, there is not really much to see in this city of about …
Takamatsu #43 most popular location
Takamatsu is located on Shikoku Island. Shikoku is the smallest and least populated of Japan's main islands. The city of Takamatsu is the capital of Kagawa prefecture. Takamatsu's port us…
2travelers 1blogs
Shizuoka #44 most popular location
11travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Gifu #45 most popular location
6travelers 2reviews
Niseko #46 most popular location
Niseko (ニセコ町 Niseko-chō?) is a town located in Abuta District, Shiribeshi, Hokkaidō, Japan. To the Japanese people, Niseko principally refers to a mountain range and a municipal are…
17travelers 1reviews 5blogs
Asakusa #47 most popular location
Asakusa (浅草) is a town in the Taito Ward of Tokyo. It was the only down town area long before World War II, before Shinjuku and Shibuya became such important centers of business and comme…
4travelers 7reviews 6blogs
Urayasu #48 most popular location
Located in Chiba Prefecture just by the border with Tokyo, Urayasu is a small city (the total area is 17.29 km²) and is most famous for the location of Tokyo Disney Resort. Founded on Ap…
5travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Karuizawa #49 most popular location
Karuizawa is a region in Nagano prefecture. It is a famous summer resort in Japan. The place was a 'Shukuba' town of 'Nakasendou', a post station on the trade route in Edo era. However, th…
Otaru #50 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Kushiro #51 most popular location
2reviews 1blogs
Minakami #52 most popular location
A beautiful old town set in the mountains in the north of Gunma. Surrounded by greenery, it is the ideal city escape. Minakami is an onsen town, and hot springs are dotted all over the place…
1travelers 3reviews 4blogs
Toyama #53 most popular location
3travelers 1blogs
Kochi #54 most popular location
3travelers 3reviews
Kurashiki #55 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews
Nago #56 most popular location
1travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Kirishima #57 most popular location
Mount Fuji #58 most popular location
Mt Fuji is located only a couple of hours South West of Japan's capital and can be seen on a good day while travelling on the Shinanken (bullet train). It's definately a 'must-see' while visi…
11travelers 5reviews 13blogs
Fuji #59 most popular location
The summit of Mount Fuji is 12,300 feet (3,700 meters) above sea level. It takes about 10 hours to climb up and 4 hours to climb down in bad weather. Mt. Fuji is actually 3 volcanoes merged t…
27travelers 3reviews 14blogs
Hirosaki #60 most popular location
2travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Tokushima #61 most popular location
3travelers 2reviews
Onna #62 most popular location
Shimoda #63 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews
Noboribetsu #64 most popular location
Izu #65 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews
Akita #66 most popular location
Akita (秋田市, Akita-shi?) is the capital city of Akita Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan.
4travelers 14blogs
Otsu #67 most popular location
The bigest lake in Japan,Lake Biwa is in Otsu city,Shiga prefecture. Lake Biwa is at middle of Shiga so any cites are faces at the lake. This is why exploring around the lake is interesting. …
1reviews 1blogs
Morioka #68 most popular location
5travelers 1blogs
Mito #69 most popular location
3travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Yokosuka #70 most popular location
Yokosuka is located about 1 1/2 hours by train south of Tokyo and is the main artery for the Japanese and U.S Navy ships stationed in the area. With the large number of U.S Navy and Marine pe…
59travelers 12reviews 5blogs
Tottori #71 most popular location
Tottori is in the west of japan about 3 hours from Osaka. Tottori is one of the least visited prefectures in Japan. Tottori sights include the 1776 metre high Mount Daisen a lone volcano that…
2travelers 1blogs
Utsunomiya #72 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Ise #73 most popular location
Ise is in Mie prefecture,Japan. There is a big shrine called Ise-jingu. Although we Japanese call it Oise-San with very friendly emotional this is why that we go to pray Oise-San once in your…
1travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Kawasaki #74 most popular location
8travelers 1reviews
Izumisano #75 most popular location
2reviews 1blogs
Ginza #76 most popular location
6reviews 1blogs
Yakushima #77 most popular location
Location is at South of Japan,Yakushima is very small island keeping tons of nature. Of course it registration at a world haritage. Most popular thing of Yakushima is the Jomon-sugi. Jomon …
2travelers 5reviews 7blogs
Fukui #78 most popular location
3travelers 1blogs
Harajuku #79 most popular location
The area around Harajuku station is the area famous for the unique youth street fashion and culture the permeates all of society and sends signals out to the world. Girls the world over make …
3travelers 4reviews 3blogs
Wakayama #80 most popular location
5travelers 1blogs
Shibukawa #81 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Chitose #82 most popular location
Ueno #83 most popular location
Ueno is a district within the confines of Taito Ku or Taito ward in the eastern part of Tokyo. It is in an older area traditionally known as "Shitamachi" or low town, encompassing the areas l…
11reviews 3blogs
Motobu #84 most popular location
Fukuyama #85 most popular location
Aso #86 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Hokkaido #87 most popular location
103travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Gamagori #88 most popular location
Fukushima #89 most popular location
7travelers 2blogs
Chatan #90 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews
Roppongi #91 most popular location
ROPPONGI is a district in Minato Ward, Tokyo, that is most famous for its nightlife..though there is a lot more on offer than some who skip this area (or just stop in for one night), won't se…
3travelers 4reviews 1blogs
Odaiba #92 most popular location
3reviews 4blogs
Tachikawa #93 most popular location
4travelers 1reviews
Suita #94 most popular location
Tsukiji Fish Market #95 most popular location
If it lives in the ocean, you can probably find it at the Tsukiji Fish Market! Known for it's famous Tuna Auction (now closed to visitors) this is a HUGE WAREHOUSE of fresh seafood right off…
6reviews 1blogs
Koyasan #96 most popular location
Koyasan (高野山;san means Mountain) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture to the south of Osaka. First settled in 819 by the monk Kūkai, Koyasan is primarily known as the headquarters of t…
3travelers 3reviews 8blogs
Fujiyoshida #97 most popular location
2reviews 1blogs
Kamikochi #98 most popular location
4reviews 2blogs
Sagamihara #99 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews
Tomakomai #100 most popular location