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The land of the rising sun has always held a certain mystique for many. With the ultra-modern, neon-glowing streets intermingled with aging temples and a culture that still leans heavily on ancient Confucian values, it’s a vibrant, blended society that has something to offer every type of traveler. As long as you have ample supplies of cash to burn, that is.

Tokyo’s an impossibly lively city that’s the savvy home of Sushi and endless vending machines, computer-based restaurants and teenagers dressed as sensationally realistic Manga cartoon characters. In amongst all the modernity, though, you’ll find the hidden grandeur of the Imperial Palace, the subtle atmospherics of the red lantern clad temples and even the intimidating luxury of the ancient Sento public baths, where families still wash together.

Kyoto takes the tradition a step further, as home to the kind of superlative imagery that made Memoirs of a Geisha such an iconic film. You can meditate in stone-perfect raked pebble gardens, stroll around just a few of the 1,700 peaceful Buddhist temples, or stare spellbound at glittering palaces that seem to be floating on top of tranquil lakes.

Hiroshima is famous for all the wrong reasons, and you’ll still find plenty of remnants of the day it was blasted to the ground (including a single burnt frame of a building that still stands at the centre), but has rebuilt into a dynamic, sparkling modern city. Yakushima, with its densely forested mountains and snow-tipped peaks is famous for its coastal hot springs and moist climate, while the yearly wave of cherry blossoms flowing across the country brings with it astounding natural beauty and something to base your trip around.

Remember to slurp vocally in appreciation of your noodles, and leave your shoes at the door, and if you’re around in December, the early morning climb – Sake in hand – to see the New Year in over the Pacific is unforgettable. Don your kimono and wooden platform shoes, grab your Samurai sword and head out into a beguiling, inimitable culture.

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, …
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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…
336travelers 162reviews 165blogs
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…
348travelers 122reviews 192blogs
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…
69travelers 33reviews 45blogs
Nagoya #5 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
Fukuoka #6 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…
43travelers 13reviews 9blogs
Sapporo #7 most popular location
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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 …
3travelers 28reviews 20blogs
Takayama #9 most popular location
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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
Hakuba #11 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
Nara #12 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 19reviews 38blogs
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
Kobe #14 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 11blogs
Nikko #15 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 Nik…
4travelers 17reviews 19blogs
Narita #16 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…
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Sendai #17 most popular location
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Nagasaki #18 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…
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Kanazawa #19 most popular location
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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
Beppu #21 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…
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Kumamoto #22 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…
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Matsumoto #23 most popular location
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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…
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Kagoshima #26 most popular location
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Chiba #27 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…
30travelers 6reviews 9blogs
Matsuyama #28 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…
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Furano #29 most popular location
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Himeji #30 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 …
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Nagano #31 most popular location
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Yamanouchi #32 most popular location
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Okinawa #33 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 #34 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
Miyajima #35 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 5reviews 16blogs
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 13reviews 8blogs
Kitakyushu #37 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…
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Niigata #38 most popular location
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Asahikawa #39 most popular location
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Matsue #40 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 …
Aomori #41 most popular location
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Takamatsu #42 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…
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Shinjuku #43 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 10reviews 5blogs
Shizuoka #44 most popular location
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Gifu #45 most popular location
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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…
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Otaru #49 most popular location
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Karuizawa #50 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…