Classic Grand Tour of Japan

Take your time traveling through Japan's five major islands, exploring the country's castles, hot springs, superb cuisine, and colorful culture.

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  • CultureCulture
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Great FoodGreat Food
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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Osaka, Japan

  • 2

    Takamatsu, Japan

  • 3

    Kagoshima, Japan

  • 4

    Naha, Japan

  • 5

    Nagasaki, Japan

  • 6

    Hiroshima, Japan

  • 7

    Kyoto, Japan

  • 8

    Kanazawa, Japan

  • 9

    Takayama, Japan

  • 10

    Nagano, Japan

  • 11

    Nikko, Japan

  • 12

    Sapporo, Japan

  • 13

    Tokyo, Japan

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Things to do in and around Osaka

  • Osaka!
  • Osaka
  • もこもこハルカス
  • Tempozan Ferris Wheel
  • Shitenno-ji III
  • 奈良 Nara
  • Arashiyama
  • Universal Studios Japan
  • IMG_1522
  • 桜の通り抜け
  • Osaka Castle
  • Hase-dera, Niomon (Gate of Deva King) -1 (July 2011)
  • Kobe
  • Dotonbori, Osaka
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  • Osaka Shinsaibashi
  • Sumiyoshi Taisha
  • Mount Koya
  • Nayabashi, Nagoya
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  • Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
  • 20130730_003  The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, JP |  大阪市立 東洋陶磁美術館
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  • Island
  • Shirakawago Ogimachi view 060109 #2
  • PhoTones Works #6940
   
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Osaka

Japan, Kansai region

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A bustling urban center, Osaka blends Japanese innovation with ancient traditions, and offers superb culinary experiences.

Osaka has a large number of wholesalers and retail shops. The stores along the arcade include commodities, clothing, and catering outlets. Osaka is known for its food, in Japan and abroad and its fine sake, which is made with fresh water from the prefecture's mountains. Osaka's culinary prevalence is the result of a location that has provided access to high quality ingredients, a high population of merchants, and proximity to the ocean and waterway trade. In recent years, Osaka has started to garner more attention from foreigners with the increased popularity of cooking and dining in popular culture.
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Things to do in and around Takamatsu

  • Takamatsu
  • Takamatsu, Kagawa
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  • Shikoku Mura, Takamatsu
  • Konpira san Shrine, Kotohira, Kagawa
  • Ogijima 3/29
  • Takamatsu Castle
  • IMG_9546
  • 女木島 / Megijima
  • May 2009
   
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Takamatsu

Japan, Shikoku region

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A major Japanese port city, Takamatsu is home to lovely gardens, a historic castle, and serves as a gateway to the islands of Shikoku.

Takamatsu is a city located in central Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in Japan, and is the capital city of the prefectural government. It is a port city located on the Seto Inland Sea, and is the closest port to Honshu from Shikoku island. For this reason it flourished under the Daimyo (feudal lords) as a castle town in the fiefdom of Takamatsu, during the Edo Period. Local points of interest include the castle, gardens, traditional village, hot springs, and a museum.
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Things to do in and around Kagoshima

  • 桜島 Sakurajima
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  • Sengan-en Garden
  • sakurajima
  • Panoramic View of  Kumamoto City
  • エストレジャー撮影
  • Fukuoka 福岡
  • nekora
   
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Kagoshima

Japan, Kyushu region

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Overlooking a bay and an active volcano, this city boasts several cultural monuments and nice parks.

Kagoshima is the capital city of Kagoshima Prefecture at the south western tip of the island of Kyushu in Japan, and the largest city in the prefecture by some margin. It has been nicknamed the "Naples of the Eastern world" for its bay location (Aira Caldera), hot climate, and emblematic stratovolcano, Sakurajima. Kagoshima Prefecture has a distinct and rich food culture. The warm weather and diverse environments allow for the agriculture and aquaculture of Kagoshima to thrive and gain nationwide and worldwide recognition for unique and quality products. Numerous restaurants around Kagoshima feature Satsuma Province local cuisine.
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Things to do in and around Naha

  • Naha
  • 沖繩那霸國際通
  • Okinawa prefectural museum & art museum
  • Tsuboya Yachimun Street / 壷屋やちむん通り
  • okinawa03
  • #happynewyear from #naminouebeach #naminoue #okinawa #japan #travel #naha #japankuru #beachlife #islandlife #那覇 #沖縄 #ビーチ #波の上 #明けましておめでとう #instajapan #instagood
   
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Naha

Japan, Kyushu region

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Your gateway to Okinawa, this historic city with a modern atmosphere offers many shops, restaurants, and cultural landmarks.

Naha is the capital city of Okinawa, the most southern prefecture of Japan. Naha is a city on the East China Sea coast of the southern part of Okinawa Island, the largest of Okinawa Prefecture. The modern city was officially founded on May 20, 1921. Before that Naha had been for centuries one of the most important and populous sites in Okinawa. Naha is the political, economic and education center of Okinawa Prefecture. In the medieval and early modern periods, it was the commercial center of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
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Things to do in and around Nagasaki

  • 長崎 Nagasaki
  • Nagasaki street
  • 長崎原爆資料館 Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
  • Nagasaki 2.29 Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
  • 長崎旧グラバー邸
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  • Fukuoka 福岡
  • Nagasaki 1.35 - Nagasaki Museum of Culture & History
   
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Nagasaki

Japan, Kyushu region

HistoricCultureNight lifeFood2 nights

Boasting rich history and a coastal charm, this port city has been revived after WWII with its many shrines, gardens, and museums.

Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. It became a center of Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki have been proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. Its name means "long cape". During World War II, the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki made Nagasaki the second and, to date, last city in the world to experience a nuclear attack.
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Things to do in and around Hiroshima

  • Hiroshima #5
  • 広島平和記念資料館 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshima
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Itsukushima
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • 200509 hiroshima museum of art
  • Island
  • PhoTones Works #6940
  • Konpira san Shrine, Kotohira, Kagawa
  • @Shimane
   
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Hiroshima

Japan, Chugoku region

HistoricCultureFood2 nights

Known as the world's first city in history to be hit by a nuclear weapon, this city features memorial museums, shrines, and castles.

Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in the Chugoku region of western Honshu - the largest island of Japan. The city's name means "Broad Island" in Japanese. Hiroshima is best known as the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on the city at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, near the end of World War II. Hiroshima has a humid subtropical climate characterized by mild winters and hot humid summers.
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Things to do in and around Kyoto

  • Kyoto Sunset
  • Kyoto street.
  • Fushimi-Inari Taisha, Kyoto
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  • Raku Museum 樂美術館
  • 奈良 Nara
  • Arashiyama
  • Katsura Imperial Villa and Gardens, Kyoto
  • Daitoku-ji, Kyoto
  • Kinkaku-ji
  • Kyoto national museum
  • Kobe
  • Hase-dera, Niomon (Gate of Deva King) -1 (July 2011)
  • Ginkaku-ji @ Kyoto
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  • Nanzen-ji Aqueduct
  • Gion District, Kyoto
  • Nayabashi, Nagoya
  • Shirakawago Ogimachi view 060109 #2
   
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Kyoto

Japan, Kansai region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life2 nights

The capital of Imperial Japan for a whole millennium, the charming Kyoto is full of museums, cultural monuments, castles, and parks.

Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital. Although archaeological evidence suggests human settlement in Kyoto began as early as the Paleolithic period, relatively little is known about human activity in the area before the 6th century AD, around which time the Shimogamo Shrine is believed to have been established.
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Things to do in and around Kanazawa

  • bridge
  • 金澤 兼六園
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  • 21C Museum of Contemporary Art 10
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  • The World Heritage Shirakawa-go Panoramic View : 世界遺産白川郷全景
  • Mt.Tsubakuro~伸びる稜線
  • Samurai garden
  • Seisonkaku Villa
  • 正久山 妙立寺 (忍者寺) / Myoryuji Temple (Ninjadera/Ninja Temple)
  • Echizen Ichinodani Asakura Family Mansion Ruins : 越前一乗谷朝倉氏居館跡
  • Spring at Kamikochi.
  • Ryokan Yarimikan (Japan)
  • Sugi
   
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Kanazawa

Japan, Chubu region

CultureHistoric2 nights

Retaining ancient Japanese architecture, as well as traditional samurai and geisha districts, Kanazawa also boast a great art museum.

Kanazawa sits on the Sea of Japan, bordered by the Japanese Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park. Kanazawa is known for its traditional Kaga Cuisine. Seafood is a specialty, jumbo shrimp, followed by sushi and sashimi. The sake produced in this region is of high quality, smooth and sweet, derived from the rice grown in Ishikawa Prefecture as well as the considerable precipitation of the Hokuriku region, allowing for an ample supply of clean, fresh water. Omicho market is a market in the middle of the city, originally open-air, and now covered, which dates back to the Edo period. Most of the shops there sell seafood.
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Things to do in and around Takayama

  • Early spring of The Japan Alps Yari-Hodaka Mountain Range : 早春の北アルプス槍・穂高連峰
  • I love this old town.
  • 20131010 23 Takayama - Autumn festival 高山祭
  • Hida Folk Village
  • Takayama Jinya
  • Spring at Kamikochi.
  • The World Heritage Shirakawa-go Panoramic View : 世界遺産白川郷全景
  • Merchant's house and garden, Takayama
  • Hirata Folk Art Museum
  • Glass
  • Mt.Tsubakuro~伸びる稜線
  • Ryokan Yarimikan (Japan)
  • Echizen Ichinodani Asakura Family Mansion Ruins : 越前一乗谷朝倉氏居館跡
  • Sugi
   
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Takayama

Japan, Chubu region

Small townsNatureActiveHistoricCulture2 nights

Located at the heart of the Japanese Alps, Takayama is a beautiful small town, home to elegant 17C architecture, galleries, and historic temples.

Takayama is a city located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Takayama was settled as far back as the Jomon period. The town and its culture, as they exist today, took shape at the end of the 16C, when the Kanamori clan built Takayama Castle. However, the high altitude and separation from other areas of Japan kept the area fairly isolated, allowing Takayama to develop its own culture over about a 300-year period. Its main attractions include the surrounding nature, shrines, museums, and architectural curios.
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Things to do in and around Nagano

  • Nagano (Japan)
  • 247 - Nagano - Zenko-ji Temple - 20080617
  • Living Edo-style
  • Sugi
  • Spring at Kamikochi.
  • Matsumoto
  • Ryokan Yarimikan (Japan)
  • Japan 日本 1974-2009 — Jigokudani Monkey Park 地獄谷野猿公苑  32
  • Yokohama by night
   
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Nagano

Japan, Chubu region

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Nestled amidst picturesque mountains, this town offers many historic landmarks, as well as easy access to nearby natural attractions.

Nagano, the capital city of Nagano Prefecture, is located in the northern part of the prefecture near the confluence of the Chikuma and the Sai rivers, on the main Japanese island of Honshu. Nagano is most famous for Zenko-ji, a 7th-century Buddhist temple that overlooks the city. A million tourists visit Nagano annually. Nagano was originally a town in Kamiminochi District built around the hilltop temple that is the largest wooden building in eastern Japan, but the city now encompasses locations that were within Sarashina, Hanishina, and Kamitakai districts.
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Things to do in and around Nikko

  • Nikko, Tochigi, Japan
  • Tosho-gu shrine
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  • Nikkō Tōshō-gū shrine
  • Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa
  • Nikko National Park 15
  • 華厳の滝
  • Ryuzu Waterfall
  • Road to Cloud
  • Taiyuinbyo Shrine, Nikko
  • Outdoor performance
   
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Nikko

Japan, Kanto region

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Favored by locals and travelers alike, the city offers an array of cultural monuments, shrines, hot springs, and many fun activities.

Nikko is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region of Japan. Attractions include the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (Nikko Tosho-gu) and that of his grandson Iemitsu (Iemitsu-byo Taiyu-in), and the Futarasan Shrine, which dates to the year 767. There are also many famous hot springs (onsen) in the area. Elevations range from 200 to 2,000 m. Nikko is heavily dependent on tourism to its historical and scenic sites and hot spring resorts. Hydroelectric power production, food processing, and the metals industry remain important components of the economy.
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Things to do in and around Sapporo

  • sapporo
  • Ginza, Tokyo in the Rain
  • Hokkaido Jingu, Hokkaido Shrine, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, 北海道神宮, 札幌, 北海道, 日本, ほっかいどうじんぐう, さっぽろし, ほっかいどう, にっぽん, にほん
  • Mount Okura Ski Jump Stadium, Sapporo
  • Moerenuma Park
  • Shikotsu -Toya National Park ● 登別地獄谷
  • Historical Village of Hokkaido, Sapporo
  • capturing the color
   
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Sapporo

Japan, Hokkaido region

Night lifeCultureFood2 nights

Full of color and bursting with energy, this city is home to plenty of green places, vibrant nightlife, and a superb culinary scene.

Sapporo is the fourth largest city in Japan by population, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Sapporo is known outside Japan for having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first ever held in Asia, and for the city's annual Yuki Matsuri, internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws more than 2 million tourists from around the world. The city is also home to Sapporo Brewery and the white chocolate biscuits called shiroi koibito. Sapporo is known as the birthplace of miso ramen, a ramen noodle dish using miso, and Sapporo ramen is also widely known.
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Things to do in and around Tokyo

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  • tokyo street
  • Golden Gai -  Tokyo
  • meiji shrine tokyo japan
  • Tosho-gu Shrine
  • Yokohama by night
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  • ginza tokyo
  • Toyokan, Tokyo National Museum
  • Senso-ji
  • Edo Tokyo Museum
  • Kamakura...
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  • Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
  • Kabuki-Cho
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Yakiniku in Ueno. Tokyo-150527-7
  • 2007-10-06 Nihonminkaen 216
  • Hakone, Japan
  • mori art museum
  • Asakusa, Tokyo
  • ooedo onsen monogatari
  • Shinjuku 13-10-26
  • 藤子・F・不二雄ミュージアム
  • Fuji and Sakura
   
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Tokyo

Japan, Kanto region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nights

Brimming with undeniable energy, Japan's capital and largest city is a vast metropolis full of museums, parks, and cultural monuments.

Tokyo Metropolis is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, and is both the capital and most populous city of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters. It officially became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from the old capital of Kyoto in 1868. Many tourists visit the various downtowns, stores, and entertainment districts. Among a multitude of attractions you may find museums, markets, gardens, shrines, castles, and many more.
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