Nature and Culture in Japan

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For the perfect mix of nature and culture, follow this route through Japan's best cities and towns, climb up mountains, visit museums, and try superb local cuisine.

In this trip

  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • CultureCulture
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Small TownsSmall Towns

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Tokyo, Japan

  • 2

    Nikko, Japan

  • 3

    Nagano, Japan

  • 4

    Matsumoto, Japan

  • 5

    Takayama, Japan

  • 6

    Kyoto, Japan

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Things to do in and around Tokyo

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  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
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  • Senso-ji
  • Tosho-gu Shrine
  • Yakiniku in Ueno. Tokyo-150527-7
  • Sakura at Chidorigafuchi Park
  • Kamakura...
  • Hakone, Japan
  • Toyokan, Tokyo National Museum
  • mori art museum
  • Near Imperial Palace, Tokyo
  • Edo Tokyo Museum
  • Yokohama by night
  • 2007-10-06 Nihonminkaen 216
  • tokyo street
  • ooedo onsen monogatari
  • Shinjuku 13-10-26
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • 藤子・F・不二雄ミュージアム
  • Fuji and Sakura


Japan, Kanto region

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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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Things to do in and around Nikko

  • Nikko, Tochigi, Japan
  • Tosho-gu shrine
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  • Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa
  • Nikkō Tōshō-gū shrine
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  • Ryuzu Waterfall
  • Nikko National Park 15
  • Road to Cloud
  • Taiyuinbyo Shrine, Nikko
  • Kanman-ga-fuchi Abyss trail @ 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 Nagano

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  • Living Edo-style
  • Spring at Kamikochi.
  • Sugi
  • Ryokan Yarimikan (Japan)
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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 Matsumoto

  • Matsumoto
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  • Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto
  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art
  • Nawate Dori
  • Spring at Kamikochi.
  • Ryokan Yarimikan (Japan)
  • Sugi
  • One Mountain to Rule Them All
  • Nikkō: Tōshō-gū - Shin'yosha
  • Japan 日本 1974-2009 — Jigokudani Monkey Park 地獄谷野猿公苑  32


Japan, Chubu region

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A city favored by both travelers and locals for its stately historic castle, surrounding nature, fine galleries, and quaint streets.

Matsumoto is a Japanese city in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. It is a city located in Nagano Prefecture. Matsumoto is designated as a Special City. The current city of Matsumoto is a merger of the old city of Matsumoto with four villages. Matsumoto officially absorbed those villages without creating a new municipal organization. Matsumoto is surrounded by mountains and is acclaimed for its beautiful views. Hiking and climbing locations are readily accessible by local bus transportation. Matsumoto has several historic features, such as Matsumoto Castle, Kaichi School Museum, and Temari (traditional Japanese handball).
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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
  • 20131010 23 Takayama - Autumn festival 高山祭
  • Hida Folk Village
  • Takayama Jinya
  • Glass
  • Spring at Kamikochi.
  • Ryokan Yarimikan (Japan)
  • Merchant's house and garden, Takayama
  • Hirata Folk Art Museum
  • I love this old town.
  • Mt.Tsubakuro~伸びる稜線
  • The World Heritage Shirakawa-go Panoramic View : 世界遺産白川郷全景
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  • Nikkō: Tōshō-gū - Shin'yosha


Japan, Chubu region

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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 Kyoto

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  • Fushimi-Inari Taisha, Kyoto
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  • Ginkaku-ji @ Kyoto
  • 奈良 Nara
  • Arashiyama
  • Raku Museum 樂美術館
  • Nanzen-ji Aqueduct
  • Kodai-ji Temple
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  • Hase-dera, Niomon (Gate of Deva King) -1 (July 2011)
  • Osaka!
  • Kinkaku-ji
  • Tenryu-ji
  • Katsura Imperial Villa and Gardens, Kyoto
  • Shoren-in Temple, Kyoto
  • Kobe
  • Mount Koya
  • Kyoto national museum
  • Daitoku-ji, Kyoto
  • Kiyomizu-dera / Kyoto
  • Kyoto street.
  • Nayabashi, Nagoya
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Japan, Kansai region

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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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