30 days in East Asia Itinerary

30 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner
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Fly
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
3
Otsu
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Fukui
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Toyama
— 1 night
Drive
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive
10
Hamamatsu
— 1 night
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Fly
12
Niigata
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ise
— 1 night
Train to Yamatoyagi, Taxi to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Nara — 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then admire the verdant scenery at Iwakura Valley, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip planning site.

Yokohama to Nara is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Nara sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Kyoto — 4 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto journey planner.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Otsu.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

Otsu — 2 nights

The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Enryaku-ji Daikodo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enryaku-ji Shakado, and then contemplate the long history of Enryaku-ji Jodoin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jishu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Enryaku-ji Yokawachudo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ritsuin Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Otsu trip builder.

Otsu is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December in Otsu, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fukui.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Fukui — 1 night

Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. On the 10th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Daianzenji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yokokan Garden.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fukui driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Otsu to Fukui takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Fukui, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fukui to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Toyama.
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Toyama — 1 night

The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Former Uchiyama Residence.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyama trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Toyama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takayama.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Takayama — 2 nights

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get engrossed in the history at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally examine the collection at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan). Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Takayama road trip site.

Getting from Toyama to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Takayama sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Matsumoto — 1 night

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then gear up at Hanakomichi, then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in December, Matsumoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Spas · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 1 night

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 17th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, and then don't miss a visit to Nishiura.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Matsumoto in December, Fujikawaguchiko-machi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hamamatsu.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Hamamatsu — 1 night

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Hamamatsu Air Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinzaishu Hoko-ji temple Daihonzan Okuyama Hansobo, and then look for gifts at Irikawaya, Mikkabi Honten.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hamamatsu online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hamamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in December: highs in Hamamatsu hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagoya.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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Nagoya — 2 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and then stroll around Chubu Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Hamamatsu to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hamamatsu in December: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Niigata.
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Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Niigata — 2 nights

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): walk around Uwasekigata Park, walk around Yahiko Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yahiko Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, stroll around Toyanogata Park, and then walk around Muramatsu Park.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Niigata attractions planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Niigata by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Niigata are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ise.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Ise — 1 night

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Ise travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Niigata to Ise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Niigata in December since evenings lows in Ise dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Koya-cho.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Koya-cho — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Gyoja no Taki and then don't miss a visit to Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Ise to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive; or take a train. December in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Osaka — 2 nights

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Dotombori District, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally get outside with Royu Driveway.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Osaka fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Himeji — 3 nights

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).
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Historic Sites · Parks
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Shiga Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Shiga Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which forms part of the Kansai region in the western part of Honshu island. It encircles Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The capital is Ōtsu.

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Fukui Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
Fukui Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Fukui.PrehistoryThe Kitadani Dinosaur Quarry, on the Sugiyama River within the city limits of Katsuyama, has yielded animals such as the megaraptoran Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis, hadrosauroid Fukuisaurus tetoriensis, coelurosaurian Fukuivenator paradoxus and titanosauriform Fukuititan nipponensis as well as an unnamed dromaeosaurid.HistoryFukui originally consisted of the old provinces of Wakasa and Echizen, before the prefecture was formed in 1871.During the Edo period, the daimyō of the region was surnamed Matsudaira, and was a descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Ishikawa Prefecture travel guide

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Gardens · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Ishikawa Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on Honshu island. The capital is Kanazawa.HistoryIshikawa was formed in 1872 from the merger of Kaga Province and the smaller Noto Province.GeographyIshikawa is on the Sea of Japan coast. The northern part of the prefecture consists of the narrow Noto Peninsula, while the southern part is wider and consists mostly of mountains with the prefecture's chief city, Kanazawa, located in the coastal plain. The prefecture also has some islands, including Notojima, Mitsukejima, Hegurajima., 13% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Hakusan National Park; Echizen-Kaga Kaigan and Noto Hantō Quasi-National Parks; and five Prefectural Natural Parks.CitiesEleven cities are located in Ishikawa Prefecture:HakuiHakusanKagaKahoku Kanazawa (capital)KomatsuNanaoNonoichi NomiSuzuWajima

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Toyama Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Drive · Parks
Toyama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Hokuriku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Toyama.Toyama is the leading industrial prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, and has the industrial advantage of cheap electricity from abundant hydroelectric resources. It also contains East Asia’s only known glaciers outside Russia, first recognized in 2012.HistoryHistorically, Toyama Prefecture was Etchū Province. Following the abolition of the han system in 1871, Etchū Province was renamed Niikawa Prefecture, but Imizu District was given to Nanao Prefecture. In 1872 Imizu District was returned by the new Ishikawa Prefecture.In 1876, Niikawa Prefecture was merged into Ishikawa Prefecture but the merger was void in 1881 and the area was re-established as Toyama Prefecture.The Itai-itai disease occurred in Toyama around 1950.GeographyToyama Prefecture is bordered by Ishikawa Prefecture to the west, Niigata to the northeast, Nagano to the southeast, Gifu to the south and Sea of Japan to the north.

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Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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Yamanashi Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Yamanashi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the main island of Honshu.The prefecture is landlocked, featuring a fertile central valley, the Kōfu Basin, surrounded by many of the highest mountains in Japan including the highest, Mount Fuji located on the southern border with Shizuoka.The capital of the prefecture is the city of Kōfu.HistoryPre-history to the 14th centuryAs in most other Japanese regions, prehistoric society in Yamanashi progressed though the hunting, fishing and gathering stage of the Jōmon period, then the rice-producing stage of the Yayoi period and subsequent village and regional formation. The Maruyama and Choshizuka Kofun (earthen burial mounds) located on Sone Hill of Nakamichi Town (Southern Kōfu) are believed to have been built from the end of the 4th century. From these remains it can be assumed that the people of Sone Hill had great influence.During the Heian period, Kai Province was created in this area.15th to 19th centuriesAmong the many Kaigenji generations, those of the Takeda, Ogasawara, and Nanbu families were particularly prosperous. During the Sengoku period of the 16th century, Takeda Shingen attained the status of daimyō and built Tsuzuji Mansion and the Yōgai Castle in Kōfu. From this base, he attempted to unify and control Japan.

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Shizuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.HistoryShizuoka Prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi, Suruga and Izu provinces.The area was the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu held the region until he conquered the lands of the Hōjō clan in the Kantō region and placed land under the stewardship of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After becoming shogun, Tokugawa took the land back for his family and put the area around modern-day Shizuoka city under the direct supervision of the shogunate. With the creation of Shizuoka han in 1868, it once again became the residence of the Tokugawa family.GeographyShizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.

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Aichi Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Specialty Museums
Aichi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region. The region of Aichi is also known as the Tōkai region. The capital is Nagoya. It is the focus of the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.HistoryOriginally, the region was divided into the two provinces of Owari and Mikawa. After the Meiji Restoration, Owari and Mikawa were united into a single entity. In 1871, after the abolition of the han system, Owari, with the exception of the Chita Peninsula, was established as Nagoya Prefecture, while Mikawa combined with the Chita Peninsula and formed Nukata Prefecture. Nagoya Prefecture was renamed to Aichi Prefecture in April 1872, and was united with Nukata Prefecture on November 27 of the same year.The government of Aichi Prefecture is located in the Aichi Prefectural Government Office in Nagoya, which is the old capital of Owari.The Expo 2005 World Exposition was held in Seto and Nagakute.EtymologyIn the third volume of the Man'yōshū there is a poem by Takechi Kurohito that reads: "The cry of the crane, calling to Sakurada; it sounds like the tide, draining from Ayuchi flats, hearing the crane cry". Ayuchi is the original form of the name Aichi, and the Fujimae tidal flat is all that remains of the earlier Ayuchi-gata. It is now a protected area.

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Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.

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Mie Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Mie Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which is part of the Kansai region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Tsu.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Mie Prefecture was made up of Ise Province, Shima Province, Iga Province and part of Kii Province.Evidence of human habitation in Mie dates back more than 10,000 years. During the Jōmon and Yayoi periods, agricultural communities began to form along the river and coastal areas of the region. Ise Shrine is said to have been established during the Yayoi period, and in the 7th century the Saikū Imperial Residence was built in what is now Meiwa Town to serve as both a residence and administrative centre for the Saiō, an Imperial Princess who served as High Priestess of Ise Shrine.During the Edo period, the area now known as Mie Prefecture consisted of several feudal domains, each ruled by an appointed lord. Transport networks, including the Tokaido and Ise Roads, were built. Port towns such as Ohminato, Kuwana and Anōtsu, posting stations and castle towns flourished. Pilgrimages to Ise Shrine also became very popular.

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Wakayama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Wakayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Wakayama.HistoryPresent-day Wakayama is mostly the western part of the province of Kii.1953 flood disasterOn July 17–18, 1953, a torrential heavy rain occurred, followed by collapse of levees, river flooding and landslides in a wide area. Many bridges and houses were destroyed. According to an officially confirmed Japanese Government report, 1,015 people died, with 5,709 injured and 7,115 houses lost.GeographyCitiesNine cities are in Wakayama Prefecture:AridaGobōHashimoto IwadeKainanKinokawa ShingūTanabeWakayama (capital)Towns and villagesThese are the towns and villages in each district:

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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