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Unique Japan Tours Kumamoto Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto

Located on Kyushu, the third largest island in Japan, Kumamoto is most famous for its castle, which is one of Japan’s most impressive, awe inspiring castles. Despite being a modern reconstruction of the original castle, Kumamoto Castle is worth a visit. In addition to the two main towers of the castle, there is a number […]

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  • Unique Japan Tours Kumamoto Kumamoto Castle
  • Unique Japan Tours Kumamoto Kurokawa Hot Springs
  • Unique Japan Tours Kumamoto Kurokawa Hot Springs Town
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Unique Japan Tours Amami Bashayama

Amami Island

Amami Ooshima is part of a chain of islands located south of Japan, but north of Okinawa. The main attraction on Amami is its unspoiled nature. It is a subtropical island, hot in summer, warm in winter and has plenty of beaches, with beautiful white sand. The sea is clear and full of brightly coloured […]

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Unique Japan Tours Kumano Kodo Hiking Forest Beautiful

Kumano Kodo

The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails are a series of trails that criss-cross the Kii Peninsula, the largest peninsula in Japan, and have been registered as a World Heritage Site since 2007. The routes were first developed over 1,000 years ago for pilgrims to make their way between the sacred sites in the area. Over time, […]

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  • Unique Japan Tours Kumano Kodo Naichi Waterfall
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  • Unique Japan Tours Kumano Kodo Hiking Forest Beautiful
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Unique Japan Tours Tsumago - Tsumago-juku (2)

Tsumago & Magome

In ancient times, there were two roads connecting Kyoto to Edo (modern day Tokyo), one being the Nakasendo. Over time, and with modern development, a lot of the original Nakasendo has been lost, but there are still portions of it intact, the most notable of which is between Tsumago and Magome. Visiting these towns and […]

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Unique Japan Tours Matsue Kumano Taisha Shrine

Matsue

Matsue is the capital of Shimane prefecture, located in south western Honshu, the main island of Japan. Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi River, which connects the two lakes of Shinji and Nakaumi. Matsue is home to one of the 12 original castles in Japan, having survived wars, fires and earthquakes. The castle […]

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  • Unique Japan Tours Matsue Kumano Taisha Shrine
  • Unique Japan Tours Matsue Matsue Castle Spring
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  • Unique Japan Tours Matsue Tamatsukuri Onsen
  • Unique Japan Tours Matsue Yushi-en Garden Covered Plant
  • Unique Japan Tours Matsue Yushi-en Garden
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Unique Japan Tours Kurobe Alpine Route Snow Walls Otani

Kurobe Alpine Route

Opened in 1971, the Kurobe Alpine Route is a 37km route that follows a spectacular path through the Northern Japanese Alps. Completing the whole route involves a number of different forms of transport, including trolley bus, cable cars and a ropeway. Along this adventure you will see not only Japan’s most incredible views of wildlife […]

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Unique Japan Tours Nikko Yabusame

Nikko

Nikko is famous in Japan for its natural beauty. Located at the entrance to Nikko National Park, Nikko is home to many famous onsen, or hot springs. Nikko is a world Heritage Site and is home to Toshogu Shrine, the burial place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, a hugely influential figure in Japanese history. Located in the […]

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Unique Japan Tours Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium

Hakuba (Nagano)

Hakuba is right in the centre of Japan’s largest snow and mountain sport areas. Hakuba itself is quite a small village, with a population just under 10,000, but it rose to worldwide prominence in 1998 when it was used as the main event venue for the Winter Olympics. Easily accessible from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, […]

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  • Unique Japan Tours Hakuba Happo Lake
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Unique Japan Tours Fukuoka Kawachi Wisteria Garden

Fukuoka

Fukuoka city is the largest on the island of Kyushu and is one of Japan’s 10 largest cities overall. Picked as one of the most liveable cities in the world by Monocle magazine, Fukuoka is famous for its local Hakata ramen – a ramen with thinner than normal noodles served in broth made from pork […]

  • Unique Japan Tours Fukuoka Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
  • Unique Japan Tours Fukuoka Kawachi Wisteria Garden
  • Unique Japan Tours Fukuoka Kokura Castle
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  • Unique Japan Tours Mojiko Retro Town Night View
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Unique Japan Tours Naoshima Pumpkin

Naoshima Island

Naoshima Island is two hours by train and ferry from Takamatsu city in Kagawa prefecture. Naoshima Island is renowned for its collection of modern art museums, installations, architecture and sculpture exhibits. A trip to Naoshima will undoubtedly appeal to those who enjoy modern art and alternative design. The wonderful aesthetic of the island was created […]

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