JAPAN SHOWCASE | A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities

JAPAN SHOWCASE

A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities

  • The vanguard of science, technology and innovation

    Ibaraki Prefecture

    The vanguard of science, technology and innovation


    The city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture has been the foremost science city in Japan, leading efforts on industrial innovation and pioneering elementary school education with the use of information and communications technology (ICT).Located about 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, Tsukuba is home to a…

  • World-class medical hub sees bright global future

    Kobe City

    World-class medical hub sees bright global future


    As the area with the largest concentration of medical research facilities in the country, there is good reason Kobe was chosen to host the G7 health ministers' meeting on Sept. 11 and 12.The Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster (KBIC) is a science park that is home…

  • Leading-edge technology in the heart of the country

    Nagano Prefecture

    Leading-edge technology in the heart of the country


    A G7 Transport Ministers' Meeting will be held in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, on Sept. 24 and 25. Located in the center of the country and boasting a variety of transportation networks, Nagano is easily accessible from anywhere in Japan. The prefecture is also known as…

  • Global economic experts to see recovery firsthand

    Sendai City

    Global economic experts to see recovery firsthand


    The G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting is scheduled to be held in Sendai from May 20 through May 21.During the two-day meeting at Hotel Sakan in the famed Akiu hot spring resort in a suburb of the Miyagi Prefecture capital, finance ministers…

  • Idyllic nature, hot springs and fine food await visitors

    Sendai City

    Idyllic nature, hot springs and fine food await visitors

    by SIMONE CHEN
    Special to The Japan Times

    I lower myself into the steamy 42 C water of my outdoor tub. While my mind is not yet awake (it's just 5:30 in the morning), my body feels fully alive, charged instantly by the onsen hot spring water of Akiu Onsen, famously known as…

  • Examining global education issues

    Okayama Prefecture

    Examining global education issues


    The G7 Education Ministers' Meeting will be held in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, on May 14 and 15, with related ministers of the Group of Seven and others from international organizations gathering to discuss global education challenges.Under the theme of "Innovation in Education," representatives from Japan,…

  • Leading the way to new energy

    Kitakyushu City

    Leading the way to new energy


    The G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting will be held in Kitakyushu on May 1 and 2, at which global issues on security and sustainability of energy will be discussed by the energy ministers of the Group of Seven — Japan, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and…

  • Rich world of traditional crafts in Nagano prefecture

    Nagano Prefecture

    Rich world of traditional crafts in Nagano prefecture


    Nagano Prefecture, located in the center of Japan, has so much to offer — ski resorts in the mountains, traditional ryokan Japanese inns, onsen hot springs, snow monkeys and many more attractions. Japanese craftsmanship is one draw as there are many industrial arts and crafts, with…

  • Explore beautiful vistas, enduring history of Saga

    Saga Prefecture

    Explore beautiful vistas, enduring history of Saga


    Saga prefecture sits in the northern half of Kyushu, sandwiched between bustling Fukuoka and historic Nagasaki. From the wild north coast to the porcelain towns of western Saga to the sake brewing districts of the southern Kashima region, this compact prefecture offers a host of…

  • Aomori Airport’s Snow Removal Team: “White Impulse”

    Aomori Prefecture

    Aomori Airport’s Snow Removal Team: “White Impulse”


    When we arrive at Aomori Airport’s terminal building to meet with the airport director, the board hanging behind the information counters near the first floor entrance shows numerous flights have been canceled. With the entire surrounding area covered in white and snow falling steadily everywhere,…

  • Walking among the snow monsters of the Hakkoda mountains

    Aomori Prefecture

    Walking among the snow monsters of the Hakkoda mountains


    The cable car rumbles ominously as it carries us from the station in Towada-HachimantaiNational Park up to the peak of Mount Tamoyachi, in the northern Hakkoda mountain range. The dozens of goggled skiers and snowboarders filling the floating glass chamber hardly seem to hear it,…

  • Walking in the steps of samurai

    Great Tamba area

    Walking in the steps of samurai


    There is no embellished castle tower to keep watch over Sasayama, a city ringed by the mountains of central Hyogo Prefecture. Only thick stone walls mark the site where an early 17th-century fortress stood. Even in those days, the castle keep was a relatively unimpressive…

  • Sightseeing off the beaten track in rural Kyoto

    Great Tamba area

    Sightseeing off the beaten track in rural Kyoto


    Mere minutes after the Sagano Scenic Railway train leaves its terminus in the popular suburb of Arashiyama just outside Kyoto, civilization abruptly falls away. Behind us lies a metropolis of at least a million people; out the windows, the only signs of life are a…

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