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

JAPAN SHOWCASE

A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities

  • 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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