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  • One of Japan's largest cities, Fukuoka is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the southernmost Island of Kyushu and is one of the country's most progressive cities. Located in Hakata Bay, Fukuoka is divided in two by the River Naka, with Hakata, the older eastern part of the city, serving as an important port and commercial centre. The once fortified town of Fukuoka grew in importance during the 17th century and after amalgamation with Hakata in 1889 became an important cultural centre. These days, Fukuoka is home to numerous fine museums, art galleries and theatres, as well as sporting ev...   More

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  • This modern town 50 kms to the west of Kobe is worth a stay for its recently restored feudal castle, considered to be the finest of Japan. The castle grounds are home to the lovely Koukoen Japanese gardens and Fine Arts, History of the Prefecture and Literature museums. Between Himeji Station and the castle, Miyuki Street is packed tight with shops, souvenir boutiques and restaurants, all of which are crammed at the weekends. 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. Other ...   More

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  • Hiroshima will always be remembered as the city on which the first atomic bomb was dropped. Although more than 60 percent of the buildings in Hiroshima were destroyed, the city has managed to make an amazing recovery since that devastating August 1945 blast. In fact, by 1974, the city had actually managed to double its pre-war population, and it has also become a popular tourist destination. One of the most popular sites in this city is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which was created in memory of all those who lost their lives or were injured by the atomic bomb. This large park is home to several interesting...   More

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  • An hour’s train ride south of Tokyo lays the small, relaxed town of Kamakura, trapped between the sea and a circle of wooded hills. The town is steeped in history, and many of its 65 temples and 19 shrines date back some eight centuries, when, for a brief and tumultuous period, it was Japan’s political and military centre. It’s most famous sight is the Daibutsu, a glorious bronze Buddha surrounded by trees, but the town’s ancient Zen temples are equally compelling. Kamakura is also well known for its spring blossoms and autumn colours and many temple gardens are famous for a particular flo...   More

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  • While other cities of Japan embrace modernity without hesitation, Kyoto still maintains traces of tradition and old Japanese culture. With every street, mountain and shrine having something to offer, Kyoto is a must visit for a rich, wholesome cultural experience. The old capital of Japan Kyoto is characterised by its deep interesting cultural roots. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, Kyoto is an incredibly tranquil place filled with more than a thousand temples, vestiges of traditional Japanese culture and gardens that change colours with the seasons. Boasting of picturesque Japanese architecture and tradit...   More

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  • In 1612, shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa established Nagoya by permitting his ninth son to build a castle here. Industry and merchant houses sprang up in the shadow of this magnificent fortress, as did pleasure quarters for samurai. Supported by taxing the rich harvests of the surrounding Nobi plain, the Tokugawa family used the castle as its power centre for the next 250 years. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, when Japan began trade with the West in earnest, Nagoya developed rapidly. When the harbour opened to international shipping in 1907, Nagoya's industrial growth accelerated, and by the 1930s it was supporti...   More

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  • Osaka, one of Japan's largest cities, lies on the south coast of western Honshu at the point where the River Yodo flows into the wide sweep of Osaka Bay, which opens out into the Pacific. The city is bounded on one side by the Kii Peninsula and is shut off from the Inland Sea to the west by the island of Awaji. Its location on the Yodo delta with its network of watercourses and canals spanned by more than a thousand bridges has, deservedly, earned Osaka the nickname "Venice of the East." While the origins of Osaka date back to the mythological early days of the Japanese Empire, today the c...   More

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  • Home to the 1972 Winter Olympics and Japan's most succulent crab, tasty noodles and refreshing beer, Hokkaido's northern metropolis beckons visitors to its wide boulevards, challenging ski slopes and boundless opportunities for business development. The largest city on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido Sapporo offers many great reasons to visit. Although travel to this largely hilly region only became fashionable after it hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, the city is more than making up for it now with events such as the famous Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan's largest winter events attra...   More

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  • Tokyo is one of the world's great cities. It is a hi-tech showcase of modern Japan and yet it still retains the soul of traditional Japan. It manages to be extremely comfortable, even luxurious, while remaining decidedly mysterious and exotic. First and foremost, Tokyo is a food lover's paradise. Tokyo Metropolis is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the centre of the Greater Tokyo Area and the largest metropolitan area in the World. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. One of the best things to do i...   More

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