Mike Kanert's Japan Travel

North

Niseko

Niseko

Four days at Japan's top ski resort.

Shimokita Peninsula

Shimokita Peninsula

Buddha's coast and haunted temples at Honshu's most northern point.

Lake Towada

Lake Towada

The largest caldera lake on Japan's main island.

Namahage

What's a Namahage?

New Year's demons threaten to abduct naughty children.

Hakodate

Hakodate

One of the three best night views in the world—with period costumes for fun!

Oirase Gorge

Oirase Gorge

A beautiful world of tight rapids and rounded boulders.

Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi

The largest stretch of pristine beech forest remaining in the world.

Sanriku Coast

Sanriku Coast

Possibly the most dramatic 180 km of coastline in all of Japan.


Central

Niijima Island

Niijima Island

A hotspot for surfing and bodyboarding, and technically still a part of Tokyo.

Yuki-no-Otani

Yuki-no-Otani

The most snow you will ever see. Anywhere. Guaranteed.

New Year on the Slopes

New Year on the Slopes

Four days of skiing in Nagano's famed Hakuba region.

Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go

Thatched roofs shaped like praying hands in a UNESCO World Heritage Village.

Shomyo Falls

Shomyo Falls

The highest waterfall in Asia flows only seasonally.

Kenrokuen & Kanazawa Castle

Kenrokuen & Kanazawa Castle

Symbols of the wealthiest clan in Edo Period Japan.

Izu Peninsula

Izu Peninsula

SCUBA diving, swimming, and hot springs on Shizuoka's eastern quarter.

Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle

The oldest castle keep in Japan.


Kansai

Sherry Bar & Restaurant

Sherry Bar & Restaurant

The prices are great and every dish is a work of art.

Osaka Aquarium

Osaka Aquarium

Whale sharks, manta rays, and 10,000 tonnes of water from the Ring of Fire.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

The single most important castle in the history of Japan.

Emperor Nintoku's Tomb

Emperor Nintoku's Tomb

1600 years old, this is the largest burial mound in the world.


West

Miyajima

Miyajima

The floating torii gate is one of the Three Great Views of Japan.

Izumo Taisha

One of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in all of Japan.

Matsue Castle

Matsue Castle

The second-largest original-construction castle in Japan.


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