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Discover the Diamond Route in Japan

Rich history and culture, exquisite nature, amazing food and invigorating outdoor sports await when you discover the Diamond Route. Fukushima, Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures are full of sparkling treasures that await your visit. Learn more at www.diamondroutejapan.com

Ouchi-juku in Shimogo Town, Aizu County, Fukushima Prefecture

Lake Inawashiro-ko, located almost in the center of Fukushima Prefecture, is the main entrance to Bandai-Asahi National Park. It is the fourth largest lake in Japan, and is also called Lake Tenkyo-ko, or heaven's mirror lake, because its surface reflects the shape of Mt. Bandai-san like a heavenly mirror. Around Nagahama on the northern shore, you can enjoy nature's beauty from season to season: spring with its verdure and wild birds; camping, water skiing, boardsailing, and lake bathing in summer; in autumn the scarlet-tinged leaves; and try winter sports and watch migrating swans in the wintertime. It is frequented by visitors all the year round.The world renowned Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928), famous for his research into yellow fever and whose portrait is depicted on the 1,000-yen note, was born in Inawashiro, and in his parents' home has been preserved as the Noguchi Hideyo Memorial Hall, where many of his favorite items and letters are displayed. In the neighboring area are the Aizu Folklore Museum, introducing the life and culture of the Aizu district, Sekai-no-garasu-kan (the World's Glass Hall) and the Inawashiro Jibiru-kan (locally brewed beer hall), where you can drink beer brewed using the pure underground water from Mt. Bandai-san, and also enjoy authentic Italian dishes.

Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture

The Aizu-kogen Highlands is located in the southwestern part of Fukushima Prefecture. It is a resort area dotted with nature parks, leisure facilities, and hot springs nestled along the crystal clear Tadami-gawa River, which flows through the Oku-Aizu area, and its tributaries, the Ina-gawa and Hinoe-mata-gawa rivers. Tourists flock to this popular resort area to enjoy outdoor activities all year round, including sightseeing in the scenic Oze area, fishing in mountain streams from spring to fall, as well as skiing in winter.The Hinoe-mata-mura Village is famous for the Oze ponds and meadows, legends about fleeing Heike warriors, and the Hinoe-mata Kabuki (a form of traditional Japanese theater) that has been passed down from generation to generation since the Edo Period and is performed as a dedicatory kabuki play a few times a year even now. Buckwheat for use in soba noodles is widely cultivated, and every year in late fall the Shin-Soba-matsuri Festival (New Soba Noodle Festival) is held at the Oze-no-Sato Exchange Center to celebrate the harvest of the buckwheat crop. The village has a number of facilities, including a hot spring with an abundant supply of hot water, and a swimming pool. A sauna is also available, which visitors may use while wearing swimsuits.

Let’s take a trip to Japan with HATSUNE MIKU and enjoy Japanese Cuisine!

“Hatsune Miku” will guide you around Japan to the “OISHII” TRIP, full of tasty food and catchy dance! “OISHII”(≒Delicious) [Official Site] tasteofjapan-videos.jp/oishiitrip [Instagram] @tasteofjapan_videos Post your #oishiitrip on Instagram! About “Hatsune Miku” : http://piapro.net/ ———————————————————————– [Cast] Hatsune Miku [Creative Director / Movie Director] YKBX [Sound] Lyrics: Mio Aoyama Music: Junichi OGURO Arrangement: Junichi OGURO, BIGHEAD […]

Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture

Kakunodate is a quiet town in the eastern region of Akita. It is enclosed on three sides by mountains and Hinokinai-gawa River that runs to the south. The town has been developed into a castle town after the original township arrangement in the early 17th century. The town has a refined ("miyabi") and elegant ("iki") atmosphere, as is called the Little Kyoto of Michinoku.Many samurai houses remain in Kakunodate, making it one of the best places to see an example of a Japanese castle town. Today the houses are privately owned by the descendants of the samurai warriors; however, some of the residences such as the Ishiguro, Aoyagi, and Nishinomiya are open to the public.There remains shrines, temples, and merchants' storehouses as well, which are located in the southern part of town. The presence of these historical buildings gives you a feeling that the history of Kakunodate is still alive today.

Japan’s wonderland “Akihabara”

A "wonderland" that has evolved from a small group of electrical equipment shops into a huge computer marketplace.

The Shirakami-Sanchi – World Natural Heritage Site

The Shirakami Mountains spread 130,000 hectares over Aomori and Akita, and the central part has been listed as a World Natural Heritage Site since 1993. The untouched primeval beech forest in the range is one of the world's largest and provides an important environment for vegetation and animal habitats. Anmon-no-taki Falls, the most beautiful scenery in the Shirakami Mountains, is a must-see. You can stroll along the nature trails through the lush woods and along the river where crystal clear water flows. At the Shirakami Mountains Visitor Center and the Shirakami World Heritage Center, you can learn a lot about the nature of the Shirakami Mountains. There are many exhibition rooms and a film/video theater as well. Lake Juni-ko, a lake of mystery in the northwestern foothills of the Shirakami Mountains, is surrounded by a dense beech forest. Lake Juni-ko actually consists of a group of 33 lakes and marshes. Among them, Ao-ike Pond is particularly beautiful, and fascinates visitors with its mysterious cobalt blue water.

Outdoor Activity in Japan

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With Ecoton! Kyushu Geibun-kan and Chikugo Funagoya Sightseeing

Kyushu Geibun-kan which opened in April of 2013 and tourist attractions around Chikugo Funagoya Station will be introduced with Ecoton’s assistance.

By Fukuoka Water-bus, Fuku-haku Minato Deai Boat. let’s go to Nokonoshima Island!

A water-bus, Fuku-haku Minato Deai Boat which departs from and arrives at Tenjin Central Park in the center of Fukuoka City and Nokonoshima Island where nature in four seasons and delicious specialties can be enjoyed will be introduced.

Greenpia Yame: Shall we try forest therapy?

A walk with a guide in the woods at Greenpia Yame which is designated as a “forest therapy base” in Yame City. In addition, a boxed lunch using Yame’s ingredients after relaxation in the woods.

Fukuoka Asia Medical Support Center

Fukuoka Asia Medical Support Center, assisting foreigners who feel uneasy with language seeking consultations in hospitals in Fukuoka Prefecture. We have telephone and dispatch interpretation services for English / Chinese / Korean, as well as a general consultation window. Please feel free to contact us.

Fukuoka Yokamon Hiroba

Fukuoka Prefectural Government Building’s 11th floor got a make-over and re-opened in April this year as “Fukuoka Yokamon Hiroba.” In this episode, we introduce you to this gathering place for Fukuoka’s specialty crafts, tourism, and various other items of interests. Filled with a ton of attractions, Fukuoka Yokamon Hiroba is a fun place to watch, […]

A closer look into voluntary organization for disaster prevention

Voluntary organizations for disaster prevention play a vital role within your local community for the purpose of protecting our own cities, towns, and neighborhood during a natural disaster. In this episode, we will take a closer look into the functions and regular activities of our local voluntary organization for disaster prevention.