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Protect and Cultivate Together: Townscape of the Chikugo Region

In this episode, we will introduce you to the “Townscape of the Chikugo Region and Its Development,” the winner of 2015 Asian Townscape Awards. Fukuoka Prefectural Government and 12 cities and towns of the Chikugo region prepared the Chikugo Landscape Charter in 2006. This was drafted to set regulatory guidelines for the area’s landscape development […]

Tour of Munakata / Fukutsu – Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in Munakata Region

Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in Munakata Region was added to UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in January, 2009. We will visit the Related Sites in Munakata Region with Okinoshima Island – where gods reside – being at its core. The Sites reflect the history and the nature worship belief people continue to hold throughout […]

Fukuoka at the Crossroads of Asia

As the business hub of Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture is known locally as the gateway to Asia, and is arguably the most well positioned region for future business growth in Japan and Asia. We welcome you to come to Fukuoka and explore the unlimited business opportunities available for your company in this dynamic and strategic location.

Walking the Nagasaki Kaido – Izuka-shuku

Izuka-shuku (current Izuka City area) flourished during Edo period as one of the main postal hubs on Nagasaki Kaido, which connected Nagasaki and Kokura. We visit the city of Izuka and its shopping district as well as the surrounding locations that reflect its prosperity at that time.

Let’s go using the Kyushu Shinkansen! Sightseeing in Omuta part2

Shin-Omuta Station opened in 2011 with the start of Kyushu Shinkansen. We encourage that you discover more of Omuta in Fukuoka Prefecture, beginning at Shin-Omuta Station.

Welcome to Umi Town The Nansho-ga-taki Falls Icicles & Shochu, Umi-sansan

The Nansho-ga-taki Falls Icicles of the forest of Showa – a winter attraction of Umi Town. Many come to visit this place to enjoy the mother nature.

Hanami at Nishi Park

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Tokyo Waterfront: Shinbashi, Shiodome and Odaiba

Odaiba was born from reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay in the southeastern part of Tokyo. It attracts mostly young people as a new amusement spot in the city. The name Odaiba means a ""platform site."" It derives its name from the installation of a platform for a marine cannon battery that was constructed in haste to meet the sudden need for the defense of Tokyo (called Edo at that time) after the unexpected appearance of the black steel ships from the United States in 1853 commanded by Commodore Perry.The center of Odaiba is Aquacity Odaiba. It includes a shopping mall with a 300-meter-long boutique street, a multi-flex cinema that employs the latest acoustic and screen technologies, and a gourmet zone that stretches over 15,000 square meters, which is obviously the largest such zone in Japan.

Japan Golden Route

Many foreign visitors mistakenly believe that it is very expensive in Tokyo but this is not really true. Many visitors know about "100-yen Shops" and enjoy shopping at these and other discount shops, while dining out is also becoming more affordable for them. Some would go to soba (Buckwheat noodles) shops to have tempura (Deep-fried in vegetable oil, fish and vegetables) soba noodles, rather than going to tempura shops only to order tempura. Also, they go in a group to enjoy sharing nabe (pan menu). It seems that they really know how to enjoy their stay in Japan in an affordable way," says Mr. Katsuo Tobita, the owner of Ryoken "Shigetsu" in Asakusa, Tokyo. In the sections below, you can find either free or low cost tips that will make a trip to Japan really enjoyable, yet still not in a "cheap" way.

Hakata Gion Yamakasa in Fukuoka

Hakata is a district located in Hakata-ku in Fukuoka City, east of the Naka-gawa River, and is one of the central areas of Fukuoka, the largest city on Kyushu. Fukuoka City is a town that has developed on both sides of the Naka-gawa River, since Kuroda Nagamasa, a general of the samurai army in the 17th century, constructed Fukuoka Castle there. The eastern side of the river has developed as Hakata, a merchant town, while the western side developed as Fukuoka, a castle town. Recently, with an influx of tourists from other Asian countries, the city has also become international. Around Hakata Station, lots of office buildings are rising, and restaurants and hotels stand close together. After Canal City, a large-scale compound institution, was constructed, the city has become vitalized as a commercial town again. That the restaurants cluster together, which provide the most delicious dishes at the lowest price you can have only in Hakata, is a characteristic of this area, and young and old flock here together.

Daisetsu-zan, Hokkaido

Asahikawa is located almost in the center of Hokkaido, and is the second largest city in the prefecture after Sapporo. The city is full of natural splendor, with the magnificent Mt. Daisetsu-zan in the background and 120 rivers flowing through it. It is also the gateway for tourism to Soun Gorge and the Furano area. Asahikawa's thriving art world has led it to be called a town for art. Sculptures that made a famous sculptor dot the shopping park along Heiwa-dori Avenue, the road that leads straight from Asahikawa Station.Situated on a hill overlooking the town, the Hokkaido Traditional Arts and Crafts Village is full of buildings resembling castles from the Middle Ages in Europe, and has the atmosphere of an amusement park. There is a gallery of works made using the world-famous Yukara-ori, the traditional textile fabric of Hokkaido, from which you can get a better understanding of traditional Japanese fabric.

Shiretoko Hokkaido

The Shiretoko-hanto Peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido juts out into the Sea of Okhotsk. It is said to be the last unexplored region of Japan, and consists of steep mountain peaks covered with virgin forests. Cormorants and white-tailed sea eagles live there, and the whole area has been designated as a national park. The towns of Utoro and Rausu on the eastern side of the peninsula are the starting points for tourists. Visitors can see the whole of the peninsula and its cliffs by boarding a sightseeing boat that departs from Utoro Port.Shiretoko is known as a "waterfall kingdom," and many waterfalls can be seen from the sightseeing boat: the warm-water Kamuiwakkayu-no-taki Falls, which gives off steam; Furepe-no-taki Falls, which is so beautiful it is called "maiden's tears;" and Oshinkoshin-no-taki Falls, which flows alongside a road and drops magnificently towards the sea. There are also the Shiretoko-Goko (five lakes), which are small, quiet lakes surrounded by a virgin forest, and known as "the five jewels." You can walk round these five lakes in about an hour. In winter, the coasts of Shiretoko are sometimes surrounded by ice floes.

Hakodate, Hokkaido

Located in the southwest of Hokkaido and facing the Tsugaru Strait, Hakodate developed as a port town for trade with foreign countries at the end of the 19th century, and is a gateway connecting Hokkaido with Honshu by the Seikan Tunnel. A morning market is held at the bay area near the railway station, where more than 360 stalls packed tightly together attract shoppers with freshly caught squid, scallops, salmon eggs, Atka mackerel, and many other kinds of fresh fish and shellfish. A five-minute walk will take you to the moored Seikan Strait ferryboat, named the Mashu-maru Memorial Ship, which used to link Aomori in Honshu with Hokkaido. There is a restaurant and a coffee shop at its bow where you can spend a nice, relaxing time viewing the scenery around the port.

Niseko – Hokkaido

Niseko is located in the Southwestern part of Hokkaido, in an alpine region that is dominated by Mt. Yotei (Yotei National Park) to the east and Mt Annupuri to the west. Niseko is conveniently located 100 kms from Sapporo which is Hokkaido's largest city. The Niseko district has earned a reputation as one of the best ski area's in the world, home to the Annupuri Ski Resort and the Niseko Village Ski Resort the resort is gaining momentum on the world stage.However it is not just winter that is popular in Niseko, the summer's are also very special and the district stands out as a all year round outdoor activity destination. The name Niseko is derived from the ethnic Ainu language of Hokkaido. Niseko Annupuri translates to "Mountain with a river, which runs around the bottom of a sheer cliff" The weather is typical inland weather, with an annual average temperature of 6.3 degrees Celsius, the deepest snow in winter is 200cm in depth.

LUXURY GETAWAY: Only in Japan

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THE LUIGANS Spa and Resort

THE LUIGANS Spa and Resort is located 3 minutes on foot from JR Umino-Nakamachi station, and there is also a free shuttle service that can pick guests up from Hakata station, which is about a 20 minute drive away. For an island resort experience in the city of Fukuoka, the hotel is unbeatable. The guest […]