With more than 12 centuries of history, Futarasan Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture has been inscribed as part of the “Shrines and Temples of Nikkō” UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the neighboring Tōshōgū mausoleum complex and the Buddhist temple Rinnōji. It remains popular today as a spot to pray for good fortune and matchmaking luck.
Source: Futarasan Shrine: A World Heritage Destination in Nikkō, Tochigi
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Three-star Road offers visitors a chance to experience a truly authentic Japan with jaw-dropping scenery, spellbinding castles and delicately manicured gardens.
Source: 3 must-visit places in Japan’s Three-Star Road
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Fewer than 10% of Japan’s 6,852 islands are inhabited. But among those 400 or so, travelers are treated to a rich tapestry of natural treasures, deep-seated mysticism, thriving cultural assets and stretches of sprawling urbanity.
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Many countries have designated areas of natural beauty as national parks, aiming to preserve outstanding natural scenery and protect local ecosystems. Japan designated its own first national parks—Setonaikai, Unzen and Kirishima—in 1934, and the country now boasts 34 of them. Japan’s national parks incorporate a fair amount of privately owned land, including residential areas, farms and forested areas, providing visitors with a glimpse of local cultures and long-standing traditions.
Source: Encounter nature and wildlife in Japan’s national parks
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Japan’s oldest silk reeling factory in Gunma Prefecture was the torchbearer of its industrialisation…
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The World Heritage Site will display artworks by Kohei Nawa and more during the Artists’ Fair Kyoto 2022…
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Many countries have designated areas of natural beauty as national parks, aiming to preserve outstanding natural scenery and protect local ecosystems. Japan designated its own first national parks—Setonaikai, Unzen and Kirishima—in 1934, and the country now boasts 34 of them.
Source: Encounter Nature and Wildlife in Japan’s National Parks – Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
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Yakushima, located 135 kilometers off the coast of Kagoshima in southern Kyushu, is home to just 13,000 residents yet draws around 300,000 visitors every year. The island, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, is known for its misty, shrouded forest and is home to ancient cedar trees like Jomon Sugi—the largest and oldest tree in Japan, estimated to be between 2,000 and 7,000 years old.
Source: Yakushima: Exploring Japan’s World Heritage destination from a different perspective
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Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Dome marked the 25th anniversary on Dec. 7 since it was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, as survivors offered flowers to the “silent witness” to the atomic bombing by the U.S. military.
Source: Hiroshima’s A-bomb Dome marks 25th anniversary since registration as World Heritage site
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Tickets on sale now – the World Heritage Site in Gifu is lit up for just six days in January and February 2022…
Source: Explore the fairytale village of Shirakawa-go on this winter illumination tour
The remote Japanese island of Iriomote has just been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, here’s what to do when you visit in 2022.
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In July, UNESCO voiced strong regret that Japan had yet to implement changes reflecting the history of Japan’s use forced labor on the island…
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The Former Glover House, a popular tourist spot in this southwest Japan city that was home to British merchant Thomas Glover (1838-1911), has been renovated, with attention paid to its history and lived-in ambience.
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