Suigo Itako Iris Garden: In the garden, about 1 million irises (ayame) of 500 different varieties are planted. And the Suigo Itako Iris Festival attracts around 800,000 visitors every year. The best time to see them is around the 10th of June.
Besides the beautiful fields of flowers, the highlight of the festival is the traditional ceremony in which a new bride, dressed in pure white kimono, is escorted by sappa boat with her matchmaker through town to where her groom is waiting.
Kasumigaura: Hobikisen for tourists "The hometown of Hobikisens (sailing trawlers)" Hobikisens dominated fishery practices as the main fishing method in Kasumigaura. Hobikisens currently operate as tourist attractions. The dignified figure of sailing ships with large white sails is a seasonal event unique to Kasumigaura.
NIKKO TOSHOGU SHIRINE: After renovations, now you can finally see the brand new appearance of the magnificent gate named "Yomeimon" at Toshogu shrine which is known as World Heritage. Enjoy the breathtaking view surrounded by great nature in Nikko. Good quality of Onsen is also available here.
Sakura City: Sakura is meaning of "cherry blossoms" in Japanese. The city derives its name from the numerous famous spots for viewing sakura, including Katsuyama Park, the row of sakura at Sotome, and Ujiie Yuyu Park. You must be surprised to see them! Please enjoy Sakura City!
Maebashi is a historically unique city that in the past flourished thanks to its silk industry. Among all the historical buildings, the one the city is most proud of is the Rinkokaku pavilion, a wooden complex that was built in 1884 as a reception hall.
Located in northern Gunma prefecture, Numata City is famous for river terrace surrounded by beautiful nature. Numata's biggest charm is beautiful nature. Enjoy variety of activities in all four seasons in Numata. These are five must see attractions. 1. Fukiware Falls - Experience this spectacular waterfall and magnificent scenery. 2. Tambara Highlands - Located at 1,300 meters high above sea level, attracts many tourists with beautiful nature throughout the year. 3. Enjoy fresh and sweet mellow fruits. 4. Comfort the weariness of trip with hot springs rich in minerals. 5. Sanada Clan - Reigned over Numata where renowned Samurai warriors battled over. Well, these are five must see spots in Numata. But Numata has many more attractions. Discover more attractions of Numata on the next page.
Beautiful Scenery in Four Seasons: Minakami is a town surrounded by mountains and forest.
Visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of nature during the four seasons.
You can enjoy outdoor activities from spring to autumn. In winter, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding on powder snow.
Furthermore, "Takumi-no-sato" which is a Japanese traditional craftsmen's village, tourist farms where tourists can enjoy fruit picking throughout the year.
Of course, there are 18 Onsen areas and various accommodations in Minakami. You must come and refresh your body and mind in Minakami!
This is one of the most superb old shrines of Japan with a history that is said to go back more than 2,000 years and is also the origin of the name Omiya (literally, "large shrine") as a grand Shinto shrine.
Constructed in the "Bunmei Era" of the Muromachi period (late 15th century), Oshi Castle is famous as the castle that held out against a flood attack organized by Ishida Mitsunari. Oshi Castle was torn down in the Meiji Restoration, but in 1988 Oshi Castle's three story tower was restored and combined with the Gyoda City Provincial Museum. Visitors can look out over the entire city from the top level of the three story tower.
Nagatoro Valley is 6 km long in total and is designated a place of scenic beauty and natural monument. The valley contains Iwadatami that is a rock formation exposed over a width of 80m and a length of 500m along the Arakawa river.
Unhurried Tateyama is a small coastal town that fills the southern tip of Chiba's Boso Peninsula. Go fishing at dawn out of hidden coves into the Pacific; feast on sushi minutes out of the sea. Wander the sandy beaches, the village lanes, or the narrow roads alongside the terraced rice paddies, and savor the mild air. Tateyama is a place to catch your breath.
Close to the Pacific Ocean, warm and full of natural Mobara City, Chiba Prefecture.
"Cherry Blossom Festival" and of Mobara Park was also chosen in Japan Sakura attractions 100 election, "Tanabata Festival" is one of the best Kanto do not miss in the masterpiece. In addition to the Mobara attractions and leisure facilities, there is a lot such as historical sites.
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple has a history of more than 1,070 years, and is one of the nation's leading temples where more than 10 million pilgrims visit each year. In addition to numerous halls, there are many nature-rich parks in the vast precincts, and there are also plenty of power spots that are said to have benefit spots and luck.
Sakura City is located in the northern part of Chiba Prefecture, in the central part of Shimousa Upland, 40 kilometers from the city center. It is 15 kilometers east to Narita International Airport, 20 kilometers southwest to Chiba City where the prefectural office is located, and Seiryuuma spread to the north of the city. The area is 103.69 square kilometers.
It is an artificial lake of about 800m around the trace of Togane Castle. There are 1,000 Yoshino cherry blossoms blooming in the surrounding area. In addition, hydrangea, azalea, irises and so on also colorize the lakeside and show us the facets every season.
Chiba Prefecture Katsuura Marine Park Center: "Diver mood, reserved seat of dreams and excitement" from sea to sea, whole to enjoy it a is full !! sea pleasure of the sea! 90 kinds of fish you can see. By all means, please come actually to see.
The main industry is agriculture, rice, vegetables production and livestock production etc. are carried out. With good fishing grounds in the ocean, lots of landings among various types of seafood such as lobster and octopus in Japan, rich in seafood.
Besides being blessed with natural scenery, many tourists visit as a suitable place for marine leisure.
Japan's and "Tako Rice Koshihikari" which is said to taste, boasts a production volume of the whole country's leading "Tako Yamato potato" pick a number, and a view of the four seasons our vegetables and specialty products that are produced in fertile agricultural land we will.
Shirako Town is known as popular sports resort on Kujukuri Coast among Japanese younger generation. It is just a bit over 1 hour by train from Tokyo. Throughout the year, you will be able to enjoy sports, hot spring, seasonal seafood and other attractions by the Pacific Ocean in Shirako.
Otaki Town is located in the middle of the Boso Peninsula and is a town that has a history as a castle town prospered under the Otaki Castle, one of the Shogaku, the Tokugawa Shogaku. Even now, leaving the streets of the Edo period in the streets, I am entertaining the eyes of visitors.
It is a small town located southeast of Chiba Prefecture, east of Boso Peninsula. The climate is mild throughout the year. On the coast, a white sand beach spreads for about 2 kilometers, and there is a coast where many sea-breezers visit every year, and it is known as the birthplace of children's song "The Desert of the Moon".
During the Russo-Japanese War, the world's three major memorial ship "Mikasa" was a great success as the flagship of the Allied Fleet, commanded by Togo Heihachiro Commander. Currently it is preserved as a memorial ship in Mikasa Park in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and it is still present.
Iiyama Onsen, East Tanzawa Nanasawa Onsen Township: Located at the eastern end of the eastern Tanzawa mountain foot, Iiyama Onsen Town surrounded by mountain range. Nature is overflowing, and the streets of old fashioned houses spread. Fountain quality is a strong alkaline fountain. It is said that it is beautiful hot water because the skin becomes slippery. Iiyama Onsenkyo, which is only a few meters away from the city center, is familiar to many people as an oasis away from the hustle and bustle.
East Tanzawa Nanasawa hot-spring town located in the eastern ridge of Oyama. It is said that it is hot spring of Tamagawa because it is along Tamagawa. A ryokan that shows quiet tranquility on the mountain side line up, and a simple scenery spreads. Fountain quality is a strong alkaline fountain. It is also certified as "Forest therapy base" as having healing effect in mind and body.
The gourd pond is an artificial pond in the shape of a gourd. Fuji seen from this place has been selected as "Fujimi Hundred Sceneries in Kanto". In the town, we cultivate the gourd in four places, a gourd pond, Keyaki street, Kamioi station, and a local museum. In addition, there are also people who cultivate them individually.
Manazuru's natural beauty and inspirational setting has drawn a diverse and eclectic group of artists and museums to this small town. The Endo Shell Museum contains a world-class collection of seashells. Nakagawa museum is an airy and spacious museum displaying works of Western influenced Japanese art. There are many small museums and art festivals to enjoy as well.
Nagaoka Fireworks is one of the 3 biggest fireworks in Japan.
It will be held on August 2nd and 3rd every year.
One million people come to see fireworks.
Large fireworks set off in a riverbed of the Shinano River which is Japan's longest river is very impressive.
Tokamachi City is a place where you can come into touch with traditional japanese culture and experience the culture and lifestyle of the snow country.
It only takes approximately 2hours to get here by bullet train and local train from Tokyo.
Tokamachi is also home to the Echigo-tsumari Art field & trienale - world's largest contemporary art festival.
Here, you can also experience authentic Kimono culture and Matsunoyama Onsen - one of the Japan's top 3 medicinal onsen.
Myoko City is a highland resort area 160 minutes from Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen. Famous for its beautiful nature, hot springs, and deep powder snow, Myoko is home to stunning mountains, thundering waterfalls and so much more. Myoko offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Japan and has two of Japans top 100 mountains. Myoko changes with each season and offers different sights and activities in each. From hiking, camping, photo spots and skiing Myoko has it all.
Agano City has a lot of natures and attractive places, for example Lake Hyoko, Mt. Gozu, Gozu Onsen (Hot Spring) Town, Suntopia World (Family Theme Park) and so on. Every winter, arrond 5000 swans come flying from Siberia to Lake Hyoko!
We welcome your coming to Agano City!
Uonuma is well known for its delicious Koshihikari rice and this region also makes the highest quality Japanese sake. And place which can be enjoyed throughout the year. For example during winter, snow exceeds 3 meters. This heavy snow has created a great winter sports experience for many visitors and locals. In addition, in the summer time there is opportunity for mountaineers to enjoy Oze National Park and to spend time hiking across mountains.
Further development and jump in the city are expected by expansion of a colorful exchange using resources of a sport of ski, outdoor recreation, green tourism and Onsen at a scenic beauty place blessed with the natural cityscape which colors it and is abundant and natural environment by the each season.
Tainai City is located in Northeastern Niigata prefecture. It is formed around the Tainai River which has its headwaters in the Iide Range. This beautiful area has a combination of sea, mountain, and pastoral landscapes. It welcomes visitors with landscapes that change through the four seasons.
The shortest route by Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo takes approximately 70 minutes.
Surrounded by the Japanese Alps, the town is famous for its beautiful sceneries, popular ski resorts and hot springs. "Snow Country" a novel by Yasunari Kawabata who won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Literature, is set in this town.
Enjoy Yuzawa's hot springs, which boast 900 years of history.
Yuzawa has resorts that are open throughout the year so customers can enjoy nature in the four seasons.
From July 20 to August 20, at 8:50 p.m. a 10-minute firework display takes place. You can enjoy the show in a restful atmosphere, as the crowds are much smaller than those at the Firework Festival.
About 2 hours from the city center. Surrounded by forests of nature full of healing, very quiet campground on the shores of Lake Motosu one of the Fuji Five Lakes. : (Fiscal period from April to November)
The master of Ueda castle, Sanada family, has beaten the powerful Tokugawa's army twice in 16th century. Because of this history, Ueda castle was known as "Undefeatable castle". 400 years has passed, now the castle ruin is open to public as a park. In the spring season, cherry blossoms are beautiful, and many tourists are coming to see those flowers.
Suwa Lake is the largest lake in Nagano Prefecture. Chinese quince and cherry blossom, trees add color to the surrounding scenery, and whether enjoying a leisurely stroll or jog along the lakeside or enjoying a boat ride or fishing on the lake, Suwa Lake is well-known as an oasis.
Komoro Castle Ruins - Kaikoen Park: Komoro Castle Ruins "Kaikoen Park" is selected in Japan's Top 100 Castles. It is also known as Japan's Top 100 Sakura View Spot, and attracts many foreign visitors during sakura season. After seeing sakura, you can enjoy local Japanese soba noodles and unique onsens in town!
Obasute is home to one of the most scenic terraced rice paddy landscapes in Japan and has been selected as one of Japan's cultural landscapes. It is one of the top 100 terraced rice paddy landscapes in Japan. More than 1,800 small rice paddies carved like stairs into the side of a hill side create a nostalgic scene. The moonlight night view of Zenkoji Plain from the top of the terraced rice paddies together with the pristine air make this a place somewhere you can't miss visiting. Obasute Station with its retro station building and the Nagano Expressway Obasute Service Area are great viewing locations both day and night.
The largest farm of Wasabi (horseradish) in Japan, the Daio Wasabi Farm is noted for its picturesque beauty and long history. The water mills next to the farm were also featured in the film "Dreams" by Akira Kurosawa, and are best viewed by taking one of the special raft-tours that are available throughout the spring and summer months.
A Town for All Seasons: KARUIZAWA became popular in the late 19th century as a summer retreat for missionaries and diplomats based in Tokyo. In 1886 Canadian missionary Alexander Croft Shaw became enchanted with Karuizawa’s beauty and returned 2 years later to build the region’s first summer residence. The upper echelons of Japanese society, including members of the Diet and indeed the Imperial Family, quickly caught on and began to summer in the town to escape Tokyo’s blistering summer heat. The excellent ski slopes and long golfing season which runs into December led to Karuizawa becoming a popular choice for a winter break too. It is also the closest mountain resort town to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The introduction of the bullet train in 1997 reduced the journey from Tokyo to a mere hour, placing Karuizawa firmly at the top of the list for those wanting to escape the hectic capital at any time of the year.