Kyoto served as Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. This history makes Kyoto the most historical and traditional city having some 2000 temples and shrines: a city of true masterpieces of religious architecture.
Osaka is Japan’s third biggest city, and the metropolis of the Kansai region. Osaka is a port city, and historically the merchant capital of Japan. Osaka has long identified itself by kuidaore (“ruinous eating”) and there are several Osaka-born dishes that you must try.
Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture.Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. It now ranks as one of the prime candidates among travelers wishing to add a rural element into their itineraries.
With over two million inhabitants, Nagoya is Japan’s fourth most populated city.As for sightseeing locations, Nagoya has many historical buildings including Nagoya Castle which has an impressive golden ‘shachihoko’ decoration fixed atop its castle roof, and Inuyama Castle which has Japan’s oldest existing wooden castle roof
Shizuoka is known for its tea leaves and scenic views of Mount Fuji. Since they are easily accessible from Tokyo, there are many people that not only stay in the inns there, but also take day trips. Areas close to the sea such as Izu Peninsula have diving spots, while areas near Mt. Fuji have several photo spots where you can view picturesque scenery.
Mount Fuji is with 3776 meters Japan’s highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries.