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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.


Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan’s ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities. It was a maritime gateway from the earliest days of trade with China and home to one of the first foreign communities after Japan reopened to the world in the mid-19th century.


To most people, Hiroshima means just one thing. The city’s name will forever evoke thoughts of 6 August 1945, when Hiroshima became the target of the world’s first atomic-bomb attack. Present-day Hiroshima is home to an ever-thriving cosmopolitan community, and it’s worth spending a couple of nights here to experience the city at its vibrant best.


Hakata is a district located in Hakata-ku in Fukuoka City, 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.