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Hida Folk Village in Takayama, Japan

Places to visit in Japan

Japan’s efficient rail network makes it easy to travel right across the main island of Honshu. En route, you can compare and contrast high-tech Tokyo with cultural Kyoto, and discover the gardens of Kanazawa. On foot, you might decide to walk the 8th-century Nakasendo Highway or the trails of the pine-covered Japanese Alps. Head to the northern island of Hokkaido for wild national parks, including the wetlands of Kushiro-shitsugen. Further south, you’ll find the subtropical island chain of Okinawa with its white-sand beaches and coral reefs.

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Popular places to visit in Japan

Featuring heavily on our itinerary ideas for visiting Japan, these places are destinations that we know prove consistently popular with our travellers. How you choose to include them in your trip can be tailored into a route that best suits your preferences.

Map of places to visit in Japan

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