Buddhist Temple in Kyoto


Daigo-ji is a sprawling temple complex located in the Daigo district of Kyoto, which lies on the east side of the Higashiyama mountains, accessible by the Tōzai subway line. Outside of the cherry-blossom season (ear…
Museum in Central Hokkaidō

Ainu Museum

Between Tomakomai and Noboribetsu on the south coast in central Hokkaidō, Shiraoi's Poroto Kotan (ポロトコタン) is a lakeside village of reconstructed traditional Ainu buildings, anchored by the Ainu Museum. Museum exhibi…
Museum in Central Hokkaidō

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

The highlights of this highly polished museum are the exceptional examples of Ainu craftwork. The rest of the displays are fairly inaccessible, as all the information is only in Japanese. Serious shoppers should che…
Museum in Central Hokkaidō

Kayano Shigeru Ainu Memorial Museum

This is the private collection of Kayano Shigeru, the first person of Ainu descent to be elected to the Japanese Diet (Japan's national parliamentary body). It feels a bit like someone's basement storage room, but t…
Cave in Kōchi Prefecture


This cave has some interesting stalactites and stalagmites, and traces of prehistoric habitation. The route gets quite steep in places. Visitors on a standard ticket will see about 1km of the 4km cave. Advance reser…
Zoo in Nagano Region

Jigokudani Monkey Park

In operation since 1964 and showing its age, thousands flock here each year to see the over-photographed troupe of Japanese macaques who are lured into the pools with food. They're at times a little savage as they r…
Cable Car in Hakone

Hakone Ropeway

The Hakone Ropeway is a 30-minute, 4km gondola ride, taking travellers to Tōgendai from Sōun-zan. It stops at Ōwakudani on the way.
Tomb in Okayama Region


The 5th-century Tsukuriyama-kofun is the fourth-biggest kofun tomb in Japan, thought to mark the final resting place of a local king who ruled the Kibi region when this area was a rival power to the Yamato court (wh…
Buddhist Temple in Okayama Region

Bitchū Kokobun-ji

A highlight on the Kibiji bicycle route, this temple has a picturesque five-storey pagoda. The oldest buildings here date from the Edo period, but the first temple on this site was built in the 8th century.
Museum in Kyoto

Gekkeikan Sake Ōkura Museum

The largest of Fushimi’s sake breweries is Gekkeikan, the world’s leading producer of sake. Although most of the sake is now made in a modern facility in Osaka, a limited amount is still handmade in a Meiji-era saka…