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Introduction to various parts of Japan

Japan possesses different historical backgrounds, cultures, and customs depending on the region. There are many things that you can gain by visiting the facilities that allow you to learn about the characteristics of the regions, as well as experiencing the food culture, personalities, and actual lifestyle of the people there.


Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has been developing as the center of politics, economics, and culture of Japan for about 400 years. The city has many different aspects, ranging from streets with modern, high-rise buildings to towns of rows of houses with an abiding Edo-period (1603-1867) atmosphere. It is also a cultural city with numerous museums and art galleries, as well as a place where "cool Japan" is represented through manga, anime, and pop culture.

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Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, has been the center of politics, economics, and culture for over a thousand years. There are many temples and shrines with beautiful gardens that recall the prosperity of the city in the past. There is also a lot of nature that show the beauty of the four seasons, attracting many domestic and international tourists every year. You can enjoy many of Japan's charm by going on world cultural heritage site tours, strolling through sensational townscapes, eating traditional Kyoto cuisines, and searching for souvenirs.

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Osaka is the central city of politics, economics, and culture in western Japan. During the Edo period (1603-1867), it was referred to as the "kitchen of the world" and has prospered as the second most commercial city in Japan. Nowadays, it is known as the "City of Food," with stores offering reasonably priced and delicious food. The vibrant city reflects the humorous and friendly characteristic of the region.

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Hokkaido is located in the northern most tip of the Japanese archipelago and is a vast area that occupies 20% of the total area of Japan. It has a refreshing climate with little humidity and heavy snowfall in the winter. Is it popularly known as a resort area and is blessed with natural sceneries that differ with each of the four seasons, including mountains, beautiful lakes and coasts, and wide wetlands. It is also known as the "Kingdom of Food," where you can enjoy food from both the sea and mountains of Hokkaido.

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The Chubu area is located in the middle of Honshu and is divided into the Hokuriku region, the Tokai region, and the Central Highlands. It faces the Sea of Japan to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. In the central area, the steep Japanese Alps rise above 3000m, including Mt. Fuji. Here, you can indulge in the good old Japanese sentiments while gazing at the peaceful countryside landscapes, strolling through mountains lush with greenery, and experiencing majestic nature.

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Kyushu is made up of seven prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. It is located across the sea from the Korean peninsula and Mainland China, and therefore has deep relations with them from long ago. Surrounded by the sea, Kyushu has many volcanoes and onsens (hot springs). You can feel the nature of each season while experiencing the history from ancient times.

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