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Japan’s Best Places to Visit in Each Japanese Prefecture

Nowadays, when you go to Japan, do you find yourself among tourists from your own country? Do you wonder “am I really in Japan” or just another part of your country that you have never visited?

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Discover Restaurants that Has a Vegetarian Menu in Japan

Japan is such a beautiful country to visit. But as a vegetarian, the biggest issue for us when visiting the country is that it is so hard to find meat-free food…

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Transportation in Japan

Transportation in Japan can be confusing. Especially in Tokyo and Osaka, with JR (Japan Railway) and other privately operated railway companies operating in the same metropolitan areas, the railway maps are just like a huge maze to foreigners. Even JR

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Consider Japan for Your Next Overseas Trip!

Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Bursting with natural wonders, a rich traditional history, and a vibrant modern culture, there is something for everyone in both the towering metropolises and quiet mountains of this country. Whether you are the adventurous type, or if you prefer some luxurious dining and shopping, Japan has an answer for every type of traveller. Of course, for those of you who are making an anime-related pilgrimage, Japan has skyscrapers full of tributes to your favourites.

Vegetarian's Japan Guide is a Website for Anyone Who Wants to Travel in Japan

As seasoned travellers in the country, we have a lot of hard-won knowledge and a deep appreciation for Japan. To spread the love (and help you on your journey), we have started this website, which has all the information you need to make your trip to Japan both easy and memorable. We have made sure that there is nothing you will miss out on when you decide which cities or destinations are for you.

This is our Japan Bible; jam-packed with tips, tricks, and even seasonal differences and transportation information for every single attraction. We will be referring back to it ourselves when we visit Japan again – and who knows, maybe you will be joining us on our next Japan adventure!

What You Won't Find on Vegetarian's Japan Guide

As most people know, Japan boasts about its mouthwatering cafes and restaurants spread all over the country. Almost no café or restaurant in Japan has bad food! If you are not vegetarian, this website can still offer you some great eateries to check out. But as vegetarians, what we struggle with the most is a restaurant that we can dine in.

So, we try to include as many vegetarian-friendly restaurants in our recommendations as possible. And by vegetarian, we have taken the broader view that places using fish broth are still included in some of the articles because we don't tend to be too strict about our diet while we travel. For the restaurants included in our articles, there are comments about if non-vegetarian broth is used in their dishes to give our fellow vegetarian friends out there a heads up.

How to Plan Your Next Japan Trip with Us

There is a lot of information out there about the big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, which are easy to research for any tourist. However, if you want to venture out of the city centres, it can be harder to plan especially if the attractions' website is only in Japanese, or worse, doesn't even have one.

This is where we come to your rescue! Mostly spending our time in Japan outside of big cities, the articles on Vegetarian's Japan Guide have a focus on all the hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track places. What this usually means is they are not conveniently located next to major train stations. As a result, each of the spots that we introduce in our articles comes with detailed access information for public transportation. As the train and/or timetables in rural areas usually come in Japanese only, we have included the names of the stations and bus stops in Japanese characters so those who don't understand Japanese can still use the timetables published on the official websites to plan their trips.

Our Articles Can Mainly Be Divided into Two Categories:

Articles that List out All the Exciting Attractions in a City or a Town
Articles that Have Extensive Information about an Interesting Spot
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For the articles that include all the awesome places worthwhile a visit, the list is usually sorted in a fashion that starts with the attraction closest to the main transport hub. The further down the list, the more time you will need to spend on transportation to get there.

How Our Japan Travel Articles are Categorised

You will notice that each of our articles is classified under a few categories. Apart from the location categories that sort attractions by prefecture, those categories also tell you what a place is known for. For example, Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture is not only World Heritage listed, but also boasts stunning cherry blossom and autumn sceneries. It is also a great place to enjoy hiking. Therefore, the article about Miyajima is classed into those categories.

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Hiruzen Highlands
World Heritage
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Miyajima
Cultural Experiences & Activities
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

The same concept applies to city/townwide articles, if you can enjoy skiing or watersports in the area, they will appear under those categories as well.

Top Ranked and Designated Spots

Once in a while, popular travel magazines in Japan will publish the survey results of the best destinations for a specific interest. Whether it is Japanese castles, mountains, waterfalls, or even sunsets and sunrises, they have a ranking for almost everything in the country!

To us foreign travellers, the survey results serve as a really good guide as an attraction must need a certain level of popularity to be able to rank. So, we also have some categories that indicate this guide such as the below:

Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots
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Top 100 Castles in Japan
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Top 100 Hidden Scenic Spots in Japan
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The same idea applies to the nationally designated spots. But this time, it isn't from a survey, but by government officials.

Japan's National Historic Site
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Japan's National Places of Scenery Beauty
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Japan Travel Tips and Japanese Travel Phrases

If you are planning your first Japan visit, refer to our Japan Travel Tips articles that have information about what you will want to know before you try to map out what your upcoming Japan trip might look like. As Japan has a very different culture compared to western countries, we have some articles that let you know the etiquette for you to keep in mind so that you can be a great visitor.

As many Japanese don't speak fluent English, there are also articles on Japanese travel phrases for you to learn some useful Japanese sentences before you go. Those articles will also be helpful if you are having trouble communicating. All you will need to do is to point on one of the phrases on the article for the counterparty to point their answer back to you!

Our Articles on Transportations in Japan

Most of the information on transportation has been included as part of the access information at the end of each attraction that we introduce. As such, we don't have many articles purely related to transportation in Japan.

Our Japan transportation articles are more about those destinations where public transportation forms a major part of attraction such as the Tateyama Alpine Route. The future plan for this section of the website is to have articles that introduce transportation deals for a certain area like our Guide on Chūbu Japan’s Discounted Transportation Deals and Sightseeing Trains around the country.

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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート)
Kurobe Kyokoku Sightseeing Train (黒部峡谷鉄道トロッコ電車)

Our Articles on Vegetarian Dining and Accommodation in Japan

You also won't find too many articles purely on vegetarian dining and accommodation in Japan on Vegetarian's Japan Guide. This is because we don't currently live in Japan and we only want to include restaurants and accommodations that we have visited that are worthwhile to share. Similar to the transportation information, we do include vegetarian-friendly places and accommodation information throughout our articles on attractions. For the sole purpose of vegan-friendly restaurant research, please check out other vegan diner suggestion websites like HappyCow.

With that being said, we will still keep our articles about the places that we have visited up to date to ensure the accuracy of the information disclosed!

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Find out More About Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Japan
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Find out More About Accommodations in Japan

We Are Always Here to Help You Plan Your Next Japan Trip!

If you have any questions after reading our articles or having trouble communicating with the local service providers such as ryokans or kimono rental shops, contact us through our enquiry form. We are more than happy to lend our hands and be the bridge between you and Japan!

Even if it is a website of an attraction that you can’t understand because it is purely in Japanese, we can look for the information on the website that you need for your planning. So CONTACT US and we will get back to you!

One thing to note is we won’t be able to call the facility on your behalf because it costs a fortune to call internationally (unless you are happy to cover the charges). If it is about booking a restaurant or sightseeing taxis, we will recommend you to get the staff at your hotel reception to do this for you.