Maizuru City – The Stunning Former Base of the Japanese Navy


Maizuru City (舞鶴市) facing the Sea of Japan is situated in the northern Kyoto Prefecture. Unlike most parts of Kyoto that are covered by traditional buildings from the eras up to the end of the Edo period, this part of the prefecture conveys the history after Japan was westernised.

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Ayabe – The City in Kyoto that is Filled with Hidden Gems


Ayabe City (綾部市) which is almost at the centre of Kyoto Prefecture isn’t a famous destination in the Kansai region because of other more renowned places around it which receive a lot more attention from the media. But there are actually quite a few places in the city that are worthwhile your time in spring. And it isn’t cherry blossom that we are implying, but the flowers of other less known plants such as Oriental paperbush and Iris japonica!

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Noto Peninsula – the Stunning Coastline and Unique Culture

能登金剛 巌門のしあわせのがんもん橋

The Noto Peninsula (能登半島) in Ishikawa Prefecture is rich with nature. The entire peninsula is designated as a national park. The diverse landscape created a unique rural culture that differs from the close-by popular destination – Kanazawa. The best way to explore the peninsula is to do a loop course and discover what each town or city has to offer!

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Kyotamba – The Black Beans, the Chestnuts and the Sceneries


Kyotamba is a quiet town in the central part of Kyoto Prefecture with an abundance of nature . With large temperature differences between daytime and night time, the town is renowned for its black beans and chestnuts production. When the part of Kyoto Jūkan Expressway (京都縦貫自動車道) was finally completed for the Kyotamba section, the town became one of the local’s favourite natural destinations for a weekend getaway.

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Kyoto’s Stunning Spots off the Beaten Track in Nantan City


Kyoto isn’t just about all the temples and Geishas around Kyoto Station. Some of the prefecture’s most amazing spots are located away from the urban crowd and hidden in rural areas such as the Nantan City (南丹市). Just around 1 – 2 hours away from Kyoto’s city centre, you will find Japan’s rural landscape with the traditional thatched roof houses and some of the country’s most beautiful dams!

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Miyama Kayabuki no Sato – Kyoto’s Hidden Quaint Village


Nowadays, when we talk about the Japanese traditional villages filled with traditional thatched roof houses, most people will think of the Shirakawago. But there is actually a spot just in Kyoto that shares a similar but less touristy atmosphere with the famous World Heritage-listed village!

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Your Best Kurashiki City Travel Planning Guide


Kurashiki City (倉敷市) is more than just the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (倉敷美観地区). Not too far from this popular attraction, there are a couple of unique spots that might excite you if you are a collector or a Japanese sword admirer. Just a 40 minutes’ train ride away, you will be able to source Japan’s best denim from Kojima District. And, you will get one of the best views of the Seto Ōhashi Bridge (瀬戸大橋) and the Seto Inland Sea!

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Genbudō Park – The Basalt Park with NS Pole Reversed


During your time at Kinosaki Onsen, how about a side trip to Genbudō Park (玄武洞公園) that has some amazing landscapes created by volcanic activity 1.6 million years ago? Although the park is called Genbudō, which means Genbu Cave, it actually has five basalt caves, each named after one of the four Chinese mythological divine beasts.

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Tatsuno City – The Perfect Place to Enjoy the Four Seasons


Tatsuno City (たつの市), also known as Harima Province’s “Little Kyoto” (播磨の小京都), is a lovely city with a historical and tranquil atmosphere. Situated along the coast, quite a few of the attractions in the city come with a panorama view of the Seto Inland Sea, including a forest of plum blossoms. The city is also where you can learn about how soy sauce and the thin noodles known as sōmen were made hundreds of years ago!

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Miyazu City’s Best 3 Attractions other than Amanohashidate


Miyazu, a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture is best known for one of the Three Views of Japan (日本三景, Nihon Sankei) – Amanohashidate. The 3.6 km long sandbar with the surrounding nature is one of the celebrated scenic sites in Japan that most Japanese would love to visit at least once in their life. But when one attraction being so famous, other spots that have their special charm nearby can be easily overlooked.

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