Tag: islands-of-japan

Off the Beaten Track: A Short Guide to Sado Sado Island, Futatsugame image

Welcome back to another travel article, where I write about places practically in my neighbourhood and wonder why nobody’s gone there. This time, we have a slightly more orthodox pick than usual, but don’t worry, it’s still kind of obscure: Sado Island. Sado is historically fairly well-known in Japan, though mostly for its gold mine […]

Kyushu Leg One: Fukuoka, Saga, Oita Fukuoka city photo

Kyushu is off the southwest tip of the main island of Honshu, and is separated from the mainland by the Kanmon Strait, a narrow strip of water you can actually walk under. The island of Kyushu stands in marked contrast to Honshu due in large part to its rather lively volcanic heart. The active volcanoes […]

Okinawa: Naha, Shuri, Nanjo and Zamami Okinawa's Shurijo Castle photo

For 450 years, the island of Okinawa and all the islands in that archipelago were under the rule of the Ryukyu Kingdom until they were occupied and incorporated into the Empire of Japan in 1879.

Shikoku – A Natural Wonderland Shikoku Island image

The hustle and bustle of Tokyo, the largest metropolis in the world, often gives a rather mistaken impression of Japan as a whole. Most of the country is made up of green mountains and rugged coast, and offers some of the most beautiful natural scenery you’ll find anywhere.

Western Japan Basics – More than just Hiroshima! Western Japan Shikoku

Japan is long, and mountainous, and sometimes hard to get around outside of major cities. This means that travelers understandably tend to concentrate in a few areas. Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto are all great places, but there is so much more to this country than that.

How to visit Hiroshima in 2 days Hiroshima is mostly renowned for its tragic history

Although Hiroshima is mostly renowned for its tragic history, it also offers some refreshing little spots in and outside the city. If looking for a weekend getaway and break up your routine, Hiroshima will make for a great “city break”. Two days will enable you to cover history, culture and nature.

Odd places to visit in Japan: Naoshima, Okunoshima and Gunkanjima Tourist boat going around the beautiful island of Nagasaki

Although most people are familiar with the main islands of Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Hokkaido and Okinawa, Japan actually consists of over 6000 islands. Some of them have become very popular touristic spots among the locals but also foreign visitors due to their original concepts. Here is only to name a few.