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Fukuoka and Okinawa
Fukuoka is located on Kyushu, Japan's third largest island. It's one of Japan's most populated cities and has a great mix of the old and the new. In Fukuoka you can find Japan's oldest Zen temple, the ruins of the city's former castle as well as a huge futuristic waterfront shopping district. Next to the Kyushu island is Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture. It consists of a few dozen subtropical islands with beautiful beaches and stretches over a thousand kilometers from Kyushu to Taiwan.
(Mount Fuji, one of the most famous landmarks in Japan)
Hiroshima is the principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over one million people. The city became known worldwide after World War 2 as the place where the first atomic bomb was dropped. Since then, great efforts has been taken to rebuild the city. Destroyed monuments like the Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden has been reconstructed and in the center of the city is now a large park called the Peace Memorial Park.
Osaka and Kyoto
With a population of 2.5 million, Osaka is Japan's third largest and second most important city. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries. Here you will find a great range of museums, a huge downtown shopping district and one of Japan's most impressive aquariums. A short train ride away is the city of Kyoto, perhaps the most beautiful city in all of Japan. There is history everywhere you look in Kyoto with the most famous sights being the golden Kinkakuji temple, the wooden mountain temple of Kiyomizudera, the Zen Garden and Gion; Kyoto's famous Geisha district.
Nagoya and Mt. Fuji
With over two million inhabitants, Nagoya is Japan's fourth most populated city and the capital of the Aichi prefecture. Here you can see the great Nagoya Castle, check out one of Japan's largest ports or choose from a large array of shopping, entertainment and dining opportunities in Sakae. Within a 30 minute train ride is Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. The nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain for centuries and stands proud at 3776 meters.
The nations capital and a place to get lost in the huge choice of sights and attractions. Visit the world's largest fishmarket in Tsukiji, be amazed at the electric city of Akihabara or go shopping in Shinjuku and Shibuya. Here there is also a plenty of museums like the Ghibli Museum and huge amusement parks like Tokyo Disneyland. If that is too much excitement for you then have a relaxing day in Asakusa, where you can visit the Sensoji Temple.
Sapporo and Hokkaido
Hokkaido is the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan's four main islands. The weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall and below zero temperatures which attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Other than unspoiled nature, the capital city of Sapporo has plenty of entertainment to offer. Try the local Sapporo Beer around the entertainment district of Susukino or visit the fresh food Nijo Market.
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