tourist sites

Mysterious mountain village is home to Christ’s grave and an ancient pyramid

With local customs linked to Judea, this is a very unusual Japanese community.

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Nara unveils new vending machines that sell deer crackers

If only the animals had coins to buy them.

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Tourists warned about fake volunteer guide near Kinkakuji in Kyoto

“Guide” continues to pester travellers despite the city’s requests for him to stop. 

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Five things that’ll surprise foreign tourists in Japan when they visit

Visiting Japan after it’s been closed off to tourists for so long is making people see the country with new eyes. 

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Japan’s Three Most Disappointing Tourist Sites: Sapporo Clock Tower

Why does this top tourist spot fall short of so many people’s expectations?

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Japanese vending machine mecca: Around 100 rare retro machines await you at this unusual location

Step back in time with old-school vending machines that dispense unique products in retro packaging.

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The roller slide of terror: Treetop fun ride for kids is a terrifying experience for adult butts

When the only thing to save your buttocks from catching fire is a piece of cardboard.

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How hard is it to break Japanese tiles like a karate pro?

This Tokyo store lets you write a wish on a tile to help make your dreams come true.

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International tourists travel to Japan, spend big at top tourist spots in Tokyo

First weekend following new entry procedures sees foreign visitors picking up loads of bargains, thanks to the weak yen.

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Visit the mythical cave that hid the Sun Goddess in Japanese mythology

An unsual tourist site shrouded in intrigue and mystery.

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Travelling to Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine? Best to be a glass-half-full type of tourist

Heartfelt advice for those hoping to visit the World Heritage site before the end of the year. 

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Bizarre “shikadamari” deer gathering at Nara Park baffles people in Japan

The animals behave differently this summer.

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Site of the worst bear attack in Japanese history is a chilling place to visit

You might not want to visit this area alone.

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Japan’s only blue old-school post box: Where is it and why is it there?

A humble mailbox with a roundabout connection to ’90s J-Pop idol group Mi-Ke.

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Travel off the beaten path in Japan, to the point where three prefectures meet

Visit this unusual site and you can say you’ve been to three prefectures in a day.

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Tokyo prison restaurant The Lockup closes its doors for good

Throwing away the key after 23 years of terrifying tourists. 

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Japan’s northernmost brewery on the mainland is…a temple?!?

The holiest craft beer in the country.

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Staircase National Highway: the only highway in Japan that cars can’t enter

An unusual hidden tourist site for the intrepid traveller. 

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Travel off the beaten path to a secret spot in Japan where bamboo grows wild on an old train line

Like the bamboo grove in Kyoto, but with less tourists and more beauty. 

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Where to find the Great Floating Buddha of Ikebukuro

Tokyo ward known for its otaku culture holds a hidden gem not many people know about.

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