30 days in East Asia Itinerary

30 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Narita
— 1 night
Drive
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Mito
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nasu-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Train
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Semboku
— 1 night
Drive
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Morioka
— 1 night
Train
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Aomori
— 1 night
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saitama
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Urayasu
— 2 nights
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Yokohama
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Narita

— 1 night
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Narita International Airport Terminal 1, make a trip to Great Pagoda of Peace, then contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and finally stroll around Naritasan Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Narita trip planner.

Madurai, India to Narita is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madurai to Narita is 3.5 hours. Traveling from Madurai in December, expect Narita to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Mito.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Mito

— 1 night
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Mori no Chevre Plaza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamiiso no Torii.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mito trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Narita to Mito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mito are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Mito

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 4th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and then take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tagesan Fudoson Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nikko holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mito to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mito in December, Nikko is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nasu-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Nasu-machi

— 1 night
The highland resort town of Nasu-machi brings in visitors with its natural sights and thoughtfully developed tourism infrastructure.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Nasu Highlands, then trek along Nasu Nature Study Paths, and then take in the pleasant sights at Yahata Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nasu-machi trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nikko to Nasu-machi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nikko in December: high temperatures in Nasu-machi hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Nasu-machi

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 night
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hikudari Kannondo, step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Oyakuen.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aizuwakamatsu travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nasu-machi to Aizuwakamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the striking features of Bunshokan, then don't miss a visit to Senshoji Temple, and then make a trip to O-torii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, then enjoy some diversion at Asobia Land, and then don't miss a visit to Big Zelkova of Higashine.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yamagata trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Yamagata in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Sendai

— 2 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden, and then make a trip to Sendaijo Ato. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Ogi Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sendai trip builder.

Drive from Yamagata to Sendai in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamagata in December; daily highs in Sendai reach 8°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Semboku

— 1 night
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Amida Pond, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai District.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Semboku trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Semboku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sendai in December, things will get slightly colder in Semboku: highs are around 3°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Morioka.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Morioka

— 1 night
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hōon-ji Temple, then get all the information you need at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, and then snap pictures at Yugaose Bridge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Morioka trip planner.

You can drive from Semboku to Morioka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Morioka can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Aomori

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Tashirotai Heights, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aomori trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Morioka to Aomori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Aomori

Nature · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Hakone-machi is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip maker site.

You can fly from Aomori to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Aomori in December, things will get a bit warmer in Hakone-machi: highs are around 8°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Baths · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Kusatsu-machi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll around Sainokawara Park, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the natural beauty of Yubatake. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Japan's Highest National Highway Point and then take in the dramatic scenery at Osen Waterfall.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kusatsu-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kusatsu-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hakone-machi in December since evenings lows in Kusatsu-machi dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Saitama

— 1 night
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, get curious at The Railway Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanasato Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saitama online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kusatsu-machi to Saitama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kusatsu-machi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Saitama: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Transportation · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and visit Odaiba District.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip site.

Traveling by car from Saitama to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Urayasu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Urayasu

— 2 nights
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
On the 26th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Obyo Cherry Blossom, then enjoy some diversion at Noriko Koshida, and then get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Urayasu trip maker.

Urayasu is just a short distance from Tokyo. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Urayasu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks · Classes · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Yokohama

— 3 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, and then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Yokohama Silk Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, then explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art, and finally admire the striking features of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Urayasu to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Chiba Prefecture travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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Ibaraki Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Playgrounds · Landmarks
Ibaraki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, located in the Kantō region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is Mito.HistoryIbaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.

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Tochigi Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Waterfalls · Theme Parks
Tochigi Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshu, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture.Other famous parts of Tochigi include a region called Nasu known for onsen and local sake and ski resorts. The Imperial Family has a villa in Nasu. is a major Shinkansen station.Prefectural overviewSituated among the inland prefectures of the northern part of the Kantō region, Tochigi is contiguous with Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama, and Fukushima Prefectures.The climate of Tochigi may be classified as a humid temperate zone with broad variations in temperature. Winters are arid with dry winds, while summers are humid with frequent thunderstorms.The population of Tochigi as of November 2010 is approximately 2,005,096.Located in the center of the prefecture is the largest open plain in the Kantō region. Shirane (2,578 m), Nantai (2,484 m) and Nasudake (1,917 m) mountain are in the northern part of the area. Kinugawa, Nakagawa, and Watarase River originate in this region, which flow across the Kanto plain before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Tochigi is the 20th largest prefecture in Japan with a total area of 6,408 square km.

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Fukushima Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Sites · Castles
Fukushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Fukushima.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was part of what was known as Mutsu Province.The Shirakawa Barrier and the Nakoso Barrier were built around the 5th century to protect 'civilized Japan' from the 'barbarians' to the north. Fukushima became a Province of Mutsu after the Taika Reforms were established in 646.In 718, the provinces of Iwase and Iwaki were created, but these areas reverted to Mutsu some time between 722 and 724.The province of Fukushima was conquered by Prince Subaru in 1293. This region of Japan is also known as Michinoku and Ōshū.The Fukushima Incident took place in the prefecture after Mishima Michitsune was appointed governor in 1882.2011 earthquake and subsequent disastersThe 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused significant damage to the prefecture, primarily but not limited to the eastern Hama-dōri region.

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Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Yamagata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.HistoryThe aboriginal Ezo people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.During the Heian Period (794–1185), the family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.GeographyYamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.

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Miyagi Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Miyagi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. The capital is Sendai.

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Akita Prefecture travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Historic Walking Areas
Akita Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan. The capital is the city of Akita.HistoryThe area of Akita has been created from the ancient provinces of Dewa and Mutsu.Separated from the principal Japanese centres of commerce, politics, and population by several hundred kilometres and the Ōu and Dewa mountain ranges to the east, Akita remained largely isolated from Japanese society until after the year 600. Akita was a region of hunter-gatherers and principally nomadic tribes.The first historical record of what is now Akita Prefecture dates to 658, when the Abe no Hirafu conquered the native Ezo tribes at what are now the cities of Akita and Noshiro. Hirafu, then governor of Koshi Province (the northwest part of Honshū bordering the Sea of Japan), established a fort on the Mogami River, and thus began the Japanese settlement of the region.In 733, a new military settlement—later renamed Akita Castle—was built in modern-day Akita city at Takashimizu, and more permanent roads and structures were developed. The region was used as a base of operations for the Japanese empire as it drove the native Ezo people from northern Honshū.It shifted hands several times. During the Tokugawa shogunate it was appropriated to the Satake clan, who ruled the region for 260 years, developing the agriculture and mining industries that are still predominant today. Throughout this period, it was classified as part of Dewa Province. In 1871, during the Meiji Restoration, Dewa Province was reshaped and the old daimyō domains were abolished and administratively reconstructed, resulting in the modern-day borders of Akita.

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Iwate Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Iwate Prefecture is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. Located on the main island of Honshu, it contains the island's easternmost point. The capital is Morioka. Iwate has the lowest population density of any prefecture outside Hokkaido. Famous attractions include the Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi, including Chūson-ji and Mōtsū-ji with their treasures, Fujiwara no Sato, a movie lot and theme park in Esashi Ward, Oshu City, Tenshochi, a park in Kitakami City known for its big, old cherry trees and Morioka Castle in Morioka City.NameThere are several theories about the origin of the name "Iwate", but the most well known is the tale Oni no tegata, which is associated with the Mitsuishi or "Three Rocks" Shrine in Morioka. These rocks are said to have been thrown down into Morioka by an eruption of Mt. Iwate. According to the legend, there was once a devil who often tormented and harassed the local people. When the people prayed to the spirits of Mitsuishi for protection, the devil was immediately shackled to these rocks and forced to make a promise never to trouble the people again. As a seal of his oath, the devil made a handprint on one of the rocks, thus giving rise to the name Iwate, literally "rock hand". Even now after a rainfall it is said that the devil's hand print can still be seen there.

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Aomori Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori prefecture was known as the northern part of Mutsu Province.During the Edo period the Hirosaki clan began building a seaport at the current city of Aomori. There were green woods near the city which were used as landmarks for the ships that came into port. These green woods called aoi-mori is where Aomori got its name. The prefecture came into existence in 1871. The town of Aomori was established in 1889. The town was incorporated as a city in 1898 with a population of 28,000. On May 3, 1910, a fire broke out in the Yasukata district. Fanned by strong winds, the fire quickly devastated the whole city. The conflagration claimed 26 lives and injured a further 160 residents. It destroyed 5,246 houses and burnt 19 storage sheds and 157 warehouses. At 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 1945, a squadron of American B29 bombers bombed over 90% of the city.Radio Aomori (RAB) made its first broadcast in 1951. Four years later, the first fish auctions were held. 1958 saw the completion of the Municipal Fish Market as well as the opening of the Citizen's Hospital. In the same year, the Tsugaru Line established a rail connection with Minmaya Village at the tip of the peninsula.

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Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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Gunma Prefecture travel guide

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Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Gunma Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on the main Honshu island. Its capital is Maebashi.HistoryJapan was without horses until around the fifth century CE. The ancient province of Gunma was a center of the horsebreeding and trading activities for the newly immigrated continental peoples. The arrival of horses and the remains of horse-tackle coincides with the arrival of a large migration from the mainland. From this point forward, the horse became a vital part of Japanese military maneuvers, quickly displacing the older Yayoi tradition of fighting on foot.When Mount Haruna erupted in the late 6th century, Japan was still in the pre-historical phase (prior to the importation of the Chinese writing system during the Nara period). The Gunma Prefectural archaeology unit in 1994 was able to date the eruption through zoological anthropology at the corral sites that were buried in ash.In the past, Gunma was joined with Tochigi Prefecture and called Kenu Province. This was later divided into Kami-tsu-ke (Upper Kenu, Gunma) and Shimo-tsu-ke (Lower Kenu, Tochigi). The area is sometimes referred to as Jomo (上毛, Jōmō). For most of Japanese history, Gunma was known as the province of Kozuke.In the early period of contact between western nations and Japan, particularly the late Tokugawa, it was referred to by foreigners as the "Joushu States", inside (fudai, or loyalist) Tokugawa retainers and the Tokugawa family symbol is widely seen at public buildings, temples and shrines.

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Saitama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

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A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.