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Japan Travel's full selection covering Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Daigoji Temple in Kyoto

Daigoji Temple in Kyoto

Peter Sidell

Daigoji (醍醐寺) is a Buddhist temple found in an attractive forest setting in the ancient capital of Kyoto. An exquisite trad..

Kyoto 1
Yawata Steel Works

Yawata Steel Works

Jaclynn Seah

Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site and learn about the role Kitakyushu played in Japan's rise in modern industrialization

Fukuoka
Yunotsu Hot Spring

Yunotsu Hot Spring

Tristan Scholze

Yunotsu Hot Spring is small port town with historic bathhouses, fine inns, classy cafes, and World Heritage Site status in Shimane,..

Shimane 2
Oshino Hakkai

Oshino Hakkai

Cathy Cawood

Tourist area centered around 8 spring fed ponds at the base of Mount Fuji has a village of thatched roof houses and a working water..

Yamanashi 5
Ogasawara Islands

Ogasawara Islands

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Ogasawara Islands are a beautiful, subtropical island chain just waiting to be discovered, south of Tokyo.

Tokyo 10
Tomioka Silk Mill 6

Tomioka Silk Mill

Masato Kitamura

Tomioka Silk Mill is Japan's first silk reeling factory and it symbolizes Japan's industrialization from the 19th century...

Gunma 1
Finding Shirakami Sanchi

Finding Shirakami Sanchi

Bonson Lam

The steep mountains and remote forests have sheltered this paradise from mankind, and like nature's amphitheater, you can see..

Akita 2
Mozu Daisenryo Kofun

Mozu Daisenryo Kofun

Bonson Lam

It is believed that Mozu Kofun was the burial place for Emperor Nintoku, who lived in the fourth century, but archeologists have..

Osaka 3
The Shiretoko Peninsula

The Shiretoko Peninsula

R.S. Reynolds

Exploring the range of activities and variety of wildlife along the Shiretoko Peninsula and National Park in Northeastern Hokkaido..

Hokkaido
Exploring Himeji Castle

Exploring Himeji Castle

Ben Humphreys

The most visited castle in Japan, Himeji Castle, nicknamed the “White Heron” has been standing proudly on top of a hill called..

Hyogo 3
Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto

Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto

Bonson Lam

Home of the Aoi Matsuri or the Hollyhock Leaf Crest Festival, which blossomed throughout Japan when the Tale of Genji was written..

Kyoto
Yakushima Island 10

Yakushima Island

Josef Diermair

“While walking among these trees you have the feeling of the woods...and the entire quality of all the trees”.

Kagoshima 6
Gangoji Temple

Gangoji Temple

Paul Hackshaw

Gangoji Temple is a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara. Gangoji Temple was established in 588 as part..

Nara
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