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Nikko is a small city at the entrance to Nikko National Park. It is famous for the Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine complex and mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Okinawa Honto

The center of the former Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa Honto) is by far the largest and most populous island in Okinawa Prefecture and the regional transportation hub. The prefectural capital Naha and most of the US military bases are located on Okinawa Honto.


Miyajima has been considered a holy place for most of Japanese history. In 806 AD, the monk Kobo Daishi ascended Mt. Misen and opened the mountain as an ascetic site for the Shingon sect of Buddhism.


Kamakura was once Japan’s capital from 1100’s to 1300’s. Today it is more of a cultural town and where it’s home of the Great Buddha. Tourists and locals alike tend to visit Kamakura as a day trip because of its easy accessibility from the JR Yokosuka Line. Temples, shrines, historic buildings, and beaches make a Kamakura a great place for retreat from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

Mt Fuji

Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest peak. Standing at approximately 3776 meters or 12,388 feet, this volcanic cone is always capped with snow and a majestic sight to see with your own eyes. Mount Fuji or Fuji-san to the Japanese last erupted in 1707 when large amounts of volcanic ash rained on the city of Tokyo.


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