Himakajima / Shinojima
There are three remote islands in Aichi Prefecture: Himakashima, Shinojima, and Sakushima, and they are known as islands that can be reached in a day trip from Nagoya. Himakajima is known as the “octopus island,” where octopus objects can be found throughout the town, and a variety of octopus dishes can be eaten. On the other hand, Shinojima Island is famous for tai and puffer fish, and is closely associated with the Ise Grand Shrine, as goheidai (salted tai) are offered to the shrine every year.
Tottori Sand Dunes Rakkyo Field
At Fukube Sand Dunes, located in the southeastern part of Tottori Sand Dunes, rakkyo (Chinese onion) is cultivated on a vast farmland as large as 26 Tokyo Domes. Around late October, rakkyo flowers bloom, creating a carpet of red and purple like a lavender field all over the sand dunes they grew on. The vivid contrast of the colors of the dunes, the sea, and the rakkyo flowers makes the entire area a beautiful dight, and is known as a spectacular spot for photographs.
Chichibu Night Festival
This festival, which was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016 with a history of 300 years, colored the nights of Chichibu with spectacular floats and fireworks. There are numerous legends about the origins of the festival, including that it is an annual meeting between the female deity of the shrine (Myoken Bosatsu = female deity of the Big Dipper and patron god of sericulture) and the male deity of Mount Mukou (Ryujin = male deity of water). Another legend has it that the festival is a way of returning the water that brought about a good harvest to the mountain (Mt Mukou). Fireworks and colourful floats brighten up the night in Chichibu.
A long-established brewery founded in 1753. The brewery was built over 200 years ago and is a nationally designated tangible cultural asset where is well worth to visit. The water which used rainwater that falls in the nearby mountains, soaks deep into the ground, it naturally filtered over a long period of time and gushes out into the city of Chichibu as underground water. You can bring your own bottle to take this famous water away from the shop. You also can taste several types of sake, there are many types of sake available, as well as amazake (sweet sake) and liqueurs in the shop.
ASCETIC BUDDHIST MONKS FILE PAST THE FIVE-STORY PAGODA
The approach to the mountaintop shrine is paved with stone steps that pass through two rows of sugi (cedar) trees which are more than 350 years old. While making your way up to the shrine, make sure to pause at the magnificent five-story pagoda. The natural beauty is striking enough to have earned a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
Funaya homes line the harbor of Ine
Ine, which is designated as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan. The village is notable for its funaya houses, which are built with space for storing a fishing boat.
TSURUGAJO CASTLE IN SPRING AND OLD SAMURAI RESIDENCE
Aizuwakamatsu’s old samurai residences evoke an image of a bygone warrior era, and the agrarian scenery of rice paddies against the background of Mount Bandai and the Iide Mountains captures the essence of Aizu’s landscape. Tsurugajo Castle, a symbol of the city, provides a wide view of the changing beauty of the seasons in Aizu Basin and the old castle town.