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Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
Nara Prefecture

Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

There are around 48 Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area, in Nara Prefecture. Several date from the late 7th or early 8th century, making them some of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world. These masterpieces of wooden architecture are important not only for the history of art, since they illustrate the adaptation of Chinese Buddhist architecture and layout to Japanese culture, but also for the history of religion, since their construction coincided with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan from China by way of the Korean peninsula.

Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
Okinawa Prefecture

Kingdom of Ryukyu

Five hundred years of Ryukyuan history (12th-17th century) are represented by this group of sites and monuments. The ruins of the castles, on imposing elevated sites, are evidence for the social structure over much of that period, while the sacred sites provide mute testimony to the rare survival of an ancient form of religion into the modern age. The wide- ranging economic and cultural contacts of the Ryukyu Islands over that period gave rise to a unique culture.

Hyogo Prefecture


Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of construction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, both in its elegant appearance unified by the white plastered earthen walls and in the subtlety of the relationships between the building masses and the multiple roof layers.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing. Not only is it a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; it also expresses the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
Kyoto and Shiga prefectures


Built in A.D. 794 on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese wooden architecture, particularly religious architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens, which has influenced landscape gardening the world over.

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Nara Prefecture

Ancient Nara

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. During this period the framework of national government was consolidated and Nara enjoyed great prosperity, emerging as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The city's historic monuments – Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and the excavated remains of the great Imperial Palace – provide a vivid picture of life in the Japanese capital in the 8th century, a period of profound political and cultural change.

Kamiyaku-cho and Yaku-cho, Kumage-gun Kagoshima Prefecture


Located in the interior of Yaku Island, at the meeting-point of the palaearctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits a rich flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is unique in this region.

Oirase Green Hotel Aomori

Beppu Guest House Beppu City

Hotel Kouraku Beppu Spa Resort, Sumiyoshihama Resort Park Beppu Spa Resort

Heiwadai Hotel Arato Fukuoka City, Heiwadai Hotel Five Fukuoka city, Heiwadai Hotel Tenjin Fukuoka City, International Hostel Khaosan Fukuoka Fukuoka City, Japanese Ryokan Kashima Honkan Fukuoka City, Yamamoto Ryokan Fukuoka City

Shin Matsuba Ryokan Fukushima Prefecture

Hotel Sports Palko Gifu city, Monthly-Sho Gifu Daiichi Hotel Gifu City

B&B Pension Hakodate-mura Hakodate, Hotel Maruyasu Hakodate

Country House Hotel Comforts Hakone National Park, Kappa Tengoku Ryokan Hakone National Park, Lakeside Inn Charlotte Hakone National Park, Shunkoso Hakone National Park

Minshuku Sosuke Hida Takayama, Oyado Iguchi Hida Takayama, Ryokan Say-Liu (Seiryu) Hida Takayama

Hiroshima Central Hotel Hiroshima, Hotel Flex Hiroshima, Hotel Million City Hiroshima, J-Hoppers Hiroshima Trad Guesthouse Hiroshima

Hotel Kawanami Hokkaido, Tanaka Ryokan Hokkaido, Yorkshire Farm Hokkaido

Hoshide-kan Ise-shima National Park, Oishiya Ise-shima National Park

Hotel Hoku-lio (Hokuryo) Iwate Prefecture

Kurhaus Ishibashi Ryokan Izu Peninsula, Marty Mouse Izu Peninsula, Onsen Minshuku Otsuka Izu Peninsula, Tsuribashi-so Izu Peninsula

Ryokan Daiyasu Kanazawa

Hotel Seagull Kansai International Airport, Lodge Tyojirou Kansai International Airport

Traveler's Inn Marukyo Kinugawa Spa (Nikko National Park)

Sun Sky Hotel Kitakyushu city

Hotel Kobe Shisyuen Kobe, Kobe Dears Backpacker House Kobe, Kobe Guesthouse Kobe

Kochi Sakura Hotel Kochi, Los Inn Kochi Kochi

Young Inn Kurashiki Kurashiki city

Backpackers Hostel K's House Kyoto Kyoto, Chita Guest Inn Kyoto, Daiya Ryokan Kyoto, Gojo Guest House Kyoto, Guest House Bola-Bola Kyoto, Guest House Kyoto Costa del Sol Kyoto, Guesthouse Waraku-an Kyoto, Hanakiya Inn Kyoto, Holte Iida Kyoto, J-Hoppers Kyoto Guest House Kyoto, Kyoto Cheapest Inn Kyoto, Kyoto White Hotel Kyoto, Nissho-besso Kyoto, Station Hotel Seiki Kyoto, Tomato Guesthouse Kyoto, Tomiya Ryokan Kyoto, Uno House Kyoto, Watazen Ryokan Kyoto

Logcabin Nature Maruyama

Matsuyama Youth Hostel Matsuyama Dogo Spa

Ashiwada Hotel Mount Fuji, Hotel Sunnide Village Mount Fuji, Kawaguchi-ko Station Inn Mount Fuji, Kawaguchiko Hotel Mount Fuji, Oshino Kogen Hotel Mount Fuji

Backpackers Hostel Ks House Hakuba Alps Nagano, Hotel Heights Shiga Kogen Nagano, Hotel Shirogane Nagano, Kamesei Ryokan Nagano , Kaze-no Yasuyado Nagano, Megamiko Station Inn Nagano, Pension Hayaokidori Nagano, Ryokan Seifu-so Nagano, Shimaya Ryokan Nagano

Fujiwara Ryokan Nagasaki, Nagasaki Ebisu Youth Hostel Nagasaki, Nagasaki Guest House Nagasaki

Nagoya Rolen Hotel Nagoya, Ryokan Meiryu Nagoya

Guesthouse Yougendo Nara, Matsumae Ryokan Nara, Taishoro Ryokan Nara (Sakurai city)

Backpackers Fuji Narita City , International Guesthouse Azure Narita City

Narita View Hotel Narita Int'l AP

Cozy Inn Antique Nasu

Gusthof Ami Nikko, Minshuku Narusawa Lodge Nikko, Minsyuku Rindo-no-ie Nikko, Nikko Park Lodge Nikko, Oyado Shinkyo Konishi Nikko, Pension Global Nikko, VIVA Nikko Nikko

Guesthouse CocoShanti Okinawa, Hotel Sun Palace Kyuyou Okinawa, Lohas Villa Okinawa, Minami-kaze Okinawa, Okinawa Sora House Okinawa, Stella Resort Okinawa

Business Hotel Chuo New Annex Osaka, Fushio-kaku Osaka, Hotel Chuo Osaka, Hotel Mikado Osaka, Hotel Raizan North Osaka, Hotel Raizan South Osaka, Hotel Sunrise Inn Osaka, Hotel Taiyo Osaka, Hotel Toyoh Osaka, Kameya Ryokan Osaka, Kaneyoshi Ryokan Osaka, Osaka Downtown Hostel Osaka, Pension Lee Osaka, Weekly Mansion Osaka at Otemae Osaka, Yamatoya Honten Osaka

Backpackers Hostel Ino's Place Sapporo, Marks Inn Sapporo Sapporo

Kagetsu Ryokan Shizuoka

Pension Sirogisu Tanabe

Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou Tokyo, Asakusa Toukaisou Tokyo, Asakusa View Hotel Tokyo, Backpackers Hostel Ks House Tokyo Tokyo, Capsule Inn Akihabara Tokyo, Homeikan Tokyo, Hotel Kamogawa Tokyo, Hotel Kazusaya Tokyo, Hotel Kitcho Tokyo, Hotel New Azuma Tokyo, Hotel Sunline Kamata Tokyo, Hotel Sunroute Asakusa Tokyo, Hotel Tateshina Tokyo, Hotel Yaesu Ryumeikan Tokyo, JGH Tokyo Tokyo, Jimbocho Sakura Hotel Tokyo, Juyoh Hotel Tokyo, Kayabacho Pearl Hotel Tokyo, Khaosan Tokyo Tokyo, Khaosan Tokyo Asakusa Annex Tokyo, Khaosan Tokyo Smile Tokyo, Kizankan Tokyo, Marks Inn Nishi Kawaguchi Tokyo, New Izu Hotel Tokyo, Oak Hotel Tokyo, Palette Takashimadaira Tokyo, Ryokan Kangetsu Tokyo, Ryokan Ryumeikan-Honten Tokyo, Sakura Hostel Asakusa Tokyo, Sakura Ryokan Tokyo, Sumisho Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo Backpackers Tokyo, Tokyo Business Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo Inn Tokyo, Tokyo International Hostel Tokyo, Touganeya Hotel Tokyo, Ueno First City Hotel Tokyo

Ureshino Juliplatz Ureshino Spa

Pension angelica Volcano Aso

Hostel A Silk Tree Yokohama Yokohama City


Where to stay in


Beppu city

Beppu Spa Resort

Fukuoka City

Fukushima Prefecture

Gifu city


Hakone National Park

Hida Takayama



Ise-shima National Park

Iwate Prefecture

Izu Peninsula



Kansai International Airport

Kinugawa Spa (Nikko National Park)

Kitakyushu city




Kurashiki city



Matsuyama Dogo Spa

Mount Fuji





Nara (Sakurai city)

Narita City

Narita Int'l AP









Ureshino Spa

Volcano Aso

Yokohama City

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