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    Hokkaido

    Sapporo / Hakodate / Asahikawa / Obihiro

    Japan’s northernmost island and an outdoor lover’s paradise

    Akita

    Kakunodate / Tazawa / Nyuto Onsen

    Relax among mountains and lakes in summer, or be dazzled by the winter snow while enjoying unique, northern cuisine.

    Iwate

    Morioka / Hiraizumi / Tono

    Stunning in all four seasons, Iwate is full of opportunities to enjoy great food and festivals, as well as magnificent scenery.

    Tohoku

    Yamagata Prefecture / Fukushima Prefecture / Aomori Prefecture

    Sceneries, history, cuisine, skiing and hiking... enjoy a trip that will rejuvenate your soul.

    Niigata

    Sado-ga-shima / Naeba / Myoko Kogen / Echigo-yuzawa-Onsen

    The land of snow, hot springs and fine sake

    Chiba

    Narita / Tokyo Disneyland

    The gateway to Japan. Packed with great spots for sightseeing where are easily accessible from the capital.

    Tokyo

    Shinjuku / Akihabara / Asakusa

    Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis

    Mie

    Kii Peninsula / Ise

    Most sacred shrine, Excellent pearls, and Samurai theme park. Touch the tradition and history.

    Kyoto

    Arashiyama / Gion / Kurama

    The traditional and cultural heart of Japan

    Osaka

    Umeda / Namba / Shin-Sekai

    One of Japan’s major cities and home of good eating

    Fukui

    Fukui / Echizen-Ono

    Sample seafood delicacies such as Echizen crab and puffer fish, as you soak yourself in the history of Fukui’s many heritage sites.

    Hyogo

    Kobe / Toyooka / Himeji / Kinosaki

    Enjoy tradition, modernity, sightseeing spots and culinary delights

    Tokushima

    Iya Valley / Tsurugi-san

    Hidden springs and fantastic scenery amid pristine natural surroundings.

    Kochi

    Shimanto City / Ashizuri-misaki

    Combining unspoiled natural beauty with a tropical climate

    Hiroshima

    Miyajima / Iwakuni / Tomo-no-ura / Onomichi

    Steeped in history and a symbol of peace the world over

    Ehime

    Uwajima / Matsuyama / Ishizuchi-san

    Fresh fruit and fish. Tour some of the castle, explore the history.

    Fukuoka

    Fukuoka / Dazaifu

    Many sights to see and delicious cuisine. Fukuoka leaves you satisfied every time.

    Saga

    Karatsu / Imari / Arita

    Experience breath-taking natural scenery and traditional crafts. A trip with delighting surprises around every corner.

    Kumamoto

    Kumamoto / Aso-san / Kurokawa-Onsen

    Surround yourself with nature and taste gourmet flavors you will find nowhere else.

    Kagoshima

    Kirisima-Yaku National Park / Satsuma Peninsula

    The home of historic heroes and a living volcanic landscape. Toast with delicious shochu and sample the unique Kagoshima cuisine.

    Okinawa

    Osumi Island / Amami Islands / Miyako Island / Yaeyama Islands

    Japan’s tropical side offering a unique culture and history

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Staff Columns

A Friendly Visit to the City of Kyoto

I’ve been working for Japan Airlines for many years but never visited the country of Japan since I don’t speak or read Japanese. Honestly, without being able to read or speak the language, I was worried about finding a way to get around town. (I know it’s a pretty silly idea). One day, an opportunity arose, and I decided not to waste it this time.

When debating on which city to visit, many people recommended the city of Kyoto. After deliberating about this for a few nights, I decided to go to Kyoto since I heard about the beautiful scenery in the city including many historical temples. I also saw many positive online comments about the city from fellow travelers.

Luckily, one of my colleagues was originally from Kyoto so she helped arrange a hotel at a great location and gave me some pointers about the transportation system. In addition, my colleague’s sister offered to take me around town for sightseeing! At first, I was surprised but was so grateful for the kindness and hospitality that was offered to me… a complete stranger.

The flight to Kyoto went smoothly. The first location we visited was Ginkaku-ji, known as the Silver Temple. It was built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa for his retirement villa, which was modeled after Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple), and was converted into a Zen temple after his death.

The second stop was one of the most popular attractions in Kyoto, Kiyomizudera Temple. There was quite a walk from the bus stop to the temple since the temple is located on a hill. But, the souvenir shops, restaurants, and food vendors along the streets made the walk so much more enjoyable.

Did you know? Kiyomizudera Temple was built with wood without a single nail in the entire structure.

The view from the temple was amazing. A beautiful waterfall flows in the area which later divides into three different streams. Each stream is known to have different benefits: longevity, success and love. The visitors can drink the water from the stream, but drinking from all of them will be considered greedy.

After visiting a few more destinations, we had dinner at a very popular restaurant that serves gyoza (dumplings). The food we ordered was amazing and I was so happy she took me there.

After the dinner, we went to a ramen shop owned by my colleague’s family. The ramen was so good, but I couldn’t finish it since I ate too much gyoza!!!

We parted ways after dinner as I continued my trip in Kyoto with more confidence.

Name: Yanti Darmaji

From: USA
Current section: Senior Customer Service Coordinator, Passenger Marketing & Planning, Americas

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