There are 47 prefectures in Japan, and every single one of them play host to breathtaking views and incredible architecture.

So, no matter where you are in Japan, there’s an amazing attraction just around the corner. So what are each prefecture’s signature calling card? ShopBack’s Nipp-on the case.

Hokkaido Region

1. Hokkaido

Shiretoko National Park

Shiretoko National Park is Hokkaido in a nutshell, or should I say, in a nabe. The breathtaking sights are too plentiful to count, and the wildlife aren’t too shabby either.

Home to adorable brown bear cubs, foxes and less adorable adult bears, fans of natures are going to want to explore this Heritage site.

It’s a relatively remote part of Hokkaido, for the most part, only accessible by walking or by boat. But, when you do get there, prepare to get knocked back by the sheer beauty of nature.

Tohoku Region


2.  Aomori

Hakkoda Mountains

If you wish to travel to a place that is basically the opposite of Singapore, the Hakkoda Mountains are definitely worth a highlight or two on your travel itinerary.

Ski down an ocean of white, embracing winter at it’s most photogenic. The mountains definitely have other attractions to explore when the snow melts. One of which is Kenaishita, a blend of two marshlands amidst the mountains.

But, the ultimate draw for Singaporeans, would be the canvas of snow waiting for tourists in winter.

3. Iwate

Ryusendo Caves

A limestone cave of incredible renown, Ryusendo provides dazzling clashes of color housed in sealed off chambers, with an irreplaceable part of travelling, adventure.

Explore the eerie silence of the caves, home to fascinating creatures, like the long eared bats, without pesky cameras ruining your experience (No cameras are allowed in the deeper areas of the cave) 

The more academic types will be pleased to know that the caves function as a natural museum of sorts, with geological discoveries placed within the caves. So, if you’re ever in Iwate, remember to pop in for the best learning of your life

4. Miyagi

Ishinomori Manga Museum

This one’s for all you manga maniacs out there. Ishinomori Manga Museum is a showcase of famed manga artist, Shotaro Ishinomori’s most famous works.

The museum was heavily damaged during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, but like any credible manga character, made a total recovery, reopening at the end of 2012.

So, do check this fantastic museum of manga out, especially if you’re a fan of Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider.

5. Akita

Omoriyama Zoo

Here’s one for the family. Omoriyama Zoo is everything you can possibly want from awesome zoos, especially with its incredible diversity, over 100 species!

The Zoo is known for their replication of natural habitats, as well as a number of successful attempts at breeding rare animals like the Tanuki and Demoiselle Crane in captivity.

6. Yamagata

Mount Zao

Japan just cannot stop producing picturesque mountains, with an intriguing blend of nature and human craftsmanship. Case in point, Mount Zao.

Nature lovers will have a field day exploring all the nooks and cranny’s of Mount Zao. Especially its signature Okama Crater and world class onsen (hot spring).

7. Fukushima


Fukushima has been through a lot recently, but it is a testament to the strength of both the people and nature living there, that such beauty can still thrive so freely.

One of the final bastions of nature, comes in the form of Goshikinuma. A cluster of volcano lakes that were created after Mount Bandai’s eruption in 1888. Goshikinuma exudes an elegance and tranquility that encapsulates the astonishing ability to persevere, recover, and come back even better than before.

Kanto Region


8. Ibaraki

Hitachi Seaside Park

The Hitachi Seaside Park sees millions upon millions of flowers blooming throughout the year, giving the field, both luscious texture, and vividly changing colors.

Whether it be the tulips, the baby blue eyes or the Bassia Scoparia, Hitachi Sea Park will definitely be one of the prettiest sights, you will ever witness.

9. Tochigi

Toshogu Shrine

Immerse yourself in the unbelievably layered history of Japan, with a trip down Toshogu Shrine. Another UNESCO world heritage site, the Shinto shrine is best known as the final resting place for Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of the Tokugawa era.

While there are renovations scheduled till 2019, the vast number of attractions are still available to the general public. A worthwhile visit, for those looking to uncover Japan’s incredibly layered history for themselves.

10. Gunma

Kusatsu Onsen

One of the most famous hot springs in Japan, Kusatsu Onsen has long been rumored to have medical properties.

Whether or not there are health benefits, one thing is clear, Kusatsu Onsen is the perfect place for a relaxing time spent soaking your troubles away.

11. Saitama

Musashi Kyūryō National Government Park

The very first national government park, Musashi Kyūryō  offers a wide variety of amenities for visitors. Disk golfing, biking and trekking are just some  of the recreational activities available here.

A sublime effort by the government to preserve the enchanting beauty of nature, from modernization. Enjoy the best of both world’s here at Musashi Kyūryō.

12. Chiba

Nihon-Ji Temple

Home to one of the largest Buddha statues in the world, Nihon-Ji has over a thousand years worth of history under its belt.

Side note, there’s a Disneyland in Chiba, but instead of spending a good few hours queuing for Mickey and Minnie, take in the culture, religion and history instead, at Nihon-Ji.

13. Tokyo

Sukiyabashi Jiro

You could probably fill a list of 47 amazing attractions with just Tokyo entries. There’s the Tokyo Skytree, Meiji Shrine, Tsukiji Fish Market and so many more. But being Singaporean, I’m going to focus on food.

Sukiyabashi Jiro is the recipient of the almost mythical 3 star ranking by Michelin. The owner, Jiro, was so kickass, that he had an entire documentary dedicated to him. And the food? *Kisses tip of fingers forever

I mean, come on. That’s just unfair.

14. Kanagawa


Sankei-en has accumulated a wide array of architecture from various other prefectures, notably from Tokyo, Kyoto and Gifu. This assimilation of different styles of landmarks have made Sankei-en something of a preview of Japan as a whole.

Sankei-en houses 13 structures that have been deemed either an Important Cultural Property, or a Tangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government.

So, if you’re looking for the best representation of Japanese architecture, over a backdrop of nature at its finest, look no further than Sankei-en.

Chūbu region


15. Niigata

Naeba Ski Resort

If you have been following the S-League, Niigata will be a familiar name. The prefecture though, is known more for winter sports than tropical games.

Skiing isn’t the only activity there though, fans of aggressive head bopping have  the annual Fuji Rock Festival to look forward to.

16. Toyama

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

The modern art museum combines 5 permanent exhibitions, and a rotary of special exhibitions, to provide an immersive blend of 20th century art, contemporary design works and Japanese art pieces.

Another defining aspect of Toyama’s museum is the organic approach in which the building is situated, providing a calming presence of greenery surrounding the art.

17. Ishikawa


One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, Kenroku-en was once part of another towering attraction in Ishikawa, Kanzawa Castle, but has since gone on to attract its very own acclaim.

An Instagrammers wet dream, Kenroku-en truly captures Japan’s ability to preserve nature amongst the infrastructure.

18. Fukui

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum builds on the foundation of an interactive museum, with exhibits that allow visitors to hold some of the actual fossils.

Be awed at the single celled organisms on display in the museum, and their evolution to the mammals today. A great way to enjoy Fukui, while learning something about the natural world.

19. Yamanashi

Fuji-Q Highland

This isn’t any old theme park, this is a Japanese theme park *Cue explosions of Sakura*

If the list of rides at Fuji-Q Highland doesn’t get your spirits up and screaming, probably nothing will.

20. Nagano

Chibikko Ninja Village

Ninjas are awesome. That is a statement, more universally agreed upon than “Ice cream is good”.

Get your Sasuke and Naruto on at the ninja village, as you bring your family down for an uber fun time.

21. Gifu

Mt. Kinkazan Squirrel Village

The name is quite self-explanatory, it’s a place full of squirrels.

I’ll be honest, the attractiveness of this locale is primarily dependant on whether you find squirrels super adorable. But if you do, Mt. Kinkazan is a must go in the Gifu prefecture.

22. Shizuoka

Fuji Five Lakes

For those who don’t have the stamina, or quad strength to climb all the way up Mt Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes is as good a consolation prize as they come.

Plus, you get to see Mt Fuji in all its glory. There’s nothing you can ask for, that Fuji Five Lakes doesn’t provide in spades.

23. Aichi

Inuyama Castle

One of the oldest, if not, the oldest castle in Japan, Inuyama overlooks the equally impressive Kiso river, which cuts through the Gifu and Aichi prefecture.

So do remember to take a tour inside one of Japan’s most illustrious castles, next time you make your way to Aichi.

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