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Top 10 Best Hidden Spots in Japan You Must Visit

Coelho C.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Coelho C.

Last updated : Jan 08, 20245 min read

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1- Yajima Taiken Koryukan (Sado)

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Head out into the waters of the inlet by tarai bune which originated in Sado. There is the enchanting view of two small islands and the red arched bridge, and on good days, you can enjoy the crystal blue sea.

Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
0259-86-2992
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
www.visitsado.com

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2- Hasedera Temple (Kamakura)

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Hasedera Temple was constructed on the mountain side with views of both the ocean and city. The beautiful garden is blooming with hydrangeas and irises all year round and as such, the temple has also become acclaimed as the ‘flower temple’.

Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Phone
0467-22-6300
Price
- Adult: 300 JPY
- Child: 100 JPY
Website
www.hasedera.jp

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3- Shukunegi (Sado)

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Shukunegi is a historically preserved ward which has existed since the Edo Era as a Sado port town. The streets brimming over with atmosphere and built by shipwrights are splendid.

Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
0259-86-3200
Price
Admission to enter Shukunegi private houses
Seikurou House: Adults 400 yen Children 200 yen

Website
www.visitsado.com

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4- Arakurayama Sengen Park (Mount Fuji)

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Located halfway up Mt. Arakura in Fujiyoshida City of Yamanashi Prefecture, this is a park from where you can get a full view of the city against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji. Known as a prominent viewing spot for Mt. Fuji, it is also popular as a famous spot for cherry blossoms.

Phone
0555-22-1111
Price
- Free
Website
www.yamanashi-kankou.jp

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5- Sado Mine (Sado)

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With shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa leading the development during the Edo Era, it was said that Sado Mine had financed the Edo government for 300 years due to the rich amounts of gold mined there. Currently, it has been preserved for its industrial heritage.

Business hours
- Everyday (8:30 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
0259-74-2389
Price
Tour courses (approx. 60 min)
Adults 1400 yen Children 700 yen
Doyuko or Souda Yuukou courses only
(Doyuko: about 40 min Souda Yuukou: about 30 min) 
Adults 900 yen Children 450 yen
Yamashi course with guide (April-November advance reservation
Website
www.sado-kinzan.com

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6- Ryogoku (Tokyo)

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Encountering the many wrestlers during a sumo tournament in Tokyo feels like you’ve slipped back in time to the Edo Era. You can see their lifestyle and eat like them through the many haberdasheries for these king-sized men and restaurants with their huge portions.

Phone
03-5608-6951
Website
visit-sumida.jp

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7- Futatsugame (Sado)

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The extremely clear ocean that has been selected as one of the top 100 swimming areas in Japan and the sight of the path sinking into the sea due to the rise and fall of the tides provide a superb view of an ever-changing beach!

Phone
0259-26-2311
Website
www.visitsado.com

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8- Jodogahama (Iwate)

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The ancient landscape of Jodogahama (Pure Land Beach) has a superb view representing the Sanriku region with its white beach drawing a soft line and precipitous and exposed stone mountains created in the bay.

Phone
0193 -65 -1690
Price
- Free
Website
www.japan-iwate.info

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9- Sado Island Taiko Center (Sado)

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The Taiko drum center, operated by the world-famous taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo. Beating taiko of all sizes, sharing in the sound, will bring a smile to your face before you know it. Feel the charm of this enjoyably heartwarming experience!

Business hours
- Tuesday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Wednesday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Thursday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Friday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Saturday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Sunday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
0259-86-2320
Price
- Adult: 2000 JPY
- Child: 1000 JPY
Website
www.sadotaiken.jp

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10- Densho-en (Iwate)

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In Tono with its pastoral Japanese countryside scenery, there is Densho-en which relates the lifestyle of the old days to the present day. Know about Tono in a variety of ways such as seeing, hearing, making and eating.

Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
0198 -62-8655
Price
- Adult: 320 JPY
- Child: 220 JPY
The workshops at the Crafts Center require prior reservations and separate admission.
E.g. Ema 500 yen Otedama 500 yen Straw craft 500 yen

Kataribe 5000 yen (Up to 80 people per 1 kataribe) * prior reservations are required.

Website
www.japan-iwate.info

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Gifu Tour Guide - Akiko W.

Akiko W.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)
Japan

Hello! My name is Akiko from Gifu prefecture. I am a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. I like going out with my family, talking with my friends over coffee at a cozy cafe, reading books, baking bread and cake when I have time. I passed the national tour guide test in 2017 and have worked as a guide since then. I have guided in Gifu city, Seki city, Takayama city, Shirakawago , Mino city and Nagoya city. I have lived in Gifu for more than forty years. Gifu prefecture is rich in nature so you can enjoy the rural atmosphere. Gifu city has a beautiful river 'Nagara river' and Mt.Kinka which has Gifu castle on the top. You can go up the mountain on foot or use a ropeway. The view from Gifu castle is so fantastic. At the foot of the mountain , there are many places to visit such as parks, a temple having a big image of Buddha, and a street preserving the historic atmosphere. At Nagara River, you can enjoy seeing a traditional way of fishing ‘cormorant fishing’ which is thought to have started 1300 years ago. Many cafes have unique service called 'morning service' in Gifu along with Aichi In the morning (until about ten thirty or eleven) when you order a cup of tea or coffee, they serve toast and salad ! Near Gifu park , you can find a nice Japanese style cafe where you enjoy good coffee and seeing a Japanese style garden. Seki city is a small city but so famous for its cutlery. At Japanese sword museum in Seki, you can see authentic Japanese swords! Mino city next to Seki city is well known for its hand made Japanese paper 'Hon minoshi' designated as intangible cultural asset by UNESCO . Until recently it was not easy to guide guests because of COVID-19 pandemic; however the situation is getting better. Some strict rules about COVID-19 have been lifted. Please visit Gifu. I am looking forward to seeing you. Please feel free to ask me when you need information about Gifu. Thank you for reading my introduction.                                                                                                                                 

Shimizu Tour Guide - Sayori H.

Sayori H.

5.00 / 5
(2 reviews)
Japan

Hello, I can show you the real Japan. You can taste, see and feel the country. I'd like to show the beautiful culture for you to experience. I can organize the day tour from Shimizu port for Cruise customers. Tea ceremony, strawberry picking experience, anything you are interested, I would love to help you plan your tour. I can communicate in both English and Japanese. I look forward to welcoming people from different parts of the world. Thank you                                                                                                                                 

Shiga Tour Guide - Koichi W.

Koichi W.

4.94 / 5
(51 reviews)
Japan

Hi! I'm Koichi. I was born in Osaka, I studied in Kyoto when I was a university student. Now I live in Shiga next to Kyoto. I am a national government licensed tour guide. I have been guiding about 160 groups over the past twelve months. I usually guide my customers mainly in Kansai region including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Shiga by public transportation systems. Well, I am curious about Japanese history, especially the history of Japan's ancient times since I was raised next to the world biggest mausoleum of the ancient Emperor called "Nintoku" in Sakai city Osaka which has just become one of the world cultural heritage sites. I dug out some ancient earthen ware vessels around there when I was a primary school student like the adventure archaeologist “Indiana Jones" (It’s our secret!!). That was my hobby. Now, one of my hobbies is outdoor activities such as mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and others. So I would like to take you to some good places where you can enjoy Japanese unique nature. I love to guide foreign visitors from all over the world. I think it is my calling or heavenly given job. Let's go and enjoy together! I hope to see you soon.                                                                                                                                 

Okinawa Main Island Tour Guide - Tateo U.

Tateo U.

4.99 / 5
(68 reviews)
Japan

My name is Tateo. I am officially registerd English tour guide and introducing about Okinawa's history,culture, and nature.I am elderly person but have gone through lots of expericences that happened during US occupation after WW2. For the example, change of monetary system(US dollar to Yen),Change of traffic regulation(driving vehicle from right to left).The reversion of Okinawa to main land Japan was biggest historical event.The US administered Okinawa for 27 years. As a result, thing were Americanized in many aspects. Historically, Okinawa was once independent nation until 1872.During Kingdum era, Okinawa actively traded with China, South Asia Countries, Korea, and Japan. In the end, our culture is quite differ much from main land Japan. For instance, architectural technique, daily customs, and culture are also unique. Okinawa is the only prefecture belong to subtropical climate zone. Even winter time, it's neither hot nor cold. People can enjoy marine sport all through the year.Canoeing, Kayaking, Diving, and Snorkeling are popular. Besides, beatiful white sand beaches and attractive coastline are abundant. Green sea water and blue sky have been lured people from all over the world. Traditional music and dance are worth seeing. Please visit Okinawa and enjoy extraordinary trip. I will be looking forward to seeing you soon.                                                                                                                                  

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