Ōsaka Aquarium

The country’s best aquarium, housed in an unusual, butterfly-shaped building.

Takarazuka

See the popular all-female revue troupe gender-bend their way through classic musicals.

Kumano Kodō

Wander the ancient pilgrimage route, discover sacred mountain sites and soak in the healing waters of isolated hot springs.

Shima Hantō

Visit the Grand Shrine at Ise, Japan’s spiritual heartland, and later eat fresh seafood with the ama women divers of Toba.

Kōbe

Enjoy a meal of tender Kōbe beef in one of this harbourside city’s sophisticated restaurants.

Himeji-jō

Japan’s most impressive castle, dating from the seventeenth century and dominated by a towering six-storey donjon.

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