Many of Japan’s regions are proud of their castles. Some marvelous remnants of the era of castles endure today.
Cycling and History in the Kunisaki Peninsula (1N2D)
An invigorating cycle on a route taking in the splendid scenery of the Yabakei Gorge area; the vibes of Japan from decades ago in a retro district and a guided insight into a unique fusion of Buddhism and Shinto found on the island of Kyushu.
Katsuura Fishing and a Stroll Around Otaki Castle (1N2D)
Within reach of the Tokyo area, Katsuura City is known for its fresh seafood and vegetable market. It is one of Japan’s Great Morning Markets. The ports of Katsuura are famous for their big hauls of katsuo, a kind of skipjack tuna. This fish along with the local favorite called kinmedai (sometimes translated as Splendid alfonsino) are caught and brought to port every day by the local fishermen.
Those with a keen interest in fishing will enjoy a visit to Katsuura.
Noren Kaido Shop Fronts & Vivid Red Village (1N2D)
The town of Fukiya in Okayama Prefecture prospered thanks to the copper mines in the area. It became a key center of production of a vermillion pigment called bengara. Fukiya has a very striking appearance because the buildings are all painted in this Bengal shade of red. This trip also takes in an incredible castle situated high in the hills and a charming town where each shopfront is adorned with a traditional noren-style curtain.