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Japan is an intricate blend of East and West. Thus, that modern high-rise may look Western, but it may contain a rustic-looking restaurant with open charcoal grills, corporate offices, a pachinko parlor, a high-tech bar with views of Mount Fuji, a McDonald's, an acupuncture clinic, a computer showroom, and a rooftop shrine. Your pizza may come with octopus, beer gardens are likely to be fitted with Astroturf, and "parsley" refers to unmarried women older than 25 (because parsley is what's left on a plate). City police patrol on bicycles, garbage collectors attack their job with the vigor of a well-trained army, and white-gloved elevator operators, working in some of the world's swankiest department stores, bow and thank you as you exit. Because of this unique synthesis of East and West into a culture distinctly Japanese, discovering it is like peeling an onion - one layer is uncovered only to lead to more layers underneath. No matter how long you stay in Japan, constant discovery is one of the most fascinating aspects of being here.

Abashiri
Akan National Park
Akita
Akiyoshido Cave
Amami Oshima (Naze)
Amanohashidate
Aomori
Atlasova, Kuril Islands
Awaji Island
Beppu
Broutona, Kuril Islands
Cape Notoro
Chiba
Chichijima
Chikatsuyu
Chirpoy, Kuril Islands
Fujikawaguchiko
Fukuoka
Fukushima
Gamagori
Hagi
Hahajima
Hakata
Hakodate
Hakone
Hakone Ropeway Owakudani Station
Hakone Ropeway Sounzan Station
Hashima Island (Gunkanjima)
Himeji
Hiroshima
Hitachinaka
Hokkaido
Hongu
Honshu
Hososhima
Ikuchi Jima
Inland Sea
Iriomote-jima
Ise
Ise Shima National Park
Isejingu
Ishigaki
Ishinomaki
Iturup Island, Kuril Islands
Iwakuni
Iwo Jima
Iya Valley
Izu Islands
Izumi
Izumo
Jigokudani
Kaga
Kagoshima
Kamakura
Kamikochi
Kanazawa
Kanmon Straits
Karatsu
Katsuura
Kawagoe
Kawaguchiko
Kawayu Onsen
Kinosaki Onsen
Kirishima
Kitakyushu
Kochi
Komatsu
Kotohira
Koya San
Koyasan
Kumamoto
Kumano
Kunashire, Kuril Islands
Kurashiki
Kuril Islands
Kushiro
Kushiro Shitsugen National Park
Kyoto
Kyoto (Kobe)
Kyushu
Lake Kussharo
Lake Mashu
Lake Suwa
Lake Toya
Maizuru
Matsue
Matsumoto
Matsushima Islands
Matsuyama
Matya, Kuril Islands
Mimasaka
Minamikyushu
Miyajima Island
Miyake-jima
Miyazaki (Aburatsu)
Moji, Japan
Motobu
Mount Io
Mt. Fuji
Mt. Koya
Nagano
Nagasaki
Nagoya
Naoshima
Nara
Nemuro
Nemuro Strait
Nichinan
Niigata
Nikko
Nishi
Noboribetsu
Noshiro
Noto-cho
Nozawa
Oarai
Odawara Bullet Train Station
Ofunato
Ogasawara Islands
Oirase Gorge
Okayama
Oki Islands
Okinawa (Naha)
Onelotan, Kuril Islands
Onomichi
Osaka
Otaru
Paramushir, Kuril Islands
Rausu
Rebun
Rishiri
Rishiri-to
Ryukyu Islands
Sado Island
Sakai Ko (Matsue)
Sakaiminato
Sakata
Sakurajima
Sapporo (Muroran)
Sasebo
Sendai
Setouchi
Shiga Prefecture
Shikoku
Shimizu
Shimonoseki
Shimotsu
Shina
Shingu
Shirakawa-go
Shiraoi
Shiretoko Peninsula
Simushir, Kuril Islands
Skaly Lovushky, Kuril Islands
Takamatsu
Takayama
Taketomi Island
Tamano
Teuri Island
Toba
Togendai
Tokushima
Tokyo
Tomakomai
Toyama
Tsugaru-Kaikyo Strait
Tsumago
Tsuruga
Tsushima Island
Uno Ko (Okayama)
Urup, Kuril Islands
Uwajima
Wajima
Wakayama
Wakura Onsen
Yakushima (Miyanoura)
Yamanaka
Yamashiro Onsen
Yasugi
Yatsushiro
Yokkaichi
Yokohama (Tokyo)
Yoroushi
Yoshino
Yudanaka