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Fukui Prefecture – combining dinosaurs with food

By kaylamedica, Posted on 13/11/2017

Fukui Prefecture, located in the Chubu region of Honshu Island, has a dinosaur named after it! Yep that’s right, the Fukuiraptor (a raptor, how intense) was discovered in Fukui Prefecture. The capital city is also called Fukui, and the prefecture’s economy is powered by several nuclear power plants and it produces 90% of domestically made…


Wakayama Prefecture – home of monks

By kaylamedica, Posted on 07/11/2017

Wakayama Prefecture is a visual delight amongst Japan’s scenery. With 600 kilometers of coastline and Shirahama beach and onsen town, lush mountain regions, and a historical significance, it’s known as a very tranquil and peaceful place. Mount Koya, world famous as a place where you can stay at a monastery and live like a monk…


Fukuoka Prefecture – Ramen, seafood, and cake!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 30/10/2017

Found on Kyushu Island, Fukuoka Prefecture is one of Japan’s main industrial hubs, but it’s also known for some really famous foods like Ichiran ramen and Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecakes. The prefecture is also known for having a lot of yakuza gangs, even more museums, and for being the hometown of best selling pop singer Ayumi…


Ibaraki Prefecture – the home of natto

By kaylamedica, Posted on 23/10/2017

Ibaraki Prefecture is part of the Kanto region on the main island of Honshu. It borders quite a few other prefectures including Chiba, Saitama, and Tochigi, but it also has a fairly large coastline, and it’s well known for aikido (a martial art), various castle ruins, a particularly strong Shinto culture, and Kairakuen which is…


Nara Prefecture – yes the place with the deer

By kaylamedica, Posted on 16/10/2017

Nara Prefecture is my personal favourite. It blends traditional Japanese culture and local nature with a modern city centre perfectly. You can be in the heart of the city and just a ten minute walk down one street you’re suddenly in a forest. Nara Prefecture is part of the Kansai region and it’s just east…


Saitama Prefecture

By kaylamedica, Posted on 09/10/2017

One of the few land locked prefectures, Saitama Prefecture is in the ‘Greater Tokyo Area’ and can be described as being pretty similar to Tokyo. Saitama Prefecture has always been known as a rich agricultural area, though as prices in Tokyo continue to go up, lots of people are moving to Saitama and commuting to…


Tochigi Prefecture – Scenic and historic!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 02/10/2017

Located in the Kanto region of Honshu island, Tochigi Prefecture is home to Nikko (a famous city with a number of attractions such as memorials for Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shinkyo bridge, the three wise monkeys, onsen, and the historical themepark Edo Wonderland), Kegon waterfall, and for having the only IndyCar race outside the U.S. as well…


Kumamoto Prefecture – Kumamon’s home town!

By kaylamedica, Posted on 18/09/2017

Kumamon is Kumamoto Prefecture’s mascot, and he’s incredibly popular not just in Japan but also on the internet. What might be surprising about the loveable black bear is that the mascot was only introduced in 2010! Kumamoto Prefecture is located in Kyushu, at the bottom of Japan. Some of the tourist attractions – aside from…


Tottori Prefecture – the least populous prefecture

By kaylamedica, Posted on 21/08/2017

You’ll find Tottori Prefecture in the Chugoko region of western Japan, and it has some really interesting facts about it. First of all, it has the lowest population of all the Japanese prefectures, and secondly the name Tottori comes from “catching birds” because the area was well known for its bird population. It’s also the…


Kagawa Prefecture – amazing nature and foods

By kaylamedica, Posted on 15/08/2017

Kagawa Prefecture is located on Shikoku Island, near the main island Honshu. Kagawa is actually the smallest prefecture in all of Japan, but it packs a big punch in terms of things to do. Bordered by the Seto Inland Sea and the Sanuki mountains, Kagawa has a variety of sceneries to enjoy. If you like…