When feudal Japan re-opened to foreign relations after centuries of isolation in the 19th century, it had a lot technological catching up to do. Nagasaki was at the forefront of Japan’s rapid modernization.
After visiting the Japanese snow monkeys, my friend and I had some time to explore Matsumoto City, the second largest city in Nagano prefecture. While I visited it before, I only got to see the famous castle which draws most of the tourism to the city.
For lovers of Japanese beer, Sapporo is the holy land! The capital city of the northern island of Hokkaido and the birthplace of the beloved Sapporo Beer, Sapporo is home to Japan’s first beer brewery, only beer museum, and brims with countless mouthwatering attractions for a deep dive into Japanese beer culture.
Beautiful Okayama Prefecture is like stepping into a storybook: from gorgeous castles and willow-draped canals to classical Japanese landscape gardens and majestic waterfalls, this underappreciated gem is waiting to be discovered.