alternative words: Hiroshimashi city, Hiroshimashi, Hiroshima shi, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima
keywords: harbor, town
related topics: Hiroshima Prefecture
related web sites: http://www.city.hiroshima.jp
explanation: Town where the office of Hiroshima Prefecture is situated. The population is 1 million. Since Seignior Mori Terumoto built a castle, it has developed as a castle-town. After 1889, it became a military town with the headquarters of a division. On August 6, 1945, Americans dropped an atomic bomb and made 260,000 victims. Now it has been completely restored and developed as a pacific town. There exist many industries like automobiles, shipyards and machinery.
alternative words: Hiroshimaken prefecture, Hiroshimaken, Hiroshima-ken, Hiroshima ken, Hiroshima
related topics: Hiroshima city , Itsukushima shrine , Inland sea
related web sites: http://www.pref.hiroshima.jp
explanation: Hiroshima prefecture occupies the southern part of Chugoku region, facing Inland Sea. Its surface is 8,466km2 and the population 2.8 millions. The prefectural office is at Hiroshima City. On the northern region, the farmers are producing rice and milk, while the southern region, fruits like peach and grape. Kure City being a big military harbor until WWII, many industries like shipyards and machinery have been developed. There exist many tourist spots like Miyajima Shrine.
alternative words: Hokkaido, Hokkai do, Hokkaidou
keywords: hokkaido, island, prefecture, region, tourist resort
related topics: Sapporo city , Hakodate city , Mt. Daisetsu , Lake Mashu , Rishiri island , Mt. Usu , Lake Toya , Shiretoko peninsula , Kuril island
related web sites: http://www.pref.hokkaido.jp , http://dtravel.inetg.com/hokkaido/hokkaido.html , http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp
explanation: Hokkaido is a prefecture, a region and an island at the same time. Its surface is 83,519 km2 and the population 5.6 millions. The prefectural office is at Sapporo City. There were few Japanese until the end of 19th century because of a chilly climate. Its main industry is: fishing, coal mining and western style agriculture, thanks to its large surface , like dairy farming and soybean culture. The tourism is also popular because of a beautiful landscape created by many active volcanoes.
alternative words: Honshu, island of Honshu
related topics: Mt. Fuji , Tokyo prefecture , Japan
explanation: The biggest island of Japan with the surface of 228,000 km2. It runs from the northeast to the southwest by describing a crescent and inflating toward Pacific ocean. The mountains over 3000m high are concentrated in its center with Mt Fiji (3776m) as the culminating point. The climate is temperate excepting for the moderately cool northeast region because of a cold current, Oyashiwo which runs down along the Pacific coast. The capital Tokyo is located on Honshu island.
alternative words: Horyu-ji Temple, Horyu Temple, Horyuji, Horyu-ji, Horyu ji, Temple Horyu, Houryuuji temple, Houryuuji
keywords: nara, temple, world heritage
related topics: Nara Prefecture
related web sites: http://www.horyuji.or.jp , http://www.mahoroba.ne.jp/~3e/horyuji.html , http://www.hikyaku.com/gallery/english/horyuji.htm
explanation: Horyuji Temple is located in the fief of Prince Shotoku, Land of Ikaruga: there, you can see a range of the oldest wooden buildings of the world such as Kondo and Gojuno-to (five-storied pagoda). Moreover inside buildings, there exist a plenty of valuable art works and it is considered as one of the most important temples of the Japanese culture. It has been chosen as a human heritage of UNESCO in 1993.
alternative words: Spa, Onsen
keywords: accommodation, general
related topics: Japanese inn
related web sites: http://www.e-onsen.com , http://www.spa.or.jp , http://www.onsen-navi.net
explanation: Situated in a volcanic zone, Japan owns many hot springs and Japanese go there not only to heal an illness but for leisure. There exist tow kinds of Onsen: those which are reserved for customers of an inn or hotel and public ones.
alternative words: Hyogo, Hyogoken, Hyogo ken, Hyougo Prefecture, Hyougo, Hyougoken, Hyougo ken
related topics: Kobe city , Himeji castle , Awaji island , Naruto bridge , Akashi bridge , Takarazuka city
related web sites: http://web.pref.hyogo.jp
explanation: Hyogo prefecture occupies the north-western part of Kinki region, facing Japanese Sea on the north and Inland Sea on the south. Its surface is 8,377 km2 and the population 5.2 millions. The prefectural office is at Kobe City. The northern region is mountainous and heavily snowed in winter, while the southern plain has a mild climate with fruits and vegetables in the west. Around Kobe City and the eastern border near Osaka, there exist many industries like machinery, chemistry and steel.