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Travel photo guide to Japan with over 49,000 photos (and videos) of all 47 prefectures. Created and presented by Philbert Ono.

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*Background photo: Itsukushima Shrine torii at Miyajma, Hiroshima, Prefecture.

Prefectures of Japan

Photos of Japan's 47 prefectures (alphabetical order). Prefectures are similar to U.S. states.

*Background photo: Thatched roof home at Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture.


Japan's popular tourist destinations (cities, etc.).

*Background photo: Matsumoto Castle (National Treasure) in Nagano Prefecture.


Some of Japan's popular attractions (castles, gardens, etc.).

*Background photo: Snow monkeys in Nagano.


Some of Japan's famous festivals (matsuri) according to month (1–12).

*Background photo: Yamato Awa Odori dancers in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Off the Beaten Path

Japan's less famous places and festivals.

*Background photo: Shimada Mage Matsuri featuring dancers wearing traditional Shimada-ryu hairstyles with their natural hair in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture in Sept.

More Images

Photos of people, nature, art, and festivals.

*Background photo: Shiraume Taiko drummer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival in Tokyo in Feb.