Travel / Tourism Information Spots in Japan

  • Sannai Maruyama Site Center
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    Aomori Aomori-shi Sannai Maruyama 305

    Sannai Maruyama Jomon site is one of the four Jomon sites designated as a national special historic site alongside the Togariishi Neolithic site (Nagano Prefecture), Oyu Stone Circles(Akita...

  • Sakurajima Visitor Center
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    Kagoshima Kagoshima-shi Sakurajimayokoyamacho 1722-29
    This visitor center for Sakurajima is located in Kirishima Kinkowan National Park (Sakurajima). The center features informational exhibits about the history of the volcano's eruptions as well as the nature on the island. It is popular for allowing visitors to experience the living Sakurajima through its high-definition theater, dioramas, computers, and other media. Exhibits include volcanic projectiles of various sizes from actual eruptions, a cross-sectional model of the volcano's layers, live camera footage of its Showa crater, and real time seismograph data, and up-to-date numbers of past eruptions. There is also a museum shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs such as the island's special products as well as volcanic ash and rocks.

    I arrived at the visitor centre before 9am but it wasn’t open yet, so I went for a dip in the free foot onsen nearby before coming back here again. Was pleasantly surprised by the small museum in the...

  • Marine Station Naoshima
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    Kagawa Pref. Kagawagunnaoshimachou 2249-40
    You’ll find this station at the Miyanoura Port ferry terminal in Naoshima Town, Kagawa County, Kagawa Prefecture. It features a bold design that befits its role as the entrance to Naoshima, and island known for its culture and artistry. Inside the facility, there’s a tourism information center, a cafe, a waiting area, a ticket purchasing area, a specialty goods shop, and a bus terminal, and the place is always bustling with tourists. Next to the building is the “red pumpkin,” an impressive outdoor art installation by Yayoi Kusama featuring a vibrant red dotted design.

    Tourist information center right after Miyanoura port. Can get the only bus operating in Naoshima in front of here. Many souvenirs are also arranged.

  • Hokkaido-Sapporo Food & Tourism Information Center
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Kita-ku Kitarokujounishi 4JR Sapporo Station West Concourse North Exit
    The Hokkaido-Sapporo Food & Tourism Information Center is a collaboration between Hokkaido and Sapporo City that aims to disseminate sightseeing information and eating attractions to tourists and locals. It is located at the north exit of the west concourse on the first floor of JR Sapporo Station, and is the first facility in Japan to contain the three entities of the prefecture, municipality and JR. There is also a corner with pamphlets from all around Hokkaido and a cafe that publicizes and sells safe and sound Hokkaido foods where it is easy to savor light refreshments using local specialties.

    they offer good information in multiple languages, and also many materials for tourists. Its right next to the JR office where you can purchase train tickets and exchange JR passes.

  • Otaru Canal Plaza (Otaru City Tourist Information Center)
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 2-1-20
    This tourist information center in Otaru City is located in an old warehouse which has been designated a historic building. At the information center you can find tourist information and pamphlets about the Otaru-Shiribeshi area. There is also a tea area and a shopping area with local goods. A multipurpose gallery is available for meetings and exhibitions.

    We paid a brief visit to the tourist information facility (Unga Plaza) that occupies the southern section of the warehouse complex where the museum Ungakan is in. Here you can pick up maps and other...

  • Kochi Tabi Hiroba
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    Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Kitahonmachi 2-chome 10-17
    Kochi Tabi Hiroba is located directly in front of Kochi Station. It houses the “Tosa Terrace” Kochi tourist information center, and is the venue for “Tosa Omotenashi Kaientai” stage performances for tourists, which are held every weekend and on public holidays. The statues of famous historical figures Sakamoto Ryoma, Nakaoka Shintaro and Takeichi Hanpeita make a great backdrop for souvenir photos.

    If you are taking trains at Kochi station, you would not miss this location. ANd a picture during sunny blue sky days would be very nice. It is just in front of JR station, next to Tourist...

  • Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center
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    Hokkaido Notsukegumbetsukaichou Notsuke 63
    The Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center presents information about the natural environment and history of the Notsuke Peninsula, Japan’s largest sand-spit. There are photographs of the wild bird species that are seen on the Peninsula, including the White-tailed Sea Eagle and Japanese Red-crowned Crane, and the plant species that grow there, as well as an area outlining the history and prehistory of the region. On the First Floor, visitors can try milk and soft-serve ice cream produced locally in the Bekkai district. The Nature Center is around 50 minutes’ drive from Nakashibetsu Airport. Between May and the end of October, the Nature Center can also be reached easily by tourist boat from Odaito Pond.

    This centre is located facing the Notsuke Bay which was frozen when were there recently. It has a nice souvenir shop and a small museum on the first floor over looking the bay. There are no English...

  • Sendai Tourist Information Center
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Chuou 1-1-1 JR Sendai Station 2F inside the Plaza
    A tourist information center located in Sendai Station in Sendai City. The center was originally located at the entrance to the station but was moved to a newer, updated facility in the station's View Plaza area. The center provides sightseeing and lodging information on the Sendai area and Miyagi Prefecture. The center's walls and shelves are stuffed with pamphlets providing information on area events. The center always has English-speaking staff on hand ready to help international tourists. The center is also frequently used as a starting point for tie-up events with works of fiction taking place in the area such as the popular anime series Wake Up, Girls! and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

    Staffs are very nice and helpful. They can communicate in English very well. They give me the completed information in Sendai and the other area around Sendai especially the updated local bus...

  • Jodogahama Visitor Center
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    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32-69
    This information facility is located inside Rikuchu Kaigan National Park in the Hitachihama-cho area of Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. It gives you information about various natural areas in the national park such as the Jodogahama rock formations and Sanno Rock. There are exhibits related to the Sanriku coast and also a rest space, making it a place used by many local residents. In addition, it also holds events to maintain the Michinoku Coastal Trail footpath.

    Well designed visitor center next to a stunningly beautiful coastline. Furniture fans will enjoy the upholstered chairs made to look like smooth rocks. Simple, clear exhibits that get the point...

  • Shimane Prefectural Products and Tourist Center
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 191
    A tourist center located near to Matsue Castle, a National Treasure, in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The white walled building with tiled roof is inspired by the castle. In addition to providing sightseeing brochures on the prefecture and tourist information, the center also sells special products from Shimane such as Izumo soba, clams and other marine based processed products from Lake Shinji, and traditional crafts. There is a coffee shop that serves snacks such as curry and soba in the center making it a convenient place for a break between sightseeing. There is also the house of Shimanekko, the tourism mascot of Shimane Prefecture.

    駐車場の管理センターかと思えば、商業施設でした。周辺の建物も同様な色調で、景観に違和感なくマッチしていました。松江市全体がややモノトーンに近い色合いなので、印象的ではないにしてもしっとり落ち着いた感じがしました。

  • Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center
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    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 2-1
    Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center provides tourist information by a tourist concierge, and various guide maps according to your destination. The displays of the decorated floats of the “Neputa Festival” on the first floor, and traditional crafts of Tsugaru on the second floor are also an attraction. There is also a local produce shop, restaurant, and bicycle rental service, so drop in before you begin exploring Hirosaki.

    Once you get into the building after being distracted by a clever statue in front there is a complete display of local crafts, Limited sales as I could tell

  • Hakodate Community Design Center
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 4-19
    The Hakodate Community Design Center is located in a building that was originally constructed in 1923 to serve as the Hakodate Branch of the Maruiimai clothing chain; the renovated building reopened as the Hakodate Community Design Center in April 2007. The Center disseminates information about local matters, including tourist information. The Center is around one minute’s walk from the Jujigai streetcar stop, and immediately adjacent to the Jujigai bus stop.

    This place is a base of sightseeing in Hakodate. When I was in trouble, I can talk about anything with the staff. Here is a locker and the restroom, too. Here is a tourist brochure and sells the...

  • Akankohan Eco-Museum Center
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen 1-1-1
    Akankohan Eco-Museum Center introduces you to the lush nature in the Akan National Park Akan area. The Akan Marimo (round green algae) has been designated as a Special Natural Monument. The resting room has a big fireplace and is good for a rest after walking around the lake. You can hire the snowshoes and cross country skis. You can enjoy a walk on the Bokke nature trail which is behind the museum.

    We went here with our family and it was a nice stop for about an hour. There are tons of hands on learning type events and my kids enjoyed the glassed in room with telescopes. Its certainly a nice...

  • Chojabaru Visitor Center
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    Oita Pref. Kusugunkokonoemachi Tano 255-33
    The visitor center for Aso Kuju National Park situated along the Yamanami Highway in Tano, Kokonoe Town, Kusu County. This center boasts a superb view of the Kuju Mountains, and the Tadewara Wetlands, covered by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, sprawls behind the center. The center contains exhibits on the plant and animal life in the area and wooden walkways lead from the center to the wetlands.

    We needed help with the installation of the snow chain onto our tires (didnt expect snow in kyushu mid DEC)...and we went to get help at the visitor centre hopefully to get help of any kind... But to...

  • Horyu-ji Temple i Center
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 1-8-25
    This is an information center at the entrance of the road approaching the Horyu-ji Temple. It provides tourist information and information about Horyu-ji Temple, as well as the history and culture of the local Ikaruga-no-Sato area. The center houses a display of a miniature model of the Horyu-ji Temple, and has an information counter and a multipurpose room.

    Our free guide was well known there, I think they offer different tours, a completely genuine place, they even kept our luggage for free.

  • Kameoka Torokko Station Tourist Information Center
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    Kyoto Kameokashi Shinochouyamamoto Meguro 20-2 (inside the trolley Kameoka station)
    The Kameoka Torokko Station Tourist Information Center works to build interest in Kameoka on Kyoto's outskirts. They offer a wide range of tourist information, including help with accommodation, area restaurants, and where to purchase local specialties. They also provide guidance for the Sagano Torokko Train, as well as seasonal information for enjoying the 7.3-kilometer ride from Saga Torokko Station to Kameoka Torokko Station.

    Missed the return train back to Arashiyama sagano station and we decided to talk a 10 mins walk to JR station nearby. It was a nice walk and along the route we passed by quite town .

  • UNZEN Visitor Center
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    Nagasaki Pref. Unzenshi Obamachounzen 320
    This visitor center introduces the wonders of the Shimabara Peninsula to visitors, with a focus on Unzen, home of Japan’s first official national park. Located in Unzen City, Nagasaki Prefecture, the center contains exhibits that highlight the area’s unique topography due to frequent volcanic activity, as well as the fascinating plant life, seasonal scenery, the link between the volcano and hot springs, the history and culture of the region, and more. There’s also a section that provides information about the natural environment, which is sure to come in handy for those exploring the area. There’s a free rest area, and drinks are available as well.

    雲仙お山の情報館は雲仙地獄近くにある無料の施設で自然情報や歴史の紹介、温泉をテーマとした展示などがあります。雲仙の観光地のパンフレットなどもあり、駐車場も無料なのでまずはこちらから見学されることをお勧めします。

  • Taketomi Yugafu-kan
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    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Taketomi 2350
    "This visitor center is located near Taketomi Port in Taketomi, Taketomi Town, Yaeyama County. It is the central facility of the ""Taketomi Island Field Museum,"" which consists of six facilities speckled around the island. It features a regular exhibit introducing you to the nature of Taketomi Island, and the culture and lifestyle of the island, by projecting movies on a large screen and such."

    Museum is a bit hard to find only one sign in Japanese, we walked past it at first.Small but a lot of items to see,we were the only two couples in at the time,the couple we were with were interested...

  • JR Furano Station Information Center
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    Hokkaido Furanoshi Hinodemachi 1-30
    A tourist information center located next to JR Furano Station. Here you can find all sorts of tourist information about Furano. They offer volunteer tour guides, recommend local lodgings and activities, book tourist taxis, and deliver luggage to your lodging allowing you to sightsee unencumbered. (JNTO Registered Information Center-Hokkaido Prefectural Governmental Registration for Tourism 3-547)

    Didnt think that a small town like Furano would have such a nice, big and informative tourist information office. A pleasure. We were helped by John Dyer who was extremely patient, helpful and who...

  • Kamakura City Tourist Information Service
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Komachi 1-1-1
    Located just outside the east exit ticket gate in Kamakura Station. All of the staff speak English and can provide you with information on recommended tourist destinations for free. The service also provides maps which indicate the location of nearby places where you can use Wi-Fi.

    Even if you know what you want to do or what you want to see, it does not hurt to stop in and get your bearings and maybe some advice. The workers are all very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about...

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