The Wonder of Japan Tourist

Education, Fun &..., Japan, Photography, Writing | 23 Jul 2012
Mt. Fuji in all her glory

Mt. Fuji in all her glory

 Me & Japan Tourist

One of the things that keeps me most busy these days is Japan Tourist (www.japantourist.jp). I am the regional partner for Kanagawa and Tochigi prefectures, and I spend a lot of time traveling around the country visiting beautiful, interesting places, photographing them, and then writing about them. Tough job, huh?

Terrie Lloyd, founder of Japan Tourist

Terrie Lloyd, founder of Japan Tourist

Japan Tourist & Terrie Lloyd

The brainchild of Terrie Lloyd, CEO of Linc Media and Metropolis Magazine, the project is a stroke of genius. Born in November of 2011 when the site went live, it already features over 1500 articles and photo stories of things Japanese.

Designed as a resource for tourists who want to visit Japan but don’t know where to go or what to do outside of the most famous and obvious attractions like Kyoto and Tokyo Disneyland, the project’s 35 or so regional partners (that number  is growing) and 500 or so contributors (100 or so are active) introduce hundreds of unknown yet wonderful places to visit all over the country—from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu and Okinawa in the south. Festivals, Beaches, Restaurants, Hotels, Hot Springs, Temples and Shrines, Parks, Museums, Hiking Trails…you name it, and Japan Tourist has got it.

The lovely bamboo grove of Kamakura's Hokoku-ji Temple

The lovely bamboo grove of Kamakura's Hokoku-ji Temple

Only the beginning

But it’s only the beginning and that’s what makes this project so exciting. As the number of local contributors and the alluring local spots they share with us grow, Japan Tourist is destined to become the premier source of cultural and travel information available in English (other languages are coming) anywhere in the world.

Kanagawa & Tochigi Prefectures

My own prefectures (Kanagawa and Tochigi) are the homes of some of the most exciting and beautiful places in Japan: Yokohama’s Minato Mirai district, the hot spring resort area of Hakone, Kamakura’s great Buddha statue Daibutsu, and Nikko’s nature and World Heritage designated Shrines and Temples are all just incredible must sees.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

 

Yokohama's Minatomirai district

Yokohama's Minatomirai district

The exquisite Japanese lotus

The exquisite Japanese lotus

Visting Japan? Visit the site!

Want to know more? Visit www.JapanTourist.jp and explore to your heart’s content!

The wonder of Japan Tourist

 

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2 Comments

  • I hope my plan is going fine to participate the internship on November. excited to join the team and experiencing JapanTourist just like you’ve written.

  • Good blog. I got a lot of great info. I’ve been watching this teghoolncy for awhile. It’s fascinating how it keeps changing, yet some of the core components remain the same. Have you seen much change since Google made their latest acquisition in the domain?

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Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, Larry Knipfing has spent the last 30+ years of his life living in Japan, and loving every minute of it! Kamakura, and now Yokohama both in Kanagawa Prefecture, have been his home for almost twenty years, and are the perfect places to be: hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories.

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